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Wed. July 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Smith says that the time is approaching where he will shelve all talk about a contract extension and focus solely on football for the remainder of the season.
Impact: The Chiefs have been discussing a new deal with Smiths' representatives for months, though the sides remain far apart. Smith said after practice Wednesday that he's yet to set a date to break off negotiations, but he acknowledged that "at some point mentally it'll come to me." Smith is due $7.5 million this season, the final year of his contract, and many expect him to get an extension similar to what Colin Kaepernick received from the San Francisco 49ers.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Stephenson returned to practice Wednesday.
Impact: Stephenson missed Monday's workout with a left ankle injury and the Chiefs had Tuesday off.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Commings was carted off the practice field Wednesday after getting juked to the ground by running back Jamaal Charles and hurting his right ankle.Commings broke his collarbone in his first practice as a rookie and was finally getting up to speed. He was trying to tackle Charles in the open field when he whiffed, turning his ankle in such a way that he was unable to put any weight on it.
Impact: Commings was in a heated competition for a backup job, and the Chiefs hoped he would push veteran Husain Abdullah for the free safety spot that opened when Kendrick Lewis departed.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Santos is competing with incumbent kicker Ryan Succop for the Chiefs' kicking job, the Kansas City Star reports. "They're challenging each other," coach Andy Reid said Monday. "Both of them are good kickers. Today was a tie."
Impact: Santos, who earned the Lou Groza Award in 2012 for being the top kicker in college football, will provide, at the very least, a challenge for Succop during training camp/preseason. The report notes that in the event that Santos is able to unseat Succop -- who converted 22-of-28 field goal attempts for the Chiefs last season -- the team would be in line to save about $1.6 million against the salary cap this year and $1.2 million in 2015.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Succop faces competition in training camp for the Chiefs' kicking job from rookie Cairo Santos, the Kansas City Star reports. "Every year we try to bring a guy who's high caliber to push the guys that are here," said special teams coordinator Dave Toub, "and we certainly have one with Cairo."
Impact: Succop, who has held the Chiefs' kicking job since 2009, made 22 of his 28 field goal attempts this past season, en route to a 78.6 percent field goal percentage. While it remains to be seen if Santos' challenge will be enough to unseat Succop (whose career field goal percentage is 81 percent), the report notes that if Santos is able to win the job, the Chiefs would be in line save about $1.6 million on the salary cap this year and $1.2 million in 2015.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The retirement of Sean McGrath bodes well for Harris' chances of making the Chiefs' 53-man roster, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Harris had a chance to beat out McGrath for a spot on the roster in any case, but now with McGrath out of the equation, his chances of sticking are bolstered. With Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce currently atop the team's TE depth chart, Harris' prime competition for backup slotting is Richard Gordon. Still raw as an NFL prospect, Harris -- who played basketball in college -- brings good size (he's 6-7) to the table, but his potential involvement in the Chiefs' offense figures to hinge largely on his ability to develop his blocking technique.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kelce (knee) received a rest day Sunday, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Kelce, who is bouncing back from microfracture surgery on his knee, has been practicing and with no reported injury setbacks thus far. The second-year tight end is a candidate to secure a key role in the Chiefs' passing game this season.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dressler appears past the hamstring issue that bothered him during mini-camp, Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Dressler, who made a nice catch on a low pass during Sunday's practice, is among a handful of players making a run at a slot role in the Chiefs' offense.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berry (dislocated finger) practiced on a limited basis Sunday, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Berry dislocated a finger Saturday, but the issue didn't prevent him from practicing Sunday, albeit on a limited basis. Berry, who recorded 75 tackles, 3.5 sacks and three picks in 15 games last season, is slated to reprise his role as the Chiefs' starting strong safety this coming season.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hemingway missed practice Sunday, after leaving Saturday's workout with a hamstring issue, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: For now, we'll consider Hemingway day-to-day. Once he returns to action, he is in line to jostle with the likes of Weston Dressler, De'Anthony Thomas, Frankie Hammond, Albert Wilson, and Kyle Williams for slot receiver duties with the Chiefs.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Chiefs waived Watkins (suspension) on Saturday.
Impact: Previously a leading candidate to compete for a starting role at guard, Watkins' four-game suspension evidently was too much for the Chiefs' patience.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McGrath has elected to retire, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: With the 26-year-old McGrath, who was slotted to work as a depth tight end this season, no longer in the mix, the Chiefs' depth chart at the position is now headed by Anthony Fasano, Travis Kelce and Demetrius Harris.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McGrath, who was absent from practice Thursday, is reportedly considering retirement, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The 26-year-old is coming off a season in which he recorded 26 catches for 302 yards with a pair of TDs, but in the training camp context of a healthier Kansas City tight corps (which also includes Travis Kelce, Anthony Fasano and Demetrius Harris) McGrath is no lock to secure a roster spot, in any case.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Commings has been placed on the non-football injury list with a strained foot, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: On the plus side, coach Andy Reid indicated that Commings should return to practice soon, at which point the reserve defensive back is in line to vie for a role in the team's nickel defense.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cooper worked with the starters at cornerback during practice Thursday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: In the wake of the release of Brandon Flowers, Cooper finds himself in the mix to start at cornerback for the Chiefs this season. At 6-foot-2, 192 pounds, Cooper is a strong fit for defensive coordinator Bob Sutton's defense and if he's able to capitalize on the opportunity, he could secure the starting job. For now, Ron Parker is operating as the Chiefs' other starting cornerback, though Sean Smith figures to re-enter the equation as training camp rolls along.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Parker worked as a starting cornerback during Thursday's practice, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Out of the gate, Parker and Marcus Cooper are running with the Chiefs' first-team defense, though Sean Smith figures to re-enter the starting equation down the road. In any case, following the departure of Brandon Flowers, there is room for competition at the Chiefs' cornerback position and it's plausible that Parker could end up earning a key role out of camp.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: As the Chiefs opened training camp, Smith continued to work with the second-team defense, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Smith, who has been running with the second team following a DUI incident in June, was viewed as a key cog in the team's secondary following the departure of Brandon Flowers, but for now he's working behind Marcus Cooper and Ron Parker. At 6-foot-3, 218 pounds, Smith is a big cornerback and an ideal fit for Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton's press-man scheme, but it looks like he'll need to work his way back into the starting equation as training camp progresses.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Charles has reached a two-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. A person familiar with the contract said the deal will keep Charles in Kansas City through the 2017 season. He spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the team has not disclosed details.
