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The Morning Fix: Chiefs Sign Lineman, Akeem Jordan To Washington, Alex Smith


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.

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Akeem Jordan signed with Washington yesterday.

Akeem Jordan, a Harrisonburg native and collegiate standout at James Madison who played last season for the Kansas City Chiefs, has signed a contract with the Washington Redskins, the team announced.

Chiefs signed a reserve defensive lineman yesterday, according to Terez A. Paylor.

Before Grissom’s arrival, the Chiefs listed four players (other than Poe) as defensive tackles on the roster, including Risean Broussard, Chas Alecxih, Jaye Howard and Vance Walker.

Of those six, only Poe and Walker — who just signed a three-year deal worth a maximum of $13.75 million — should be considered sure bets to make the roster when the season starts.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports Alex Smith was in San Jose yesterday watching draft prospect David Fales‘ workout.

Also watching were a couple of ex-49ers quarterbacks, Alex Smith, who trains at San Jose State, and Trent Dilfer, an analyst with ESPN. Dilfer tweeted that he thought Fales resembled former Redskins, Rams and Chief quarterback Trent Green, who spent 15 years in the league.

Skip Harvey has a profile of draft prospect Zack Martin over at KC Kingdom. Harvey could get a long look for the Chiefs at 23 overall.

Coming back for his senior year and a dominant performance in the Senior Bowl helped boost his draft stock up into the late-middle first round. He’s been evaluated as undersized, having short arms and not being strong enough to handle NFL-sized defensive tackles in the interior line. This would pretty much count him out as a guard.

He is, however, quick, agile and possesses good body control, thought to pick up blitzers instinctively, and rarely loses position. Combine that, his performance on the outside in the Senior Bowl and his high football I.Q., and he can be considered an intriguing prospect at tackle.

James Dudko of Bleacher Report comes up with realistic expectations for each of the Chiefs’ early free agent signings.

Losing players is a reality of free agency. But there is a difference between being a team that loses free agency and one that offsets its losses with smart, low-key moves.

Andy Benoit has a great piece at MMQB about how safeties have turned into weapons for defensive coordinators.

Defensive coordinators rely on complex schemes to create pressure and, just as important, the illusion of pressure. This is often achieved by using amorphous and/or overloaded fronts, which requires a free safety with ample range to secure the middle of the secondary all by himself. Many of these front are most potent with a strong safety, who is faster than anyone else near the line of scrimmage and therefore able to reach the quarterback quicker when blitzing. Strong safeties are also adept in coverage, so dropping out of a pressure look is less difficult than it would be for a linebacker.

Washington is so bad at special teams they proposed a rule to move kickoffs up five yards to the 40-yard-line.

The rule would also be viewed by many as a step toward de-emphasizing special teams. (Washington, which was terrible on special teams last year, was the team that proposed the rule change.) Eventually, if the NFL keeps moving kickoffs forward, it will make touchbacks so easy that it might as well just eliminate kickoffs entirely.

Herbie Teope takes an excellent look at the Chiefs’ roster situation over at Chiefs Spin.

The most glaring position left unfilled so far is the starting left tackle slot. The closer the Chiefs get to training camp without signing a reliable left tackle, the greater likelihood that Donald Stephenson takes the starting position over Eric Fisher, last year’s No. 1 pick overall. A clear picture as to who lines up where should present itself in the coming weeks once organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamps get underway.

Two non-football stories:

- Jason Bateman talks “Bad Words” and “Arrested Development.”

- I consider this to be more about Andre the Giant than D.J. Fluker.


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  • A1 Yola

    sucks that there’s a possibility of the Chiefs Having to take a tackle in 1st round :( , especially when they Need a WR,CB and FS

    • tm1946

      If they get a starter, for say the next 10 years, why not. Got to trust Dorsey and crew to make the correct move. I wanted a DE, pretty obvious I have no clue. Got to do a lot better than Fisher, starter from day one because he is that good not just the first pick.

    • Brian Dempsey

      Relax, the only Tackles that the Chiefs would take in round 1 would be Robinson, Lewan, and Matthews, and it’s doubtful any of them would fall that far. Zach Martin doesn’t fit the Chiefs if he can’t play inside at Guard.

      The Chiefs have 4 guys who started on their O-Line last year returning this year, plus a promising youngster in Rishaw Johnson who didn’t look bad in the season final against SD.

      I would look for them to draft O-Line depth in later rounds, but I don’t see an O-Lineman being taken in round 1 this year, unless one of the top three named above falls to them.

  • berttheclock

    Yeah, Ben, that point about safeties in the NFL brings up the Ryan usage with the Saints, where he loves to run a 3-3-5. Three come up, but, only one drops back and you need very good safeties to run such a scheme. Great for bringing the blitz, but, you need a very special one to drop back and have speed. One wag said, there are only a few really elite safeties in the NFL and with many of them, the DC just hopes they know where to end up lining up.

    Ah, Jason Bateman. I am late to that show, “Arrested Development”, but, I really love it. It is, now, on FXX where, if you have “On Demand”, you can watch re-runs. They put up five a week. The father character played by Jeffery Tambor reminds me of Steve Weinberg.

  • andyred

    I hope im wrong but with the resigning of abdullah, signing of walker, and it being a rich WR drqft, that were going to take a guard with the 1st round pick…