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NFL Quarterbacks 2014

Here are the first week quarterbacks on the roster of 32 NFL teams. On active rosters, practice squads and on various lists there are 98 quarterbacks employed in some fashion for the opening weekend.

St. Louis has five quarterbacks tied up with their claim off waivers of Case Keenum from Houston. There are two teams with four quarterbacks, the Chiefs and Philadelphia. There are two teams with only two quarterbacks, New York Giants and New Orleans.

Overall, 29 of the starters were drafted, including 17 in the first round and seven with the first pick. Of the 98 quarterbacks, 78 were selected in the NFL Draft. Among the other 20 are three starters: Shaun Hill in St. Louis, Brian Hoyer in Cleveland and Tony Romo in Dallas.

Here are all 98 quarterbacks:

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Answer Bob – Volume #1

The questions arrived and now here’s the first batch of answers from the latest chapter of Ask Bob. I can only hope my replies are close to as good as the queries I received in the last few days. This is the first of three posts with my answers. Enjoy.

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RW asked – Bob, how would you assess the overall talent level on the team as of today vs. the team at cut-down day 2013?

Bob said – I would say it’s a push. They are stronger at linebacker, running back and tight end. They are marginally improved on the defensive line. The talent level of the offensive line and secondary went backwards. Quarterback and wide receiver don’t appear to be much different. The Chiefs talked about how much the competition for roster spots increased this year, but I’m not sure that I see where that happened. Who pushed Dwayne Bowe or Donnie Avery at wide receiver? Did anyone push any of the three starters on the defensive line? There really wasn’t quality talent pushing the starters for playing time or spots in the starting lineup. So, I would say it’s not that much better, and in the words of the late Chuck Noll that I’ve never forgotten in the NFL a team is either getting better or getting worse, they don’t stay the same. …Read More!

Chiefs Add Safety To 53-Man Roster

The Chiefs have signed veteran safety Kurt Coleman and sent middle linebacker Joe Mays to the injured-reserve list.

After 3 p.m. on Tuesday, NFL teams can move one player currently on their active roster to the injured-reserve list/designated for return. That’s what they did with Mays, who suffered a torn tendon in his wrist in a game on August 17 against Carolina. He underwent surgery two weeks ago. The prognosis was something in the range of six to eight weeks rehab.

As for Coleman, head coach Andy Reid is very familiar with him; he was selected by Reid in Philadelphia during the seventh-round (pick #244) of the 2010 NFL Draft. The 5-11, 200-pound Ohio State University product played four seasons with the Eagles and was the starter at free safety for Reid in 2011-12.

Overall, Coleman has played in 59 games with 29 starts. He was credited with 207 defensive tackles, seven interceptions and two forced fumbles. He was signed as an unrestricted free agent by Minnesota for the 2014 season, but was released late last week in the Vikings move to a 53-man roster.

Regular-Season Start Pushes Chiefs & Alex To A Deal


From the Truman Sports Complex

When two parties are haggling over money generally there has to be a deadline for any type of agreement to be reached.

That was certainly the case with the Chiefs and Alex Smith. While all the talks and negotiations that went down in the spring and summer were important to a successful deal, it was an unspoken deadline of the start of the regular season that accelerate completion of a four-year extension for the team’s starting quarterback.

“Personally, I just think with securing this type of player on your roster, it gives you stability,” said general manager John Dorsey. “It’s time to move on, it’s time to focus for the game of football and get ready for the Tennessee Titans and that’s all you can ask for.

“It’s important that it got done for Alex. It’s important that it got done for the franchise. It’s a good thing, a positive step moving forward.” …Read More!

Succop Signs With Titans; Chiefs Fill Practice Squad

There’s always something going on in the world of NFL personnel at this time of the year and that was certainly true on Monday. It was Labor Day, and the pro football world was working and working hard.

Succop signs in Tennessee – After five seasons as the Chiefs kicker, Ryan Succop was released on Saturday. On Monday, he signed a one-year contract with the Titans. And, where does his new team begin its 2014 season? At Arrowhead Stadium, with the Chiefs hosting Succop and his new teammates.

The Titans cut ties with their nine-year veteran kicker Rob Bironas in the spring. In training camp and the pre-season, rookie Travis Coons beat out first-year kicker Maikon Bonani for the job, only to hold it for just three days.

One influence on Tennessee’s interest was the Titans assistant special teams coach Steve Hoffman. He spent three years as the kicking game coach with the Chiefs (2009-11) and campaigned for the club to select Succop in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Chiefs release Kyle Williams – The injury-prone wide receiver went to the injured-reserve list after he suffered a shoulder sprain in the pre-season game against Green Bay last Thursday.

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Chiefs Practice Report – September 1

From the Truman Sports Complex

The Chiefs first practice of the regular season went down Monday morning as Andy Reid worked his team through a session that lasted about 75 minutes.

With the start of the real season, the rules for the media attending practice are different than training camp and the pre-season. Monday was the last day the media was allowed to watch the entire practice. When they return to the field on Wednesday, workouts will be open for only 30 minutes to the prying eyes of media horde. There are also restrictions on what can be reported on concerning strategy and the use of personnel.

Here are a few items that can be told:

– Three members of the 53-man roster did not practice – middle linebacker Joe Mays (wrist), wide receiver A.J. Jenkins (concussion) and center Eric Kush (shoulder). Reid indicated Jenkins should be cleared to return to practice soon andΒ should be available for Sunday’s game against Tennessee. …Read More!

NFL Roster Moves – August 30/31

Here are the personnel moves that have gone down in the league on Saturday and Sunday, including waiver claims and signings after the active roster cut to 53 players.

Chiefs

  • Claimed DE Damion Square off waivers from Philadelphia.
  • Released S Jonathon Amaya, S Malcolm Bronson, FB Jordan Campbell, TE Richard Gordon, DT Dominique Hamilton, WR Mark Harrison, G Ricky Henry, LB Alonzo Highsmith, ILB Nico Johnson, DT Kyle Love, CB Justin Rogers, DE Kona Schwenke, K Ryan Succop, LB Devan Walker, OT J’Marcus Webb, RB Charcandrick West, WR Fred Williams.
  • Placed QB Tyler Bray, CB DeMarcus Van Dyke, WR Kyle Williams on the injured-reserve list.
  • Placed DE Mike Catapano on the reserve/non-football injury list.
  • Placed WR Dwayne Bowe, OT Donald Stephenson on the reserve/suspended list.

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Position-By-Position On Chiefs Roster 2.0/Defense

The defense now has 24 players on the Chiefs roster as of Sunday, along with three special teamers. Here’s how the defenders and kicking game breaks down:

Defensive Line (6)

  • Starters – Dontari Poe, Allen Bailey, Mike DeVito. Backups
    – Jaye Howard, Damion Square, Vance Walker.
  • Age – Bailey/25, DeVito/30, Howard/26 in December, Poe/24, Square/25, Walker/27.
  • Contract status/salary-cap number – Bailey/last season on contract/$808,986; DeVito/2nd of 3 years/$4,900,000; Howard/2nd of 3 years/$570,000; Poe/3rd of 4 years/$3,087,274; Square/2nd of 3 years/$495,000; Walker/1st of 3 years/$1,750,000.
  • Cap total – $11,611,260/9 percent of Chiefs 2014 cap.
  • Status – Right now besides putting together a new deal for outside linebacker Justin Houston, general manager John Dorsey must have Poe at the top of the to-do list for a new contract. He’s got this year and next on his rookie deal. They need to lock him up for extended years. All the money invested at linebacker makes it tough to sign big-dollar players on the D-Line. Although he’s played good football in his limited role t the Chiefs defense, DeVito’s cap number is too high and he’s unlikely to see the third-year of his deal without an adjustment.

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Chiefs & QB Alex Smith Agree To Deal

The Chiefs have announced they reached a contract extension with starting quarterback Alex Smith.

It’s a four-year extension, with $68 million, and $45 million in guaranteed dollars.

The deal adds four years to Smith’s contract; he’s playing the 2014 season on the final year of the deal he brought with him when he was traded to the Chiefs from San Francisco in 2013. He’ll receive $7.5 million from that 49ers deal.

“It was a priority of ours to get this deal done and keep Alex in a Chiefs uniform long-term,” general manager John Dorsey said in a statement from the team. “Alex is a proven leader on and off the field. He is a special individual with a lot of ability, and we are fortunate to have him here.”

While particulars remain to be sorted out, Smith will receive $30 million guaranteed on signing the contract, with another $15 million guaranteed for injury that kicks in at the start of the 2015 league season in March.

Smith is now signed through the 2018 season and the extension averages $17 million per season. The Kansas City Star first reported the agreement.

“John and his staff along with Tom (Condon, Smith’s agent) and his group have worked hard to get this deal done; they’ve done a nice job,” head coach Andy Reid said. “Alex is a smart, talented football player that has adapted well to our offensive scheme. He also, obviously, has had a tremendous amount of success as a quarterback in this league. We as a team are very happy to have Alex as our quarterback moving forward.”

Chiefs Claim D-Lineman; Create Practice Squad

The personnel work continued for the Chiefs on Sunday, as they tinkered with their 53-man roster and started putting together a 10-man practice squad.

Here’s what the team announced:

  • Claimed defensive lineman Damion Square (right) off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • To make room for Square, the Chiefs released tight end Richard Gordon.
  • Officially signed eight players with a ninth reportedly signed to the practice squad.
  1. Fullback Jordan Campbell.
  2. Linebacker Jerry Franklin (not official).
  3. C Ben Gottschalk.
  4. Guard Ricky Henry.
  5. Inside linebacker Nico Johnson.
  6. Defensive end Kona Schwenke.
  7. Wide receiver Darryl Surgent.
  8. RB Charcandrick West.
  9. Wide receiver Fred Williams.
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Postion-By-Position On Chiefs Roster 1.0/Offense

Here’s how the 27 players on offense came together for the initial Chiefs roster of the 2014 season:

Quarterback (3)

  • Starter – Alex Smith. Backups – Chase Daniel, Aaron Murray.
  • Injured reserve (1) – Tyler Bray.
  • Age – Smith/30, Daniel/28 in October, Murray/24 in November.
  • Contract status/salary-cap number – Smith/last season on contract/$8 million; Daniel/2nd of 3 years/$3.4 million; Murray/1st of 4 years/$465,606.
  • Cap total – $11,865,606/9.1 percent of Chiefs 2014 cap.
  • Status – It’s probably the most stable position on the Chiefs roster in this first week of the 2014 season. With the exception of Murray, we have seen the position in action. The difference between this group and last year at this time is that Daniel had a chance to start a game and perform, as he did in the 2013 regular season finale against San Diego. That’s one more start than he previously had in his career.

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Ask Bob – Post Cut To 53

Seems like a good time to open up the e-mail box and hear what you all think about the Chiefs one week away from the regular season opener.

You know the drill – just add your question/comment to this post. I’ll take questions until Monday night, and try to start answering immediately.

Chiefs Go With Rookie Kicker, 4 TEs, 6 RBs

There were some surprises in the first-round of decisions for the Chiefs in establishing their initial 53-man roster for the 2014 season.

Call it the Chiefs Roster 1.0. There will be changes, as the Chiefs pick through the waiver wire and more than likely send middle linebacker Joe Mays to the injured-reserve list/designated for return due to his wrist injury/surgery.

But there were some major decisions made by general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid that were announced Saturday at the NFL 3 p.m. deadline:

– Rookie Cairo Santos won the kicking competition over veteran Ryan Succop. The kickers had nearly identical pre-season performances. So the decision came down to something else, more than likely the salary cap and the $2.7 million number Succop carried over the rookie minimum salary for Santos of $420,000. Although Succop will account for “dead” money under the cap, his release opens up approximately $1 million for the Chiefs.

– The No. 3 quarterback competition saw rookie Aaron Murray get the job over Tyler Bray, who was sent to the injured-reserve list after ankle/knee injuries he suffered in the pre-season finale in Green Bay. Bray’s timely injuries have allowed the Chiefs to keep both young quarterbacks. …Read More!

Chiefs Moves To Reach 53-Man Roster

As always the personnel decisions to reach the NFL roster limit of 53 players are dribbling out a few at a time. The deadline is 3 p.m. Central. Here are the names being reported so far, and we’ll update as we time goes on:

  1. WR Dwayne Bowe placed on the suspended list.
  2. OT Donald Stephenson placed on the suspended list.
  3. S Jonathon Amaya released.
  4. S Malcolm Bronson released.
  5. FB Jordan Campbell released.
  6. DT Dominique Hamilton released.
  7. WR Mark Harrison released.
  8. G Ricky Henry released.
  9. LB Alonzo Highsmith released.
  10. LB Nico Johnson released.
  11. DT Kyle Love released.
  12. CB Justin Rogers released.
  13. DE Kona Schwenke released.
  14. K Ryan Succop released.
  15. CB DeMarcus Van Dyke released (injured).
  16. LB Devan Walker released.
  17. OT J’Marcus Webb released.
  18. RB Charcandrick West released.
  19. WR Fred Williams released.
  20. QB Tyler Bray placed on injured-reserve list.
  21. WR Kyle Williams placed on injured-reserve list.
  22. DE Mike Catapano placed on non-football injury list.

Pre-Season Comes To An End With A Chiefs Defeat


From Lambeau Field, Green Bay

Andy Reid wasn’t in the mood to make any predictions about how his team will perform in the 2014 NFL season.

But he was of the mind that he was thrilled the pre-season was over after the Chiefs fell 34-14 to the Packers.

“I am not much on predictions,” Reid said. “We are going to work hard and take it one play at a time and crank it. We look forward to getting the season started.”

Thursday night’s performance by the Chiefs was something to quickly forget, especially the 14 penalties for 131 yards walked off. That’s the second game in August where they had 131 yards in penalties.

Here’s our coverage from Green Bay:

Players Not Available For Chiefs Tonight in Green Bay

From Lambeau Field, Green Bay

The Chiefs have said there are six players that will not play Thursday night against the Packers because of injury and illness. They are likely to be joined by another 20 of their teammates from the starting lineups that won’t participate under the plans of head coach Andy Reid.

Middle linebacker Joe Mays (wrist), left tackle Eric Fisher (illness), defensive end Mike Catapano (illness), wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (quadriceps), wide receiver Junior Hemingway (hip) and outside linebacker Tamba Hali (knee) are not dressed for the game. Mays, Fisher, Bowe and Hali would not have played anyway because of their status as starters.

One man who will be dressed and available to play the Packers is recently signed offensive lineman Mike McGlynn. He will be wearing No. 67.

The Packers announced 20 players that would not dress for the game and all but two are listed as starters. On offense not dressed will be quarterback Aaron Rodgers running back Eddie Lacy, wide receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, tight end Brandon Bostick, center J.C. Tretter (injured), guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton and tackles David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga. On defense not part of the action tonight will be defensive ends Datone Jones and Mike Daniels, linebackers Clay Matthews, A.J. Hawk, Brad Jones and Julius Peppers, cornerbacks Tramon Williams, Sam Shields and Demetri Goodson and strong safety Morgan Burnett.

A Meaningless Night For All But a Few


From the Land of Cheese

In the NFL nothing is forgotten quicker than the final game of the pre-season. It’s a meaningless contest, played at a meaningless time as everyone looks forward to the start of the real season.

However, there will be about 45 to 50 players on the field when the Chiefs and Packers play at legendary Lambeau Field on Thursday night that will not likely forget the evening.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

Those guys are still fighting for their football lives. The bulk of that group already sense that their time wearing red and gold or green and gold is just about over. But Thursday night’s game is important not just for the moment of being around for the start of the 2014 regular season, but for future opportunities to play in the league.

That’s one of two reasons why most NFL coaches approach the pre-season finale with their key players on the bench or sitting at home. First and always foremost is the injury factor – there’s nothing left to prove at this point and even though the league is working hard to slow down this collision sport, stuff happens.

The second reason coaches give the bottom part of their roster all the playing time is so those 40 to 50 guys that have worked very hard will register something on tape for their efforts and future reference.

“I’m trying to give the guys an opportunity to show (what they can do),” said Andy Reid. “That’s one reason I normally hold the 1′s so I can get a pure evaluation of these young guys. Right now, we’ve got good competition on this team and so you want to try and be as right as you possibly can and give them every opportunity.

“And if they don’t make your club, at least they have some worthy plays on tape that other teams can evaluate more.” …Read More!

Jamaal Says Don’t Worry About Chiefs Offense

As the Chiefs get ready to close out the pre-season the guy that makes the first-team offense go will not play against the Packers in Green Bay on Thursday night.

So what the starters left on the field through three exhibition games is what it is – no touchdowns in 16 possessions.

However, according to the engine of the attack, that was not the real Chiefs offense.

Jamaal Charles says nobody should fret about the lack of production and efficiency in the pre-season.

“That doesn’t concern me,” Charles said. “With Coach Andy (Reid) in control of this offense and what he can do, it doesn’t worry me at all. We believe in each other and that’s all that matters. I know we can’t depend on what happened last year; that’s last year.

“This is a new season and we’ve got to get past that. Every game we play is not going to be easy like last year. We are going to have to work for every win we get and I know that.” …Read More!

Chiefs Position Analysis – Secondary

Over the next few days we’ll look at each position on the Chiefs current roster and speculate on how John Dorsey and Andy Reid will cut that number to 53 by Friday/Saturday.

Secondary

Last season – the Chiefs began the regular season with 11 defensive backs on the active roster. They ended up with 10 after claiming two players off league waivers and placing safety Sanders Commings on the injured-reserve list/designated return designation, allowing him to practice after six weeks of the season passed. Holdovers from the 2012 Chiefs were strong safety Eric Berry, cornerback Brandon Flowers and free safety Kendrick Lewis. Commings was selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. Joining the secondary in unrestricted free agency were safety Quintin Demps, cornerback Dunta Robinson and cornerback Sean Smith. Safety Husain Abdullah was added as a street free agent. Cornerbacks Marcus Cooper and Ron Parker were claimed on waivers and Bradley McDougald was an undrafted college free agent. That group of 11 were the only defensive backs that played for the Chiefs in the 2013 season; six of those players are no-longer with the team.

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Chiefs Sign Guard That Andy Knows

On Wednesday morning the Chiefs announced the signing of veteran guard Mike McGlynn.

To make room for him, they released rookie free-agent center Ben Gottschalk.

The 6-4, 325-pound NFL journeyman spent training camp and the pre-season with the Washington Redskins. He was released on Tuesday in the team’s cut to reach the NFL roster limit of 75.

The Chiefs will be the fifth team that McGlynn has played for in his career. He entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft choice by Andy Reid with Philadelphia in 2008. He went on to become the Eagles starting center in the 2010 season.

McGlynn later played for Cincinnati (2011) and Indianapolis (2012-13) where he started the past two seasons as the Colts right guard. He was in the starting lineup for Indy’s come-from-behind victory over the Chiefs back in January in a first-round game in the AFC playoffs.

With his signing the 29-year old McGlynn becomes the oldest offensive lineman on the Chiefs roster. He’s three days older than tackle Ryan Harris.

The Ohio native played tackle at the University of Pittsburgh where he started 43 of the 47 games he played over four seasons (2004-07), with most of those starts at right tackle.

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