Son of Wrestling Legend Sting Gets a Tryout with the Chiefs

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Steven Borden Jr., a tight end who has a try out for the Chiefs during their three-day rookie minicamp is the son of Steven Borden Sr., a professional wrestling legend who is better known by his ring name of “Sting,” Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.

“People usually ask me does that bother you, does that upset you? It’s never bothered me,” Borden Jr. said Sunday. “It’s actually been one of those things that has pushed me my entire life. You see what your dad has done, you want to beat him out.”

As you might imagine, Borden Jr. that some of his teammates are well aware of the connection.

“I’m used to it by now,” Borden Jr. said. “You’re going to get a couple comments here and there in the locker room. But eventually people just see me as Steven Borden, and that’s what it is.”

Borden, who caught four passes for 33 yards as a senior at Kentucky, says his father has been supportive of his football career, which he started pursuing from the age of 8.

“He’s always kind of pushed me to do what I want to do, make a name for myself outside of what he’s done,” Borden Jr. said. “So that’s been the goal my entire life, not really to follow in his footsteps necessarily, but to make my own name … he never really was one of those dads who kind of wanted to push their son into their own deal.”

Chiefs Draft Washington CB Marcus Peters in Round One

2015 NFL Scouting Combine

The Chiefs took CB Marcus Peters with their first pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, a player with a ton of upside if he can stay out of trouble off the field.

Here’s the low down on Peters.

If it weren’t for off-the-field issues, Peters could be the top cornerback in the 2015 NFL Draft. He has a first-round skill set with size, speed, length and ball skills. However, Peters did major damage to his draft stock when he was kicked out of the Washington Huskies program midway through the 2014 season. He also hasn’t interviewed well with NFL teams since then. Multiple teams have said they question whether Peters has actually learned and grown from the incident.

In 2013, Peters recorded 55 tackles with five interceptions, one forced fumble and nine passes broken up. He had some clutch games against Stanford and Oregon State. Peters was a Second-Team All-Pac-12 performer.

Despite his abbreviated 2014 season, Peters recorded 23 tackles, five passes broken up and three interceptions. He had an excellent game against Stanford with an interception and good coverage on Cardinal receiver Ty Montgomery. Versus Jaelen Strong and Arizona State, Peters put together a solid game. He was beaten by Strong on two receptions, including a touchdown, but had wins on Strong as well. Peters covered Strong better than any other defensive back last season. Then Peters was kicked off the team for repeated arguments with the new coaching staff, and it had reached the point that the team couldn’t tolerate his presence because it was setting a bad example for other players.

Washington did allow Peters to continue to train at the school and participate in ita pro day. At the Combine and in team interviews, Peters didn’t impress or convince teams that his problems were a thing of the past.

For the NFL, Peters is a man-cover corner who is capable of going one-on-one against good receivers and keeping them from big games. Peters will give up some plays here and there, but overall, he has been very good at limiting the effectiveness of No. 1 receivers. Peters has the speed, size and agility to run with them and prevent separation. Peters is quick to maintain coverage in and out of breaks with the agility to open up his hips and run downfield when the wideouts go vertical. He also shows a nice job of defending the back-shoulder sideline throws that are en vogue in the NFL.

Peters is a dangerous cornerback to throw at with his ball skills. He is adept at snatching the pass and taking it the other way. In the NFL, it wouldn’t be surprising if he has some significant interception totals in some seasons.

Chiefs Beat Chargers 19-7; Still Miss Playoffs Despite 9-7 Mark

The Chiefs postseason dreams ended Sunday, but in doing so they helped eliminate one of their rivals, topping the Chargers at home 19-7.

The win for the Chiefs ends their year 9-7, and it also ended the Chargers season 9-7, but knocked San Diego out of the playoffs. If the Chargers would have won, they would have taken home the 6th seed.

Instead, Baltimore, who beat Cleveland at home 20-10, is the 6th seed in the AFC playoff picture.

Justin Houston had four sacks for the Chiefs (9-7) to break Derrick Thomas’s franchise record with 22 in the season.

Cairo Santos kicked four field goals, and Chase Daniel played well enough in place of injured quarterback Alex Smith, throwing for 157 yards without an interception.

The Chiefs’ only touchdown came when wide receiver Dwayne Bowe fumbled inches shy of the goal line early in the second quarter. Tight end Travis Kelce recovered in the end zone.

Philip Rivers had 291 yards passing for the Chargers (9-7), going 4,000 yards in a season for the sixth time in his career. Branden Oliver ran for 71 yards and a touchdown.

It appeared for a while that an unexpected series of events just might allow Kansas City to sneak into the playoffs, similar to what happened on the final day of the 2006 season.

The Chiefs had already built a 19-3 lead on a cold day at Arrowhead Stadium. Cleveland was clinging to a 10-3 lead over Baltimore, and three-win Jacksonville led Houston 17-14.

If all three scores had held, the Chiefs would have claimed the final wild-card spot.

Instead, the Texans took the lead a few minutes later. So did the Ravens. And when both held on to spoil the Chiefs’ party, an inspired performance by their defense became moot.

Kansas City started the season 7-3, but limped to the finish amid an avalanche of injuries. The latest was to Smith, who lacerated his spleen in last week’s loss to Pittsburgh.

Chiefs vs Steelers NFL Week 16 Inactives

Chiefs: QB Aaron Murray, WR Donnie Avery, CB Marcus Cooper, RB Charcandrick West, C Eric Kush, OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, DL Nick Williams.

