A look at our content on Chiefs.com over the past week
It was a busy week at One Arrowhead Drive, as the Kansas City Chiefs kicked off the new league year with a Men’s DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans Nike Elite Away Liberty White Football Jersey flurry of additions on both sides of the ball.
Here’s a look back at all of last week’s news. For additional analysis, click here.
The Chiefs signed four free agents last week: wide receiver
Watkins, a former first-round pick who caught eight touchdowns for the Los Angeles Rams last season, joins a Kansas City offense ripe with playmakers.
Here’s a fun @sammywatkins stat for you:
He has averaged Women’s DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans Nike Elite Navy Blue Team Color Football Jersey 15.9 yards per reception over his career, which ranks sixth-best in the NFL since 2014.
For reference…last year, @cheetah averaged 15.8 yards per reception.
Also, Watkins had zero drops last year.
— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) March 15, 2018
Click here to learn more about Watkins.
In addition to his blazing speed and ability to stretch the field, Watkins is a family man. In fact, it was the prospect of raising his kids in the Kansas City community that in part drew him to the Chiefs. Check out the story here.
While taking a tour of Arrowhead Stadium later in the afternoon, Watkins’ three-year-old daughter was running around and treating the empty stadium like it was her giant playground—playing with several of the staff members along for the trip.
“That’s the best part about it,” Watkins said in that moment. “I feel like it’s a business, but it’s not just business here. Everyone has made us feel welcomed, and I’ve got to open up a little bit, talk to people, and usually I’m not like this, but I feel like it’s home for me.”
Sammy Watkins in #ChiefsKingdom pic.twitter.com/9StzLcnS6A
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) March 17, 2018
On the other side of the ball, Kansas City signed free agent linebacker Anthony Hitchens away from the Dallas Cowboys. The four-year veteran was ranked as Pro Football Focus’ top run-stopping linebacker on the open market.
Highest run stop percentage among free agent LBs? Anthony Hitchens. pic.twitter.com/ITuEEaLwNt
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 16, 2018
Here’s more on the 25-year-old linebacker.
Chiefs’ General Manager cited Hitchens’ mindset on defense as part of why Kansas City decided to sign him. Click here for what Hitchens plans to bring to the Chiefs’ defense in 2018.
“When you turn on the tape and watch Anthony Hitchens play, he plays with that toughness and that mindset,” Veach said. “When you take the field, that opposing offense knows they are going to be in for a dog fight for four quarters. That is one of the things that we talked about as a staff. Yeah, we can get good players, but we have to develop that mindset. This is what this guy brings.”
Amerson comes to Kansas City after three seasons with the Oakland Raiders. The former second-round pick is looking to replicate his performance from just a few years ago when he led the league in passes defensed.
He signed with Kansas City simply because “this just felt right.”
Henne, who signed on Friday, will serve as the backup to second-year quarterback
The 10-year veteran spent the last six seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, playing in 31 games. Click here to learn more about him.
Kansas City made two trades last week.
First, the Chiefs acquired cornerback
Fuller ranked as one of the top cornerbacks in all of football last season.
CB Kendall Fuller allowed 0.74 yards/coverage snap, the 3rd-lowest mark among slot corners in 2017!
(min. 150 snaps in slot coverage)
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 31, 2018
Click here to learn more about Fuller.
“We knew exactly what we wanted, and we wanted Kendall Fuller,” Chiefs’ general manager Brett Veach explained of his mindset going through that process.
Fuller, who stands at 6-feet tall and 193 pounds, is just 24 years old and graded out as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
“I’m excited to get to town and I’m excited to be a Chief,” Fuller told local media Thursday afternoon on a conference call.
Check out more from Fuller here.
@KeFu11er arrives at 1 Arrowhead Drive pic.twitter.com/U9uBvH5tl8
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) March 17, 2018
The trade also opens the door for second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes to take over under center next season. Check out the story here.
In another move, the Chiefs acquired a 2018 fourth-round pick (No. 124 overall) and a 2019 second-round pick in exchange for cornerback Marcus Peters and a 2018 sixth-round pick.
For reference, here’s an updated look at where the Chiefs will be selecting in the 2018 Draft.
The Chiefs re-signed six players over the course of the week:
-Wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas
-Offensive guard Jordan Devey
We’ll have you covered here on Chiefs.com as the offseason continues to unfold.