Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles Makes Training Camp Debut

Jamaal Charles

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles has made his training camp debut.

Charles had been on the physically-unable-to-perform list the first three weeks of camp. He underwent surgery last season after tearing the ACL in his right knee in Week 5 against Chicago. He was at practice Tuesday.

Charles missed the Chiefs’ preseason opener Saturday against the Seahawks, and it’s not clear whether he will play against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday.

The four-time Pro Bowl running back worked out a bit during the offseason program, and Charles said all along that he expected to be ready for the season opener against San Diego on Sept. 11.

Fake Andy Reid Having a Ball Upstaging the Real Andy at Chiefs Camp

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A man with a neatly trimmed mustache stepped in front of a lectern Monday following the Chiefs’ sixth practice of training camp. It was coach Andy Reid’s time to talk, and the man resembled Reid, from his gear to his facial hair, Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.

But it was not Andy Reid. It was Chris Wilhelm, 40, of Lancaster, Pa., otherwise known as Fake Andy Reid. Wilhelm has appeared in Reid garb during games and ESPN, but this was first time meeting the real Andy Reid, and the Chiefs allowed him to answer a few questions from the media in the name of fun.

“Well, glad to see everybody here today,” Wilhelm said. “Really no injuries to report. Team’s looking pretty great out there. So with that being said, time’s yours.”

After a few questions, the real Andy Reid — who was standing a few feet away — piped up and stepped in.

“That’s my cue, good looking,” Reid yelled before commandeering his news conference. “Come on beautiful, go get you a hamburger.”

When Reid was done, he posed for a picture with Wilhelm and his wife, capping off a great day for one of Reid’s biggest fans.

“This is the greatest day ever, man,” said Wilhelm, who credited co-offensive coordinator Matt Nagy — who is also from Lancaster — for setting up the appearance. “I’ve been trying to meet Andy for three years and I just did an NFL press conference, man. Life doesn’t get much better.”

Chiefs Fans: Bud Light Has Created A Can Just For You

Bud Light Chiefs Can

With the football season set to kick off in only a few weeks, Bud Light – the Official Beer of the NFL – is once again helping devout fans showcase their team pride by introducing all-new custom cans for its 27 NFL team partners, including ones for the Chiefs!

The cans – which are available now through the 2016-17 NFL season – are draped in Chiefs colors, feature its logo and will be brought to life through localized, signature sayings that every team’s fans will recognize and embrace.

The distinct packaging is part of Bud Light’s “Beer With Your Team On It” campaign, which will celebrate NFL fandom and passion for Bud Light throughout the season.

What do you think of the Bud Light Chiefs can?

Looking More and More Like Chiefs Berry Will Play Under Franchise Tag in 2016

Eric Berry

As the deadline for teams and franchised tagged players to sign long term deals looms, it looks as though Eric Berry will land in the group that will play under the tag in 2016, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports.

Unless there is a significant shift in the next two days, a source familiar with the negotiations tells NFL Media’s Rand Getlin the Chiefs and Berry are unlikely to come to terms on a long-term deal.

Both sides have said for months that they hoped a long-term deal would come out of the negotiations, but it appears the distance between the two might be insurmountable in the next two days. Berry is in line for a boost in pay either way and is set to make $10.8 million under the tag, but without the security of a long-term deal.

Chiefs Agree to One-Year Deal with Free Agent WR Rod Streater

Rod Streater

The Chiefs have added to their wide out core, as today the team agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran wide receiver Rod Streater, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.

Streater had 60 catches for 888 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Oakland Raiders in 2013. His production fell greatly since then. In 2015, he played in just one game and had just one catch.

Chiefs to Try and Market to Rams Fans Who Don’t Have a Team Anymore in St.Louis

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The Rams’ recent move to Los Angeles is a tough blow for St. Louis, but their recent departure, perhaps, leaves a vacancy the Chiefs can try to fill, Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.

Chiefs president Mark Donovan realizes that, but said the club will be sensitive to the feelings of St. Louis football fans, many of whom may feel spurned by the departure of the Rams.

“I’ve gotten texts and emails from fans saying I’m now a Chiefs fan, and we appreciate all that,” Donovan said. “But we’re going to take a strategic approach to that — we’re going to be respectful. They’ve been through a really tough process.

“We’re going to continue to do what we do, and we think with the success we’re having on the field and the success we’re having off the field, it creates a great opportunity for us.”

