The Chiefs off-season roster continues to expand as the team announced on Thursday they signed TE Kevin Brock.
The 6-5, 245-pound Brock went to training camp last summer with the Buffalo Bills, but was released in the final cut before the start of the regular season. A native of Hackensack, New Jersey, Brock attended Rutgers University and was not selected in the 2009 NFL Draft. He signed with Carolina, but has also spent time on the rosters of the New York Jets, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Dallas, Oakland and the Bills.
It was in the last 2 games of Buffalo’s 2011 season that Brock got the only regular-season action of his career. He caught 2 passes for 27 yards. In last year’s pre-season with the Bills he played in two games with one catch for 2 yards.
At Rutgers, Brock caught 49 passes for 541 yards and 4 touchdown catches.
Bobby Yarborough RIP
The first man to serve as the equipment manager of the Texans-Chiefs franchise Bobby Yarborough died over the weekend. The Texas native was 76 years old.
Thanks to a friendship with trainer Wayne Rudy, Yarborough was hired by the Dallas Texans before the team stepped on the field for a game. When the Texans left Dallas to become the Kansas City Chiefs, Yarborough made the trip north with the team. Other than a few months in 1967, he held the job as the team’s equipment manager until 1983 when new head coach John Mackovic replaced him.
Irascible is probably the best description of Yarborough, but it wasn’t hard to understand considering some of the working conditions surrounding the job. The early days of the AFL saw big money for some star players and crumbs for everyone else. At the bottom of the food chain sat the guys in the equipment room; Yarborough worked for many years on a 6-month contract. Their minimal pay was supplemented by gifts from the players, or so-called locker room dues.
At one time or another Yarborough groused with management, coaches and players. He left for the 1967 season when he went to work for the New Orleans Saints. But he didn’t get along with the team’s general manager and before the regular season was a few weeks old he was back in Kansas City.
That was a good thing for young Chiefs LB Willie Lanier; it was Yarborough that came up with the extra padded helmet that became Lanier’s signature and now is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Several years ago, Yarborough told the story to the website helmethut.com:
“Willie was tackling head first when he was a rookie. Consequently he knocked himself out and suffered a serious concussion making a tackle during that first year. When he returned to play we switched him to a fluid filled Gladiator helmet. I also customized a strip of center ridge padding on the exterior surface of the shell. I got this idea from the old padded MacGregor helmets who offered this as a standard product in their catalog.
“I cut a four-inch wide strip of shoulder pad type foam padding and glued it down the center ridge. I glued a second layer of three-inch padding on top. I covered the foam padding with tightly stretched wide red vinyl tape. I finally repainted the entire helmet with a dark scarlet spray paint which I got from Riddell.
“You could hit the helmet with a baseball bat and it would not hurt the player wearing it. The ironic part is that after his rookie-season injury Willie learned not to tackle head-first anymore β¦ I told him the special helmet was just a security blanket for him. Willie admitted to me later in his career that he kept using the padded helmet primarily because it gave him a unique and menacing look.”
There will be a memorial service on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m.
Chris Canty headed to see Chiefs.
DL Chris Canty was released last week by the New York Giants and USA Today reports that his agent said he’ll meet soon with the folks at Arrowhead.
The 30-year old was bounced by the Giants for salary cap reasons; he was set to make $6.5 million in 2013. Last year, Canty began the season on the PUP List after off-season surgery on his knee. He was active for the last 9 games with the Giants, finishing with 25 tackles and 3 sacks. In four seasons with the G-men, he played in 49 games with 45 starts, 125 total tackles and 9 sacks.
The 6-7, 286-pound Canty was a 4th-round (#132) choice of Dallas in the 2005 NFL Draft out of the University of Virginia. In four seasons with the Cowboys, he played in 64 games with 50 starts, 148 total tackles and 10 sacks.
Canty has played right defensive end and right defensive tackle over his career.
Worried about D-Bowe?
In his weekly Monday Morning QB post for SI.com, Peter King threw out this bon mot:
“Speaking of stars available in free agency, one scout told me the other day: “I am scared to death of (Kansas City wide out) Dwayne Bowe. Like him a lot, but not sure what we’d be buying if we signed him. Too much baggage’.”
Last time I looked, Bowe had not picked up any new baggage in some time. He’s kept his personality under control and he’s been a good teammate, as well as being one of the AFC’s better receivers. Whether it comes from the Chiefs or some other team, and whether it doesn’t come from that scout’s team, Bowe is going to score on this contract.