Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 8/22/16 7:08am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) is unlikely to play in the third preseason game, according to head coach Andy Reid. Charles should practice more this week, however.
Huddle Up: The team is easing Charles in this preseason, and there's no reason to believe he'll be limited when the season begins. Charles is a midrange RB1 in fantasy.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 8/18/16 8:05am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) practiced in full Thursday, Aug. 18, for the first time. He won't play in the second preseason game, though.
Huddle Up: Charles appears to be progressing in his first week of practice. The team plans to use him as much as he can handle if he remains productive, and he's a midrange RB1 in fantasy.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 8/17/16 2:16pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) was limited Wednesday, Aug. 17, but he got through a larger workload than he did the previous day.
Huddle Up: Good to see as the Chiefs are certainly not going to push the envelope in getting the 29-year-old RB back up to speed. He remains a low-end RB1/high-end RB2.
Jeremy Maclin - WRPosted 8/17/16 4:06pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (groin) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 17, because of a groin injury.
Huddle Up: There isn't much additional info on the Chiefs' top wideout at this point, but it could be only a precautionary issue just the same as K.C. prepares to travel to L.A. for Week 2 of the preseason. We'll definitely monitor the wire for further details.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 8/16/16 9:55am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list, and he's participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: KC will use Charles as much as he can handle, if he's healthy and productive. He has plenty of talent behind him, though, and they can afford to take it slow with him in the early part of the season. Charles is still in the RB1 conversation, but he's likely to be overvalued.
Charcandrick West - RBPosted 8/15/16 7:33pm ET
Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs RB Charcandrick West (elbow) is considered day-to-day because of an elbow injury.
Huddle Up: The injury isn't considered serious but West can't afford to miss any time. He's already behind Spencer Ware on the depth chart. Ware offers a lot of value right now with his Round 15 ADP.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 8/13/16 6:36pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware got the start with RB Jamaal Charles (knee) still on the Physically Unable to Perform list and did not disappoint in the team's preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, Aug. 13, running for 24 yards on five carries and converting on a 1-yard plunge early in the first quarter.
Huddle Up: Ware is clearly the No.2 back and could even earn some goal line work once Charles returns, yet he's not even being drafted in some leagues. Ware's Round 15 ADP is a gift right now. He's one of the better handcuffs in the league, especially with Charles coming off a knee injury.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 8/10/16 9:47pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said he is hopeful that RB Jamaal Charles (knee) will be ready for the start of the regular season.
Huddle Up: Charles is still recovering from knee surgery but the Chiefs are hoping he'll be ready for Week 1. Spencer Ware will get the bulk of the early down work if Charles still isn't 100 percent healthy by the start of the regular season. Ware is currently a steal with an ADP in Round 16.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 8/8/16 8:45am ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith has shown more willingness to throw downfield and improved decision-making overall, convincing his coaches he is enjoying the finest of his four training camps with the team, according to ESPN.com writer Adam Teicher.
Huddle Up: This feels like a believe-it-when-you-see-it report, but Smith's unwillingness to throw downfield throughout most of his career has pigeonholed him into the ultimate "game manager" quarterback. The 32-year-old has the weapons to cut it loose a bit more in Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce. As it stands now, he usually presents a pretty safe floor as an unexciting QB2 in most leagues.
Albert Wilson - WRPosted 8/2/16 3:26pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Albert Wilson left practice early Tuesday, Aug. 2 with a calf injury, and he walked gingerly off the field.
Huddle Up: Something to causally keep an eye on as Wilson finished 2015 as the Chiefs' No. 2 WR with 35 catches for 451 yards and a pair of TDs. However, free-agent Rod Streater and second-year wideout Chris Conley are poised make moves on the depth chart whether Wilson is healthy or not.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 7/27/16 2:52pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 27.
