The Kansas City Chiefs have hit the offensive line overhauling this off-season
Kansas City, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs have been on the offensive this off-season, injuring veteran Kyle Long’s knee during a voluntary workout that could require surgery and leaving him out of training camp can be placed.
Long, 32, came out of a one-year retirement that was largely designed to see him sign a one-year contract with the Chiefs to recover, having ended the season with injuries and opt-out. The latter had completely changed his offensive line. . But he failed to make it through three weeks of workouts before suffering another injury.
“We’ll see how he does here. It doesn’t look like it’s ligaments, but we’ll see,” head coach Andy Reid said on Thursday after the last workout. “There’s a chance he has to have surgery, but we’ll see where it goes.”
The chiefs begin a three-day mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, then close until they report to training camp in late July.
Long has spent much of his career at right guard, but he was also a Pro Bowl selection in right tackle, and the Chiefs wanted to see him play in both positions. Now, they see former starter Laurent DuVernay-Tarif returning from his opt-out to play the right guard and veteran Mike Reimers or 2020 draft pick Lucas Niang on the right tackle.
Trey also heads on Smith, who fell in the sixth round of April’s draft due to his medical history.
“We’re lucky we have some really good players out there,” Reid said, “and then there’s Larry coming back. You sum all of that up there with (Andrew) Wylie, who has a couple of years debut under his belt. , and we should be fine.
Despite travel concerns due to COVID-19, the mandatory minicamp is expected to arrive at Duverne-Tarif. He has been in his native Canada, where the trained doctor last year helped people who contracted the coronavirus.
Despite Long’s injury, Chief appears happy with the work he’s done over the past three weeks, when several teams opted to skip voluntary workouts altogether. This was especially valuable for the previous two crops of rookies, who missed the entire offseason schedule last year due to COVID-19 and who were just learning the NFL ropes.
“Of course it was tough for the guys who came in last year to get their head start in OTAs and minicamps,” said Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay Jr., who was suffering from a torn meniscus in late January, which left him was kept outside. Super Bowl.
“I’m catching things I wasn’t catching last year,” he said. “It’s the basics that make the good great.”
Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward signed his banned free agent tender, which means he will earn about $3.4 million for the coming season. The 25-year-old Ward was traded to the Chiefs just before the start of the 2018 season and has contributed significantly in the secondary, starting 31 out of 43 games over the past three seasons.
In mid-March the chiefs placed an original round of tender on the ward. This meant that any other team could sign him, but the Chiefs would have the right to match any offer.
Reid has indicated that most players and staff have been vaccinated, although he has not gone out of his way to encourage players to get vaccinated. Rather, chiefs provide information from the league and provide physicians to answer any questions.
“I’m doing what’s best for me: I’m getting vaccinated,” Gay said, “but it’s to help me focus on the things that are important, not worry about the mask.” And to catch COVID or anything like that. I am just taking the given information.”
While the Chiefs were busy rebuilding their offensive line, they quietly added Jaran Reid on the defensive to bolster their defensive line. The move could have a bigger impact than expected as the Chiefs are making use of the defensive defense to Chris Jones as an occasional lead.
“Chris is a great guy. You can tell this is his team and we are following it,” Reid said. “He is a great player, really funny. A real cool dude. It’s self-explanatory as to how he plays. One of the best in the league. “
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