Impact: The six-year NFL veteran ran for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns last year as the Chiefs reached the playoffs. He also had 70 catches for 693 yards and seven more TDs as Kansas City went 11-5 before losing to Indianapolis in an AFC wild-card game.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Charles has inked a two-year extension with the Chiefs, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impact: The report indicates that the deal makes Charles the second-highest paid running back in the league, with his contract with the Chiefs now running for the next four seasons. Moreover, the agreement sets the stage for Charles to join his teammates for training camp. As the 2014 campaign approaches, Charles is entrenched as the Chiefs' lead running back and a top-tier fantasy option at the position. After holding up well over the past two seasons, Charles' durability is much less of a concern than it was on the heels of the 2011 season, in which he was limited to two games due to a torn ACL. Still, it's not the worst idea for those who invest a first-round pick on Charles to look into securing his backup, Knile Davis.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fisher (shoulder/sports hernia) was a participant in Tuesday's workout, the Chiefs' official site reports.
Impact: Fisher, who underwent offseason shoulder surgery, as well as a sports hernia repair, indicated that he is is feeling good as training camp approaches. After an uneven rookie campaign, the Chiefs are banking on improvement on Fisher's part, as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft shifts over to left tackle in order to fill the void created by the departure of Branden Albert.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Charles, who wants to renegotiate his contract, will not report for training camp Wednesday, according to NFL.com.
Impact: Charles, who is coming off a 2013 season in which he racked up 1,980 yards from scrimmage and 19 total touchdowns, has two years left on a six-year, $27.97 million contract that he signed in 2010. It's a deal that the running back believes that he has outplayed and it looks like he's prepared to hold out in order to rectify that. On the plus side, the report notes that the two sides have talked about a new contract, which suggests that a compromise could well be reached down the road.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: During the Chiefs' three-day minicamp for rookies and selected veterans, Daniel has generally been the first quarterback to replace starter Alex Smith, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The report adds that Tyler Bray has been next in line for reps, followed by rookie Aaron Murray. It remains to be seen if that pecking order will stay in place as the summer rolls along, but for now it looks like Daniel is penciled into the team's No. 2 QB slot behind Smith.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Murray indicates that his surgically-repaired knee is feeling good, the Kansas City Star reports. "The knee is great," Murray said. "It really has been feeling fantastic. Minicamp and OTAs went awesome. I really had no problems with the knee at all, and had no limitations. So I look forward to continue to get it stronger, to build confidence and get better every day."
Impact: The report suggests that Murray is likely to secure a roster spot, along with starting QB Alex Smith, which presumably leaves Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray battling for backup slotting with the Chiefs.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Houston, who had skipped the Chiefs' mandatory minicamp in June, will report to training camp on time, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impact: Houston, a 2011 third-rounder who is on track to become a free agent at the end of the 2014 season, will thus avoid what could have been a contentious holdout on the heels of a campaign in which he recorded 44 tackles and 11 sacks in 11 contests for the Chiefs.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: While ESPN.com notes that the Chiefs believe that Charles will report to training camp on time, KWCH.com suggests that the running back, who is seeking a raise, will not be present when the Chiefs' veterans report to training camp.
Impact: Charles, whose base salary this season is $2.65 million, is signed through 2015 on a deal with the Chiefs that he inked in 2010. Coming off a 2013 campaign in which he racked up 1,287 rushing yards and 19 total TDs in 15 games, it's not hard to see why Charles believes that he has outperformed his current deal. At this stage, however, it's way too early to suggest that this is a situation that could compromise his' long-term availability to the team, with ESPN.com noting that the Chiefs have discussed a new deal with their dynamic running back.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Williams, who is bouncing back from an ACL tear, has a chance to compete for Chiefs' slot receiver job, previously held by Dexter McCluster, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: To that end, Williams was a full participant Monday as the Chiefs opened up a three-day camp for rookies and selected veterans. As long as his twice-torn left ACL holds up, Williams is in line to jostle with Junior Hemingway, Weston Dressler, De'Anthony Thomas and Frankie Hammond for the Chiefs' vacant slot role.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kelce is fully recovered from microfracture surgery on his knee, but he admitted that he still needs to build up the muscles in his leg, The Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Kelce, a 2013 third-round draft pick, should have every opportunity to earn a significant role in the Kansas City passing game this season, after the knee injury limited him to just one snap as a rookie. Not only is the Chiefs' projected starting tight end (Anthony Fasano) more of a blocker than a pass catcher, but the team also lacks depth at wide receiver behind 2013 bust Dwayne Bowe. While it sounds like he wouldn't quite be ready to make an impact if the season started this week, Kelce has well over two months to work his way into game shape.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Broussard was placed on IR.
Impact: He will never be a fantasy option.