In this Jan. 16, 2016, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos (5), of Brazil, kicks a field goal against the New England Patriots in the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP) -- Over the next few weeks, after long days of training camp on the practice fields of Missouri Western State University, Cairo Santos will return to his dorm room and hunker down in front of a TV.
JOSEPH, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs had 85 players on the field Saturday afternoon for their first full practice of training camp and unlike the rest of their stay in St. Joseph, Mo., this 90-minute workout was a breeze. The Chiefs' head coach was described as "old school" by a couple of his veteran players, but they have no problem with practices that are physical and generally include some "live" plays that go off at close to full throttle.
The LA Rams released quarterback Nick Foles after just one season with the team, not exactly high praise for a player they made a trade for, but with several NFL teams needing help with depth at the position, he should sign somewhere in the coming days. A reunion of Andy Reid and Foles makes good sense and with Kansas City favored by many NFL experts to win the AFC West, having a proven QB in the mix could prove beneficial, but the Chiefs aren't the only team in need of help.
Terez Paylor, Chiefs beat writer for The Kansas City Star, breaks down the news of the day as the quarterbacks and rookies had their first practice of camp at Missouri Western State University. Kansas City Star Chiefs beat writer Terez Paylor breaks down the news of the day as the quarterbacks and rookies arrived for training camp at Missouri Western State University.
The highlights from Saturday's day in Chiefs camp, along with an injury report and Sunday's schedule. Chiefs coach Andy Reid will move players up and down the depth chart throughout camp, but there were no surprises with the first Saturday, as all the starters were exactly who Reid said they would be back in late June.
On the other end of the spectrum, the quarterback can succumb to too much pressure, the play can be snuffed out, and the ball falls to the grass behind the line of scrimmage. On a day of camp where it's usually bombs away for the "oohs" and "ahhs" of the fans, Reid opted to try to improve a part of the Chiefs' game that looks so much easier than the deep ball, but is ultimately more difficult.
Andy Reid didn't waste much time before establishing, firmly, the current status of the Chiefs' No. 2 quarterback competition between Tyler Bray, Aaron Murray and Kevin Hogan. The offseason departure of veteran Chase Daniel, who served as Alex Smith's backup the previous three years, has created a significant void, one that must be filled with a competent option if the Chiefs truly hope to be Super Bowl contenders this year.
JOSEPH, Mo. -- Eric Fisher has yet to play consistently like a No. 1 overall draft pick, as he was for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013. Even considering he plays a so-called premium position, the left tackle hasn't played well enough to earn a four-year contract extension worth $48 million, including $40 million guaranteed.
The Kansas City Chiefs have locked up a four-year extension deal with offensive tackle Eric Fisher. The new deal is reportedly worth $48 million with $40 million guaranteed, with Fisher receiving a total of $63 million for the six years he has left with the team. Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said of Fisher, "In three seasons he's grown significantly as a football player in our system. He's a tough, physical presence and a leader on our offensive line. We look forward to keeping him as a part of our organization and community."
Two years were tacked on to the remaining two years left on Fisher's deal, netting him a four-year, $63 million deal with the Chiefs that includes $40 million in guarantees. The new contract averages $15.75 million per year now for Fisher , eclipsing the $13.6 million average due to Washington's Trent Williams and giving Fisher the top spot among offensive linemen.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has been labeled a "game manager" and lived in the shadows of other quarterbacks his entire career, but he's finally poised to make his own legacy. We all remember the 2005 NFL Draft when the San Francisco 49ers famously drafted Alex Smith over Aaron Rodgers with the No. 1 overall pick.
I have almost never been more surprised by a piece of news than I was by the fact that Parker Ehinger emerged from OTAs as the (apparent) leader at the left guard spot for the Chiefs . There seems to be quite a bit of talk about moving him to the slot WR spot, where the Chiefs could use help and Wilson's undeniable YAC ability could be a bonus (that and his rather limited catch radius doesn't crop up as an issue).