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Chiefs vs Steelers NFL Week Two Inactives

Here’s the Week two inactives for the Steelers and Chiefs

Steelers

S Marcus Allen inactive
DE Tyson Alualu inactive
OT Zach Banner inactive
OG David DeCastro inactive
CB Joe Haden inactive
WR Justin Hunter inactive
QB Mason Rudolph inactive

Chiefs

S Eric Berry inactive
DT Justin Hamilton inactive
OG Kahlil McKenzie inactive
LB Ben Niemann inactive
C Austin Reiter inactive
CB Charvarius Ward inactive
RB Darrel Williams inactive

Chiefs Safety Eric Berry Still Not Practicing – Team Says He’s ‘Day to Day’

Chiefs safety Eric Berry did not practice on Wednesday and his availability for Sunday’s season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers remains uncertain according to the team’s official website.

Head coach Andy Reid keeps stressing that Berry’s status is “day-to-day” but the 29-year-old has not practiced since August 11 due to what has been described as a “sore heel”. While the Chiefs keep publicly saying they are not overly concerned, any heel issue has to be considered serious for a player who missed the entire 2017 season after tearing his Achilles tendon in Week 1.

The Chiefs turned over their entire secondary, shedding six cornerbacks from last year’s team and plan to start Ron Parker at one of the two safety spots after he was just signed over the weekend. Philip Rivers should have a field day on Sunday.

Chiefs Giving Offensive Lineman Cam Erving a Contract Extension

There’s no word on how long or the amount, but reports today state that the Chiefs are giving offensive linemen Cam Erving a contract extension.

Erving was the 19th overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2015 NFL draft, and came to the Chiefs after a trade back on August 30th 2017 for 2018 fifth-round pick.

He played in 13 games, starting four at guard.

Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes Getting No Love in Recent QB Rankings

The Chiefs are going in a different direction at the QB spot this season, giving the ball and the offense for that matter to second-year QB Pat Mahomes.

Website Newarena.com is ranking all 32 starting QB’s around the NFL, and Mahomes isn’t getting much love, as he’s ranked 31st of 32 QB’s in their latest poll.

Mahomes might have a cannon for an arm, but for now he’s not done enough in the sites’ eyes to have a higher ranking. Here’s what they said about the new Chiefs QB.

2017 stats: 22-for-35 (62.9%), 284 passing yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception

Apparently, one regular season game was enough for the Chiefs to determine Mahomes was ready to be Kansas City’s starting quarterback. The Chiefs traded away Alex Smith this past offseason, clearing the way for the Texas Tech alum to inject some life in a stagnant Kansas City franchise. A gunslinger in college, Mahomes frequently showed off a ridiculously strong arm and enough mobility to make pass rushers miss. If Mahomes adjusts to the NFL as quickly as Deshaun Watson did, the trade by Kansas City will look brilliant. If he’s turnover-happy and inconsistent as a passer, the seat is going to get awfully hot for Andy Reid.

Chiefs Safety Daniel Sorensen To Miss Start of Season with Knee Injury

The Chiefs, who weren’t deep at safety to begin with, will not have starter Daniel Sorensen when the regular season begins. Sorensen, who injured a knee at training camp, will have surgery and miss the first part of the regular season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports via Adam Teicher of ESPN.

Sorensen, 28, became a starter last season, his fourth with the Chiefs after being signed as an undrafted rookie from BYU. Sorensen replaced Eric Berry, who missed all but the season opener after tearing his Achilles tendon.

Berry is back, but the Chiefs early in the offseason released another longtime starter, Ron Parker.

The Chiefs gave Berry the day off from practice Tuesday as part of his rehabilitation program.

Without Sorensen and Berry, the starting safeties were Eric Murray and rookie Armani Watts. Murray was the third safety for the Chiefs last season, playing in 14 games. Watts is a fourth-round draft pick from Texas A&M.

Chiefs Meet But Don’t Ink Steelers FA Wide Out Eli Rogers

The Chiefs on Monday met but did not come to terms on a deal with Steelers free agent wide out Eli Rogers.

His next stop will be in Cleveland to meet with former Steelers OC Todd Haley and the Browns.

Rogers is still coming back from a torn ACL that he suffered in January.

The 25-year-old last season had 18 catches in 14 games with 149 yards and one score. The season before he was a lot more productive, pulling in 48 catches for 594 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games.

He signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Louisville back in 2015.

Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt Ready to Follow Up 2017 Looking to Improve This Season

Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt amassed more yards from scrimmage in his professional debut than any player in NFL history, landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated a few weeks later and finished the season as just the sixth rookie in league history to earn the rushing title, Matt McMullen of Chiefs.com reports.

It was a remarkable season for any player – let alone a rookie – and now a year later, Hunt can put aside the worries associated with a young player trying to break into the league and focus on improving his craft.

“You don’t have to stress about what team you’re going to and deal with interviews like 12 times a day (this time around),” said Hunt, recalling the process leading up to the draft last offseason. “Now, you just have to go out there and play football and try to make yourself better than you were last year.”

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.”

Hunt is no stranger to catching the ball, hauling in 53 receptions for 455 yards last season, though it has been a point of emphasis as he looks to become a better comprehensive offensive player heading into his sophomore season.

“I like it. It gives me the opportunity to get the ball in open space and make people miss,” Hunt said. “The toughest part is just making the play – being able to lock in on the ball – and to make something happen after.”

Chiefs OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Graduates with a Medical Doctorate

The Chiefs officially have another doctor in the house as starting right offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif graduated Tuesday morning from McGill University in Montreal with a medical doctorate according to Herbie Teope of NFL.com.

“This is it!” Duvernay-Tardif tweeted in excitement. “Today I become a doctor!” The Chiefs selected Duvernay-Tardif in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft with a full understanding he was in his third year of medical school. And with the full backing of the Chiefs’ organization over the years, he mastered the art of multitasking the demands of football and returning to Canada during the offseason months to continue his medical studies.

The now 27-year-old clearly excelled at both as he earned a starting job on the O-line and signed a five-year, $41 million contract extension with the Chiefs in 2017. Eight years after beginning the journey in medical school, the 27-year-old now has life after football secured as a medical doctor.

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