Chiefs Week in Review: February 26-March 3

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Monday

The Kansas City Chiefs named Tyler Epp Executive Vice President of Business Operations on Monday. Epp has served as the Chiefs’ Vice President of Business Development since 2013.

Tuesday

We took a look back at linebacker Justin Houston and tight end Travis Kelce’s seasons on Tuesday in a pair of “Triple Coverage” episodes.

Injuries limited Houston’s ability to be on the field in the two years since his 22-sack season in 2015, but he was back to his disruptive ways this past season. Houston played in 15 games, recording 9.5 sacks, 15 tackles for loss and 20 quarterback hurries.

The advanced metrics back up Houston’s strong season, as well. According to the folks at Pro Football Focus, his 51 pressures from the left side ranked in the top 10 among all edge defenders.

Kelce hauled in a team-leading 83 passes for 1,038 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns in 2017, marking his second-consecutive 1,000-yard season. Kelce’s 83 receptions led all tight ends while his 599 yards after the catch ranked second at his position to only the New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski.

The 48th annual 101 Awards took place a little over a week ago, bringing some of the NFL’s best players to Kansas City for the longest-running salute to professional football in the country – with a handful of attendees documenting the evening on social media.

Meanwhile, wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Demarcus Robinson showed off some ridiculous skills on the basketball court.

Wednesday

The NFL Scouting Combine was in full swing this week as some of the best draft-eligible prospects in the nation gathered in Indianapolis to show what they could do. The Combine also allots an opportunity to speak with team officials, including Chiefs’ Head Coach Andy Reid.

Reid’s full presser from Wednesday can be found here.

Reid spoke with Chiefs Reporter BJ Kissel off to the side following his press conference, where he discussed the potential rule changes for next season.

We continued our “Triple Coverage” series on Wednesday with a look back at tailback Kareem Hunt’s rookie season.

Hunt took the league by storm in 2017, tallying 246 yards from scrimmage in Kansas City’s season-opener at New England – the most ever in a player’s professional debut. He went on to amass at least 100 yards of offense in each of his first seven games - also an NFL record - before breaking the franchise mark for rushing yards by a rookie in Week 15.

We also wrapped up our “By the Numbers” series on Wednesday by taking a closer look at the Chiefs’ special teams in 2017.

Thursday

It was General Manager Brett Veach’s turn to speak with the media on Thursday. His full presser can be found here.

New cornerback David Amerson was among the topics that Veach discussed. The former second-round pick spent the last three seasons with the Raiders before signing with Kansas City on Feb. 16.

“I think he’s going to add competition,” Veach said. “We’re going to bring in guys that are going to compete, that will show up every day and just get after it. Certainly, he’s shown the ability. I think a couple years ago he was one of the leaders in PBUs (pass breakups). He can play. He can play in this league. If he stays healthy and comes in with the right attitude, he’ll have a great shot.”

Check out the rest of the story here.

Veach also emphasized the trust the has with his scouting department when evaluating the roster for next season.

The new league year begins on March 14, kicking off the official beginning of free agency. Here are the current Chiefs who are scheduled to be free agents.

Friday

Friday marked “Read Across America Day” and the Chiefs celebrated accordingly as President Mark Donovan, offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz and others spent the day reading at schools around the metro.

Officials from every team in the AFC West spoke at the Combine this week, providing a glimpse into their offseason plans as the new league year approaches. Here’s a look at what was said.

Saturday

Chiefs Reporter BJ Kissel has been hard at work at the Combine all week long. Here's a collection of all of our content from Indianapolis. 

That included a Facebook Live show on Friday. Check the show out here. 

Finally, we continued our article series dedicated to highlighting the top photos of the 2017 season on Saturday with No. 8 – “Bennie."

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