Alex Smith | QB | Kansas City Chiefs
Posted: 2/10/2014 1:45pm et
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith said he would like to stay with the team but will not worry about his contract because he still has one year left on his contract. "I think at this point when you get veteran enough it's always year to year. You just understand it's the nature of the game. You've got to play good, otherwise you move on, so I don't care how many years you've got on a contract, for me it's just to be expected." Smith said he is excited about what the offense will be able to do next season because of the success they had in the second half of the 2013 season. "I'm very excited, if you look at our last eight or nine games offensively, we really did some good things and took off a little bit there," Smith said. "And we got some momentum heading into the offseason. Obviously the playoff game was tough to take, but there are some positive things, too."
Huddle Up: Expect the Chiefs to overhaul their receiving corps this offseason, which would go a long way towards helping Smith put up better fantasy numbers. More screen passes to Jamaal Charles wouldn't hurt, either.
Posted: 2/4/2014 4:40pm et
Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt hopes QB Alex Smith will be the long term answer at quarterback for the team. 'When we made the trade for him a year ago, that was part of the thinking,' Hunt said of re-signing Smith. 'I don't think that thinking has changed. He came in and did a nice job. We're glad to have him as a part of the Kansas City Chiefs, and we hope it's longer than a two-year stay.'
Huddle Up: Smith had a strong debut season (career-high 3,313 passing yards and 23 TDs) in K.C., and with the Chiefs desperate to end its perennial search for a QB, look for Smith to land a long-term extension.
Posted: 10/28/2013 11:00am et
Since the Kansas City Chiefs improved to 8-0 on Sunday, Oct. 27, with a win over the Cleveland Browns, they triggered an escalator with the San Francisco 49ers in which the Chiefs now must give the 49ers a 2014 second-round pick as part of April's trade of QB Alex Smith. The 49ers can deal that pick for its second-round value before Tuesday's trade deadline, if so desired.
Huddle Up: Not likely the Chiefs will mind tossing a second-round pick at the Niners for a perfect season thus far. As for the 49ers, they're stockpiling draft picks once again.
Posted: 8/23/2013 9:35pm et
The Kansas City Chiefs have played it safe with QB Alex Smith through the first two preseason games, as he has reportedly looked downfield very little. He has yet to target WR Dwayne Bowe during the preseason.
Huddle Up: This could be a sign of things to come in the regular season. Smith doesn't have a big arm and he hasn't thrown the ball downfield much during his career. Andy Reid is likely to focus more on the short passing game, which could limit Bowe's overall fantasy value.
Posted: 8/17/2013 12:13am et
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith completed seven of his 16 pass attempts for 62 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in preseason action Friday, Aug. 16, against the San Francisco 49ers, his former team.
Huddle Up: After playing well in the opener against the Saints, Smith struggled versus a more stout 49ers' defense. It's hard to judge anything in the preseason but even if he has a productive year in Kansas City, Smith won't be anything more than a decent fantasy backup. At best, Smith will help fantasy owners as a bye-week filler and injury replacement when the match-up is favorable.
Posted: 7/27/2013 1:23am et
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith connected with WR Dexter McCluster on a deep pass down the middle that was hauled in for a touchdown Friday, July 26, on the first play at training camp. More importantly than the big plays, head coach Andy Reid likes consistency, and Smith went several plays into practice before throwing his first incompletion. "There weren't a lot of balls on the ground, and it looked like the defense had people covered," Reid said.
Huddle Up: Smith completed 70 percent of his passes last season before suffering a concussion and eventually being replaced by Colin Kaepernick, so he has experience keeping the ball off the ground. If he can remain accurate in Reid's high-volume passing offense, he'll have an opportunity to put up helpful fantasy numbers.
Posted: 7/17/2013 5:39pm et
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith said new head coach Andy Reid has been "very hands-on" regarding the quarterbacks and the offense, which incorporates some of the same terminology that Smith used under the direction of San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman for the past two seasons. He seems happy to have a new beginning. "To see them make the move and trade and get me, and it's what I wanted to happen -- very exciting. Now, it's my turn to go make the most of it."
Huddle Up: Smith was showing signs of life prior to his injury and replacement by Colin Kaepernick last season, completing 70 percent of his passes. That bodes well for his role in Reid's perennially pass-happy offense, which could generate enough opportunities for Smith to be a legitimate fantasy contributor.
Posted: 6/28/2013 6:49pm et
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles labeled QB Alex Smith as a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback. "I think he is. He's got a great arm," Charles said. "He's been winning most all of his career. I think he wants to prove people wrong: That he is a good quarterback, that he can stay consistent."
Huddle Up: Smith was having a solid season in San Francisco prior to suffering a concussion and losing his job to Colin Kaepernick. And given the propensity of an Andy Reid offense to throw the ball he should have ample opportunity to pile up some stats in Kansas City this season. He's not a starting caliber fantasy quarterback, but he's a solid backup plan with definite upside given his offense.
Posted: 6/6/2013 6:11pm et
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid isn't afraid to have QB Alex Smith throw the ball downfield often, something he wasn't accustomed to doing during his time as a starter for the San Francisco 49ers. Reid is challenging Smith to be more aggressive without being careless with the football and causing turnovers. 'It's a new offense. I would tell any quarterback that comes in new that that's what you need to do. I've told them all that. Go ahead and take your shots and see what you can get away with, within reason. But if it's a close throw, there are going to be a few of those in the National Football League on game day so you need to know what you can get away with on each route,' Reid said.
Huddle Up: Smith's career yards per pass attempt is 6.6, and it'll be interesting to see what happens if he does cut loose with a WR and TE corps that aren't exactly built for stretching the field.