What we learned about the Kansas City Chiefs this week – fr

What we learned about the Kansas City Chiefs this week – fr

Report: Chiefs players court Dede Westbrook in Kansas City

The week started with a report from Josina Anderson of ESPN who, over the weekend, Chefs de Kansas City the players had contacted the former Jaguars de Jacksonville player, trying to interest him in joining the team.

Fourth on the depth card entering the 2020 season, Westbrook tore an ACL in Week 7 and ended the season on the injured reserve. He should be ready to play in August.

Westbrook – listed at 6 feet and 178 pounds – is not exactly the physical type the Chiefs are likely looking to replace wide receiver Sammy Watkins, but Westbook has shown himself capable of securing production on a roster packed with other receivers, racking up 1,720 yards (and nine touchdowns) on 160 receptions in 40 games with the Jaguars.

Anderson’s report doesn’t claim that the Chiefs’ front office spoke to representatives for Westbrook – but we’ve also learned that it’s wise not to ignore reports that the Kansas City players are trying to do. so that a player joins them among the Chiefs.

Tamba Hali to retire as chef

We also learned that the Chiefs signed the former star edge rusher on a one-day deal – so the six times Pro Bowl player could officially retire as a member of the team.

Hali, 37, spent his 12 NFL seasons with the Chiefs after being selected out of Penn State in the first round (20th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. First as a defensive end, then as an outside linebacker, Hali appeared in 177 Chiefs games (up from 157) from 2006 to 2017, racking up 596 tackles (460 solo, 105 loss), a pair of interceptions, 33 forced fumbles and 16 assists. defense. But his career 89.5 sacks are the second-largest in franchise history, behind only Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas.

Originally from Gbanga, Liberia, Hali came to the United States with his father when he was 10 – and decided to become a football player while attending high school in Teaneck, New Jersey. During his time in Kansas City – where the team had a record of just 91-101 – he remained one of the most trusted (and popular) players on the team.

The chefs too posted a video of Hali’s signing ceremony at Arrowhead Stadium.

Chiefs renounce Jordan Ta’amu and release Bryan Witzmann

But the chiefs also had business for 2021 on their agenda for Monday. First they posted the tight butt Sean Culkin – then cut ties with two other marginal players.

Ta’amu, 23, has now had his ups and downs several times with Kansas City after initially signing with the club in April 2020. The Chiefs have reportedly signed former SMU quarterback and undrafted free agent Shane Buechele – although they have not yet signed this official signature. Quarterback Anthony Gordon is also on the list behind Patrick Mahomes and Chad Henne.

Witzmann, 30, had re-signed with the Chiefs as a member of the practice squad in late October, appearing in a game via the practice squad elevation – and totaling three shots of special teams. Witzmann spent 2016-17 with the Chiefs, including 13 starts at left guard in 2017. After his stint at Kansas City, Witzmann bounced between five teams before returning with the Chiefs.

Kyle Long inadvertently sets off new shock in border war

Over the weekend, the newly signed Chiefs offensive lineman engaged in a war on Twitter after innocently mentioning he loved living in Kansas. John Dixon has chronicled all the battles – and the truce was signed on Tuesday.

Long is not the first member of the Chiefs to fall unexpectedly in the Missouri-Kansas Border War (known to some supporters as the “Kansas-Missouri Border War”). One of the respondents to his original tweet noted a previous incident.

It is difficult for those outside the region to fully understand.

With its roots in the pre-Civil War era, the Border War goes way back beyond the memory of anyone living today. And that’s made worse by remarks from ill-informed TV hosts and touring musicians who never seem to realize that the Kansas City metro area is split in two by the two-state border – let alone a certain series of college football and basketball games, as well as perceptions that drivers in one state are worse than those in another.

2021 Chiefs calendar: dates, game times, opponents and more

Wednesday was the day the NFL program was released. We have covered the announcement of full week 1 league schedule in morning news broadcasts and followed by tracking unavoidable leakage of schedule information throughout the day – until publication of the full 2021 calendar at 19 ‘o clock

The chefs have five program prime-time games for the third consecutive season. With 17 games now on the schedule, teams can be flexible for up to seven prime-time games. Scheduled prime time matches are spread throughout the season with three in the first half (Ravens Week 2, Bills Week 5 and Giants Week 8) and two in the second half (Raiders Week 10 and Chargers Week 15) .