Steelers: TE Matt Spaeth, S Troy Polamalu, CB Ike Taylor, WR Justin Brown, G Chris Hubbard, QB Landry Jones, DE Clifton Geathers.

Chiefs vs Steelers Wednesday Injury Report

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Practice Report
Wednesday Practice Not Complete
PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB William Gay (not injury related), DT Steve McLendon (not injury related), TE Heath Miller (not injury related), S Michael Mitchell (groin), S Troy Polamalu (knee), QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related), TE Matt Spaeth (elbow)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle), CB Ivan Taylor (shoulder, forearm)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Marcus Gilbert (ankle), LB James Harrison (knee)

Raiders vs Chiefs NFL Week 15 Inactives

Raiders: QB Matt McGloin, WR Denarius Moore, LB Sio Moore, OL Tony Bergstrom, OL Menelik Watson, TE Brian Leonhardt, DT Stacy McGee.

Chiefs: QB Aaron Murray, WR Donnie Avery, CB Phillip Gaines, C Eric Kush, OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, TE Richard Gordon, DE Allen Bailey.

Video: CBS NFL Week 15 Preview – Raiders vs Chiefs

Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 15 matchup between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs.

Raiders at Chiefs NFL Week 15 Game Capsule

OAKLAND RAIDERS (2-11) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (7-6)

SERIES

RAIDERS CHIEFS
SERIES LEADER 55-51-2
STREAKS 4 of past 6  
COACHES VS. OPP. Sparano: 3-0 Reid: 3-3
LAST WEEK W 24-13 vs. 49ers L 17-14 at Cardinals
LAST GAME 11/20/14: Chiefs 20 at Raiders 24. Oakland RB Latavius Murray rushes for 112 yards on 4 carries (28.0 avg.) & 2 TDs, including 90-yarder. Raiders WR James Jones catches GW-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/13/13: Chiefs 24, Raiders 7. Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles totals 128 scrimmage yards (78 rushing, 50 receiving) with 2 rushing TDs. Chiefs S Husain Abdullah has 44-yard INT-TD.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 140 (Oak.), 117 (KC). XM: 232 (KC).

STATS

PASSING Carr (R): 286-473-2676-17-11-78.3
  1. Smith: 254-389-2657-16-6-92.2
RUSHING McFadden: 140-454-3.2-2 Charles: 172-898-5.2-9 (T1L)
RECEIVING
  1. Jones: 62-589-9.5-4
Kelce (TE): 51-688-13.5-4
OFFENSE 283.8 318.0
TAKE/GIVE -16 -5
DEFENSE 350.8 335.8
SACKS 4 tied: 3 Houston: 16 (T1L)
INTs Woodson: 3 4 tied: 1
PUNTING King: 45.4 Colquitt: 44.5
KICKING Janikowski: 62 (23/23 PAT; 13/15 FG) Santos (R): 81 (33/33 PAT; 16/18 FG)

NOTES

RAIDERS: QB DEREK CARR (Round 2, No. 36 overall) leads NFL rookies in passing yards (2,676) & TDs (17), both club rookie records. Posted 254 pass yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 140.2 passer rating last week…RB LATAVIUS MURRAY led team with 76 rush yards last week & has 188 in past 2. In past 4 vs. KC, RB DARREN

MC FADDEN has 403 scrimmage yards (305 rush, 98 rec.), incl. 2 100-yard rushing games…WR JAMES JONES leads team in catches (62) & rec. yards (589). TE MYCHAL RIVERA led team with career-high 109 rec. yards on 7 catches (tied for career-best) with TD last week vs. 49ers. Needs TD catch to eclipse career-high 4 in 2013…Rookie LB KHALIL MACK (No. 5 overall) had career-high 2 sacks last week & has 3 sacks in past 4. DT ANTONIO SMITH has 3 sacks in past 4, incl. 2 vs SF. S CHARLES WOODSON had 59th career INT last week, surpassing HOFer EMMITT THOMAS (58) for No. 11 all-time. DE BENSON MAYOWA posted 1st career sack last week…CHIEFS: In past 11, QB ALEX SMITH has 2,200 pass yards & 15 TDs vs. 3 INTs with 99.3 rating, incl. 4 games with 100+ rating. Smith’s teams are 21-1-1 (.934) when he starts & has 100+ rating. Passed for 293 yards last week & reached 20,000 career (20,250)…In past 3 meetings, RB JAMAAL CHARLES has 465 scrimmage yards (178 rush, 287 rec.) & 8 total TDs (3 rush, 5 rec.). Has 14 TDs in past 10 overall (9 rush, 5 rec.). Averages 5.5 yards/att. for career, highest of any NFL RB in history (min. 750 att.)…WR DWAYNE BOWE has 6,999 career rec. yards & needs 1 to join TONY GONZALEZ (10,940) & OTIS TAYLOR (7,306) as only Chiefs to reach 7,000 career. TE TRAVIS KELCE led team with career-high 110 rec. yards on 7 catches last week. Ranks 3rd among AFC TEs with 688 rec. yards & needs 12 to join Gonzalez & WALTER WHITE as only Chiefs TEs with 700-yard receiving season…LB JUSTIN HOUSTON has 14 sacks & 3 FF in past 11. Tied for NFL lead in sacks (16) & joins HOFer DERRICK THOMAS, JARED ALLEN & NEIL SMITH as only KC players with 15+ sacks in season.

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