Nov 24, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) is unable to catch a pass while defended by Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The Morning Fix: Chiefs News and Headlines 3/7/2014

Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning.  Here at Arrowhead Addict, we understand that for a Chiefs fan, coffee is simply not enough.

Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom today.

Welcome to The Morning Fix.

Things are about to get really interesting around here. As my co-editor Ben mentioned in his piece this morning about the NFL calendar, free agency partially begins tomorrow with the start of the negotiating period and then in earnest on Tuesday.

In preparation for that, the Chiefs have made a couple of roster moves, as we reported last night. Here’s the word from Chiefs Reporter Rachel Santschi at the official site.

James (5-11, 224) has seen action in 19 contests in four NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2013), Baltimore Ravens (2013) and Atlanta Falcons (2009, 2011-12). He played in the Chiefs Wild Card game against the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 4 after joining the club as a free agent on Dec. 31, 2013. James originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick (138th overall) of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2008 NFL Draft. He served the majority of his time with the Falcons on the club’s practice squad before being acquired off waivers by Baltimore on Sept. 1, 2013. He was released by the Ravens on Sept. 11. James played collegiately at Arizona State University and prepped at Maryvale High School in Phoenix, Ariz.

Jones (6-3, 270) has played in 12 games (three starts) in two NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2013) and the Indianapolis Colts (2012-13). He owns three receptions for 42 yards (14.0 avg.). He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Colts on April 30, 2012. He played collegiately at Shepherd University where he totaled 34 receptions for 403 yards and nine touchdowns his senior season. The San Diego, Calif., native prepped at Horizon Christian Academy.

Most of us know that safety is a huge position of need with the Chiefs. Many have speculated that the next great free safety for the Chiefs may already be in red and yellow and just not know it yet. The Kansas City Star’s Terez Paylor talks about just that in his newest piece.

Honestly, this is something [moving Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers to free safety] I never really considered before this tweet. But once I saw it, I wondered why I hadn’t really considered it.

Cornerback Brandon Flowers made his first Pro Bowl this season, but the irony is it might have been his worst season in some time, as his Pro Football Focus grade of negative-5.9 was the lowest defensive grade on the whole team. Yes folks, that includes safety Kendrick Lewis, who has understandably earned the scorn of the fans for his play down the stretch but still managed to post a grade of negative-2.8 in nearly 200 more snaps than Flowers.

Finally today, our sister site — and the one that gave us Ben — KC Kingdom has a great series running right now posting scouting reports for potential Chiefs draft picks. In the latest installment, staff writer Leigh Oleszczak breaks down LSU receiver Odell Beckham.

With Dexter McCluster possibly out the door this offseason, the Chiefs need to find a new punt returner and it looks like Beckham could fill that role. He would also be an immediate starter, which is important because aside from Dwayne Bowe, there is no other immediate starting receiver on the Chiefs’ squad.

Now the fun part. According to CBSSports.com (last updated on March 3rd), Odell Beckham Jr. is ranked as the fourth best wide receiver and 24th best player in the 2014 NFL Draft. He is slated to go sometime in the first round and has been linked to Kansas City in a few mock drafts.

That’s it for today, Addicts. Ben and I had a great production meeting and we’ve got a lot of great things heading your way here at AA. As always, thanks for reading, enjoy your Friday and GO CHIEFS!

 

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