It’s becoming the dog days of summer as many Kansas City sport fans cheer on the Royals and Sporting KC, but football season is right around the corner. The Kansas City Chiefs offseason has been a roller coaster ride to say the least as we approach the start of training camp in two weeks and the much awaited kickoff to the NFL season. The Chiefs offseason has been full of surprises with the NFL Draft, free agency moves and the unveiling of the NFL schedule.
The NFL Draft brought a handful of great talent to the Kansas City Chiefs. With their first round pick the Chiefs selected DE Dee Ford out of Auburn. Thus far Ford has received high praise from coaches and teammates, including a comparison to Chiefs Hall of Fame defensive end Derrick Thomas, for his skills and work ethic shown throughout offseason workouts . The Chiefs defensive staff hope to convert Ford to a defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid and eventually become a pass rushing force. This could pay dividends for the Chiefs as they face quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers on a regular basis. Other notable draft picks include Rice CB Phillip Gaines, Oregon RB De’Anthony Thomas and Georgia QB Aaron Murray.
Free agency wasn’t kind to the KC Chiefs as they lost players to other teams including WR Dexter McCluster, OT Brandon Albert, S Kendrick Lewis and DT Tyson Jackson to name a few. The Chiefs countered with signings of their own adding DT Vance Walker, LB Joe Mays, CB Chris Owens and OT Jeff Linkenbach to provide stability to the roster. Maybe the biggest shock of the offseason was the release of Pro Bowl CB Brandon Flowers. This was done as a cost saving measure as Flowers hadn’t reported to mandatory workouts this summer and struggled in the new defensive system last season. He later signed with the San Diego Chargers.
The Kansas City Chiefs schedule provides fans with several high-profile games. Since the Chiefs enjoyed such a great season last year they have been rewarded with more national exposure through nationally televised and prime time games. The schedule is highlighted by matchups such as Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots on Monday Night Football and Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football, both home games at Arrowhead Stadium. Other notable games include home games against the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks and AFC West rival Oakland Raiders and away games at the San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers.
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