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Kansas City lacks a proven, do it all running back. We break down how LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is a perfect match in Andy Reid’s offense.
The Kansas City Chiefs have set themselves up nicely heading into the 2020 NFL Draft. General manager Brett Veach was able to secure 20 of the 22 starters from the Super Bowl roster. Already proving success with the starting lineup, it makes the 2020 NFL Draft about improving and ensuring players for the near future.


A couple of players returned via free agency on one-year deals, including Demarcus Robinson and Breshaud Breeland. Damien Williams was brought back for his final year on his contract through a club option. Kansas City has an extensive list of players that are in the last year of their current contract. Finding players that can secure some of those spots to save money next offseason will be a priority in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Chiefs running back room is currently crowded with six players under contract. The three running backs that remain from the 2019 season are Damien Williams, Darwin Thompson, and Darrell Williams. Kansas City signed Elijah McGuire, Marcus Marshall, and Mike Weber reserve/future deals. Out of those six running backs, only one is signed beyond the 2020 season being Thompson.

Regardless of how you feel about Thompson’s potential, the Chiefs are going to need more bodies in the running back room. Each of the running backs from last season had some flashes, but none of them have proven to be the guy to this point. Bringing in another back with a higher upside could be a good move for Kansas City in 2020.

Even if you don’t value the running back position in the first few rounds of the draft, the Chiefs might feel differently. Finding a running back that can not only create yardage of their own when defenders get into the backfield but be a weapon in the passing game as well is not on the roster at this moment. A player that possesses these skills is LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

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It’s a good thing the NFL offseason goes on as long as it does, because Tyrann Mathieu says even the mental part of winning the Super Bowl takes significant time to process and settle in. On the first day of April, Mathieu spent part of his evening being interviewed by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports and explained that it took “about a month-and-a-half” for the Kansas City Chiefs victory to sink in.

It’s easy to understand that, because even as fans, I still pause and smile at times when writing a phrase like “the Chiefs Super Bowl victory.” The epic win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV was filled with the sort of drama that draws us to sports in the first place and it was the final such game after a postseason filled with such comebacks.

When asked by Glazer about how long it took to settle into being a Super Bowl champion, Mathieu went on to explain his answer. “It definitely didn’t hit me early on. Obviously you feel good any time you win a football game, but to be a world champion, a lot goes into that.”

From the outside looking in, the entire Super Bowl week is a whirlwind with thousands of media members from around the world descending on the host site for an endless parade of interviews and festivities. Immediately after winning the game, the post-game theatrics begin and players have cameras and microphones shoved into their faces. Within a couple days, the Chiefs were celebrated back at home with an epic parade.

Basically, the entire run up to the game and the ensuing days after the game fail to offer much time for things like reflection. It’s not surprising to hear Mathieu say he needed some time. Mathieu later said it was the camaraderie and relationships on the team that helped put them over the top.

“I was just really happy that I was able to come in and be with a good group of guys,” Mathieu said to Glazer. “The Chiefs, that locker room, a lot of those guys love to play football and I think they really care about one another. Ultimately that’s how we were able to be champions.”

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Mathieu was a huge part of the team’s transformation into a champion, a true vocal leader who backs up his words on the field who brought out the best in the players around him. From Juan Thornhill‘s growth to an elevated cornerback group, Mathieu’s influence was crystal clear by season’s end.

Given that Mathieu has two years left on his contract and that the Chiefs have made considerable efforts to bring back a lot of the players from last season, there’s a very good chance the Chiefs can make another Super Bowl run this next winter. Here’s hoping we’re asking Mathieu the same thing next year about how long it takes a second Super Bowl to sink in.

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The Kansas City Chiefs made a pair of minor transactions on Tuesday.

According to the NFL’s transaction report, the team has released defensive end, Cameron Malveaux, from the practice squad. Malveaux joined the practice squad earlier in the season when the team was dealing with several injuries at the defensive end position with players like Alex Okafor and Frank Clark missing some time. Now that those players are healthy and the Chiefs have added Demone Harris to the 53-man roster, it seems they thought some other positions could use some love.

Last week Mo Claiborne and Rashad Fenton were held out with injury and the Chiefs elevated cornerbacks Alex Brown to the active roster. They didn’t have any cornerbacks on the practice squad so they sought to rectify that. According to Yahoo Sports’ Terez Paylor, the Chiefs signed cornerback Chris Lammons to the practice squad. They likely didn’t get the deal signed and over to the league office quick enough for it to show up on the transaction report on Tuesday. Expect it to arrive on the transaction report today, instead.

