Kansas City Chiefs

AFC West

2014 Schedule

  • Week 1

    TEN @ KC

    09/07/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    KC @ DEN

    09/14/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 3

    KC @ MIA

    09/21/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 4

    NE @ KC

    09/29/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 5

    KC @ SF

    10/05/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 6

    bye

  • Week 7

    KC @ SD

    10/19/14

    4:00 pm

  • Week 8

    STL @ KC

    10/26/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 9

    NYJ @ KC

    11/02/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 10

    KC @ BUF

    11/09/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 11

    SEA @ KC

    11/16/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 12

    KC @ OAK

    11/20/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 13

    DEN @ KC

    11/30/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 14

    KC @ ARI

    12/07/14

    4:00 pm

  • Week 15

    OAK @ KC

    12/14/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 16

    KC @ PIT

    12/21/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 17

    SD @ KC

    12/28/14

    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

Kansas City Chiefs - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

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Kansas City Chiefs - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview


 


 


“Put your makeup on and do your hair up pretty, meet me tonight in (Kansas) city.” Alright, so that is not quite what Bruce Springsteen was singing (or Levon Helm of The Band :( RIP Levon). He had Atlantic City on his mind, but if you were to draw up a list of similarities between the two cities, you might have one – job opportunities in the mafia, and that’s about it. 


 


 


Differences between Atlantic City and Kansas City, however, are certainly distinct. One is bright and flashy, the other, well, is Kansas City. Just like the town, Alex Smith is a blue collar fella, nothing exciting. In fact, if you started him in a 12 team league last year, chances are every other quarter back did better. He ranked 13th amongst fantasy quarterbacks. He will continue to be a bye week fill-in at best. He is a tier VI or VII QB. Pyro ranks him as the #24 fantasy quarterback (as of 7/10/14) going into the 2014 season. Statistically, he is coming off his best year in the league. Last year, he passed for 3,313 yards, 23 touchdowns, and only threw 7 interceptions. All in all, he never had a 300 yard game. Perhaps he is most memorable for his fantasy playoff performance. In week 15, Smith single handedly knocked many a team out of the fantasy playoffs, as he threw five touchdowns. This was compounded if you also happened to be playing against Jamaal Charles, like this unfortunate author. Charles snagged 4 of his 7 receiving touchdowns and ran in for another on that fateful Sunday. Not that I hold any grudges, but if Alex Smith is reading this, a most vile pestilence upon you sir! Aside from that statistical anomaly, Smith just does not have the numbers to warrant a roster spot on your team. Last year, his average pass attempt was paltry 6.52 yards. He only made 508 pass attempts and that was his highest ever. The closest he has come to breaking 500 attempts before last year was in 2011 with 445. There just aren’t enough numbers to translate into fantasy relevance.


 




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We rank Some Where Over the Dwayne Bowe (copyright Pyro®) as wide receiver #41 (as of 7/10/14). Some positives, he consistently gets over 100 targets, he rarely misses games. In six seasons, he has only missed nine games. He is the number one receiver on his offense. As far as the negatives, he only snags a little better than half of his targets (55%). Bowe is not a touchdown guy. The last three years, Bowe scored 5, 3, and 5 touchdowns respectively. Alex Smith, the Chief’s quarterback is not known for his aerial attack.  Bowe is a bye week fill in at best, and to be honest, he will not make any of my rosters.


 


 


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Donnie Avery was only targeted 72 times by Alex Smith last year. Avery was able to snag 40 of those for 596 yards and 2 touchdowns. He only put up 4.39 fantasy points per game last year. Not much to see here, let's move on.


 




As far as tight ends go, there are 46 you could draft before you get to Anthony Fasano. Enough said. Dawgmaticå seems to like Kelce though, so I will keep my eye on that oft-injured fella'.


 


 


Jamaal Charles had a career year last year (see Career Year Beware!). Easily considered a number one draft pick by many, Pyro has him at number 4 as of today. Rarely does a player eclipse a career year in his next season in #FF. Although Charles will most likely not put up the same numbers, he is very dependable. Charles averaged 4.97 yards a carry. Amazingly, that was the lowest average of his career. Although his reputation suggests he is injury prone, that is just not the case. Take out the 2011 season where he was out after the 2nd game, in the 5 other  seasons he has played in the NFL, Charles has missed a total of 2 games. Looking at it that way, he is very reliable.  He ran for 12 Touchdowns, and caught an additional 7 last year. He amassed 1,980 all purpose yards (1287 rushing and 693 receiving). One thing to consider, last year the Chiefs had one of the easier schedules against the run last year. In 2014 however, things change. Charles will be going up against some heavy hitters as Kansas City has the 16 easiest schedule, right smack in the middle. For the fantasy playoffs, it is a bit harder, as they are rated with the 19th easiest rush schedule. If you buy the Pyro Draft Kit you can gain the acees to the Strength Of Schedule chart, which is one of 18 tabs in the document. His average yards per rush has gone down every year since 2011, and he has a lot of tread on his tires. He has amassed 1,043 carries in basically 5 years. In the last 2 years alone, he has racked up 544 carries in regular season play. That said, I certainly do not expect the cliff to come in 2014. Charles should be in the top 10, and has a good chance to end up in the top 5.


 




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Defenses are generally not a focal point in fantasy football. Mainly, they are too hard to predict. Not only that, you aren’t just rating one player, you are rating 11 at the same time. Generally, I opt for a defense by committee approach. However, the Chiefs are a sturdy lot that come in at the number 3 ranked defense this year for Pyro in v2 of our Draft Kit. The nice thing about drafting a top defense early, you never have to worry about the position again. A draw back to playing defense by committee is you generally have to waste 2 roster spots on mediocre teams and play the match-ups. Here is the sneaky part: many of the douche canoe sites, you people know who you are, rank KC farther down the line, around the 8th or 9th best fantasy defense. Generally, they are going around spot 146 (ADP), somewhere in the 12th round for a 12 team league. I think drafting them in the 11th round would be a steal. If so, you would not have to worry about your D, nor would you need to draft a back up, except for their bye week, and that comes early at week 6.


 


 



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WHEN PRIEST BLESSED THE CHIEFS

The year was 2000, and the Baltimore Ravens had just won Super Bowl XXXV, but Priest Holmes was ready to leave the Ravens after four years. Holmes was never given the chance to truly succeed in Baltimore, and in 2001 he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. Over the next three seasons Priest became the most dominating fantasy running back in the game.

Priest was undrafted in 1997 when he signed on with the Baltimore Ravens, and in 1998 he got his chance to be the lead back. Holmes was used sparingly during the first three games of the season as Jay Graham, the Ravens third round pick in 1997, was given the keys to the car. An injury ended his season, and opened the door for Priest. In week four against the Cincinnati Bengals Holmes made his first statement to the NFL. Priest carried the ball 27 times for 173 yards and two touchdowns. There was just something about those Bengals, because when they met again in week 11 Holmes upped the ante. Priest lit the Bengals defense up to the tune of 227 yards on 36 carries with a score. He finished the season with 1,008 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.  

Holmes was not able to make it through the entire 1999 season, and Erict Rhett ended up leading the Ravens rushing attack. Priest thought he would get his chance again in 2000, but Baltimore drafted Jamal Lewis with the fifth overall pick, which immediately made Holmes the backup. After an impressive rookie season by Lewis, Holmes was shopping for a new home, and he found one in Kansas City.

The Chiefs had struggled in 2000, and they hired Dick Vermeil to help turn the team around. Vermeil was known for the outstanding job he did a few years back with the St. Louis Rams and Marshall Faulk. The Chiefs roster was very weak at running back, with Tony Richardson, Kimball Anders and Frank Moreau as their leading carriers from the previous season. Vermeil saw the potential in Holmes, and the fact that he was hardly used by the Ravens allowed Kansas City to sign Priest at a bargain price, five years for $7.548 million. That would look like a real bargain as Holmes destroyed the league over the next three seasons.

Priest became the workhorse back for Vermeil in the Chiefs offense, and averaged 389 touches per year from 2001-2003. Holmes drew first blood in week three on the road in Washington. Priest torched the Redskins defense for 147 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns, but he also added five catches for 78 yards and another touchdown. Holmes had seven games with 100 or more yards rushing, but had 11 games with over 100 yards rushing and receiving. #31 would finish the season with 1,555 rushing yards, which would lead the league, but he added 62 catches for 614 yards for an astounding 2,169 yards from scrimmage. Holmes had 10 touchdowns on the season, which most running backs would be happy with, but that did not satisfy him, so he went berserk over the next two years.

