The Kansas City Chiefs have been active to kick off the new league year, acquiring a handful of new players since the NFL opened for business on March 14.
Here’s a recap of the last few days along with commentary and statistics from those around the league.
Kansas City traded for cornerback Kendall Fuller from the Washington Redskins on Wednesday
Fuller ranked as one of the top cornerbacks in the league last season – both in the slot and overall – based on a variety of metrics.
Bleacher Report’s NFL1000 Scouts agreed with PFF, ranking Fuller as the top slot corner in football last season. Here’s what NFL1000 Lead Scout Doug Farrar had to say about the second-year defensive back:
Perhaps the most impressive thing about Fuller's game in his second season is how many techniques he's mastered. When asked to play more aggressively, he gets his hand on the receiver to use him as a landmark and smoothly follows the receiver through the route. In zone coverage, he has the smooth backpedal and quick hip turn to stick and stay with receivers, as well as the recovery speed to race in and grab the football. He has the potential to be the best slot cornerback in the NFL, and one could argue that he was just that in 2017.
The Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins on Thursday, adding a playmaker to an already dynamic group of skill position players
Watkins joins running back Kareem Hunt, wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce on offense, who all tallied 1,000-yard seasons in 2017.
Here’s this from NFL.com:
Speaking of the Chiefs, second-year GM Brett Veach made good on his NFL Scouting Combine promise to recruit help for new starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Looking for a lead-caliber wideout to pair with Tyreek Hill, Veach landed Sammy Watkins, the former Bills and Rams pass-catcher who remains just 24 years old. With Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce and star running back Kareem Hunt in tow, Mahomes has a chance to shine out of the gate. If anything was clear at the combine, the Chiefs absolutely love their bomb-dropping, rocket-armed new quarterback and plan to unleash him in full come September.
On the other side of the ball, Kansas City inked linebacker Anthony Hitchens from the Dallas Cowboys
Hitchens had his best season as a professional in 2017, establishing himself as one of the top all-around linebackers on the open market.
In another move, the Chiefs signed cornerback David Amerson to help bolster the secondary. Learn more about the four-year veteran here.
To roundup the rest of the week, the Kansas City re-signed punter Dustin Colquitt, fullback Anthony Sherman, wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas, linebacker Terrance Smith and defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins.