Happy 4th of July, Addicts! This is the day we celebrate our independence from those damn, dirty Brits.
We’re also now free of tea, monarchies and poor dental coverage. Thanks to the revolution, we’re now free to shoot Roman Candles at one another, eat too many potato chips and of course, to watch football!
Hope you lucky folks in KC are whipping up some BBQ masterpieces. I’ll be on my tiny balcony here in NYC, hoping it doesn’t collapse and fall off of the side of the building. Should it go down that way, please send my remains to be buried at One, Arrowhead Drive.
Until then, here’s your Morning Fix!
We continue our Chiefs Rookie Recap series, featuring interviews with each of the team’s eight 2013 draft choices, in order, addressing a summary of their OTA and minicamp experiences, expectations for this season and more.
The Kansas City Chiefs selected Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings in the fifth round (134th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft in April and Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was more than pleased.
“What you see with Sanders is a big, physical press corner (and) safety, he’s done both at Georgia last year and this year – he had two games this year where he played the safety spot,” coach Reid said after drafting Commings in April.
“He fits in to what we do in both spots, he’s a 4.4 40-yard dash guy, so he has size and speed at 216 pounds in that area that can move. We’ll probably try him at free safety and let him work there, see how he picks things up and then we’ll go from there. You know, he’s a great baseball player; he was a centerfielder in baseball, so you know he can track the ball. And I’m talking about a legitimate centerfielder, not just a guy that played Little League, he’s legit – he has good ball skills.”
Does Travis Kelce count here? More and more people are aware of third-round picks these days, and Kelce’s off-field issues have drawn him some unwelcome notoriety. But on the field, he’s a potential talent goldmine at a position where the Chiefs aren’t completely set. Seriously, watch his highlights and you’ll quickly understand exactly why Reid invested a third in this kid. His issues are personal stuff and injuries — a year-long suspension and a hernia problem in 2012 sunk his stock. He can run block, make all the catches tight ends need to make, has a world of upside and can stretch the field while taking attention away from Bowe.
Among the players on the roster right now, players will have to face the unfortunate reality that they won’t be able to make the 53-man roster due to the limit NFL teams have. Some players perform well during the preseason but don’t end up making the cut in August or September.
However, the NFL introduced the practice squad, allowing teams to have a 53-man roster and create a small roster of reserve players in addition. Many NFL players, mostly rookies and second-year players, could find themselves on the practice squad.
For the Chiefs, they have some young players who could wind up on the practice squad and be called up to the active roster at some point this season.