Good morning Chiefs fans. After 3 days of non stop work I finally got a decent nights sleep. I am still feeling a little groggy but my focus has returned. Going to drink a few gallons of coffee and then get to work. We have a lot to talk about over the next few days and Rookie Camp begins on Thursday!
Until then, here is your Morning Fix:
NAME – Kendrick Lewis
BORN – June 16, 1988 in New Orleans.
FAMILY – Son of Clarrissa Lewis and Bennie Paul.
PERSONAL STATS – 5-11 5/8, 194 pounds, 30½ -inch arms, 8 5/8-inch hands.
MORE PERSONAL STATS – 4.65 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 16 reps at 225 pounds on bench press, 30½-inch vertical jump,
HIGH SCHOOL – Attended O. Perry Walker High School in New Orleans until 2005 when he re-located to Gainesville, Georgia because of Hurricane Katrina. He finished his high school career at Gainesville High School, graduating with the class of 2006.
NAME – Tony Moeaki
BORN – June 8, 1987 in Wheaton, Illinois.
FAMILY – Son of Sione and Lose Moeaki, they are natives of the South Pacific island of Tonga.
PERSONAL STATS – 6-3 1/8, 245 pounds, 33¼-inch arms, 10 1/8-inch hands.
OTHER PERSONAL STATS – 4.69 seconds in 40-yard dash, 18 reps at 225 pounds on bench press, 34-inch vertical jump, 9-foot 5-inch broad jump.
HE SAID IT: “There are many great tight ends in the NFL right now and in the past but i think I can identify with Jason Witten and Heath Miller. I’m not saying that I’m on the same level as them but they are every down tight ends and they are good at both blocking and receiving. Hopefully one day I can play at their same level.”
HIGH SCHOOL – He was part of the Class of 2005 at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton, Illinois.
NAME – Jonathan Yao-Lante Asamoah
BORN – July 21, 1988 in Park Forest, Illinois.
FAMILY – Son of Geraldine Terstegge and Samuel Asamoah.
PERSONAL STATS – 6-4, 305 pounds, 33-inch arms, 10¾-inch hands.
MORE PERSONAL STATS – 5.08 seconds in the 40-yard dash … 26 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press.
HIGH SCHOOL – Attended Rich East High School in Park Forest, Illinois and graduated with the class of 2006. He was a two-time Academic All-State pick. He earned the Cook County Circuit Court-Black History Award for academics and community service.
Mark Collins believes in that strategy. He has seen it work. The former Chiefs defensive back was with the New York Giants when Lawrence Taylor was winning Super Bowls between arrests and failed drug tests. Collins said the Giants locker room contained enough character-driven players that they could overshadow Taylor’s misbehavior or even guide him toward becoming a better man.
“It does work,” said Collins, who won two Super Bowls with the Giants. “On the flipside of that, if you have … (several) guys who are bad character guys and are decent players, that can spread through your locker room and your team like a cancer.”
Schottenheimer brought Collins to Kansas City in 1994 to improve the Chiefs’ secondary, but also to help cleanse a locker room in danger of turning sour. One worrisome character was cornerback Dale Carter, who possessed Pro Bowl talent but dreadful judgment. Collins said he offered to mentor Carter, whom Collins said was receptive to help because of his accomplishments in New York. And for three years, Carter avoided trouble.
“A lot of that stuff stopped,” Collins said.
Kendrick Lewis would see the plays in his mind, the action coming to him while he lay in bed on the night before his games at the University of Mississippi. There was nothing unusual about that to the Rebels defensive back or to his roommate, Dexter McCluster, who did the same thing.
They’d stay up late and compare what they’d seen, McCluster hitting the hole or scoring a touchdown, or Lewis closing in on a ball carrier and delivering a memorable hit.
“Always what we were going to do,” said Lewis, whom the Chiefs selected Saturday in the fifth round of the NFL draft. “Dexter was a guy who used to dream a lot. He used to have dreams the night before games, and he was dreaming about what he was going to do the next day. We used to share those moments.
“I would play a couple series of a game in my head. With him, he would dream of making plays, of scoring a touchdown. Those are the things he talked about. To me, I used to play a couple series in my head before I went to bed.”