Chiefs Fantasy News
Monday, June 17, 2013, 9:42am
With the free-agent losses of Benjamin Watson and Alex Smith this offseason, third-year tight end Jordan Cameron recognized the opportunity he would have to contribute to the Cleveland Browns’ offense.
And he spent every day throughout the 10 weeks of offseason meetings, as well as the eight of on-field work, learning the system of offensive coordinator Norv Turner and trying to develop into a starter.
“It’s just having the mindset that I’m going to be the guy, try and take over this role,” Cameron told “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven By Liberty Ford.” “The confidence is huge with that, and I think I get more confidence every day, learning new things. With (tight ends) coach (Jon) Embree, he really knows the details and how to make you a better player, whether it be blocking or positioning or route-running."
We have Cameron ranked 14th among TEs, but he is on the rise. Obviously this is a position where you can pick up talent later in the draft, and Cameron seems like a guy you can wait on and take as a TE2 without a lot of risk - then hope he develops into something better. The Browns young offense as a whole should continue to make strides, so the potential is there.
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Sunday, June 9, 2013, 6:49pm
The Chiefs signed Donnie Avery to be the fast wide receiver they’ve lacked the last few seasons, but Avery watched for most of the offseason because of a high ankle sprain. Avery should be ready to participate when camp starts, but he will be behind when he gets to St. Joe, and that’s not a good omen for a team hoping to find playmakers to go with Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe.
Jamaal Charles will "stack Pro Bowls on Pro Bowls" in new offense
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 6:40pm
“This offense might be the best thing that ever happened to me,” Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles said. “I think this offense will get me open. They’re going to throw me the ball more. I think I’ll continue to stack Pro Bowls on Pro Bowls if I can stay healthy.
“I definitely know my role. I’ve got a lot of stuff to program in my mind right now. There’s a lot of stuff in the Andy Reid offense, the same stuff he did with [Brian Westbrook] and [LeSean McCoy], and I think I fit his scheme as well as they did. Definitely more studying and definitely more knowing the scheme of the defense, especially when I go out there and play another position like wide receiver. I go in there and try to read the defense. I feel like this year it will be more than I catch out of the backfield.”
We have Charles as our #4 RB in standard formats and #3 in PPR. He is right there with Doug Martin in both formats.
Friday, June 7, 2013, 12:09pm
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles ran for 1,509 yards last season. Yet, he knows his job description is changing with Reid as his coach. Charles will still carry the ball often, but Reid likes getting his running backs involved in the passing game. “I know my role in my mind will be doing lots of stuff with the offense,” Charles said. “I’m like (Brian) Westbrook and (LeSean) McCoy as far as how I fit into (Reid’s) offense ... I definitely need to do more studying and knowing the scheme of the defense, especially playing a position like wide receiver. I have to go in there and try to read the defense. Last year, I didn’t have any catches out of the backfield. I feel like this year it will be more.”
Charles had his share of ups and downs thanks mostly to irregular usage. With new coach Andy Reid taking over the play calling, Charles should see consistent touches, especially in the passing game. Charles may not see as many rushes as he did in 2012 (285), but McCoy averaged 20.5 touches per game in the last three seasons, which is more than the 18.0 that Charles averaged in the same span (and the 20.0 touches he averaged in 2012). The Kansas City offense should improve, which should lead for more redzone touches as well.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 11:24am
Jamaal Charles to be featured in passing game
Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 11:14am
"You've seen [RB Jamaal Charles] sprint out of the single receiver, and he'll come out of the backfield," Chiefs OC Doug Pederson continued. "He's a guy that needs to move around, and (one) you can put in different positions, motion out the back, shift him from the backfield. He catches the ball so well that you have to take advantage of that offensively."
Charles ranked 22nd among NFL tailbacks last season in terms of total targets (48) and was 13th in 2010 (61). Meanwhile, in Andy Reid's West Coast scheme, LeSean McCoy wound up eighth in targets in 2012 (67) and was first in 2010 (97).
"I think you can use (Charles) more in the passing game," Pederson said.
McCoy averaged 3.8 receptions in 27 games over the last two seasons. That projects to 61 catches over a full season. We currently have Charles projected to catch 57 passes for 465 yards. He is our #3 RB in PPR formats.
Sunday, June 2, 2013, 10:42am
Saturday, June 1, 2013, 10:31am
The trade for quarterback Alex Smith might take another year or more to adequately assess, but at least for their part, the Chiefs may not feel the need to wait. Quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy came close to calling it a success after practice Thursday.
"He's been everything that we thought he was," Nagy said of Smith. "He's a true professional. He's in his (playbook) every day. He's always asking questions, trying to get better. He's being a leader for the other (quarterbacks) as well."
Smith has the potential to be a solid fantasy QB2 and could be used in a "streaming QBs" strategy during the season.
