This news was reported by ESPN NFL Insider, Adam Caplan, via twitter.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) August 21, 2014
Mays was signed as a free agent this past off-season to replace the departed Akeem Jordan to start next to Derrick Johnson at inside linebacker. Mays played for the Houston Texans in 2013, and the veteran has seen playing time with the Denver Broncos and the Philadelphia Eagles in his career.
The Chiefs do not appear to be the deepest team in the league, especially on the back-end of the defense. Once again, the Chiefs success on defense will probably hinge on being able to put intense pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
The Chiefs were very good at that early in the 2013 season, but when they played against top quarterbacks on good teams, their pass defense was shredded. According to Pro-Football-Reference, the Chiefs ranked 25th in the league in pass defense.
At this point, it is very difficult to see that improving in 2014.
The Kansas City Chiefs strength is their outside pass rush, along with nose tackle Dontari Poe up the middle They look thin, talent-wise, at several positions though. Defensive end is question mark, as is corner back. Derrick Johnson is still solid at inside linebacker, and Eric Berry, if healthy, is a stalwart at safety.
Losing Joe Mays for any regular season games is going to hurt, but James-Michael Johnson has looked solid thus far in preseason. If Mays isn’t out for long, Johnson may be the top choice to fill in.
The first regular season game for the Kansas City Chiefs is Sunday, September 7th. They play the Minnesota Vikings this Saturday at 7pm CT.
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