Alex Smith - QBPosted 4/21/15 5:03pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (spleen) was medically cleared for the start of offseason practice, Monday, April 20. The Chiefs don't begin full-squad practices until May, 26.
Huddle Up: Smith, as you may recall, missed the Chiefs' regular-season finale with a lacerated spleen, ending his late-season run in which he posted his three highest passing-yard totals of the year in Weeks 14-16. Overall, Smith finished the season as a low-end QB2 with with 267 fantasy points, but his stock is on the rise with the Chiefs adding FA WR Jeremy Maclin and also exploring other wideout options in the draft.
Derrick Johnson - LBPosted 3/31/15 11:01pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson (Achilles') and DE Mike DeVito (Achilles') are both pushing each other in their rehabs from torn Achilles' tendons. Both players also have a year left on their contracts. DeVito agreed to a pay cut that dropped his salary to $2.9 million. Johnson has a salary cap number of $5.2 million, and the Chiefs are only around $2.85 million under the 2015 cap. Kansas City could create more room by releasing Johnson, but the Chiefs are expected to hang onto him.
Huddle Up: Johnson, who will turn 33 in November, led the Chiefs in tackles in his previous four full seasons (2010-13) so look for K.C. to hang onto the veteran leader. In addition, the LB will have almost a full calendar year to recover after playing in only one game last season.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 3/20/15 5:43pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce has been studying former NFL TE Tony Gonzalez's game tape to creatively find ways to improve Kelce's game, focusing on the fundamentals in relation to instinctual play.
Huddle Up: Kelce had a breakout season a year ago with 67 receptions for 862 yards and five TDs to finish eighth among TEs with 116 fantasy points and should be even better this year with an upgraded K.C. WR corps to help deflect defensive attention.
Dwayne Bowe - WRPosted 3/19/15 2:23pm ET
Free-agent WR Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs) is set to sign a contract with with the Cleveland Browns, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Bowe fell far short of expectations during his final few seasons in K.C. but he'll still upgrade an Cleveland WR corps to the respectable range with Brian Hartline, Andrew Hawkins and Bowe comprising the top three.
Dwayne Bowe - WRPosted 3/15/15 5:22pm ET
Free-agent WR Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs) is meeting with the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, March 15, and the Browns hope to get a deal done before he leaves.
Huddle Up: The Browns already have added free-agent wideout Brian Hartline but certainly need more able bodies at the position with the uncertainty surrounding Josh Gordon and Miles Austin not coming back.
Dwayne Bowe - WRPosted 3/12/15 8:24pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe was released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, March 12.
Huddle Up: Bowe, who was stuck in the 60-catch, 750-yard range over the last three seasons, has seen his eight-year run in K.C. come to an unceremonious end and will now purse a new job. Speaking of which, the WR-needy Browns already are said to be in the hunt.
Dwayne Bowe - WRPosted 3/5/15 4:00pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe my be cut if the team can not trade him.
Huddle Up: With the Chiefs expected to revamp their entire WR corps, Bowe's eight-year run in K.C. appears to be over, and it would be somewhat interesting to see the WR get a shot with a team more dedicated to the aerial game as K.C. QBs have thrown for the third-fewest yards (24,508) in the league during Bowe's tenure.
Justin Houston - LBPosted 3/1/15 5:14pm ET
Free-agent LB Justin Houston (Chiefs) is moving closer to franchise tag status with the Kansas City Chiefs. There were rumors talks on a new deal had begun, but sources indicate the rumors are false and the team will likely slap the tag on Houston.
Huddle Up: Either way, the Chiefs are determined that the 2014 NFL sacks leader will remain in K.C. for at least another season. Look for contract talks to pick up soon, though, after Houston is tagged as expected.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 2/26/15 7:02pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce, who led the team with 67 catches and 862 receiving yards in 2014, is expected to be a more prominent part of the passing offense in 2015 after the team released TE Anthony Fasano on Thursday, Feb. 26. Kelce was in the lineup for roughly 65 percent of the snaps last year. However, the Chiefs were most effective with three tight ends in the lineup last year, so they may shop for another tight end in the draft of in free agency.
Huddle Up: Kelce was a 2014 sleeper who lived up to -- or at least came close to -- breakout expectations, finishing eighth among TEs with 116 fantasy points. Kelce could also receive an additional boost if the Chiefs finally add some competent WR help this offseason.