In 2002 Holmes would play in just 14 games, but he made the most of them. Priest had over 100 yards rushing in 9 games, while being held under 100 total yards just once on the entire season. The biggest difference in his game this year was his knack for scoring touchdowns. #31 hit pay dirt in 12 of 14 games on the season, and had two or more touchdowns in seven games.  The Priest blessed his fantasy owners with his final five games of the season. Holmes ran for over 100 yards in every game and had 707 rushing yards during the streak. While those numbers look great, they only paint half the picture, because Holmes was such a deadly receiver as well. His total yardage gained during this five game stretch was 934 yards, which is a staggering 186.8 yards per game. Let’s not forget that he was a touchdown machine, and had eight scores over those final five games. He finished the season with 1,615 rushing yards and 2,287 yards from scrimmage with a ridiculous 24 touchdowns in just 14 games. His fantasy owners loved him throughout the season, but missing week 15 likely cost his fantasy owners their championships that season. For all that disappointment, he would make it up and then some for those who drafted him in fantasy leagues the following year.

Priest entered the 2003 season with a huge target on his back, but was once again more than up to the challenge. Defenses were focusing their attention to slow down Holmes in the rushing game, and they were able to do that, as #31 only had three 100-yard rushing games on the season. Although, he would once again do a ton of damage as a receiver, and had over 100 yards from scrimmage in 13 of 16 games on the year. Priest continued to be a scoring demon and had 10 games with two touchdowns or more, but for the fantasy owners who he disappointed the season before he saved his best for last. Over the final five games of the season Holmes scored 12 touchdowns, and had at least two scores in each of those games, pure dominance. That mad touchdown run helped him set the record for most touchdowns scored in a season with 27. That record would go on to be broken by Shaun Alexander, and then LaDainian Tomlinson who now holds the record with 28 rushing scores. Priest finished the season with 2,110 yards from scrimmage to go along with those 27 scores. From 2002-2003 Priest scored a touchdown in 25 of 30 games, but had two or more scores in 17 of 30 games en route to his two-year 51-touchdown total.   

The following year Holmes was once again on track for a great year. Through the first eight games of the season Priest had 1,079 yards from scrimmage with 14 rushing scores and 15 total scores before an injury ended his season, and eventually his career after just two more seasons.

During this three-year span Holmes played in 46 games, had 1,166 touches for 6,566 yards and 61 touchdowns. That is an unfathomable average of 2,189 yards from scrimmage, with 20.3 scores per year. Another way to look at this dominance is to note that Holmes averaged 142.74 yards and 1.33 touchdowns every time he took the field. Priest had over 100 yards from scrimmage in 37 of those 46 games, and had at least 50 yards receiving in 20 of them.

Holmes was an absolute beast during this three year run, and it could have been so much more if his career had not been stopped short by a devastating injury. While his time in the spotlight was short, his light shined brighter than all others during this made run. The fans of the Kansas City Chiefs, and all of us football fans were blessed to be able watch Priest play.


 


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CHRISTIAN OKOYE THE NIGERIAN NIGHTMARE

Christian Okoye was a running back that took the nation by storm in 1989. He was an amazing running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, and became known to the public as the “Nigerian Nightmare”. Okoye did not have long career with the Chiefs, but fans of the NFL will never forget him. Unfortunately he will always be linked to Denver Broncos safety Steve Atwater for the hit he delivered on Okoye on Monday September 17th, 1990.

Okoye grew up in Nigeria, and while there, never played American football. Christian played soccer, and competed in track and field. Okoye would attend Azusa Pacific University, and in 1982 he won the first of his seven National Titles in shot put, discuss and the hammer throw. Christian was an amazing athlete, but was still focused on track and field. In 1984 the Olympics were coming to Los Angeles, and Okoye wanted to compete for his country in track and field. While he had all the statistics necessary to make the team, he was omitted from Nigeria’s roster. This turned Okoye off from track and field, and he joined his college’s football team, even though he had never played the sport before.

Christian was a beast of a running back, standing at 6’1” tall and weighing close to 260 pounds. Okoye was able to dominate the defenses he faced in his three years playing for Azusa Pacific, and in turn was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 1987 NFL Draft. He was such a rare talent, and a perfect blend of size and speed. While he was 260 pounds, he still was a track athlete and had 4.40 speed in the 40-yard dash, which opened everyone’s eyes.