Donovan said the Chiefs could have the opportunity to market themselves in St. Louis in the future.

“The way the league rules work, there are differences with tickets, broadcast, television and radio (and) what you can and can’t do,” Donovan said. “Because it’s in the state we’re in, we have some rights there from a marketing perspective, but you’ve seen other teams reach out already. Indianapolis put a little campaign together to welcome fans over to Indy, and like I said, we’ll be strategic about it but we’ll be respectful about it.”

It’s a great move for a team that appears like they are going to be in the hunt next season for a playoff birth in the AFC. They more fans the better, as the team is still one of the more up and coming teams in the NFL.

It is going to be a tough for the Chiefs to sit at home in two weeks and watch one of their biggest rivals, a team they beat this past season in the Denver Broncos to play in Super Bowl 50 against Carolina. At least there’s the super bowl commercial 2016 to look forward to, which may be the only thing to enjoy if the Broncos can find a way to get Peyton Manning a Super Bowl in San Francisco.

Chiefs at Texans AFC Wild Card Capsule

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2016

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS–AFC WEST (11-5) AT HOUSTON TEXANS–AFC SOUTH (9-7)

SERIES

  CHIEFS TEXANS
LEADER 4-3
STREAKS Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Andy Reid: 5-0 Bill O’Brien: 0-1
COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD Andy Reid: 10-10 Bill O’Brien: 0-0
VS. COMMON OPP. KC: 1-1 (Cin 0-1; Buf 1-0)

Hou: 1-1 (Cin 1-0; Buf 0-1)

PLAYOFF RECORD 8-15 2-2
LAST WEEK W 23-17 vs. Raiders W 30-6 vs. Jaguars
LAST GAME 9/13/15: Chiefs 27 at Texans 20. Kansas City QB Alex Smith throws for 243 yards &

3 TDs (118.6 passer rating). Chiefs TE Travis Kelce has 6 catches for 106 yards & 2 TDs.

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/13/15
LAST PLAYOFF
REFEREE Ron Torbert
BROADCAST ESPN/ABC (4:35 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (field reporter). Westwood One: John Sadak, Mark Malone, Scott Kaplan (field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (KC), 82 (Hou). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (KC), 82 (Hou).

STAT LEADERS

PASSING A. Smith: 307-470-3486-20-7-95.4 Hoyer: 224-369-2606-19-7-91.4
RUSHING West: 160-634-4.0-4 Blue: 183-698-3.8-2
RECEIVING Maclin: 87-1088-12.5-8 Hopkins: 111 (3L)-1521 (3L)-13.7-11
OFFENSE 331.2 347.8
TAKE/GIVE +14 (1C) +5
DEFENSE 329.3 310.2 (3L)
SACKS Houston: 7.5 Watt: 17.5 (1L)
INTs Peters (R): 8 (T1L) Hal: 4
PR Thomas: 7.8 Mumphery (R): 7.8
KR Davis: 25.1 (3C) Mumphery (R): 24.1
PUNTING Colquitt: 44.4 Lechler: 47.3
KICKING Santos: 129 (2C) (39/41 PAT; 30/37 FG) Novak: 83 (29/31 PAT; 18/21 FG)

NOTES

TEAMS MEET for 1st time in postseason play.