Lammons entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina in 2018. He played for the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins during that season. He stuck with the Dolphins through 2018 and into 2019, making his NFL debut in early September. He has one interception on his career and was released from the Dolphins four days ago.

Lammons played with Reshad Fenton at South Carolina and we know Brett Veach’s background as an SEC scout. At 5-10 and 190 pounds, he’s a fit to play all over the defensive secondary, but I’d imagine the liken him as depth at the slot corner position.

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The Kansas City Chiefs made an addition on defense and special teams with the signing of free agent cornerback Antonio Hamilton.

Here are five things to know about the newest member of Chiefs Kingdom.

  1. He played for the New York Giants last season

Hamilton is coming off of his second season in the Big Apple and his most productive campaign as a professional with 12 tackles (8.0 solo) and four pass-breakups in six games on defense for New York in addition to ranking second on the team with 373 special teams snaps. The six-foot-tall, 195-pound Hamilton saw his most action defensively in the Giants’ season finale, allowing just two completions on seven targets in 43 snaps in coverage while recording all four of his pass-breakups on the season, according to Pro Football Focus.

  1. Hamilton originally entered the league in 2016 with the Oakland Raiders

Hamilton signed with Oakland prior to the 2016 campaign after he went undrafted out of South Carolina State, going on to record 12 tackles across 12 games for the Raiders over the next two seasons. He then signed with New York before the 2018 season, logging 13 appearances for the Giants that year exclusively as a special teamer, tallying the fifth-most special teams snaps of any player on the roster.

He proceeded to build on that experience in 2019, earning 132 snaps on defense (including two starts at cornerback) while continuing to make a significant contribution on special teams.

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  1. In fact, he was one of the best in the business on special teams in 2019

Among players to see at least 80 percent of special teams’ snaps, Hamilton graded out as the sixth-best overall special teamer in the NFL last season according to Pro Football Focus, where his impressive athleticism – such as his 4.38 second 40-yard dash clocked ahead of the 2016 NFL Draft – was on full display.

For example, check out this play in punt coverage last season.

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  1. He was a star at South Carolina State, particularly as a return man

In addition to playing defensive back, Hamilton was an impressive return man for the Bulldogs. He tallied 1,316 combined kick and punt return yards across his junior and senior seasons, earning All-Conference honors as a return man in 2015.

He has yet to return a kick in the NFL, but the ability is certainly there.

  1. Hamilton is a native of Johnston, South Carolina

Hamilton grew up just outside of Augusta, Georgia in the small town of Johnston, otherwise known as the “Peach Capital of the World.” Now, the 27-year-old is headed to Kansas City to help the Chiefs defend their Super Bowl title.

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3 Trades The Kansas City Chiefs Could Make During The 2020 NFL Draft
By Harrison Graham April 13, 2020

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Chiefs Trade Rumors are buzzing as the 2020 NFL Draft approaches. Kansas City only has 5 draft picks this year and many believe they could make some trades during the NFL Draft. Could the Chiefs trade Chris Jones during the draft? Jones has been franchised tag and has a 2020 cap hit of $16.1 million. If KC gets the right offer, they could consider trading Chris Jones. Chiefs Report host Harrison Graham proposals 3 trades the Chiefs could make during the 2020 NFL Draft IN THE VIDEO ABOVE AND BELOW.

Trading Chris Jones is not the route for Jones or the Chiefs, but with several big contracts already on the roster, it’s a possibility. Would the Jaguars trade for Jones? Jacksonville has already traded Calais Campbell and will likely trade Yannick Ngakoue. Trading for Chris Jones could make some sense. Considering the Jags have the #9 pick in the draft, Kansas City would at least have to listen to a trade offer.

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The Chiefs are rumored to be interested in trading out of Round 1 in the NFL Draft. The Indianapolis Colts don’t have a first round pick, but are reportedly interested in Utah State QB Jordan Love. If Love slides to #32, could Indy trade up from #34 to draft Love and secure the 5th year option?

Kansas City could also beef up its offensive line by trading for Patriots guard Joe Thuney. New England has tagged Thuney but is open to trading the OG. Kansas City would have to declare Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and either Anthony Hitchens or Damien Wilson a post-June 1 cut to clear enough cap space to sign Thuney.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have announced the final four additions to their 2019 practice squad.

Yesterday, the Chiefs announced the first six additions to the practice squad, which were all players that were on the 90-man offseason roster. They were also all offensive players, which was a little disconcerting given the Chiefs’ rebuild on the defensive side of the ball.

The new additions announced today are all players that spent the offseason with different teams. They also all happen to be defensive players, including two cornerbacks, so that should give some relief to the folks out there concerned about the Chiefs’ lack of depth at the cornerback position.

