Morning Addicts. Just wanted to apologize if you had some trouble getting on the site yesterday. We had some issues around the network that we are pretty sure we have resolved now.
Here is your Morning Fix:
1. The Chiefs had eight draft picks on the field, along with 13 undrafted free agents, 36 tryout players and another eight first year players. The practice was light, with lots of instructional time slotted in.
2. Watching practice from the sidelines was GM John Dorsey, who wore shorts and a Chiefs sweatshirt, and Mayor Sly James, who wore a red hat, red shirt and a suit coat.
As the Star pointed out, Chase Daniel is the current back up and behind him there is just Ricky Stanzi who is likely not going to be a challenge against Bray. Had he stayed in college and used his final year of eligibility, he could very well have been a top prospect heading into the 2014 NFL Draft. But Bray chose to leave Tennessee early thinking that fortune would grace him this season.
It didn’t and he went undrafted. But his misfortune seems to be the Chiefs blessing. Not only is Bray capable of passing up Stanzi on the depth chart but he very well could end up being a rookie backup at some point in the season. Bray has an NFL size arm and impressive football I.Q., and the only reason he fell in the draft was due to questions about his maturity.
“I’ve disappointed you,” Verna Hali remembers her stepson telling her. He was facing one-game suspension, which cost him about $1.3 million dollars.
Hali had been suspended for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, which covers recreational drugs and the abuse of prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs and alcohol, but not performance-enhancing drugs. Hali was apologetic but has never revealed the specific reason for his suspension.
But Mom, Verna Hali in New Jersey, was quick to say that she knew better.
“There is nothing my Little Tamba could do to make me disappointed in him. It’s not in him,” said the Jamaican-American woman, whose voice still has the lilting accent of the island.
Give credit to Branden Albert for deciding to join the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday.
Albert previously said he would stay away from the team until the mandatory session begin, Yet, Albert will join voluntary session. New Kansas City coach Andy Reid called Albert, and the two have come to an accord.
Expect both sides to continue to talk about coming to terms on a long-term deal. No deal is close, but both sides are interested in getting a deal done. If not, Albert will play for the $9.8 million franchise tag and be a free agent next year.
In the meantime, Albert is joining his team and putting a spring holdout behind him.