A.J. Jenkins - WRPosted 2/17/15 4:04pm ET
The Kansas City Chiefs released veteran WRs A.J. Jenkins and Donnie Avery on Tuesday, Feb. 17.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs' long-awaited overhaul of their talent-poor WR corps has begun with the the team jettisoning Jenkins and Avery, who combined for five starts, 24 receptions and 269 yards and -- as was seen on Twitter on Tuesday -- zero of the team's zero WR TD receptions last season.
Justin Houston - LBPosted 2/15/15 9:11pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent LB Justin Houston's agent is expected to talk with the Chiefs this week about a possible long-term contract for Houston, according to a source. The Chiefs are expected to place the franchise tag on Houston if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement on a new deal.
Huddle Up: Houston had a breakout year last season with 22 sacks after notching a combined 26.5 in his first three seasons and look for him to remain in K.C. one way or the other.
Justin Houston - LBPosted 2/8/15 5:02pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs OLB Justin Houston is likely to receive the franchise tag before free agency gets underway next month.
Huddle Up: The 26-year-old Houston, who led the league with 22 sacks to double his previous season high, would be one of the hottest FA commodities if he was allowed to hit the market, but that's not going to happen with the playmaker-needy Chiefs.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 1/29/15 3:51pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith needs more weapons around him, according to impending free-agent LB Justin Houston. He believes the Chiefs can win a championship with Smith. "For the past two years we had winning seasons. This year, I feel like our offensive line struggled a little bit, we had some injuries that caused him to get sacked more than usual. But I think we can do it," Houston noted.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs neglected to add WR help last offseason and wound up with a wideout corps that inexplicably failed to catch a TD pass all season. Don't look for K.C. to make this same mistake this offseason.
Dwayne Bowe - WRPosted 1/7/15 12:41am ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe is a candidate to be cut this offseason if the team can't work out a reduced contract with him.
Huddle Up: As if the group's zero TD catches wasn't a clear-enough signal, the Chiefs possess one of the league's weakest WR corps, and Bowe's 60 catches for 754 yards is more suited for a No. 2 WR role. Look for K.C. to make a move for a top-level wideout -- either via free-agency or the draft -- after failing to address the need last offseason.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 12/26/14 2:53pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith will not play in the team's Week 17 game after suffering a lacerated spleen in last Sunday's loss to the Steelers. Chase Daniel will start the Week 17 finale against the Chargers.
Huddle Up: Tough news, particularly leading up to a must-win game for the Chiefs and Smith, who is coming off his three highest passing-yardage games (293, 297 & 311) of the season over the last three outings.
Chase Daniel - QBPosted 12/26/14 2:54pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Chase Daniel is expected to start in the team's Week 17 game after it was announced that starter Alex Smiuth suffered a lacerated spleen in the Week 16 loss against the Steelers.
Huddle Up: Daniel, a career backup, has made one career start, and ironically it came in last season's regular-season finale against the Chargers in which he finished 21-of-30 for 200 yards and a TD. He also ran for 59 yards on seven carries and is certainly a viable pickup if you've been counting on Smith and your waiver wire is bare.
Dwayne Bowe - WRPosted 12/22/14 8:00pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe (shoulder) is dealing with what the team is calling a sprained shoulder, and his availability for Week 17 against the San Diego Chargers is in question. However, head coach Andy Reid is optimistic that Bowe will be able to play in the season finale. Bowe missed all of practice last week while dealing with the flu and still caught six passes for 57 yards in Week 16. "Knowing Dwayne, he doesn't miss much,' Reid said. "I think he'll be OK once it's all said and done here. We've got a little different schedule because of Christmas, and we'll practice tomorrow. It will be a stretch for him to practice to be able to do that tomorrow but as the week goes on, he'll be there."
Huddle Up: Bowe has 57 catches for 724 yards but no TDs this season as the K.C. WR scoreless drought drones on. If you're counting on Bowe in the regular-season finale, monitor the late-week practice reports coming out of K.C.
Dwayne Bowe - WRPosted 12/19/14 6:35pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe (flu) did not practice for the third straight day this week Friday, Dec. 19, and is questionable for Week 16 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, head coach Andy Reid is confident that Bowe will play against the Steelers. "He's taken in some fluids and trying to maintain keeping those fluids in," Reid said. "We'll just see how he does. He is making improvement, but he did not practice today."