Here’s a look at the new players:

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Alex Brown most recently spent time with the 49ers, Eagles and Jets this offseason. He signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina State. At 5-11 and 170 pounds he’s a little slight for the NFL but he’s a good candidate to develop. Right now, he’s probably going to play slot corner. He notched seven tackles and two passes defended this preseason for the Jets.

Torry McTyer signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2017. In 2018, he was a lead candidate to start for the Dolphins opposite Xavien Howard. He ended up starting four games at corner for the Dolphins, notching 22 total tackles and three passes defended. At 5-11 and 188 pounds, he’s more NFL-ready than Brown. If I had to bet on a cornerback getting called up to the active roster, this would be the guy.

At 6-5 and 265 pounds, Cameron Malveaux fits what the Chiefs like at the defensive end position. He’s appeared in games for the Dolphins and Cardinals since entering the league in 2017 and he’s notched two sacks on limited opportunities.

Finally, Emmanuel Smith has spent the past season with the Buccaneers as a developmental linebacker after going undrafted in 2018. He’s played in two full preseasons but has never seen any regular-season action. At 6-4 and 240 pounds, he’s definitely got the size for the NFL, likely working at the SAM and MIKE spots for Kansas City.

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The Kansas City Chiefs made two roster moves today, which frees a roster spot ahead of Friday’s veteran report day at training camp.

According to the NFL’s transaction report, the Chiefs placed LB Darius Harris on the non-football injury list and released vested veteran TE Neal Sterling.

Harris is dealing with a shoulder injury and joins defensive teammate Tim Ward on the non-football injury list. Harris will count toward the active roster, which means that he can return to practice at any given time. That means there’s some possibility that Harris could be ready to return ahead of the start of the season. Even if he isn’t ready to return the Chiefs appear to be committed to keeping him through his injury. For more on what Harris is dealing with, click here.

The Chiefs brought in Sterling in late June as they dealt with some injuries at the tight end position. The start of training camp saw the return of both Travis Kelce and Deon Yelder, so the injuries woes are no longer impacting that position. Now that they’re healthier there, Sterling became expendable as the Chiefs seek to strengthen other positions of need. As a vested veteran, Sterling is free to sign with any team, and a return to the Jets could be plausible for him as they deal with injury and suspension at the TE position.

Look for the Chiefs to bring in a few tryout players over the next couple of days in hopes of filling the open roster spot. It was recently reported that the Chiefs were in talks to acquire Mike Daniels in trade before he was released by the Packers. Watch his status closely over the next few days. Chiefs general manager Brett Veach could potentially be talking trade with other teams ahead of training camp as well.

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The Kansas City Chiefs had rookies, QBs and injured players report for training camp today.

Of the injured players that report to camp today, Andy Reid only mentioned two players that would not be ready to practice at the onset of training camp. Those two players are undrafted free agent defenders Tim Ward and Darrius Harris. Both players have yet to practice with the Chiefs since joining the team following the 2019 NFL draft.

Ward, who plays defensive end, had ACL surgery before joining the Chiefs after suffering an injury in 2018. He has been on the Non Football Injury list. Harris, who plays linebacker, is currently recovering from right shoulder surgery.

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The Chiefs clearly have plans for both of these players, even though they’ve yet to make an impact on the field. Brett Veach has previously addressed the addition and expectations for each player. These are expected absences by the team.

“Then one other guy that you might not see this year, but I think that this Tim Ward from Old Dominion,” Veach said in April. “He was a guy that tore his knee, I don’t know that he’ll be ready this year, but he’s going to be a prototypical Steve Spagnuolo defensive end. He’s long, athletic, started playing football late, and everyone kind of went in there to evaluate the (Oshane) Ximines kid who got drafted at Old Dominion, this was a kid that one of our scouts, Mike Davis, had mentioned, ‘Hey, they’ve got this other defensive end and he’s raw as all get-out, started playing football late.’ The late tape at Old Dominion he really started coming on, we had him in here for one of the workouts here. The NFL conducted another combine here that we had and he had come to that. Spent a lot of time with him. You may not see him this year, but we’re going to take our time with his rehab, we’re not going to rush him, and he could be a guy that could really develop and be a player in the future. A handful of guys that we’re excited about and this should be a really exciting camp and there should be a lot of competition all across the board.”

I’m not sure that I would expect Ward to see any action during training camp given Veach’s comments. They’ll likely give him a redshirt season and send him to injured reserve before the season begins. As for Harris, Veach expressed similar sentiments.

“… This (Darius) Harris is kid is interesting,” Veach said. “I don’t know when he will be ready because he had a little bit of a setback after the season. He played at the NFLPA game and after the game was over he went through, he wasn’t a combine guy, but he went through his pro day, went through all those visits and then got surgery a little late in this process because he wanted to show what he could do. So, that is going to set him back. I’m not sure when we are going to get him. Will he be available before camp or shortly after camp? But he is a guy that you might want to watch and maybe it’s not this year, but we think he has a lot of talent moving forward. He can be a guy that doesn’t just makes the roster but starts one day. We are excited about him… If you go back to this Harris kid, this was a kid that if he didn’t have the shoulder issue, he gets drafted. We knew that and there was a lot of competition for him. We got after both of those guys aggressively.”

It appears that Harris is trending toward being ready either during or after camp, which means he too could be in for a redshirt season with the Chiefs in 2019.

As for other injured players, it appears that Travis Kelce, Cam Erving, Deon Yelder and others will be ready to go at the start of training camp. That makes for a very healthy team right away.

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New Kansas City Chiefs QB Jordan Ta’amu grew up over 3,000 miles away from Kansas City. But now, perhaps surprisingly, Ta’amu has many connections to his new home and team. He’ll rejoin his old college teammate from Ole Miss, Breeland Speaks, in the locker room. One of the strongest connections, however, is through his head coach from the XFL.

St. Louis BattleHawks head coach Jonathan Hayes played tight end for the Chiefs for nine seasons. He was drafted by the team in the second round of the 1985 draft and played in Kansas City through 1993. He would only play three seasons with another team during his professional career.

As Hayes got word that Ta’amu was set to join the Chiefs, there was no one more excited. When Ta’amu first spoke with the Kansas City media on Thursday, he explained what his former head coach told him about the Chiefs franchise:

“As soon as he heard that I got signed, he reached out to me and said, ‘The Chiefs are going to take care of you, they are a great business, a great team, great coaching staff and my love for them is over the roof. I’m going to make sure that they take care of you too.’ That meant a lot to me, just to hear that comfort level from him. I believe in Coach Hayes 100 percent, so everything he said I’m going to believe. I am just excited to be a part of this team.”

That’s a nice endorsement from Hayes on his former team. It’s clear that his time in Kansas City really inspired him. Hayes helped lead Ta’amu to one of the top performances by a quarterback in the XFL’s relaunch season. Ta’amu led the XFL in completion percentage (72%) and rushing yardage (217) among QBs. He also was second in yards per passing attempt (7.8), third in passing yards (1,050), fourth in TDs (5). Ta’amu has built a lot of trust in Hayes because of this and it appears he feels reassured by Hayes in his decision to join the Chiefs.

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We’re all looking for various ways to kill the time spent indoors these days as we’re waiting out quarantine orders in our various states to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Some of us are more creative than others, and Kansas City Chiefs defensive end. Tanoh Kpassagnon used his Easter holiday weekend to show off his ideas.

Specifically, Kpassagnon came up with a way to decorate Easter eggs to look like his head coach Andy Reid. He then took to Twitter to show off the eggs and they’re pretty impressive—especially for those of us who are drawing impaired.

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Later on the same day, ABC reporter Jeff Skversky from Philadelphia got a chance to interview Kpassagnon to ask him about the eggs. (Remember, Kpassagnon went to college in Philly at Villanova before the Chiefs selected him in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft). At first, Kpassagnon says he got a phone call from Reid saying that he liked them but, surprisingly, the defensive end didn’t have his coach’s number in his phone so his response was, “Who is this?”

Later in the conversation, Kpassagnon says that Reid always appreciates any sort of creativity or showcase of a player’s off-the-field interests like this. “He definitely loves that. He just loves us honestly as players, so anything we do that shows our personality, he loves it,” he said of Reid.

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Ambler native & former Villanova DE Tanoh Kpassagnon tells me he spent 4-5 hours last night & this morning making Andy Reid Easter Eggs 🐣 to honor his @Chiefs [email protected] says Reid texted him & he didn’t know who it was! 😂 @[email protected]@ArrowheadAddict#AndyReid https://twitter.com/jeffskversky/status/1249363707248992256 …

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Kpassagnon continues his on-field upward trajectory in 2020 with hopes for a real breakout season in a contract year. The Chiefs drafted him out of Nova knowing he would need time with NFL trainers and coaches to acclimate his game to the pro level and he really came through last year with some important plays. He even started 8 games as Alex Okafor missed time due to injuries and turned in 29 tackles, 4 sacks, 11 quarterback hits, and 1 forced fumble.