Huddle Up: Charles wasn't expected to have much work in training camp anyway since he is coming off a torn ACL. He is still expected to be ready for the start of the season but his status is obviously worth tracking.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 7/26/16 1:00pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles' workload won't be limited if he's healthy and returns to the player he was before his knee injury, according to beat writer Adam Teicher.
Huddle Up: Andy Reid never has been shy about featuring his lead back, but given Charles' injury history and approaching 30th birthday combined with the skilled backups (Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware) now behind him, there is cause for some ? about J.C.'s overall share of the workload.
Spencer Ware - RBPosted 7/20/16 1:00am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware is viewed as the backup running back behind RB Jamaal Charles, according to ESPN.com's Adam Teicher. Teicher did say that Ware and RB Charcandrick West would both play if Charles was injured.
Huddle Up: This makes sense as West is more like Charles than Ware is, and the latter could be the K.C. goal-line back after rushing for six scores in only 72 carries a year ago.
Jeremy Maclin - WRPosted 6/29/16 10:19am ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin invited WR Chris Conley to work out with him at the team's training facility in the offseason. WR Albert Wilson joined them to lift weights, watch film and work on route concepts four days a week until the team's offseason workout program in mid-April. Conley and Wilson are the team's No. 2 and 3 receivers, and trying to hold off newcomers WR Rod Streater and WR Tyreek Hill.
Huddle Up: It's always good when your WR2 and WR3 take their cues from your WR1 and join him in offseason training. The extra work can only help once the Chiefs reconvene for training camp, though whether Conley and/or Wilson can carve out fantasy value as secondary receivers in Kansas City remains to be seen.
Eric Berry - SPosted 6/21/16 4:16pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry has a reasonable chance to become the highest-paid safety and top Minnesota Vikings FS Harrison Smith's $51.25 million deal.
Huddle Up: Berry enjoyed a boffo comeback season last year with 61 total tackles, 10 passes defensed and a pair of interceptions, putting the 27-year-old in prime position to cash in as the Chiefs need him more than ever.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 6/18/16 11:15am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) was able to participate in some drills during minicamp, but head coach Andy Reid said the team will not rush Charles back to the lineup.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs know what Charles can do, so they have no need to jeopardize his availability for the season by overworking him in OTAs. Fantasy owners would like to see a little more Charles before committing a high draft pick to him, but an early August display of his health should suffice.
Justin Houston - LBPosted 6/17/16 7:58pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston (knee) will not be ready for the start of training camp because he is recovering from a knee injury.
Huddle Up: As anticipated, one of the league's most feared pass rushers is going to need more time to recover from offseason surgery, and the early part of the regular season remains a major question mark at this point as well. Stay tuned ...
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 6/12/16 1:45pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) might participate in team drills during minicamp nextw eek, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Huddle Up: Cautiously good news for the RB, who will turn 30 later this year, but be prepared for the Chiefs to limit his touches when he does return with a pair of capable backups in Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 6/2/16 11:10am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) made an appearance at practice Wednesday, June 1, wearing a jersey and shorts without a helmet. However, he did not practice, and he is not expected to participate in practice until training begins in July, at the earliest.
Huddle Up: Coming off a second significant knee injury, there is no reason for Charles to do any substantial work until August. He knows the offense, the Chiefs know what he can do, and in hopes of getting a full 16 games out of him they will limit his offseason work as much as they can. That makes spending an early fantasy pick on Charles a riskier proposition, but given what he's done in the past it remains a worthwhile investment.
Jeremy Maclin - WRPosted 5/27/16 10:50am ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (ankle) injured his ankle in practice Thursday, May 26, according to head coach Andy Reid. Reid said Maclin's injury is of no concern, though.
Huddle Up: Don't expect Maclin to do much more during OTAs, as he's far too valuable to risk further injury at this juncture. The Chiefs' offense isn't changing this offseason, so there's no need for Maclin to be on the field until training camp.
Knile Davis - RBPosted 5/27/16 2:40pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Knile Davis denies requesting a trade this offseason, but he said he looks forward to the opportunity to show what he can do on the field.