In his rookie season Christian only had 157 carries for 660 yards with three scores, but he also fumbled five times. That led to head coach Frank Gansz using Okoye less. In his second season Gansz only had #35 tote the ball 105, which translated into 473 yards, three scores and only one fumble. The Cheifs were 8-22-1 in those two seasons, and that ended the Frank Gansz era. New head coach Marty Schottenheimer came in and saw the potential in Okoye.

Scottenheimer knew that Christian had only been playing the game of football for a short period of time, and he did not have a fluid understanding of the offense. What he did have was an amazing combination of size and speed, and Marty wanted him to get the ball. In 1989 Christian got the ball 370 times, and ran for 1,480 yards and 12 scores while earning the nickname the Nigerian Nightmare.

The happy go lucky Okoye embraced the nickname, and became a nightmare for defenses to think about. He was still a raw player and did fumble eight times on the season, but Schottenheimer knew he was his best weapon, and he was going to keep going to him, unlike coach Gansz. During the 1989 season the Nightmare ran for over 100 yards in eight games, and had two others where he ran for 95 and 98 yards. The Nigerian Nightmare was the talk of the league, but that talk would not last long.

The following season, in week two, the Chiefs would face off against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football in Denver. There was a lot of coverage of the Nigerian Nightmare by the ABC crew, but little did they know his nightmare would come that night in the form of Steve Atwater. 

The Nightmare was busting through a big hole in the offensive line, when Broncos safety Steve Atwater stepped in and lowered the boom on Okoye. Atwater had the perfect hitters stance, and drilled Okoye, knocking him three yards in the other direction. This was the first time that The Nigerian Nightmare had ever hit a defender and gone backward. It was also the end of Okoye causing nightmares for opposing defenses.

Following that game, Christian only had four more 100-yard rushing games in his career. He would rush for over 1,000 yards again in 1991, but his career would end after just one more season. After that hit, he was never the same runner, and he also continued to be plagued by fumbles, finishing his career with 27 of them.

The Nigerian Nightmare may have only lasted for a short period of time in the NFL, but that awesome season of 1989 will always be one to remember. Unfortunately, he will most likely be remembered for the shot he took from Atwater, but at least he will always be remembered.


 


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Concussion Symptoms

Jamaal Charles has suffered concussion-like symptoms. Most likely occuring when he went helmet to helmet with Eric Flowers in Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder commented on Charles possible concussion ""We're not classifying him as having a concussion. But as with all of our players, I'll monitor him as he goes and he'll go through practice today."

"When he got the hit, I obviously checked with him. He was fine," Burkholder said. "I know coach [Andy Reid] talked to him a good bit there. I came back and checked with him, consulted with our team physician. He was absolutely asymptomatic, wasn't complaining about anything."

"It definitely hurt," Charles said. "A couple plays later, I just [saw] this light buzz around my eyes and I was trying to catch 'em. But I was like, 'Let's get the ball and run again.'"

Charles ran through a battery of tests:Charles was tested Tuesday night and passed three separate tests: the SCAT3 (sports concussion assessment tool), which he as a baseline on, an impact test and an ICE exam (the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's initial concussion evaluation test), which he also has a baseline on.

"We also consulted with our independent neuro consult from the National Football League, and everybody, all the experts involved and our medical team, feel like he didn't have a concussion," Burkholder said.

Charles response on the concussion: "I could definitely play through stuff like that. It wasn't a concussion. If it was a concussion, I wouldn't remember the plays or remember none of my teammates' names or remember what sideline to go to. I definitely remember everything. It was just a huge hit."

Pyro's take: These type of situations are not supposed to occur. Whether he had a concussion or not, there is something amiss for a player to have much debate over it. Jamaal Charles looks good to go for Sunday.

10/23/14, 11:55 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Out for Week Seven

Donnie Avery will be out of the lineup for week seven action against the San Diego Chargers. This will be the second game missed since his core muscle surgery. “He’s making progress but he’s out,” Reid said.

In his place will be AJ Jenkins who has done nothing but be drafted in the first round. Junior Hemingway did a little better, but nothing to get excited over.

Pyro's take: The Chiefs weapons are small and nonproductive. Even Dwayne Bowe sucks. Their best receiver outside Jamaal Charles is Travis Kelce, and he has low volume of snaps, because he can't block.

10/16/14, 01:11 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.kansascity.com

Poised to Play

A.J. Jenkins will be in the line-up facing his old team in the San Francisco 49ers. He will be replacing the injured Donnie Avery, due to a core muscle injury.

Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson confirmed the replacement “That’s accurate to say,” Pederson said, when asked if Jenkins is the next man up at the position. “And as you’ve seen in the last couple of ballgames, we play a multitude of guys. But A.J. will get his opportunity.”



Pyro's take: Jenkins on the season has caught four passes for 16 yards this season. “He’s a speed guy,” Pederson said of Jenkins. “He’s a guy that’s really kind of taken this challenge to heart. He’s a hard worker, he’s excited about playing. He’s one of our playmakers, and he’s going to have a great opportunity this weekend to show what he can do.”

Jenkins was a first round draft choice by the 49ers but just never seemed to get it going. A.J. Jenkins could be an excellent replacement for Avery, and the Chiefs need someone to step-up, keep an eye on him, as he could could be a nice waiver wire selection if things go correctly.

10/02/14, 07:31 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.kansascity.com

Charles in charge

The first four weeks for Charles has shown to be a roller coaster ride. In week one loss to the Titans, Charles only had seven carries for 19 yards, and four receptions for 15 yards, he left week two early due to high ankle sprain, missed all of week three, and then exploded for his typical self in week four against the Patriots on Monday Night Football.

Charles finished the night dismantling New England with 92 rushing yards and one touchdown, and added three receptions for 16 yards and two touchdowns.

Pyro's take: Jamaal Charles should remain a starter in your line-up, but will have a true test against the San Francisco 49ers and their defense.

09/30/14, 05:52 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.kansascity.com

Questionable

Charles was on the plane heading toward Miami, but even so, is he going to play? Andy Reid spoke on the situation. “We’re going to see how he feels after this practice,” Reid said. “He moved around and did a decent job. He looked a little sore, but he did OK. Jamaal wanted to try it (Wednesday), we limited him … and he did some work (Friday) with the ones, and he did some with the scout team, too.

“We’ll evaluate how he feels, let the docs and trainers make a decision … we appreciate his effort. He came in and pushed through this thing, and we’ll make a decision after that.”

If Charles cannot go, Knile Davis will step-in for him.

Pyro's take: Jamaal Charles at this point would like to hit the start over button. Andy Reid failed to use him correctly in week one, and in week two he got hurt. If he is starting, you have to go with him. His carries will be limited most likely at first, but if he responds well, then it will revert back to the normal game plan of feeding Charles the ball. Stay tuned in Sunday, to find out what decision they will make.

09/20/14, 07:07 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.kansascity.com

Charles hurts foot leaving the dorms

On Sunday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Jamaal Charles missed the team’s 28-16 exhibition loss to the Panthers because of a “freak accident” that resulted in a bruised foot.

On Monday, Reid told the entire story.

“I’ll just tell you what happened,” Reid said during his weekly postgame conference call with reporters. “He was actually carrying a box down the dorms, and he came down the grassy slope there and just tweaked his foot, rolled his foot over on the curb. It was that simple.”

“He was hurting that night,” Reid said. “The next day he woke up and he was feeling a little bit better, and he was feeling better today, so we’re optimistic about it.

Pyro's take: Welcome back to college Jamaal. The good news is that this is not a major injury, and he will be fine. If you are concerned about Charles getting injured and feel like this is a premonition...I say relax. He has been very durable in his career, and proved it again last season. He is my fourth rated running back in my tiers.

08/18/14, 06:01 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.kansascity.com

Charles has his sights set on the Hall of Fame

After arguably the best season of his career and now armed with a new contract extension, Charles has his sights set on the Hall of Fame. The two-time All-Pro running back wants his name to be mentioned in the same breath as Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders, players he grew up idolizing in Port Arthur, Texas, and who will forever be considered some of the best to play the game.

"It's all about staying consistent," Charles said. "I want to be in the Hall of Fame when I retire. I want to win a championship. That's what it's all about."

Pyro's take: This is a lot of bravado coming from Charles, which is what I like out of a running back. While Jamaal had an amazing season last year, it also came with an easy strength of schedule. This year the Chiefs will be facing the NFC West, and defenses will be selling out to stop Charles. Last season also marked the first time in Charles career that he had more than eight total touchdowns. #25 still has a long way to go before getting an invitation to Canton, but you gotta love his swagger.

08/05/14, 08:40 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.kcchiefs.com

Bowe and Smith trusting each other

Coming into his second year with quarterback Alex Smith, Bowe admits there’s a comfort level with Smith that they didn’t necessarily have last season.

“I would say trust,” Bowe said. “Definitely trust is a big factor. The first year we were getting to know each other, but this year, it’s like trust is there [and] the timing is getting better. And that’s all you can ask for is more time with the guy. And that’s what we’re out here doing—timing and working together. And it’s all coming together.”

It’s important for Bowe to know Smith can trust him to make those plays in traffic, delivering passes when there isn’t much room for error.

“It’s comfortable for me to know that he trusts me,” Bowe said. “If it’s 1-on-1 and a safety on top, I know that he knows that he could put it there and I’m going to come down with it. Because we’re paired off in practice so they are saying ‘do it in the preseason,’ and then from there we’ll take it into the regular season.”

Pyro's take: Bowe needs a lot of trust to become fantasy relevant after his 57 catch, 673 yards and five touchdowns last season. Alex Smith has always been a quarterback that plays it safe, not willing to take many risks. That has earned him the nickname "Checkdown".

Bowe has never had more than 1,162 receiving yards in a season, and won't this year. We are now four years removed from his breakout in 2010 where he had 15 touchdowns. Unforntunately that is the only season in which he had more than seven. Dwayne has become that steady veteran who is going to give you average points, but no breakout games.

07/31/14, 11:47 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.kcchiefs.com

Charles signs extension

The holdout never happened as Jamaal Charles signed a two-year extension, and earn more than $18 million in new money from the agreement. "The Chiefs conceivably could have constructed an extension that lets them keep their current $9.4 million in cap space." Which they will need to sign other players such as Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.

For Jamaal Charles this will keep him paid and in a Chiefs uniform for many more years into the future. "Charles, who turns 28 in December, had two years left on a six-year, $28 million contract he signed in 2010. The two-year extension gives him more money up front and keeps him under contract through 2018."

In what could have been an unsettling situation, was quickly resolved in just a few hours. Now, all NFL teams and players should follow suit, and eliminate holdouts all together.


Pyro's take: There was no way that Jamaal Charles was going to go deep into the pre-season without a contract, did anyone expect it to last less than a half a day? Probably not, either case, all owners can feel at ease, as the "Ostrich" is back.

07/23/14, 04:25 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.kansascity.com

Charles holding out

KCTV-5 reports that Jamaal Charles has decided to not report to training camp. With two years left in his contract and owed $3.9 million this year. Charles' stance is that he should be paid more than the players making the same. "He makes about $9 million per season less than Minnesota's Adrian Peterson who has a seven-year, $96 million deal. Detroit's Reggie Bush and Baltimore's Ray Rice also make more than Charles."

Jamaal Charles had a career year in 2013, as he led the team in rushing with 259 carries for 1,287 yards, but also in receiving with 70 catches for 693 yards.

The Chiefs expect Charles to report today with the veterans, but Thursday is the first practice, and most likely the beginning of the hold-out.

Pyro's take: The Chiefs rely to much on Jamaal Charles to make this a long standing situation. Charles was on 85 percent of the snaps, and without him, they will have to rely on Knile Davis.

For the most part, players that do hold out do not perform well upon their return. Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson and Larry Johnson all took a decline. Charles has room as of right now to get back on track, and decide what he should do. Soon enough, it will be time to be in game shape, and if he has not reported a month before the season, August 9th, I would be locking in Knile Davis.

Running back coach Eric Bieniemy likes what he sees so far from Knile Davis. "He has a better awareness of what's going on with the game...what it takes to see a blitz coming, how to apply the proper technique when pressure is coming. So he's doing a great job so far."

07/23/14, 10:26 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.kctv5.com

Kelce could emerge in 2014

Kelce never played a snap last season and that was a huge letdown for the Chiefs. He dressed for the season-opening game in Jacksonville but didn’t play. Then a sore knee kept him from practicing and he finally had surgery, ending his season.

The loss of Kelce had to hurt the Chiefs' passing game. He was their move tight end, the one they would send in motion or line up in a variety of spots. Kelce, in offseason practice and training camp, showed he could get down the field to make catches more like a wide receiver than a tight end. With Kelce at 260 pounds, they hoped they could find favorable matchups against linebackers who would have trouble staying with Kelce down the field. The Chiefs never identified a player with that kind of ability on their roster after he was gone.

Pyro's take: Kelce was lost to injury in his rookie season, but he will still have a good chance to lock down a starting role in 2014. The only other tight ends standing in his way are Anthony Fasano, who is a solid veteran but does not posses big play ability, and Sean McGrath who was picked up off waivers and played well.

The Chiefs drafted Kelce in the third round, and they are still desperately lacking play-makers on offense. Andy Reid has always been known to use the tight end a lot in his offenses, and Kelce is still the best talent on the roster. Look for Travis to emerge in 2014.

02/16/14, 03:08 PM CST by Houdini
Source: espn.go.com

Bowe looking for the endzone again this week

Dwayne Bowe, who in five-career games against the Raiders in Oakland has totaled 22 receptions for 341 yards and one TD, going 4-1 in the road contests. Bowe pinpointed keys to success against a tough Raiders secondary.

“Don’t turn the ball over and convert on third downs," Bowe said. "We need to keep our momentum from last week going and take care of business."

Pyro's take: Bowe does not have a solid history against the Raiders, and earlier this year had only three catches for 46 yards with no scores. Although, there is hope for him to have a better game this time around.

Alex Smith has had an improved chemsitry with Bowe as of late. Dwayne has three touchdowns in his last four games. The other benefit is that Dexter McCluster will not able to play this week with an infection suffered from a cut last week. Bowe should see more targets because of this.

12/14/13, 05:22 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.kcchiefs.com

Charles looking for best game of the season

Charles, the Chiefs’ biggest offensive weapon, picked up 17 and 33 yards on his final two attempts in the 45-10 win at Washington. The Chiefs ran one more play, and that was the end of the third quarter with the Chiefs leading 38-10. Charles didn’t get another attempt.

He finished the day with 19 carries for a season-high 151 yards and two receptions for eight yards.

“I thought it was the right time,” to take him out of the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday. “I’ve gone both ways, I’ve held people from games, and I’ve played people, just depending on what I feel we need to get ourselves ready, if we have that opportunity to continue to play (in the playoffs).

“We’re not there yet. I wasn’t thinking about that in this game.”

Pyro's take: Charles has been the most dominant running back all season long. Although, Jamaal has not had a monster game all season, like Shady McCoy did this week.

Last week would have been that game for Charles if he played in the fourth quarter, but that is always a danger in blowout games with playoff bound teams. Charles has another chance to have his best game of the season as he faces off against the Raiders this week, who have surrendered over 140 yards rushing in each of the last two games.



12/11/13, 06:25 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.kansascity.com

Charles a steady fantasy force

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles rushed for 93 yards, giving him 1,011 yards for the season, his fourth 1,000-yard season, most in club history.

Charles, a third-round pick in 2008, rushed for 1,000-plus yards in 2009, 2010 and 2012 and surpassed Priest Holmes, who did it three times during 2001-03. Charles also became the fifth player in club history to record more than 1,000 rushing attempts. At 1,003 attempts, he is 372 behind Larry Johnson’s club record of 1,375 set during 2003-09.

“At the end of the day, I want to be one of the best that’s played in this organization,” Charles said. “Not just in my organization but in my (draft) class and in the NFL.

“It’s an honor to go over 1,000 yards, but we have more football. Hopefully, I can go out and break more records and make history.”

Pyro's take: Charles has been amazing at the running back position this season, compared to many others who have flopped this season. Jamaal has been a scoring machine, with 11 touchdowns, this season and is on pace to finish with over 60 catches as well.

In fact Charles has a chance to go over 2,000 yards from scrimmage this season. He is currently on pace to finish with 1,950 yards. If you own Charles then expect him to keep leading the way for you in the fantasy playoffs.

12/02/13, 05:07 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.kansascity.com

Bowe caught puffing

An officer spotted Bowe’s 2011 Audi A8 traveling 48 mph in a 35 mph zone shortly before midnight at West Platte Road and Northwest Business Park, police said. The officer stopped the car at West Platte Road and Riverside Street.

While speaking to Bowe, the officer detected what he suspected was a strong marijuana odor coming from inside the Audi, police said. The officer had Bowe and two passengers get out of the vehicle before seeing if his K-9 would alert on anything in the vehicle during a check for illegal substances.

The officer arrested Bowe after finding a black bag holding Bowe’s wallet and two containers of what the officer suspected to be marijuana. One container had 6.6 grams of the substance in it and the second had 3.8 grams.

Pyro's take: Bowe is not going to miss this week's game, but he might miss some time if the league pursues him. All for less than a half ounce of weed.