Huddle Up: Sounds like a nasty bug but he figures to be well enough by Sunday. Whether he can break the K.C. WR TD drought, though, remains very doubtful.
Dwayne Bowe - WRPosted 12/18/14 10:10pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe missed his second straight practice due to an illness Thursday, Dec. 18.
Huddle Up: Bowe has missed the team's first two practices of the week but should be good to go come Sunday in Pittsburgh.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 12/13/14 5:55pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee, ankle) is expected to have a full workload Sunday, Dec. 14, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Huddle Up: Charles is locked in as a Top 3 fantasy back this week. Fantasy owners should have no worries.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 12/12/14 5:59pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle, knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 12, and is listed as probable for Week 15.
Huddle Up: Count on the stud Charles as usual.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 12/11/14 11:36pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee, ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 11.
Huddle Up: Charles was back on the field Thursday after a well-deserved maintenance day/day of rest and recuperation Wednesday. His fantasy owners can proceed with confidence this week.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 12/10/14 1:48pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee, ankle) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Dec. 10.
Huddle Up: A late-season first practice of the week so don't get too concerned -- especially given the Sunday Charles just went through.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 12/8/14 3:59pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle, knee) is dealing with a swollen knee and an ankle injury, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Huddle Up: Backup Knile Davis could see more carries going forward but Charles touches the ball so much, it shouldn't impact his fantasy value. Charles is expected to play in Week 15 against the Raiders.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 12/5/14 2:18pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles had just 14 touches (10 runs, four catches) in the team's Week 13 loss to the Denver Broncos, and offensive coordinator Doug Pederson realizes that the team needs to put the ball in Charles' hands more often to close out the season. Charles' 35 rushing yards against the Broncos was his lowest total of the year since Week 2 when he was injured. "We as a staff, and me as a coordinator, I have to allow him to touch the football as often as we can," Pederson said. "You look at the stat sheet and look at the targets and the number of touches that guys get, and then you go back and say, 'Oh, I wish I would have done this or I wish I would have done that, or more of this or less of that,' after the game, win or lose."
Huddle Up: Definitely expect more work for the Chiefs' No. 1 weapon on Sunday as they desperately need to snap out of their two-game skid to keep pace in the tight AFC playoff race. Having Charles score in seven straight games, though, has definitely been a nice consolation prize for his fantasy owners.
Eric Berry - SPosted 11/24/14 8:09pm ET
The Kansas City Chiefs placed SS Eric Berry (illness) on the Non-Football Illness list Monday, Nov. 24, according to a source. Berry will miss the rest of the season. Berry underwent an MRI on his chest, which revealed a mass in his chest. The team believes he has lymphoma, but there is no definite diagnosis.
Huddle Up: A tough story coming out of K.C today, and first here's hoping for the best for Berry. In the meantime, it'll mean the Chiefs' secondary will have to adjust on the fly without their leader, who's had 37 total tackles and two passes defensed in 6 games this season. Ron Parker is slated to take over at SS with Husain Abdullah at FS.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 11/18/14 11:35pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (ribs, shoulder) fully participated in practice Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Huddle Up: Kelce has been dealing with nagging injuries all season but hasn't missed a start. The Chiefs' run-heavy offense, though, is limiting his targets and he's had only 5 catches for 56 yards and no scores over the last two games.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 11/15/14 10:29am ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith's average pass has only traveled 5.6 yards past the line of scrimmage this season, which is the shortest distance among quarterbacks in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Despite having a head coach with a pass happy reputation, the Chiefs have yet to ratchet up their passing attack with Smith. He's failed to reach 200 yards passing in 4 of the last 7 games, and failed to toss a touchdown in 2 of the last 3. No doubt having one of the least talented WR corps in the league isn't helping.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 11/13/14 11:54pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce is ready for a bigger workload after his package was limited earlier in the season due to his playbook knowledge, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Huddle Up: Kelce's workload will most definitely increase if fellow TE Anthony Fasano is unable to play Sunday with a knee injury having kept him out of practice so far this week.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 10/31/14 5:36pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (shoulder) practiced in full for the third straight day Friday, Oct. 31, and is probable for Week 9 against the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: Smith will be a full go Sunday and is a sneaky good QB start going against a Jets' defense that is surrendering the second most fantasy points to opposing QBs.
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