The Chiefs only have seven games scheduled at noon, reflecting having a top quarterback in Patrick Mahomes and the continued success of back-to-back Super Bowl appearances. Contrary to what has seemed to become typical in recent seasons, the Chiefs will play three of their last four road games. After a week off in Week 13, the Chiefs’ last six games pitted them against AFC teams, including four games with AFC West. The Chiefs’ very first regular season game of Week 18 will be against the Denver Broncos and includes special flexible planning for this weekend only.

Then we gave you a overview of the best and worst matches on the calendar.

Predicting Chiefs’ latest record for 2021 NFL season

Then Thursday – with the new schedule in hand – Ron Kopp offered his match-by-match prediction for the season.

Record final: 14-3

It is an absolutely difficult schedule for the chiefs. They will play most of the legitimate AFC contenders, while also seeing two possible NFC contenders.

Getting to 14-3 won’t be easy, but players who were in Kansas City in 2020 will be highly motivated following an embarrassing Super Bowl LV loss – and the new additions will prove to be significant unit improvements that they have. they have. Rejoin. Again, this team should clearly be the best team in the AFC.

Chiefs announce signing of 8 undrafted free agents

Since the end of the NFL Draft – like every offseason – we had seen undrafted free agent reports that the Chiefs had signed. As usual, not all of them were correct. Kansas City released the official list on Thursday.

Shane Buechele • QB • SMU • 6-0 • 210 lbs
Malik Herring • LB • Georgia • 6-3 • 275 lbs
Devon Key • S • Western Kentucky • 6-1 • 210 livres
Dicaprio Bootle • CB • Nebraska • 5-10 • 195 livres
Marlon Character Jr. • DB • Louisville • 6-1 • 195 livres
Zayne Anderson • LB • BYU • 6-2 • 210 pounds
Riley Cole • LB • Southern Alabama • 6-2 • 225 lbs
Jaylon McClain-Sapp • DB • Marshall • 5-11 • 181 livres

Report: Chiefs traded for cornerback Mike Hughes

Then the team made a deal for a veteran player.

Sports Illustrated Albert Breer was the first with swap details – with the Chiefs getting Hughes and the 2022 Vikings seventh-rounder in exchange for their 2022 sixth-round pick.

Hughes, 24, first entered the NFL as the Vikings’ 30th overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. As a member of the Vikings for the past three seasons, Hughes has played 24 matches with seven starts. Hughes tore his ACL after six games of his rookie season and his season ended in Week 17 of 2019 with a cracked vertebra. Hughes only appeared four games in 2020 before a neck injury put him in the injured reserve, although the Vikings have said the 2019 and 2020 injuries were unrelated.

In March, Chris Tomasson du Saint-Paul Pioneer Press reported that Hughes is in perfect health, although the Vikings refused to exercise his fifth-year option in early May. The Vikings have added three-time All-Pro first-team cornerback Patrick Peterson this offseason.

Chiefs 53-man roster prediction too soon

Thursday’s moves place the Chiefs roster at a maximum of 90 players. So on Friday Ron made his first prediction for the opening day roster.

Ligne offensive (9): LT Orlando Brown Jr., LG Joe Thuney, C Creed Humphrey, RG Kyle Long, RT Mike Remmers, T Lucas Niang, C Austin Blythe, G Trey Smith, T Martinas Rankin

In my opinion, the top eight players listed are all competing for the starting positions. Brown and Thuney are the only ones locked up as starters.

First off, you’ve probably noticed a missing name: I think Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will lose his starting position to Kyle Long – and I don’t think he’s coming back as a reserve player. If he loses the battle on guard, I could see him working with the team to forgo his no-trade clause and bring him to a team that could use a starting veteran.

The Chiefs have initially kept nine offensive linemen each for the past four years. I think with this group there is even more reason to keep less than 10. The starters will be a strong group, while the backups will have the versatility to cover a lot of different places. Rankin’s experience as a starting goalie in this system – while training and playing as a tackle last year – puts him on the squad ahead of Andrew Wylie and Nick Allegretti.


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