Chief Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey 2018 s Week in Review: May 27-June 1

A look at our content at Chiefs.com over the past week

Monday

At first glance, the fact that a couple of times over the course of just five plays at a recent Kansas City Chiefs’ OTA practice resulted in a defensive player jumping offsides could go unnoticed to many. 

It might go unnoticed, but it shouldn’t.

Read this to find out why – Chiefs Continue Tweaking and Building Offense Around Patrick Mahomes

But Mahomes wasn’t the only second-year player to be written about this week.

The NFL’s reigning rushing champion, Kareem Hunt, also had a feature this week written by Chiefs’ Reporter Matt McMullen.

Here’s a snippet of what McMullen wrote:

There’s a certain challenge associated with improving on such a strong initial season in the league, though it’s not uncharted territory. In fact, three of the five previous players to lead the NFL in rushing as rookies – Edgerrin James, Eric Dickerson and Earl Campbell – went on to defend their rushing crown the following year.

But Hunt’s attention wasn’t just on running the ball as Organized Team Activities (OTAs) began last week.

“I’m just working on my game all around,” said Hunt following OTAs on Thursday. “(One thing I’m doing is) I’m catching the ball more and running a lot more routes.”

Read this to find out more – Kareem Hunt Talks Versatility as Organized Team Activities Get Underway

Tuesday

It has been a long journey for Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who has spent the past eight years – four of which while playing in the NFL – as a medical student at McGill University in his native Montreal.

As of May 29, he’s Doctor Duvernay-Tardif.

Read this to find out more – Chiefs’ OG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Graduates from Medical School

It was also a busy week for the Kansas City Chiefs on social media, from honoring our nation’s veterans on Memorial Day to enjoying the NBA playoffs.

Here’s a look at what the Chiefs were up to on social media over the last few days.

Wednesday 

The fact that Steve Nelson, who is just 25 years old, is now the veteran and leader in that cornerbacks room with the most experience in this defense is one that he embraces, and one that his teammates understand.

“Intensity and accountability,” veteran All-Pro safety Eric Berry, who added Nelson ‘never does’ get the credit he deserves, explained of the only cornerback currently on the Chiefs’ roster who was drafted by the team and has played in an NFL game. “What he brings to the practice field and workouts, it’s crazy. He gets feisty. I call him, ‘Little Scrappy.’ He’s a scrappy little dude. He can get intense.

“He demands the best out of himself and the best out of his teammates. I think that’s cool.”

That edge that Nelson brings to the field is one that’s defined his game going back to his days at Oregon State.

“I’m highly competitive. I’m an emotional player,” Nelson explained. “Off the field I’m not like that, but on the field, it comes out and I think it takes my game to another level. It’s just that inner-fire coming out—the passion for the game when I’m out there between the lines. It’s just me against my opponent.

“I feel like they’re trying to disrespect me, that’s the way I take it so I’ve always got that chip on my shoulder.”

Read the full story here – Chiefs CB Steve Nelson Primed for Big Season, Ready to Earn His Respect

Thursday 

As OTAs began just a couple of weeks ago, Cam Erving found himself working yet at another position.

“We’ve got him at center,” Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid explained. “But Cam’s a guy who can play everywhere. He played center his last year in college and had a nice feel for it, so we put him in there with Mitch [Morse] being down and we’re getting him some snaps.”

Morse, who has started 38 games at center for the Chiefs over the past three years, played in just seven games last season after injuring his foot. He missed just one game in the previous two years combined.

So, with Morse sidelined—insert Erving, who has started at least one game at every position along the offensive line during his NFL career.

“I think he’s done a heck of a job,” Reid added of Erving. “That’s a tough position. He’s got a lot of responsibility as a transmitter between the right and the left side and making sure the protections are right and so on. He’s done a good job with that.”

Read the full story – “Cam Erving Getting Opportunity, Says Joining Chiefs Was “Breath of Fresh Air”

And after a successful first year, the Bud Light Game Day Pass is Back!

The Bud Light Game Day Pass, a mobile-only ticket option priced at $200, guarantees fans the same seat in select sections of the Upper Level at Arrowhead Stadium for all 10 of the Chiefs’ home games in 2018.