I just wonder when these players are going to get smart about how they party. Bowe has been a non-existent fantasy receiver this season, so this news should not impact too many owners starting lineups.

11/12/13, 05:27 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.kansascity.com

Bowe injured in practice

Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Cleveland because of a groin spasm.

Bowe participated in warmups with his teammates on Friday but did not wear a helmet and did not practice.

“He’s feeling a bit better today than he did yesterday, which is good,” Reid said. “But let’s just see how he is (Saturday) and go from there.”

Reid said Bowe suffered the injury in practice on Thursday.

“He did it right towards the end, just tweaked it a little bit,” Reid said.



Pyro's take: Bowe has been a major disappointment this season, and has not been able to connect with Alex Smith, aka Checkdown Charlie, on any big plays this season.

Smith is a game manager who has never shown great ability in the vertical passing game. Now that Bowe is dealing with an injury he becomes an even riskier start this week.

10/25/13, 05:31 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.kansascity.com

Charles in line for even more touches

Don’t expect Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles’ workload to decrease on Sunday against the Houston Texans.

In fact, Charles may even get more work than he did last week against Oakland when Charles accounted for 128 of the Chiefs’ 216 net yards on offense.

“He’s a guy who steadily wants a little more each week, a little more responsibility,” said offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, “and the more he gets comfortable in our system and what we’re asking him to do, we’ll put a little more on his plate.

“He’s so explosive, and we want to be able to use him in that fashion and create matchups in our favor.”

Charles, the AFC’s leader in yards from scrimmage with 775 yards, (475 rushing, 147 receiving), was a full participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday for the first time in three weeks.


Pyro's take: Charlie says, check down to Jamaal. Charles has been a beast this season, as predicted, and now we could see him get even more touches. Andy Reid has a way of turning running backs into studs, and Jamaal is his new stud. The Chiefs are never going to be a downfield passing team so long as Alex Smith is the quarterback. With Charles as healthy as he has been all year, get ready for a larger workload and some long touchdowns in his near future.

10/17/13, 07:01 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.kansascity.com

Jamaal Charles to start this Sunday

Jamaal Charles will play Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Dallas Cowboys, the Chiefs announced Friday per Adam Teicher of ESPN. Charles did not practice Wednesday, and was limited in practice Thursday with a quadriceps injury he suffered in Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Charles suffered a quad contusion after landing awkwardly during the third quarter of Sunday's win. He returned for one carry at the end of the quarter, but sat out the rest of the game to finish with 16 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown, with three receptions for 23 yards. Though there was trepidation when the running back rested Wednesday, his status against the Cowboys was never seriously in doubt.

Pyro's take: Charles has been gritting it out all season with minor nagging injuries, up to and including blisters for crying out loud. Even with all the nicks and bruises he continues to be one of the more consistent running backs this season and is a must start against the Cowboys.

10/05/13, 01:12 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.sbnation.com

Jamaal Charles has gone Helter Skelter with blisters

Charles apparently had blisters on the bottom of his foot after the game. "They were pretty extensive," Reid said. Despite that, Charles is expected to be OK. I'd expect him to be ready for a full load next week at Tennessee.

Pyro's take: Charles should be fine, but for crying out loud give a call to Dr. Scholl's and have those precious feet taken care of this week. Send him in for a pedicure...whatever you have to do, because not only do fantasy owners need him to keep up his production, so do the Chiefs. He should be fine this week, but I am going to send him some talcum powder anyway.

09/30/13, 06:34 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.arrowheadpride.com

Jamaal Charles has a quad contusion, expected to play in week 2

The Kansas City Chiefs are breathing a sigh of relief with the news that Jamaal Charles' injury doesn't appear to be serious. Following Sunday's game against the Jacksonville, both Charles and Andy Reid said Charles was OK.

Speaking to the media on Monday, Reid called it a quad contusion.

"Jamaal has a quad contusion," Reid said, via quotes sent out by the Chiefs. "He does have a range of motion, but we'll just see how he does here over this week. He is moving around today, he's ok."

Pyro's take: This is a major relief for Charles owners, as he is expected to be okay for week 2. Charles had a decent game in week 1, when most running backs did not, with 100 total yards, a touchdown and 3 catches. Charles is most likely going to rest the quad during the week and should be ready to go for week 2. If his condition worsens during the week we will let you know.

09/10/13, 06:52 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.arrowheadpride.com

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