At the top of the line, Fasano is the type of experienced, blocking tight end that the Chiefs simply didn’t have last year. Kevin Boss had some experience and had been paid big bucks before but he didn’t have the all-around game that Fasano had. Also, Boss had a concussion history so the fact that his season ended with a concussion shouldn’t be all that stunning.
The second option in KC right now is Tony Moeaki. Last year he was the first option. He’s coming off of knee surgery this offseason and has not participated in any OTAs. He is supposedly expected to be ready for training camp but we shall see.
The third option is rookie Travis Kelce. Well, he’s actually the second option with Moeaki missing time this offseason. I was impressed with him this offseason. With his athleticism, he can contribute in KC right away. I can easily see him becoming the second tight end behind Fasano.
Here are some excerpts from Jaworski’s evaluation of Smith:
“A year ago, Smith was coming off his best season in the NFL, having led the 49ers to the NFC Championship. This year, he’s the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs. It was a great move by (Chiefs coach) Andy Reid to acquire Smith.
“The defining element of Smith’s play is efficiency. He executes the offense the way it’s designed, and he makes very few mistakes. Last season – for the second year in a row – he was exceptional on first down. In 2012 he led the NFL in first-down passing, with a quarterback rating of 119. Much of it came off play-action, or in the case of the 49ers, hard run-action out of base personnel. There was no better play-action quarterback last season than Smith. He had a quarterback rating of over 132.
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 California University of Pennsylvania OL Eric Kush with their first of two picks in the sixth round (170th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft in April. After drafting Kush, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey described the selection.
“Eric Kush; I’m very intrigued by this player,” Dorsey said. “What separates him, he’s a really good athlete, his first two or three steps are exceptionally quick and to play the center position, I think quickness is very, very important….He’s the blue collar, western PA, tough, hard-nosed guy. He fits in with what we are kind of trying to do here.”
Following those comments by his general manager, Kush joined the rest of his new Chiefs teammates and completed the offseason training program. The proud husband and father, Kush later took some time to describe his past couple of months as a rookie in the NFL.
While Reid has had too much success over an extended period of time in the NFL to scrap his strategies completely, those hires send a message that he’s ready to pull out all the stops on this offense. His ability to do so starts with two players: Running back Jamaal Charles and new QB Alex Smith.
Charles could be the biggest beneficiary of Reid’s arrival — during his time with the Eagles, Reid preferred to find a versatile No. 1 running back and lean on him heavily throughout the season.
“Andy Reid has an offense that puts running backs in space, puts me in position to be successful,” Charles said last week on the NFL Network. “I’m blessed to be a part of this.”
Christian Okoye’s 1,480 rushing yards led the league in 1989, but injuries limited his promising career to six seasons.
However, within those six years, he was a 6’1″, 253-pound “Nigerian Nightmare” who transformed pigskins to wrecking balls.
When winter weather loomed throughout Arrowhead, defenders saw their own breath, then saw Okoye huffing out diesel fumes.
No. 35 was the synonym for aspirin, for defenders and gamers alike.
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