In addition to entry into the stadium, the product will also include a $10 concession credit for every game for the account holder when they buy at least two seats.  The credit will be loaded directly to the mobile ticket and expire following each game.

It all adds up to a seat and a trip to the conce Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey ssion stand for just $20 a game, creating an affordable and dynamic ticketing experience that the Chiefs were excited to bring back after a successful initial campaign in 2017.

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And we also caught up with Kansas City native and new defensive lineman, Xavier Williams.

“It’s kind of a well-known fact that if somebody runs on you, they’re beating you down mentally and physically and it makes for a long game. It establishes an attitude for the offense that they can do whatever they want to you,” Williams said. “You don’t want them feeling like that.”

That mentality is something that’s defined Williams’ career, as he solidified himself as one of the better defensive tackles against the run in all of football while playing for the Arizona Cardinals over the past three seasons.

“It was kind of drilled into me, especially while I was in Arizona,” Williams explained. “We were always a top run defense and my main mentor there, [Cardinals nose tackle] Corey Peters, always talked about it. He would say, ‘We’re nose  Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey guards. No matter what, if they run the ball, it’s going to reflect badly on us.’ You just keep that in your mind and that’s how you keep your job.”

Read the full article here – New Chiefs’ DT Xavier Williams Can Sense the Energy at OTAs

Kareem Hunt (hamstring) and a few others didn’t practice on Thursday. Here’s the full injury report.

“Every day he does something a little better than he did the day before. You see the quickness, the speed, the strength – phenomenal Men’s Majestic 6 Marcus Stroman Toronto Blue Jays Authentic Scarlet Canada Day Red Jersey  strength off the ball. You know we can’t do bump and run here but you get an idea when he comes off the ball he comes off with a lot of energy and strength. Again, you guys have been out here, so you know this, but his ability to catch the football is incredible.”

~ Andy Reid on receiver Sammy Watkins.

Here’s the full transcript of what Andy Reid said to the media on Thursday.

“I can see why they say that. He’s a smart guy. He does exactly what you ask him to do. Very coachable.”

~ Chiefs’ Cornerbacks coach Al Harris on cornerback Kendall Fuller being considered one of the best nickel cornerbacks in the NFL.

A handful of the Chiefs’ assistant coaches met with the media Thursday afternoon.

Here’s a transcript of much of what was said.

Friday

The folks over at Pro Football Focus routinely put out statistics and information in the hopes of giving football fans a better way to understand player and team performances beyond traditional box scores.

And just recently, they released an article titled, “NFL welcomes young players on the cusp of elite status for 2018,” which is exactly the kind of article that you want your teams’ players listed.

“A list in which we won’t be surprised if these players aren’t topping the charts in one way or the other at the end of the season,” they wrote to Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 explain the context behind the article.

In this piece, there were 10 guys in Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey cluded and the Kansas City Chiefs had two of them, which made them the only team in the NFL with multiple players listed.

The Chiefs’ players listed were receiver Tyreek Hill and defensive lineman Chris Jones (click here for the full article).

Here’s a look at the top photos of the week:

Chiefs and The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Announce De Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey 2018 tails for 2018 Kickoff Luncheon

Celebrating its 56th consecutive year in 2018, fans and members of the Kansas City business community will commemorate the start of another NFL season at the 2018 Chiefs Kickoff Luncheon. The event, taking place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, August 24 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, will benefit the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce for the seventh year in a row.

One of the most unique events of the entire year, the Kickoff Luncheon will feature appearances by the full 2018 Chiefs roster, including all members of the coaching staff. In addition, the event will be highlighted by remarks from Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt, Head Coach Andy Reid, General Manager Brett Veach and a number of veteran players.

Tickets for the event are now available through the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce at https://membership.kcchamber.com/events/details/2018-chiefs-kickoff-luncheon-9404.

“One of our most anticipated events of the year, the annual Chiefs Kickoff Luncheon is a great opportunity for us to engage with the entire Kansas City business community while celebrat Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey ing Chiefs Kingdom,” Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. “A tradition that began with ou Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey r founder Lamar Hunt, we look forward to joining our supporters to kick off the 2018 season.”

