At first glance, the fact that a couple of times over the course of just five plays at a recent Kansas City Chiefs’ OTA practice resulted in a defensive player jumping offsides could go unnoticed to many.
It might go unnoticed, but it shouldn’t.
Read this to find out why – Chiefs Continue Tweaking and Building Offense Around Patrick Mahomes
But Mahomes wasn’t the only second-year player to be written about this week.
The NFL’s reigning rushing champion, Kareem Hunt, also had a feature this week written by Chiefs’ Reporter Matt McMullen.
Here’s a snippet of what McMullen wrote:
There’s a certain challenge associated with improving on such a strong initial season in the league, though it’s not uncharted territory. In fact, three of the five previous players to lead the NFL in rushing as rookies – Edgerrin James, Eric Dickerson and Earl Campbell – went on to defend their rushing crown the following year.
But Hunt’s attention wasn’t just on running the ball as Organized Team Activities (OTAs) began last week.
“I’m just working on my game all around,” said Hunt following OTAs on Thursday. “(One thing I’m doing is) I’m catching the ball more and running a lot more routes.”
Read this to find out more – Kareem Hunt Talks Versatility as Organized Team Activities Get Underway
It has been a long journey for Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who has spent the past eight years – four of which while playing in the NFL – as a medical student at McGill University in his native Montreal.
As of May 29, he’s Doctor Duvernay-Tardif.
Read this to find out more – Chiefs’ OG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Graduates from Medical School
It was also a busy week for the Kansas City Chiefs on social media, from honoring our nation’s veterans on Memorial Day to enjoying the NBA playoffs.
Here’s a look at what the Chiefs were up to on social media over the last few days.
The fact that Steve Nelson, who is just 25 years old, is now the veteran and leader in that cornerbacks room with the most experience in this defense is one that he embraces, and one that his teammates understand.
“Intensity and accountability,” veteran All-Pro safety Eric Berry, who added Nelson ‘never does’ get the credit he deserves, explained of the only cornerback currently on the Chiefs’ roster who was drafted by the team and has played in an NFL game. “What he brings to the practice field and workouts, it’s crazy. He gets feisty. I call him, ‘Little Scrappy.’ He’s a scrappy little dude. He can get intense.
“He demands the best out of himself and the best out of his teammates. I think that’s cool.”
That edge that Nelson brings to the field is one that’s defined his game going back to his days at Oregon State.
“I’m highly competitive. I’m an emotional player,” Nelson explained. “Off the field I’m not like that, but on the field, it comes out and I think it takes my game to another level. It’s just that inner-fire coming out—the passion for the game when I’m out there between the lines. It’s just me against my opponent.
“I feel like they’re trying to disrespect me, that’s the way I take it so I’ve always got that chip on my shoulder.”
Read the full story here – Chiefs CB Steve Nelson Primed for Big Season, Ready to Earn His Respect
As OTAs began just a couple of weeks ago, Cam Erving found himself working yet at another position.
“We’ve got him at center,” Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid explained. “But Cam’s a guy who can play everywhere. He played center his last year in college and had a nice feel for it, so we put him in there with Mitch [Morse] being down and we’re getting him some snaps.”
Morse, who has started 38 games at center for the Chiefs over the past three years, played in just seven games last season after injuring his foot. He missed just one game in the previous two years combined.
So, with Morse sidelined—insert Erving, who has started at least one game at every position along the offensive line during his NFL career.
“I think he’s done a heck of a job,” Reid added of Erving. “That’s a tough position. He’s got a lot of responsibility as a transmitter between the right and the left side and making sure the protections are right and so on. He’s done a good job with that.”
Read the full story – Cam Erving Getting Opportunity, Says Joining Chiefs Was “Breath of Fresh Air
And after a successful first year, the Bud Light Game Day Pass is Back!
The Bud Light Game Day Pass, a mobile-only ticket option priced at $200, guarantees fans the same seat in select sections of the Upper Level at Arrowhead Stadium for all 10 of the Chiefs’ home games in 2018.
In addition to entry into the stadium, the product will also include a $10 concession credit for every game for the account holder when they buy at least two seats. The credit will be loaded directly to the mobile ticket and expire following each game.
It all adds up to a seat and a trip to the concession stand for just $20 a game, creating an affordable and dynamic ticketing experience that the Chiefs were excited to bring back after a successful initial campaign in 2017.
Click here for all the info on the Bud Light Game Day Pass.
And we also caught up with Kansas City native and new defensive lineman, Xavier Williams.
“It’s kind of a well-known fact that if somebody runs on you, they’re beating you down mentally and physically and it makes for a long game. It establishes an attitude for the offense that they can do whatever they want to you,” Williams said. “You don’t want them feeling like that.”
That mentality is something that’s defined Williams’ career, as he solidified himself as one of the better defensive tackles against the run in all of football while playing for the Arizona Cardinals over the past three seasons.
“It was kind of drilled into me, especially while I was in Arizona,” Williams explained. “We were always a top run defense and my main mentor there, [Cardinals nose tackle] Corey Peters, always talked about it. He would say, ‘We’re nose guards. No matter what, if they run the ball, it’s going to reflect badly on us.’ You just keep that in your mind and that’s how you keep your job.”
Read the full article here – New Chiefs’ DT Xavier Williams Can Sense the Energy at OTAs
Kareem Hunt (hamstring) and a few others didn’t practice on Thursday. Here’s the full injury report.
_“Every day he does something a little better than he did the day before. You see the quickness, the speed, the strength – phenomenal strength off the ball. You know we can’t do bump and run here but you get an idea when he comes off the ball he comes off with a lot of energy and strength. Again, you guys have been out here, so you know this, but his ability to catch the football is incredible.”
~ Andy Reid on receiver Sammy Watkins._
Here’s the full transcript of what Andy Reid said to the media on Thursday.
_“I can see why they say that. He’s a smart guy. He does exactly what you ask him to do. Very coachable.”
~ Chiefs’ Cornerbacks coach Al Harris on cornerback Kendall Fuller being considered one of the best nickel cornerbacks in the NFL._
A handful of the Chiefs’ assistant coaches met with the media Thursday afternoon.
The folks over at Pro Football Focus routinely put out statistics and information in the hopes of giving football fans a better way to understand player and team performances beyond traditional box scores.
And just recently, they released an article titled, “NFL welcomes young players on the cusp of elite status for 2018,” which is exactly the kind of article that you want your teams’ players listed.
“A list in which we won’t be surprised if these players aren’t topping the charts in one way or the other at the end of the season,” they wrote to explain the context behind the article.
In this piece, there were 10 guys included and the Kansas City Chiefs had two of them, which made them the only team in the NFL with multiple players listed.
The Chiefs’ players listed were receiver Tyreek Hill and defensive lineman Chris Jones (click here for the full article).
Here’s a look at the top photos of the week: