NFL Rumors: Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs were one of the biggest surprises in all the NFL last season, finishing with a 11-5 record in Andy Reid's first season. But will the success be short-lived for the Chiefs? One of our experts thinks so.
It's a good thing Chip Kelly has an offense designed to rack up a lot of points, because after two games it's clear that the Philadelphia Eagles secondary is a sieve when it comes to slowing down opposing aerial attacks.

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Expectations for Fasano, Kelce 

September, 3, 2013
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Tight end is an intriguing position for the Kansas City Chiefs, considering the success that coach Andy Reid generated at the position during his tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles. Remember that he took fifth-rounder Brent Celek and made him into a reliable fantasy TE, especially in PPR leagues. After releasing veteran Tony Moeaki and adding former Seattle Seahawks TE Sean McGrath, the Chiefs will be leaning primarily on Anthony Fasano and rookie third-rounder Travis Kelce. The veteran Fasano is atop the depth chart, and Kelce won't unseat him until he steps up in the department that troubles most rookies.

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UPDATE: And right on queue, the Chiefs have traded Jon Baldwin to the Niners for fellow borderline bust A.J. Jenkins. Baldwin will get a chance to find a role with the Niners offense, a group that is in need of someone to step up, while Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham work their way back from injuries. He'll have to prove himself this season, though, because his salary for '14 is not guaranteed.
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We took a look at the Kansas City Chiefs' WR corps last week, including Dwayne Bowe's upside in Andy Reid's system and how Donnie Avery likely will be their No. 2 option. We also touched a little bit on how Dexter McCluster and Jon Baldwin have failed to live up to the expectations they brought to the NFL. After I wrote that note, the Chiefs played their second preseason game, during which McCluster played no role and Baldwin failed to catch any of the three passes intended for him.

“We gave him the opportunity this week and you have to catch the football,” Reid said of Baldwin. “That’s how it works, and he knows that and I know that. When we give you an opportunity, you have to make sure you take advantage of the opportunity … He needs to keep playing, and (when) given the opportunity, he needs to take advantage of it.”

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A look at Chiefs WR corps 

August, 15, 2013
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The Kansas City Chiefs WR corps was largely devoid of fantasy value in 2012, as they slogged through atrocious QB play and top option Dwayne Bowe struggled to stay healthy. Now, they have veteran Alex Smith at the helm and Bowe is healthy, so there is some hope for fantasy owners and Chiefs fans.

What can we expect from the rest of the WR crew, though? Dexter McCluster and Jon Baldwin haven't lived up to the hype they had when entering the league, and it looks like offseason addition Donnie Avery is taking hold of the No. 2 job.

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The Kansas City Chiefs survived a scare when starting running back Jamaal Charles suffered a foot injury Monday during practice. The injury has since been deemed minor. Charles is still expected to miss some time, but his status in the coming weeks isn't in question.

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Update on Jamaal Charles 

August, 13, 2013
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UPDATE: Per Dave Skretta of the AP, it looks like Jamaal Charles got the best possible scenario after Monday's injury scare.

"Jamaal Charles has been seen by two orthopedics, everything checked out OK with foot. He's listed day to day. #Chiefs," Skretta tweeted. "Charles had soreness up leg from strain yesterday but could be on field tomorrow. #Chiefs"

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It appears that running back Jamaal Charles avoided any worst-case scenarios Monday when he left practice with a foot injury. X-rays were negative, and the Kansas City Chiefs said that he simply has a strained foot. It's not clear whether he will have an MRI on the appendage to determine the severity of the sprain, but he was walking without a boot on his injured right foot this morning, according to the Associated Press' Dave Skretta.

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What's after JC in KC? 

August, 12, 2013
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Jamaal Charles put more than just a minor scare into the Kansas City Chiefs when he was forced to leave Monday's practice with what was being called a strained foot. Fortunately, X-rays on the star running back were negative. However, not everybody in the Chiefs organization is ready to breathe a huge sigh of relief just yet.

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What can Kelce do as a rookie? 

August, 9, 2013
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Four tight ends (Tyler Eifert, Zach Ertz, Gavin Escobar, Vance McDonald) came off the board before the Kansas City Chiefs selected Cincinnati's Travis Kelce in the third round, so it's not surprising that guys like Eifert and Ertz, in particular, are generating far more buzz than Kelce during the preseason.

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We've mentioned a number of times this offseason how Jamaal Charles should see a hefty uptick in receptions under new coach Andy Reid, which will give him a nice bump in fantasy leagues that reward a point per reception. After watching Reid's offense in training camp, Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star took a stab at guessing how many catches the RB might pull in this season.

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Latest buzz on Alex Smith 

August, 6, 2013
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Quite often the starting quarterback will play little, if any, in the first preseason game of the year (see: Tony Romo). However, that won't be the case for the Kansas City Chiefs, who will take advantage of their exhibition action against the New Orleans Saints on Friday to have new QB Alex Smith test drive new HC Andy Reid's offense in live action.

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jon Baldwin stepped up his efforts to get in shape this offseason after seeing the fast-paced offense that new coach Andy Reid is installing. According to Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star, Baldwin is now 8-10 pounds lighter than his listed weight of 230 pounds.

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Is Leach set to return to Baltimore? 

July, 22, 2013
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UPDATE: Baltimore became the most likely landing spot for All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach once Miami removed itself from the equation.

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Alex Smith talks Chiefs' game plan 

July, 20, 2013
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Even though they were almost always trailing in 2012, the Kansas City Chiefs still finished among the top five offenses in running plays and the bottom five teams in passing plays. New quarterback Alex Smith says that won't be the same in 2013.

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Update on Vonta Leach 

July, 16, 2013
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Perhaps no fullback in modern times has received more attention than free agent Vonta Leach over the past several weeks following his release by the Baltimore Ravens. Though the position appears to be dying off in today's NFL, there are several teams that have shown some level of interest in signing the Pro Bowler -- including Kansas City, Miami, and the Giants -- and a return to the Ravens hasn't been ruled out either. So what's the latest?

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