“As we approach the annual Chiefs Kickoff Luncheon, our thanks, once again, to the Kansas City Chiefs for selecting the KC Chamber as its partner in this always-exciting event,” President & CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Joe Reardon said. “Proceeds of this event support the Chamber’s ‘Big 5’ initiatives for Kansas City, including early education, transportation, entrepreneurship, the arts, and the Urban Neighborhood Initiative.”

Over $600,000 has been raised in the last six years in support of the Big 5 – five specific areas outlined by the Chamber to improve the Kansas City region.

Sponsorship packages are available, some of which include exclusive meet-and-greet opportunities with players and coaches. Single admission tickets start at $75. For more information on purchasing tickets please email KC Chamber Events Director Morgan Moravec at moravec@kcchamber.com.

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Chie Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey 2018 fs Have Two Young Players on “Cusp of Elite Status,” PFF Says

The football analytics website is singing the praises of a couple of the Chiefs’ top young players

The folks over at Pro Football Focus routinely put out statistics and information in the hopes of giving football fans a better way to understand player and team performances beyond traditional box scores.

All of the analytics and adv Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 anced metrics that have come on the scene over the past few years have changed the way a lot of fans consume information, particularly in regards to positions that aren’t necessarily highlighted while watching a live game.

It’s the stuff happening away from the ball. They have found ways to explain how successful those plays and performances are in a lot of cases, although there’s still an element of not knowing exactly the responsibilities on every single play for the guys grading and charting.

But nonetheless, the information still facilitates discussion and intrigue regarding players, teams, and what the future might hold for both.

And just recently, they released an article titled, “NFL welcomes young players on the cusp of elite status for 2018,” which is exactly the kind of article that you want your teams’ players listed.

“A list in which we won’t be surprised if these players aren’t topping the charts in one way or the other at the end of the season,” they wrote to explain the context behind the article.

In this piece, there were 10 guys included and the Kansas City Chiefs had two of them, which made them the only team in the NFL with multiple players listed.

The Chiefs’ players listed were receiver Tyreek Hill and defensive lineman Chris Jones (click here for the full article).

Here’s part of what they had to say about Hill:

“Most recently, Hill put together a career year as the Chiefs’ go-to guy, as he ranked second in passer rating when targeted (130.5) and sixth in yards per route run among wideouts with at least 42 total targets in 2017. He also earned a  Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey career-high 83.7 overall grade for his efforts.

Hill’s great long speed is most notable on deep passes, as he led all wide receivers in deep (20-plus air yards) receiving yards (626) and ranked second in catch rate on deep passes (54.2) in 2017. Specifically looking at ‘go’ routes, Hill caught 11-of-22 targets for 562 yards and five touchdowns for a passer rating of 122.9 – a whole 56.5 points above the league average.”

Here’s part of what they had to say about Jones:

“After earning a respectable 84.4 overall grade across 612 defensive snaps as a rookie, Jones improved his overall grade by 3.4 points to rank 12th among quali Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey fying interior defenders at 88.2 in 2017. He also tied for ninth in pass-rush grade (85.2)…

“Jones’ repertoire of pass-rush moves is expansive, as he’s able to win with both power and quickness early and often. Such versatility in his game bodes well for his long-term success at the position.”

There are a handful of other players who could easily be on this list for the Chiefs but it’s still a good sign to have a couple of players who outsiders Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey believe are on the verge of becoming household names and superstars, if they aren’t considered that already.

The Bud Light G Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey 2018 ame Day Pass is Back, Offering an Alternative to Traditional Season Tickets

The ticketing option offers fans a seat and a $10 concession credit at every Chiefs’ home game for just $20 per game

Fans seeking a unique ticket option for this season don’t have to look any further as the Kansas City Chiefs will once ag Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 ain offer the Bud Light Game Day Pass in 2018.

The Bud Light Game Day Pass, a mobile-only ticket option priced at $200, guarantees fans the same seat in select sections of the Upper Level at Arrowhead S Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey tadium for all 10 of the Chiefs’ home games in 2018.

In addition to entry into the stadium, the product will also include a $10 concession credit for every game for the account holder when they buy at Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey least two seats.  The credit will be loaded directly to the mobile ticket and expire following each game.

It all adds up to a seat and a trip to the concession stand for just $20 a game, creating an affordable and dynamic ticketing experience that the Chiefs were excited to bring back after a successful initial campaign in 2017.

“The launch of the Bud Light Game Day Pass in 2017 with our partners at Bud Light was well received by fans, and we are excited to offer a limited amount again for 2018,” said Tyler Kirby, the Chiefs Vice President of Ticketing. “The Bud Light Game Day Pass is a way for fans to get a great value on tickets in the last few rows of the stadium by foregoing the benefits of traditional season ticket membership, including transferability, resale, gifts, events, and rewards.”

As Kirby explained, tickets bought through the Bud Light Game Day Pass can’t be transferred or resold and are delivered to the fan’s mobile device three hours prior to kickoff through t Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey he Chiefs Mobile App.

Those interested simply need to follow this link, where they will select a desired seating section before securing their tickets. Fans can then share their personal link on social media, which invites friends to join as close to them as availability allows.

It’s as easy as that to reserve your seat for the 2018 season. To learn more about the Bud Light Game Day Pass, follow this link.

OL Cam Erving Ge Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey 2018 tting an Opportunity, Says Joining Chiefs Was “Breath of Fresh Air”

The former first-round pick is in his first full offseason with the Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs made a couple of trades late in the preseason last year, bringing in linebacker Reggie Ragland from the Buffalo Bills and also trading for former Cleveland Browns’ first-round pick Cam Erving.

Both players were acquired for then-future mid-round picks, and  Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey both players, at least as it stands today, look to be contributors for the Chiefs in 2018.

Erving, who played all over the offensive line at Florida State, made four starts for the Chiefs last season, including three at right guard (Week 5-7) and then one at left tackle in Week 17  Men’s Majestic 6 Marcus Stroman Toronto Blue Jays Authentic Scarlet Canada Day Red Jersey against the Denver Broncos.

And as OTAs began just a couple of weeks ago, Erving found himself working yet at another position.

“We’ve got him at center,” Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid explained. “But Cam’s a guy who can play everywhere. He played center his last year in college and had a nice feel for it, so we put him in there with Mitch [Morse] being down and we’re getting him some snaps.”

Morse, who has started 38 games at center for the Chiefs over the past three years, played in just seven games last season after injuring his foot. He missed just one game in the previous two years combined.

So, with Morse sidelined—insert Erving, who has started at least one game at every position along the offensive line during his NFL career.

“I think he’s done a heck of a job,” Reid added of Erving. “That’s a tough position. He’s got a lot of responsibility as a transmitter between the right and the left side and making sure the protections are right and so on. He’s done a good job with that.”

As he enters his fourth NFL season, Erving understands what’s at stake for him in 2018.

“It’s a huge season, probably the biggest of my career,” Erving noted. “So, I’m just trying to capitalize on every opportunity that’s presented to me, and just be dominant in every facet that I can be. It’s been a great opportunity to come here and get a fresh start.

“It’s definitely been a breath of fresh air.”

Erving didn’t have much time to catch his breath last year—joining the team so late in the process that there was a constant trying to get up to speed Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey and learn the playbook.

“It was definitely difficult just stepping in late last year and just coming in when we were already game-planning,” he explained. “I learned a lot over the season from the coaches and the players, and this offseason has been going really well with just learning everything in detail and going through all of the installs with the guys.”

One guy Erving credits for his ability to catch up and now be working with the first-team offense is Chiefs’ offensive line coach Andy Heck.

“He makes things simple,” Erving explained of Heck. “He does a good job working with each guy and knowing how each guy—on and off the field. He can connect with each guy on a different level. He knows how to affect each guy. He’s definitely the best offensive line coach I’ve had since I’v Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 e been in the NFL.”

Now that he’s been here a little while, Erving also knows there’s more expected of him, which is evident by Andy Reid’s willingness to insert him as the starting center for OTAs.

“Coach Reid has always been very positive with me,” Erving noted. “He knows I’ve been the system a little bit now, so there’s more expected of me as far as making sure I’m on the right page with everything.”

And despite their limited time working together, Erving said he’s also seen a difference in quarterback Patrick Mahomes over the last year.

“I’ve seen a huge progression from him even from the time that I’ve been here,” he said. “Just being more comfortable with the plays and talking. He’s been doing a great job being a leader—just taking this team by the reigns and still learning as he goes.

