The Kansas City Chiefs are missing a big part of their secondary in safety Eric Berry, both on the field and in the meeting rooms. In his absence, safety Ron Parker and cornerback Marcus Peters have stepped up, with Parker become a more vocal leader.
The Kansas City starters played hard for a half, and there were some positives — particularly in the passing game — but there are also were some areas for the Chiefs to monitor, such as the young secondary and run defense.
Travis, a former college basketball player, has consistently starred throughout training camp as a receiving threat. He’s also a cool customer who responded to his first NFL hit the way he responded to his teammates’ teasing; by shrugging it off.
The Kansas City Chiefs opened training camp with Mitch Morse at center, Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff and rookie Parker Ehinger at guards and Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher at tackles. The group hasn’t budged since then and will take the field in the preseason opener on Saturday against the Seahawks at Arrowhead Stadium. The stability is a far cry from last season when the Chiefs constantly mixed and matched their offensive line.
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said the progress of injured players Jamaal Charles and Tamba Hali should have them ready for the season opener, and that he expects Eric Berry to be part of practice before the team meets the Chargers on Sept. 11.
Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Daniel Sorensen is something of a place-holder, starting in place of Eric Berry, who is not attempting training camp after a contract dispute. But Sorsensen is making the most of his chance, turning in big plays and hits like the one he delivered on running back Knile Davis in a recent practice.
Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Jeron Johnson joined the team as a free agent last week after spending his first five NFL seasons with the Seahawks and Washington. With Eric Berry’s holdout, Johnson adds depth to the position, although he’ll need a little more time to become fluent in the language of Chiefs defense
With the signing of veteran Nick Foles, the Chiefs have five quarterbacks in camp, although only Foles and starter Alex Smith have played in an NFL regular-season game. It’s unlikely the Chiefs will keep that many quarterbacks, and reserves Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray understand that football is a business.
New Chiefs quarterback Nick Foles’ desire to reunite with coach Andy Reid, and the Chiefs’ need for a veteran backup, led to a union that’s good for both sides but raises questions about how the team’s current glut of QBs will be resolved.
The Chiefs made a significant step toward improving their backup quarterback situation on Wednesday, as they signed veteran Nick Foles, a source confirmed to The Star. The addition of Foles certainly makes sense, given the fact Chiefs coach Andy Reid selected Foles in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Chiefs outside linebacker Dee Ford begins his third NFL season, and he looks to build on a year in which he recorded four sacks, including three in one game. The Chiefs are looking for him to take step forward, and they’ll need him because of injuries to Justin Houston and Tamba Hali.
Former basketball player Ross Travis, who signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent from Penn State a year ago, has been impressing coaches and teammates with his athleticism and hands. But he hasn’t taken a hit since high school, something that will soon change.
The Kansas City Chiefs announced Saturday that they had locked up Eric Fisher, their 25-year-old starting left tackle, to a four-year extension worth $48 million. The deal includes $40 million in guaranteed money and averages $12 million a year, making Fisher the third-highest paid left tackle in football.
Chiefs safety Eric Berry is slated to make $10.8 million this season via the franchise tag, but he doesn’t have to show up until right before the season to collect it. That said, his decision to skip the Chiefs’ veteran reporting day for training camp Friday at Missouri Western was no surprise.
Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs rookie wide receiver who pleaded guilty to domestic abuse by strangulation before his fifth-round draft selection this year, has drawn raves from his coaches and teammates this summer. They repeatedly praised his speed during organized team activities, and that continued Wednesday as the Chiefs conducted the first of three training-camp practices with only rookies and selected veterans.
Mitch Mathews is the Kansas City Chiefs’ tallest and heaviest receiver, and he specializes in a skill that might be lacking among Chiefs receivers. Mathews caught BYU’s game-winning touchdown against Nebraska last year.
The Star's Terez A. Paylor checks in with a Chiefs Daily update from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He discusses free agency, Jamaal Charles' status, Justin Houston's injury and the No. 2 quarterback situation.
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