Ben Grubbs is the only linemen on the Chiefs who's older than 30. "When I first came here, I was more consumed with the sense of making sure I knew my job," Grubbs told B.J. Kissel of KCChiefs .com. "I kind of shied away from being a vocal leader." "He's stepping into the huddle calm and assertive, I think that rubs off on some of the younger guys."
Kelce initially tried jogging off the injury. Chris Conley replaced the injured Albert Wilson in the starting lineup at one of the wide receiver positions. Wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas , who has an injured calf, worked during the early portion of practice but left the field as the Chiefs began full-team drills. Safety Ron Parker made the play of practice when he stole the ball from James O'Shaughnessy after the rookie tight end had caught a pass and turned to head upfield.
The Kansas City Chiefs waived 11 players on Sunday afternoon to prepare for the NFL's mandated 75-player roster limit by Sept. 1. Notably not on the list was Indian Country's very own James Winchester (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) who was signed earlier this spring to tryout for the Long Snapper position. He was in closely contested battle for the position along side rookie long snapper Andrew East who was 1 of the 11 players waived by Kansas City. "I think both of them are going to snap in this league," Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce suffered a leg injury in practice, and his status is currently unknown. Without Kelce on the field, the Chiefs will likely rely on young tight end Demetrius Harris to fill the void. Jamaal Charles is one of the best playmakers in the entire NFL , and the Chiefs could certainly beat a number of teams by controlling the clock and tempo with large chunks of yardage on the ground.
Head coach Andy Reid's No. 1 offense scored 17 points on its first three possessions, with Alex Smith throwing a pair of touchdown passes. "Those other two games, we were just trying to force the ball down the field; there were some things I wanted to look at there. In the second game, we forced the screen-game in and I wanted to make sure we got a look at that with the new linemen. "What we needed to get better at was to get the offense rolling a little bit.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. After the disastrous season that led to coach Romeo Crennel's ouster, along with then-GM Scott Pioli, the Chiefs had the top spot on the waiver priority list. Parker may be the best example of the value of the waiver wire. Reid takes a certain amount of pride in the fact that the Chiefs have a handful of players who might fill another team's needs this year.
Tight end Demetrius Harris , who practiced on Sunday for the first time with the Kansas City Chiefs this season because he was waiting for his broken foot to mend, said he's prepared to play some in Thursday night's final preseason game in St. Louis. The Chiefs' offensive production dropped off in the second half of the season.
Harris felt a pop and then pain. The Chiefs were preparing to face the Bills in Buffalo last November, but Harris' season was over. Whenever Harris returns, the Chiefs are hopeful to rekindle the success they experienced when he was on the field last season. After the Harris injury, the Chiefs found a way to win in Buffalo, but the offense sagged.
In his first visit to Chiefs training camp in St. Joseph, former general manager Carl Peterson indulged an inquisitor about Derrick Thomas. The cornerstone of the Chiefs' success in the 1990s. ... A game-changer with his speed and first step. ...
Chiefs coach Andy Reid spoke to the media on Sunday and indicated that he believes the same -- that the Chiefs cuts will be getting opportunities elsewhere. "I think (John Dorsey) and his guys have done a nice job of that. And there's competition, there's a great amount of competition, so that normally brings out the best, thus, they get on tape and on film and these other teams can look at them and they can say 'you know what, this guy's worth a shot.'"
The Kansas City Chiefs will take good news regarding their offensive line wherever they can find it. Fisher still isn't practicing, but he's getting close to his return to the practice field. Fisher, who sprained his ankle in practice two weeks ago, will probably return to practice next week and play in the Sept. 13 season-opener against the Houston Texans .
Sunday's practice brought this piece of good news: Eric Fisher's injured left ankle was no longer wrapped. "I believe once you get to the playoffs, that's where that elite quarterback playhas to come in. Look at the ones who win Super Bowls, always the top five quarterbacks. You can get to the playoffs with a good quarterback, but to win you have to have that special guy who can take it to the next level," Gonzalez said.