The Chiefs are continuing their third week of OTA’s today. Here is some of the news and notes surrounding the Chiefs.
Last week Dexter McCluster went down with a hamstring injury but head coach Andy Reid said it was nothing and anticipated he would be back on the field after Memorial Day. Well, it’s after Memorial Day and McCluster is still out.
McCluster did not participate in practice. Injured his hamstring last week
— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) May 28, 2013
This isn’t necessarily a freak out injury but it does continue the pattern of McCluster not being able to stay healthy and cuts into the reps he needs in order to better understand the new offensive scheme. Hopefully McCluster can get back on the field sooner than later.
KNILE DAVIS RETURNING KICKS
After the trade of Javier Arenas to the Arizona Cardinals, the Chiefs lost not only their nickel back but also their primary kick and punt returner. While McCluster is expected to be the punt returner it looks like the kick return duties may be handed to third round draft pick Knile Davis.
Special teams coach Dave Toab says Knile Davis is getting a serious look at #1 kick returner and Mccluster is #1 on punts #chiefs
— Bob Fescoe (@bobfescoe) May 28, 2013
Davis has excellent speed and power, especially when running between the tackles, which comes in handy in kickoff return situations. He’s not necessarily a shifty guy the way McCluster is but Davis is much tougher to bring down and has the breakaway speed to potentially return a few kicks for a touchdown.
Davis did not return kicks in college.
SUTTON MOVING THINGS AROUND
They may still be playing the 3-4 but it is going to look nothing like the 3-4 Chiefs fans have seen in the past. New defensive coordinator Bob Sutton plans on shifting fronts and sending a lot more pressure at the quarterback in hopes of increasing their 27 sacks total from last season.
Here is a little of what Sutton told Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star:
“That’s the M.O. of this system, to pressure the quarterback and make him feel uncomfortable, which is easy to say and hard to do,’’ Sutton said. “But we’ll continue down that road. You can’t give anybody in this league, especially the good quarterbacks, a steady diet of anything because they’ll usually figure it out. So you have to have some flexibility in what you do. There’s a lot of different ways that you can put pressure on the quarterback, whether it’s physical pressure or mental pressure, whatever. That’s the direction we’d like to head.’’