Kansas City Chiefs: June 8 Week in Review

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Kansas City Chiefs: June 8 Week in Review
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With the first week of June in the books, the Kansas City Chiefs continue to move forward with some new faces to the roster. Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli keep finding ways to improve the team as OTAs come to a close.

 

June 4: Chiefs Sign Safety Abram Elam

The Kansas City Chiefs knew that a few more gaps could be filled on the roster before concluding OTAs. One position at which Kansas City needs to improve is their defensive backs. Earlier this week, the Chiefs had no problem addressing that.

Abram Elam signed the dotted line Monday to become part of the Chiefs franchise and got to work right away.

How does Elam help the Chiefs?

Kendrick Lewis was Kansas City's only reliable safety last season. Eric Berry's torn ACL in Week 1 kept him away from football for the rest of the 2011 season, while backup Jon McGraw missed six games.

With Berry and Lewis projected to start, the team wants to make sure that the players behind them can step up should another injury occur.

Elam brings six years of experience to Kansas City. While playing for the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys (on two separate stints), Elam has come away with three interceptions, five sacks and eight forced fumbles.

 

June 5: Chiefs Sign Quarterback Alex Tanney

The Chiefs are looking to build the best group of quarterbacks behind starter Matt Cassel. With Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi both behind Cassel, the Chiefs added undrafted rookie Alex Tanney.

Although Tanney is famous for his trick shot quarterback skills, many may not know the success he had playing at Monmouth.

Tanney was successful in completing 73 percent of his passes during his senior season. He was consistent throughout his college career, ending his time as a Fighting Scot with a 69-percent completion rate.

According to Andrew Farraher of The Courier, Tanney’s 154 career touchdowns is a collegiate best at all levels while playing Division III football.

Tanney is trying to make the most of his second chance after he received an invitation from the Buffalo Bills to try out but could not walk away with a contract.

The question is: Can Tanney end OTAs and training camp as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs? If he does, do the Chiefs keep four quarterbacks with one on the practice squad?

Tanney's chances of being on the team are certainly low, but the Chiefs are willing to give him a chance. Quinn and Stanzi did not appear in any games last season, giving Tanney some confidence with the competition not as fierce.

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Expect the Chiefs to go into the preseason with four quarterbacks. The Chiefs will probably let Tanney play in the second half of some preseason games this year to prove he can make the 53-man roster.

 

Dwayne Bowe Still Holding Out

There is no new word on the absence of Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who has until July 16 to sign his tender.

As usual, Bowe could be following suit with past players who have been tagged. However, it is crucial to miss OTAs this offseason after not having any last season.

There is no word from either side expressing they are not interested in coming together on an agreement. Therefore, Chiefs fans should not be concerned about Bowe parting ways with the team. It is simply a matter of when the Chiefs will ink Bowe to a new deal.

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