CHIEFS: Aim for 1st road playoff win since 1/16/94 vs. Houston Oilers in Divisional round…Have won 10 consecutive games, longest streak in club history & longest active streak in NFL. 1st team in NFL history to win 10 consecutive games & have 5-game losing streak in same season…In 3 career playoff games, QB ALEX SMITH has passed for 873 yards with 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 108.6 rating. Aims for 4th playoff game in row with 97+ rating. Has 3-0 record vs. Hou as starter, passing for 642 yards with 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 88.1 rating. Since 2011, ranks 2nd in NFL in INT pct. (1.4 pct.). Rushed for 498 yards in 2015, 2nd-most among AFC QBs & most ever by Chiefs QB in season…In past 4 on road, RB CHARCANDRICK WEST is averaging 88.5 scrimmage yards per game (196 rush, 158 receiving, 354 total) & has 3 total TDs (2 rush, 1 receiving)…WR JEREMY MACLIN led team with career-high 87 catches (most ever by Chiefs WR) for 1,088 yards & 8 TDs. In 2 career postseason games (with Eagles), has 10 catches for 219 yards, including 76-yard TD. In 2 career meetings at Houston, has 11 catches for 210 yards & 2 TDs. Has 6 TDs in past 7 overall, including 25-yarder last week vs. Raiders. Aims for 4th in row with TD. TE TRAVIS KELCE had career-best 72 catches in 2015, joining TONY GONZALEZ as only Chiefs TEs with 70+ receptions in single season. Since 2014, ranks 3rd in AFC & 4th in NFL amongst TEs with 1,737 receiving yards…KC led AFC & ranked 2nd in NFL with 22 INTs. Rookie CB MARCUS PETERS tied for 1st in NFL with 8 INTs (most among rookies) & 2 INT-TDs. Led NFL with club-record 280 INT-return yards. 1st rookie to tie for league lead in INTs since 2009 (JAIRUS BYRD). Has 4 INTs in past 5. In past 21, LB JUSTIN HOUSTON has 22.5 sacks, 4 FF & 2 INTs. Since 2012, ranks 2nd in NFL with 50.5 sacks (J.J. WATT). Had sack in only career playoff game (1/4/14 WC vs. Ind). LB TAMBA HALI posted 6.5 sacks in 2015 & has 86 career, eclipsing NEIL SMITH (85.5) for 2nd-most in franchise history. Has 2.5 sacks & 2 FF in past 2 meetings. Club had 5 players selected to 2016 Pro Bowl (TE Kelce, LBs Hali & Houston, S ERIC BERRY, CB Peters).

TEXANS: Won AFC South for 3rd time in club history & 1st time since 2012. Are 2-0 at home in postseason…QB BRIAN HOYER will make postseason debut. Passed for career-high 19 TDs in 11 games in 2015. In past 10, Hoyer has passed for 2,370 yards with 18 TDs vs. 6 INTs for 93.3 rating. Has 2+ TD passes in 7 of past 10. Has won 4 of past 6 starts…RB ALFRED BLUE led team with career-high 698 rush yards. Rushed for 254 yards in past 3 (84.7 per game), incl. 2 100-yard games. Last week, RB JONATHAN GRIMES became 3rd player in Texans history with rush TD & TD catch in same game, joining RBs ARIAN FOSTER & STEVE SLATONWR DE ANDRE HOPKINS led team with 111 catches for 1,521 yards & club-record 11 TD receptions. Joined ANDRE JOHNSON as only Texans with 100 catches & 1,500 receiving yards in single season. In 2015, became 3rd-youngest player in NFL history to reach 200 career catches. In 2 career meetings, has 12 catches for 174 yards & 3 TDs, including 9 receptions for 98 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. WR NATE WASHINGTON posted 47 catches for 658 yards & 4 TDs in 1st season with Texans, including 6 catches for 105 yards vs. KC on Kickoff Weekend…Texans ranked 2nd in AFC in total defense & pass defense (210.4 yards per game). Only team in to have 2 players with 12+ sacks in 2015 – DE J.J. WATT (17.5) & LB WHITNEY MERCILUS (12). Watt led NFL with 17.5 sacks in 2015 & is 1 of 7 players to lead league twice since 1982. In past 21, has 28.5 sacks, 5 FF, 2 FR, safety, 10 PDs & TD catch. Since entering NFL 2011, leads league with 74.5 sacks. Last week, joined HOFer REGGIE WHITE (3) as only players with 15+ sacks in 3 of 1st 5 NFL seasons. Has 3 sacks & FF in 2 career meetings. Mercilus has 10 sacks in past 10, including 3.5 last week vs. Jaguars. LB BRIAN CUSHING led team with 110 tackles. S ANDRE HAL led team with career-best 4 INTs, including 31-yard TD in Week 6 vs. Jaguars. In past 3 at home, LB JADEVEON CLOWNEY has 2.5 sacks…Club had 2 players selected to 2016 Pro Bowl (WR Hopkins & DE Watt).

Browns vs Chiefs Week 16 Inactives

Browns inactives: WRs Terrelle Pryor and Rannell Hall, CB Justin Gilbert, RBs Daryl Richardson and Glenn Winston, LBs Jayson DiManche and Armonty Bryant

Chiefs inactives: LB Tamba Hali, LB Justin Houston, WR De’Anthony Thomas, S Husain Abdullah, QB Aaron Murray, DL David King, DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches

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