Saturday, June 1, 2013, 10:22am
Sunday, May 26, 2013, 10:57am
Chiefs TE Tony Moeaki has been little more than a spectator at offseason practice after having arthroscopic knee surgery at the end of last season. HC Andy Reid said it was unlikely that Moeaki would be able to practice in the final two weeks of the offseason program and he even hedged a little when asked if Moeaki would be ready by the start of training camp in two months.
“We’ll see,’’ Reid said. “Right now I’m thinking he will be but we’ll see how that goes. He’s working like crazy.’’
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 10:18am
Offensive players have spent much of the week praising the new system Reid has installed. On Thursday, after the conclusion of their three-day mini-camp, it was wide receiver Dwayne Bowe’s turn.
“It’s exactly what I dreamed,” Bowe said. “It’s only the third day but you can already imagine 40 days of everybody getting in synch. This offense is going to be up and running.
“Throwing the ball deep, that’s something we haven’t done in the past so I’m excited right now. The play calling is totally different from last year. It’s not check downs or putting it in the running back’s hands. This guy likes to go down the field, take the top off (the defense) and that’s something we haven’t done in the past, put up a lot of points. This season he said we’re going to blow out the scoreboard and that’s something I’m looking forward to.”
Not putting the ball in "the running back's hands" contradicts the belief that Reid will throw more to Jamaal Charles in the passing game, but nonetheless it's good to hear that Bowe likes the offense.
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 8:47pm
Given the way HC Andy Reid uses his backs, as prolific receivers out of the backfield, Charles can probably count on breaking his personal best for pass receptions this year.
“I’m happy I can catch out of the backfield more,’’ Charles said. “This is the most movement I’ve been (asked to do) in five years in the league, shifting and motion. This is the most I’ve ever (done). I have to get my mind right and my body in shape for this type of offense.’’
Charles may not see as many rushes as he did in 2012 (285), but McCoy averaged 20.5 touches per game in the last three seasons, which is more than the 18.0 that Charles averaged in the same span (and the 20.0 touches he averaged in 2012). The Kansas City offense should improve, which should lead for more redzone touches as well.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12:52pm
Brandon Myers had a sprained shoulder in 2012
Sunday, March 24, 2013, 12:07pm
"Obviously, (I) had to take a few shots, but it wasn’t only about me, it was about trying to help the Raiders win," Myers said in a phone interview this week. "And that’s what I tried to do."
Topic No. 1: blocking, which Myers said he and TE coach Mike Pope "talked a lot about." Myers admits that part of his game suffered after he sprained the AC joint in his left shoulder in training camp last year, resulting in him managing the injury all season. As he explains, "It’s never fun to go out there and try to block a 300-pound guy with basically one arm."
After rest and rehab in Southern California (no surgery), Myers said he’ll be back to full strength by the time the Giants start their offseason program April 15.
"Obviously, my blocking wasn’t up to par. That’s not an excuse by any means," Myers said. "But we kind of went over some things, (Pope’s) technique that he could teach me to help me out, so I think it will be a good fit."
Add Myers to the long list of semi-reliable TEs that will be available in the middle or late rounds. He was 9th in standard formats (6th in PPR) in 2012 and is heading to a good situation in New York. In the last five seasons, the top Giants tight end has averaged 2.7-36-.33, which isn't bad considering that we're talking about Kevin Boss (2008-2010), Jake Ballard (2011) and Martellus Bennett (2012). That works out to 5.6 fantasy PPG, which would have equated to #14 TE numbers in 2012. Myers is a better receiver than any of those players and his weakness (only 4 TD catches in 2012) should be offset by Eli Manning's propensity to throw to his tight end in the redzone. Giants TEs have averaged 5.0 TDs per season, so Myers should be able to build on that given his skill set. He looks like an upside TE2 in standard formats and a low-end TE1 in PPR formats.
Chiefs plan to use Jamaal Charles more in passing game
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 1:24pm
To help get a feel for star running back Jamaal Charles, HC Andy Reid studied film of the 2010 AFC West champion Chiefs, whose offensive coordinator was Charlie Weis. Reid said Weis’ offense is similar to his and he liked what he saw of Charles.
“Charlie kind of moved him around like we did with our guys [in Philadelphia],” Reid said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. “I did that just to see how [Charles] handled the quick passing game or the deep passing game from the wide receiver position. He handled it well. So that gives you another dimension that you know is in there that he wasn’t utilized … they just didn’t use it in him the last couple years.”
In 2010, Charles had 1,467 yards rushing and 45 catches for 468 yards receiving. It was his second- highest rushing season total and a career high in catches and receiving yards.
There have been questions whether Charles will fit with Reid because Reid is a pass-first coach. But he is also a smart coach. He knows Charles, who had 1,509 rushing yards last season, is special on the ground and Reid will use him. But he also will give defenses multiple looks at Charles.
Charles had his share of ups and downs thanks mostly to irregular usage. With new coach Andy Reid taking over the play calling, Charles should see consistent touches, especially in the passing game (a la LeSean McCoy and Brian Westbrook, who thrived under Reid). The Kansas City offense should improve, which should lead for more redzone touches as well.