“We obviously know Alex is our starter, but I’m going to compete my rear end off and try my very hardest to compete with him day in and day out,” Daniel said in a phone interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I think that’s what makes quarterbacks, especially, competitive. Everyone trying to take the spot in front of them, and the person at the top is trying to hold onto it.”
Daniel played at Southlake Carroll High School and Mizzou before backing up Drew Brees for four seasons with the Saints.
“It’s sort of time for me to move on and to face this challenge head on,” Daniel said. “Our guy there never gets hurt. He’s always playing every single snap. It was so hard to leave that locker room and those relationships.… I’ve been through a lot there. It made it harder to leave. But I’m ready for this challenge.
The scouting gurus all seem to agree that Nassib needs some time to develop but has the skills to be an above average signal caller in the future. The Bills signing Kolb to just a 2-year deal seems like Buffalo may indeed have their sights set on drafting the former Syracuse quarterback. There appears to be very little chance Nassib will still be on the board when the Chiefs select in the 3rd round with the 63rd overall pick. Kansas City has too many needs on their roster to take a quarterback with that pick unless they are able to accumulate more picks via trades, either of discontented Brandon Albert or the 1st overall pick.
“I just like that he (coachRubin) focuses so much, especially on the field, working with bands and explosiveness and that’s what it boils down to, is being explosive on the football field,” Chiefs LB Edgar Jones said.
“Anybody can go in the weight room and lift all the weights in the world but if you’re not explosive with it, that’s different. Even while warm-ups, how we’re getting warmed up in the morning, with the bands and then our explosive moves and warming up, I’m sweating; I’m drenched and that’s even before the workouts. Every day I leave here, I feel I’ve put a good day’s work in and that‘s tremendous.”
It’s not just the defensive players noticing the new weight-room protocol.
“We did this thing called “bags”, Chiefs OL Jeff Allen told me, “It’s like crash-test dummies (that you’re holding), where we’re running in place for 15 seconds, something that you think is simple and wouldn’t hurt you, but it’s pretty tough. I know it’s going to pay off.”
Te’o tried doing damage control with interviews on ESPN and Katie Couric as well as during the NFL Scouting Combine and pro day workout at Notre Dame, and he is expected to be a mid-to-late first-round pick. Every team that interviewed Te’o asked him about the fabrication.
“They’ve wanted to hear it from me what the truth was,” Te’o said at the combine. “They haven’t really said anything about it affecting me (in the draft). Everybody makes mistakes and one of the positive things about what I went through is I’ve learned to empathize with those who are going through the same thing.
“I’ve told teams, ‘You’ll get somebody who’s humble, works hard, doesn’t say much, and will do everything it takes to win.’”
While teams have had to do their homework when considering drafting players who have been arrested for DUI, drug issues or domestic violence, Te’o’s misconduct is unprecedented.