Chiefs owner Clark Hunt made took in the team’s minicamp Tuesday and was pleased with the progress the team has made under new general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid.
“I always have high expectations, but you try to temper those expectations,” Hunt said. “We do have a new staff. We have a lot of new players. I don’t know how quickly it will come together once we get to September. But I’m very excited about what I’ve seen this spring.
“I wouldn’t use the term ‘rebuilding.’ We came into 2013 with a lot of talented football players on the team. John Dorsey has done a great job of adding some people who I think will help us both this year and down the road. And then obviously Andy and his coaching staff have done a tremendous job with them.”
“It’s been so exciting this spring to see the guys progress. Even two weeks ago, I thought the practice was great but you move to today in the minicamp we’re in and you can see the guys are really picking it up. You can feel the excitement in the building, not only when the guys are on the practice field but when they’re in the meeting rooms as well.”
Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson told FOXSports Kansas City that running back Jamaal Charles will be a major part of the passing game.
“Obviously, we know what he did last year — Pro Bowl running back, had over 1,500 yards, excellent, excellent season,” new offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said. “He’s a guy that we can put in multiple spots. He’s a sharp kid. He’s worked extremely hard this offseason.
“Really, I think the sky is the limit with him with what we’re trying to do. Just put him in different spots and using his ability to, again, create matchups defensively.”
“You’ve seen him sprint out of the single receiver, and he’ll come out of the backfield,” Pederson continued. “He’s a guy that needs to move around, and (one) you can put in different positions, motion out the back, shift him from the backfield. He catches the ball so well that you have to take advantage of that offensively.”
New Era, the official on-field headwear of the National Football League, is teaming up with the NFL to launch the Back to Football Photo Day contest. So what this means is that Chiefs fans will now have the chance to join the ranks of Alex Smith to also become THE face of the Chiefs.
The contest, which is live atwww.speakwithyourcap.comor through New Era’s Facebook page(https://www.facebook.com/neweracaps?fref=ts) will require Chiefs faithfuls tosubmit photos of themselves showcasing how you personally “speak with your cap.” Whether you wear your cap sideways, backwards or flexed at the brim, show how you are bringing your own style to the game.
32 fans (1 per team) will ultimately be chosen and win a complimentary trip to New York City for two. The winners will enjoy a four-day VIP experience and will be professionally styled in their favorite team’s looks for a New Era photo shoot that may be used for a year-long advertisement and promotional campaign.
Left tackle Branden Albert told the Chiefs he will join them in time for full-squad practices next week, Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star reports.
Rookie tackle Eric Fisher, selected by the Chiefs with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft last month, was at right tackle today for the beginning of a three-day rookie camp at their Truman Sports Complex practice facility.
“He’ll be in here Monday,” coach Andy Reid said of Albert. “Branden will play the left side for right now and Eric will play the right side. I think that gives you two pretty good bookends right there. We also know we have Donald Stephenson, who is also a good football player.”
“He (Albert) is very eager to get going. He’s very excited.”
The Chiefs on Wednesday made a trade with the Arizona Cardinals, acquiring fullback Anthony Sherman.
Kansas City in return gave cornerback Javier Arenas back to the Cardinals.
Sherman was a fifth-round pick of the Cardinals back in 2011, and appeared in 28 games in the regular season. He had just one carry for three yards, but caught 13 passes for 111 yards.
For now the Cardinals don’t have a fullback on the roster.
As for Arenas, he was a draft choice for the Chiefs in the second-round of the 2010 draft out of Alabama. Last season he had 53 solo tackles and one forced fumble in 16 games played. He also logged 204 yards in kickoff returns and 297 yards in punt returns on special teams.
Fisher has drawn comparisons to 49ers Pro Bowl tackle Joe Staley, also a product of Central Michigan. There are some similarities. He’s tall, has long arms but is thick through the waist with room to add weight. Fisher is a natural athlete and quick off the snap. Scouts love his bend and ability to make difficult blocks. He has good balance in pass protection and can drive block in the run game. Many consider Fisher more powerful than Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel, his rival as the top tackle prospect in the draft. He played left tackle throughout most of college but has the skill set to play on the right side.