“This is definitely going to be interesting and exciting to see how everything pans out.”

Erving, at least for now with Morse sidelined, joins a starting offensive line that includes three guys entrenched in their starting respective positions in left tackle Eric Fisher, right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, and right tackle Mitch Schwartz.

It’s a unit that will have a lot on its shoulders to keep this Chiefs’ Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 offensive engine running, as many pundits expect this collection of skill position players and the young and talented Mahomes to take it up another level this season.

“We have a bitter taste in our mouth on how the season ended last year,”Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey  Erving concluded. “We’re ready to go out and prove to ourselves—no one else—that we deserve to be where we are.

“And I can’t wait. It’s been a long time since we’ve strapped them up. The energy is building inside.”

New Chiefs’ DT Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey 2018 Xavier Williams Can Sense the Energy at Organized Team Activities

Known primarily as a run-stuffing nose tackle, Williams is settling in nicely in Kansas City

It may not be the flashiest job on the field, but it helps set the tone on each and every play.

Such is the life of a run-stuffing nose tackle, a position that doesn’t Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey garner much in the way of box score statistics but is tasked with preventing the opposition from developing a rhythm on offense.

It’s a role that Kansas City Chiefs’ defensive tackle Xavier Williams embraces.

“It’s kind of a well-known fact that if somebody runs on y Men’s Majestic 6 Marcus Stroman Toronto Blue Jays Authentic Scarlet Canada Day Red Jersey ou, they’re beating you down mentally and physically and it makes for a long game. It establishes an attitude for the Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey  offense that they can do whatever they want to you,” Williams said. “You don’t want them feeling like that.”

That mentality is something that’s defined Williams’ career, as he solidified himself as one of the better defensive tackles against the run in all of football while playing for the Arizona Cardinals over the past three seasons.

“It was kind of drilled into me, especially while I was in Arizona,” Williams explained. “We were always a top run defense and my main mentor there, [Cardinals nose tackle] Corey Peters, always talked about it. He would say, ‘We’re nose guards. No matter what, if they run the ball, it’s going to reflect badly on us.’ You just keep that in your mind and that’s how you keep your job.”

Williams took that sentiment to heart while in Arizona, coincidently catching the eye of his childhood team in the process. The Kansas City native hit free agency this offseason and took advantage of an opportunity to come back home.

“All my friends and family are around here, so it’s just nice seeing them a lot more. I get to see my cousins every day,” Williams said. “Everywhere I turn, l see somebody from high school or elementary school or somebody in my family. It’s everywhere I go.”

That includes some new faces as well in the form of Williams’ teammates along the Chiefs’ defensive line.

“I like them. It’s a young group, we’re all around the same age, and I think a lot of guys are hungry,” Williams said. “Not a lot of them have made their name in the league yet and they have something to prove. They want people to take notice, and I like that.”

Indeed, six of the Chiefs’ nine defensive tackles currently listed on the roster are under 27 years of age.

And though just 26, Williams provides a veteran presence to a largely youthful group.

“He’s just a smart player. You can tell he’s a veteran guy that knows a lot about the game,” said fellow defensive tackle Chris Jones. “He works Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 hard and he just fits in well, especially with our defensive line and the schemes that we run.”

It’s a group that Williams is glad to be a part of as Organized Team Activities (OTAs) roll along and the season inches closer by the day.

“With a team like this – a team this young – the energy is just different,” Williams said of his new team. “It’s hard to describe, it’s just a little different.  It seems like everybody is just a little Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey  more juiced up.”

The Chiefs will be counting on that juice soon enough.

Chiefs and Executive AirShare Announce Exclusive Private Aircraft Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey 2018 Services Partnership

The Kansas City Ch Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 iefs announced today that the club has signed a long-term partnership agreement with Executive AirShare which will m Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey ake the privately owned aircraft service provider the club’s first-ever Official Private Aircraft Services Partner.

“We are extremely excited to announce this partnership with Executive AirShare,” Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. “This partnership offers us unique opportunities and advantages that are necessary in an industry that requires timeliness and efficiency. After establishing a relationship with the Kansas City-based company throughout the years, we are thrilled to build upon that as it will benefit not only the Kansas City Chiefs but also Executive AirShare.”

Headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas, Executive AirShare is one of the nation’s largest fractional aircraft providers with operational centers throughout the Central United States and the Great Lakes regions. It provides day based fractional aircraft ownership programs for companies and individuals for private flying, in addition to offering aircraft management and charter services.

“Partnering with the Chiefs long-term was a natural fit for our business,” Executive AirShare President and CEO John Owen said. “Both organizations believe enhanced productivity is a key to achieving success, which is why strengthening our existing relationship was so attractive. As passionate fans of our hometown team, we are proud to help the Chiefs continue their winning tradition, and look forward to collaborating with them on activation that will greatly benefit Executive AirShare as well.”

As part of the partnership, Executive AirShare will focus on team and community-driven events. They will be the presenting partner of the Chiefs Draft Fest VIP event, a Silver Sponsor of the 101 Awards and an Associate Partner of the Chiefs Fantasy Camp. Executive AirShare will provide a select number of round trip flights for individuals and groups attending the sponsored e Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey vents.

Additionally, the collaborative effort between the two organizations offers a unique advantage for the Chiefs Coaching and Personnel Departments towards their scouting efforts and draft preparation. Through the partnership, Executive AirShare will offer a number of round-trip flights for the Chiefs to use during each covered season. The ability to have the option to travel within a short-period of notice puts the Chiefs at an advantage in an industry that requires frequent travel.

“Having worked with Executive AirShare personally in the past, I know that their customer service and hospitality are second to none,” Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said. “To have the opportunity to jump on a plane and scout a number of future draft prospects or attend key league events without having to worry about travel and time constraints is a huge advantage for our football operations staff and team.”

Executive AirShare serves EMBARK® members, fractional shareowners and lease members in the Kansas City metropolitan area (Kansas and Missouri); Wichita, Kansas, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio, Texas, and Buffalo, New York. Its subsidiary, Executive Flight Services, manages aircraft for owners from bases in Fort Worth, Dallas, Wichita, Kansas City and Buffalo. Executive AirShare currently serves the Central U.S. and Great Lakes regions, operating a fleet of Bombardier Learjet 45XR, Embraer Phenom 300 and Phenom 100, Cessna Citation CJ2 , and Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft. Executive AirShare also offers aircraft management and charter services through its subsidiary, Executive Flight Services. For more information about Executive AirShare and it Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey s services, please visit www.execairshare.com.

Andy Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey 2018 Reid on OTAs: “I can’t say enough about the energy level”

Here’s what we learned from Andy Reid on Thursday

Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid

OPENING STATEMENT: “Let me throw a couple of injuries at you here – Kareem Hunt has a hamstring strain, we held him out today. He’s fine. Mitch Morse continues to rehab off of surgery. (Byron) Pringle has a calf strain. Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey De’Anthony Thomas had leg surgery so he’s recovering from that and Spencer Ware likewise is recovering from surgery. Dee Ford was partial today, so he just came out and worked on the individual stuff and we went from there. It’s good to have all these guys out here and working as hard as they are. We’re getting better every day and that’s the idea. We have a lot of new faces and we welcome new faces and they’re learning and they’ve got great energy.”

Q: Talk about having an official doctor on your offensive line – are you proud of him?

REID: “Well I am proud of him. He’s a sharp kid, I think we know that. A lot of work went into that. It’s not an easy thing to do, I think we also know that. I think the way he handles himself is first class.”

Q: Mitch Morse shared a story where Laurent (Duvernay-Tardif) was studying for 11 hours on the flight back from London – do you recall examples like that?

REID: “I’ve given him time every offseason to do work. The work that he wants to do for his post-football career so he takes full advantage of that. I know every time that he gets a block of time he’s putting it back into what he is now, that doctor part of it. A great university, McGill is a great place.”

Q: What was the thought process of switching the linebacker role to inside and outside with the coaches and has it worked so far?

REID: “Yeah, I think it’s working fine. That’s a big position to just have one person doing, so we did split it up and it seems to be working fine. They’ve been able to get more individual work, more film study, specific to their positions and they’re completely different positions. The outside position in the three-four defense and then the inside linebackers in the three-four are completely different spots for them.”

