The Chiefs’ 2013 season ended with a playoff loss at Indianapolis in which Kansas City failed to hold a 28-point lead in the second half. Not surprisingly, the team has talked about closing out games better in the upcoming season.
Quarterback Alex Smith was one of the new faces with the Chiefs last year, along with coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey. In year two, everyone is on the same page and Smith says he likes what he’s seen so far.
The big concern for NFL teams entering training camp used to be holdouts by first-round draft picks. Now, the major holdout concern has shifted to veterans seeking restructured deals or contract extensions.
The Chiefs will play host to their annual Red Friday Pep Rally on Sept. 5 downtown outside of Union Station, which is celebrating its centennial this year. In a news release, the rally promises “music, lights, fireworks and football” as part of the festivities.
From the Chiefs’ point of view, extending the contract of 25-year-old linebacker Justin Houston, who reported to training camp Wednesday, could prove to be cheaper than letting him hit free agency next offseason.
Kansas City Chiefs rookie cornerback Phillip Gaines was held out of Wednesday’s practice for rookies and selected veterans because of a hamstring injury. Gaines, the club’s third-round draft pick from Rice, apparently was injured on Tuesday while breaking up a pass on the sidelines.
The Chiefs are expected to sign offensive tackle Ryan Harris, according to his Twitter account. The Chiefs will need to create roster spots for Harris and linebacker Josh Mauga, who is also expected to sign, because they are currently carrying the maximum of 90 players on the roster.
An injury allowed the veteran to take part in the early portion of Kansas City Chiefs training camp and he has loved having the opportunity to get out and play. But his role with the team has yet to be determined.
The Chiefs completed their second day of training camp Tuesday at Missouri Western, and left tackle Eric Fisher was in attendance a full day before veterans are required to report. Check out three videos that display how he’s moving in a variety of drills.
Given the Chiefs’ well-noted money issues over the last year or so, salary-cap expert Joel Corry assesses whether the Chiefs can afford to pay both Jamaal Charles and Justin Houston with the $9.4 million they have under the cap this season.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid has been a head coach in the NFL long enough — 16 years now — that he has his own ways about doing things. One thing, apparently, that he is not a fan of is scrimmaging against other teams during the preseason.
Weston Dressler, a receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs, isn’t your ordinary NFL newcomer. After playing a starring role the last six years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the 29-year-old understands what it takes to be a successful professional football player.
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