May 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Donald Stephenson (79) and Jon Asamoah (73) run drills during organized team activities at the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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“Dwayne Bowe is one of the best wide receivers I’ve seen. He’s going to run crisp, right routes, and he’s going to make defenders look bad. I’m just going to try and learn from him.”

Many undrafted guys have probably never played with a corner as good as Brandon Flowers. Or a linebacker as big and athletic as DJ. Or a pass rusher as fierce as Justin Houston.

Richardson is hoping that the fact the Chiefs didn’t draft any receivers means he can stick. Last season at Jackson State Richardson caught 50 passes for 922 yards and eight touchdowns. The year before he had 37 catches for 896 yards and 11 touchdowns. I’ve barely seen any of Richardson so I can’t say much on his ability but those numbers do show a lot of production, which NFL teams like.

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The 49ers traded Smith away after Colin Kaepernick rose to prominence as a double-threat signal-caller who — like Robert Griffin III — killed defenses out of the pistol. Smith is no Kaepernick when it comes to scampering free, but he’s shown he can take off with the ball, and that might happen more than expected.

The Chiefs made a head-scratching move when they recently named Brad Childress their “Spread Game Analyst.” The Ault hire is more of a coup and suggests that Andy Reid is willing to step outside his beloved West Coast offense to help grow the attack. If Smith can make it work, running an offense the 49ers deemed him ill-suited for would make for a juicy subplot in 2013.

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So they will apparently go into the season with DeVito and Tyson Jackson at end and Dontari Poe as the nose tackle in their regular defense, with Poe and Jackson as the primary line rushers on passing downs.

While that prospect won’t necessarily excite many Chiefs fans, perhaps Dorsey and Reid have been seeing the same things at practice that DeVito has. He compared Poe to Kris Jenkins, a former teammate of DeVito’s with the Jets who went to four Pro Bowl games.

“When he puts his hand down and gets going, there’s just no stopping him,’’ DeVito said of Poe.

KC Star

Knile Davis is definitely the type of player you would consider boom or bust. Watching the highlights of his 2010 season (you can find them at the bottom of the post) can definitely make you understand why any team in the NFL would consider taking him. He has a playing weight in the upper 220-230lb range and has track sprinting speed. He gets to the edge with a tremendous burst and has enough size to break tackles. Davis is a north and south runner. He isn’t going to juke you out of your shoes but has a great one cut move and enough straight ahead speed to out run the majority of defenses. Davis has proven that, when healthy, he can be a very effective back. Reports out of last weeks OTA’s are that the coaching staff is constantly working with him to help change the way he carries the ball to try to solve his fumbling issues. That proves how much the Chiefs are trying to invest in making him the best player he can be. With not much risk, considering he was only a 3rd round pick, the Chiefs don’t have much to lose and so much to gain. Plus new head coach, Andy Reid, has a good track record with running backs in his past (Brian Westbrook, LeSean McCoy) so it wouldn’t be surprising to see this pick work out for the Chiefs.

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Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey and resigned free agent Ramon Foster round out the Steelers’ best six lineman. Pouncey played with a nagging knee injury for at least a third of 2012, making him unable to get down the field as well as he did in 2011. Foster is a solid guard who the team was happy to resign. What he lacks in speed, he tries to make up with strength and position flexibility.

Now that its former position coach Sean Kruger is off to coach at UTEP, the young line will be led by former Kansas City Chiefs offensive line coach Jack Bicknell, Jr. Bicknell worked with offensive coordinator Todd Haley while Haley was in Kansas City.

Let’s hope Bicknell is more like Kruger than former line coach Larry Zeirlein. The new coach’s ability to mesh his schemes and teach it to these young lineman is of great concern this offseason.

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  • Adam Schwartz

    I think Alex Smith would be better off in Reid’s West Coast Off. I am not sure how good of an idea it is to have Ault in there trying to infuse the offense with the Pistol, while having Chilly there doing the same thing with his Spread analysis job, b/c Smith ran the spread in college Im sure that it wont be too hard for him to deal with that being infused into Reid’s West Coast offense, however it seems nuts to have all these things going on, we should be catering the offese to Smith’s strengths, that seems to be the name of the game in the NFL right now, hence the 3 rookie QBs leading teams to the playoffs, unless I am missing something and Smith is just as good a Kaepernick at running the Pistol and option and what not? I am a huge fan of the Smith trade, there was nothing there at the pick we gave up for him that would have been as good for the team as Alex, I just don’t wanna see him fail, b/c we are trying to institute too much of the college offensive stuff instead of Andy Reid’s West Coast that he is known as a guru for, I think Reid should work his magic with Smith and then we can worry about all this other school yard college nonsense that other teams are running

    • shayaan

      the pistol and read-option are not the same thing. the pistol is a formation which can be used to run many different kinds of offensive plays – the read-option is merely one kind of play that can be used in that formation. the 49ers used plenty of pistol formations even when alex was still QB – it’s just another variation we can use to keep defenses guessing.

      andy reid has already made clear that we will not be running our offense out of the pistol all the time, it will just be something we mix in with other west coast and spread concepts. personally, i’m excited at the prospect of having an innovative and dynamic offense instead of a conservative one.

      • chiefdeorty

        Me too!

    • Austin Wagner

      They brought Ault in as a consultant, not the offensive coordinator, just because you bring a guy in like him doesn’t make you all of a sudden run “school yard college nonsense”… He might contribute more to the practice squad to prepare for teams that run an option heavy pistol offense… Reid still made his success with the west coast, that is what he will continue to do

      • berttheclock

        You might want to ask the Packers about trying to stop the “school yard college nonsense”

    • chiefdeorty

      I agree but I would be concerned for Alex’s health if he gets hurt because of running that pistol offense. We got some investment here to protect look at RGIII, if we get to cute it might back fire on us.

  • Patriot42

    I would think those clinging onto traditional offenses of yesteryear will be left in the dust as more and more teams turn to current successful trends of offenses coming out of colleges. The more different sets you show defenses the more they have to think.