Q: Every time you guys meet, is the purpose to do more than you did a week ago?

REID: “Yes. It is. So we keep building the file for the guys that they c Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey an draw from once we get into the season. Everything that we do now we’re not going to take into the first game, it’s something that you can pull out and learn from all the different schemes, fundamentals – all the different things that are involved in each play we try to teach now and during training camp.”

Q: What stands out about the new guys on defense and just what you guys have gone up against offensively?

REID: “Well they’re flying around and  Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey there are a lot of new faces. These guys are so wired into learning right now, the young guys that have been here and the new fellows that have joined us there’s great energy. Bob (Sutton) has done a phenomenal job with them along with his coaches and just teaching. Then you see the result out here. You guys have been out here, watching, and you can see them flying around and making plays. That’s what it’s all about. Like I said, I can’t say enough about the energy level.”

Q: Using Executive AirShare, what puts their hospitality above everyone else and how does that help you with recruiting?

REID: “I’d tell you that they’re phenomenal. I’m talking about the people you’re actually dealing with are phenomenal. I’m saying that the hospitality is incredible. They treat you like gold and they get you where you need to go, fast and safe. So that’s a plus. For what we do and the time constraints that we have, it becomes an important thing to have to be able to fly and get on a plane quickly and not wait in lines, jump on it and get you where you need to go. Once you’re there and you’re done, hop on a plane and get back. I mean I can’t say enough about it.”

Q: It’s only two weeks, but do you have a feel for your new defensive players, guys like (Kendall) Fuller, (David) Amerson, (Anthony) Hitchens, some of the other draft picks?

REID: “Yeah, as much as you can get out of the camp without the hitting part. Absolutely. You get to see, number one, how fast they’re picking things up and being able to come out here at a fast pace and being able to execute what they’ve been taught in the classroom. I’ve been impressed with that. I’d say right across the board with the young guys and the veteran players that we’ve brought in as free agents, I’ve been very impressed by how they pick things up. Bob (Sutton) has got a complicated defense and one where he’s going to give you a million different looks with, and so for these guys to be able to pick it up is a great job of the coach’s teaching and then the guys executing and studying.”

Q: What’s the most encouraging thing you’ve seen so far from Sammy Watkins from when he first got here to now?

REID: “Every day he does something a little better than he did the day before. You see the quickness, the speed, the strength – phenomenal strength off the ball. You know we can’t do bump and run here but you get an idea when he comes off the ball he comes off with a lot of energy and strength. Again, you guys have been out here, so you know this, but his ability to catch the football is incredible, he has very good hands.”

Q: Can you talk abo Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 ut the communication between Eric Bieniemy and Patrick Mahomes?

REID: “It’s very good. EB (Eric Bieniemy) is an attention to detail guy, he’s not going to let anything slide and we’ve got a young quarterback that wants that detail thrown at him. It’s been very positive that way.”

Q: What have you seen from Parker Ehinger?

REID: “It has been a long road back and he’s handled it the right way. He was very diligent with his rehab. He comes out to work every day and works. Again, he missed that second year, that transition year where you learned it as a rookie and now you come out and now you’ve got to go. He’s picking all of that up now and not everything is perfect. The energy is right, the effort is right. He’s learning and will continue to do that, but there’s definitely potential there and we like that.”

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The Chiefs are in their second week of OTAs

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Reid said Hunt is dealing with a hamstring strain but added that he doesn’t believe it’s anything serious. He also mentioned that undrafted free agent receiver Byron Pringle out of Kansas State isn’t practicing due to a calf Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 strain.

Reid concluded by saying that linebacker Dee Ford, who missed most of last year with a back injury, is coming along in his rehab and is now working in individual periods, but not the team portions of practice.

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The doctor spoke with the media Thursday

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Q: What is it like to have the title that you have worked for? Can you even put it into words?

DUVERNAY-TARDIF: “Two days ago I was a little bit emotional. It was such a great feeling to be back home with family and friends and get that M.D. that I was waiting for for the past four years. When I got drafted in 2014 it was a promise that I made to myself that I was going to keep grinding and keep pushing to combine my two passions at the highest level and show people it Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey was possible. With the help of Coach Reid and the Faculty of Medicine from McGill, it was possible to do it. Combing both, leaving after the season and going straight back to Montreal and medicine, doing clinical rounds and seeing patients and then coming back for OTAs. It’s been a great journey for the past four years and I’m glad it’s over.”