Huddle Up: Once the clear Jamaal Charles handcuff in K.C., Davis has fallen behind Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware and has disappeared off the fantasy map. Expect him to be wearing different colors the next time he suits up in an NFL game that counts.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 5/19/16 1:45pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) will be limited in organized team activities, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Huddle Up: Exactly as Chiefs Kingdom and Charles' fantasy owners would expect as the talented back will turn 30 before the 2016 season is over.
Justin Houston - LBPosted 4/22/16 4:28pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston (knee) was given assurances by doctors that he will play in 2016, according to general manager John Dorsey.
Huddle Up: But whether that winds up being half a season or a quarter of a season is the big question right now, and no one likely will know the answer for months. In the meantime, monitor his progress and hope for the best if you have him on your IDP roster
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 4/19/16 10:05am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) said he probably won't participate in organized team activities, but he should be ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: The KC offense isn't undergoing any substantial changes, so Charles missing time early shouldn't be a factor. However, fantasy owners would prefer to see him on the field participating fully before investing the early first-round pick it will take to acquire his services.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 4/19/16 10:58pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) has been running but isn't cutting in his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. 'I'll be ready,' Charles said of being back out there for training camp. 'I can't wait.'
Huddle Up: Charles will most definitely be back in the saddle this season, but he'll be 30 before the year is out and with Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware there to help ease the burden, definitely don't expect a career season (1,509 rushing yards in 2012) like he had the last time he was coming off a season-ending knee injury.
De'Anthony Thomas - WRPosted 4/15/16 12:25pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR De'Anthony Thomas' longest play from scrimmage in 22 games is 36 yards, and he is averaging just 7.4 yards per catch.
Huddle Up: Thomas, a fourth-round pick in 2014, certainly has had a limited impact at best in his two seasons with only 63 offensive touches and 443 total yards. He's been a decent punt returner with a 10.0-yard average and a TD on 63 returns, but perhaps new Niners coach Chip Kelly could find more offensive use for him if he can swing a trade for his former Oregon standout.
Charcandrick West - RBPosted 3/31/16 3:38pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RBs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware both signed contract extensions Thursday, March 31, after the two combined for more than 1,000 yards in 2015 after RB Jamaal Charles (knee) was out for the season. West was signed to a two-year contract extension worth $3.6 million with $2.35 million guaranteed while Ware received a two-year extension worth $3.6 million for 2017 and 2018. The deal can be worth up to $9.6 million based on yards and touchdowns, and he's guaranteed $2.5 million.
Huddle Up: West finished with 848 yards from scrimmage, including a team-leading 634 on the ground, while Ware chipped in 408 yards (403 rushing) and finished second on the team with six TDs -- all on the ground. In short, there's no one true Jamaal Charles handcuff anymore -- a la the Knile Davis days.
Knile Davis - RBPosted 3/31/16 3:59pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Knile Davis is a player the Miami Dolphins have expressed interest in. Davis is believed to be on the trade block. The Dolphins also expressed interest in RBs Jamaal Charles, Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware, but those talks appeared to go nowhere.
Huddle Up: There's really not a RB that the Dolphins aren't interested in right now, and Davis should certainly be available after the Chiefs signed West and Ware to contract extensions Thursday, March 31.
De'Anthony Thomas - WRPosted 3/29/16 7:20pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR De'Anthony Thomas has not been involved in trade talks with the San Francisco 49ers, according to Chiefs general manager John Dorsey.
Huddle Up: Well, at least not yet, but be certain that the names of former Oregon standouts will continue to be brought up in conjunction with the Niners now that Chip Kelly is in charge.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 3/22/16 10:23am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) has been working out at the team's facility and will be ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: Charles has been through this before, coming back from a serious knee injury and returning to the upper echelon of NFL running backs, so he knows what it takes. No reason to think he can't do so again, though fantasy owners will be paying close attention to him in August before using an early first-round pick on him.
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