Q: What kind of doctor are you?

DUVERNAY-TARDIF: “Right now I’m a doctor. Eventually I’ll try to be an emergency physician. That’s the field I want to do. That’s another five years of training though so we’ll see how that goes.”

Q: Will you have M.D. on your jersey?

DUVERNAY-TARDIF: “We’re working on it. I made a request to league and we’ll see what they’re going to say. The rules are the rules and I’m okay with that. So we’ll see how that’s going to evolve.”

Q: How are you going  Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 to spend your offseasons now since you were studying for the last four years?

DUVERNAY-TARDIF: “To be honest I don’t know. I think it’s going to be really nice to take a deep breath and be like alright, now I can enjoy the offseason and focus on training and focus on family, friends and just enjoying it a little bit.”

Q: Mitch Morse told a story about you studying all 11 hours on the plane. How much is that indicative of what you’ve had to do these last couple of years?

DUVERNAY-TARDIF: “For the most part I’ve tried to focus only on football during the football season for the past four years. But in 2015 when we played in London I actually put an orthopedic exam during the bye week, which was right after the London game. So on the way back even though we won, everyone was pretty pumped, but I had to study a little bit because the exam was on Wednesday. So that was kind of the quickest transition I had to do over the past four years and I totally regret it. I think it was a big struggle.”

Q: But you aced the test anyway right?

DUVERNAY-TARDIF: “Yeah, I did great and I think none of that would have been possible if I wasn’t good at picking up med school stuff. So it went well.”

Q: What will you remember most and cherish about your experience on Tuesday?

DUVERNAY-TARDIF: “I think for me on Tuesday it was kind of a resume or a summary of the past eight years. I started medical school in 2011 and then I got drafted in 2014 and at that point it was kind of a question of ‘should I continue medical school now that I have football?’ When I signed my extension last year I asked myself the same question, and at the end of the day I love medicine and I love football, so why not do both? Even though it was kind of hard, it was always that picture of me graduating and getting my M.D. that I had in mind. That’s helped me push through the tough part going to train at 9 p.m. because you just finished a shift in the emergency department and stuff like that. All of those sacrifices paid off and it was always that vision of me walking on the stage and getting that M.D. that helped me through that.”

Q: Is your gut feeling that you’ll wait until you’re done with football completely before you continue to pursue medicine?

DUVERNAY-TARDIF: “We’ll see. I’m giving myself a year to weigh all of the options because it’s not common for people to do part-time residencies. The same way it’s not common to do part-time medical school. So we’ll see how it’s going to play out. I already started reaching out to different faculties and we’ll see. Honestly I don’t know the answer right now.”

Q: Why emergency medicine?

DUVERNAY-TARDIF: “I think there are a lot of similarities between football and emergency medicine. You never really know in the emergency (room) what’s going to step through the door. You have to be able to make rational Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey decisions in a really stressful environment and take your emotion out of it. There’s a lot of similarity between that and trying to block a different pressure on a third down and you have to do it to convert. So that’s why I like it. I think that adrenaline rush, there’s a lot of similarities between emergency and football.”

Q: For future players who might try this what advice would you give them?

DUVERNAY-TARDIF: “You have to love both if you want to succeed because it was kind of hard and also you have to pick a good team. I remember back in 2014 I was doing all of my pre-draft visits and for a lot of coaches, medicine was a question mark. Like ‘how do we know if you really want to play football if you have medicine?’ And I think for Coach Reid it was the total opposite. It was like ‘if you’re here and you still have medicine as a plan B it’s because you really love to play football and I’m going to help  Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey you to the best of my ability.’ That’s what he’s been doing for the past four years. Every season at the end of the season during our exit meeting he’s been asking me ‘what’s next for you doc?’ and we’ve been talking about different clinical rotations and stuff. And his mother actually went to McGill University and was one of the first women to graduate in medicine, so there was a little bit of a connection and I really think that he helped me through the process. I don’t think it would have been possible if it was not for him. So thanks Coach Reid for that.”