Kansas City Chiefs OTAs: Latest Reports and Analysis
The Kansas City Chiefs continue to work on turning around the franchise and want to make last year's two-win season a long-distant memory. With Andy Reid as the head coach, the Chiefs are already moving in the right direction.
Like every NFL team, the Chiefs have been very busy so far throughout their organized team activities.
In this slideshow, I will go over some of the top news and stories that have occurred during Chiefs OTAs. Which one of these stories is the most intriguing? Let me know in the comments below.
Alex Smith Already Becoming a Leader of the Team
It didn't take a long time for returning Chiefs players to accept Alex Smith as their new quarterback. Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will be the first to tell you that.
Bowe said that he's never had a quarterback like Smith in his career. Bowe also said that when he works with Smith, it reminds him of watching Steve Young.
Teams will always endure challenges during a quarterback switch. So far in Kansas City, Smith has been labeled as a leader. Since the departure of Trent Green, Kansas City has been looking for a reliable quarterback.
Smith, who has overcome adversity by improving throughout his career and removing the bust tag from his name, could be the solution and bring an end to the team's quarterback hunt.
Chiefs Hire Chris Ault, Pistol Creator
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Among all NFL teams, the Chiefs made national headlines in the sports world when they hired Chris Ault, the creator of the pistol formation.
Ault serves a very special role with the team as a consultant. He will teach the offense how to run the pistol formation successfully and show the defense how to stop offenses who use the formation.
The Chiefs had limited success when running the pistol with Tyler Thigpen in 2008. Thigpen, as a starter, won just one game that season. This time, with a better staff, it could be a much different story.
Branden Albert Participates in OTAs While Under the Franchise Tag
This offseason has been a rough one for Branden Albert. He's received a lot of criticism on Twitter from fans and the media, forcing him to shut down his social media account to avoid hearing from the critics.
This came after the Chiefs re-signed Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt, both who were set to be free agents if they did not re-sign. Albert didn't receive a new contract and was tagged instead. This created questions as to whether or not Albert is done with the Chiefs.
Speculation about Albert's future in Kansas City grew even more when the Chiefs took Eric Fisher with the No. 1 pick in the draft.
However, all of the talk about Albert possibly leaving Kansas City have been put to bed, for now.
Albert is at Chiefs OTAs and is working with the rest of the team. He avoided specific comments regarding his future and possibly landing a new contract and said his agent will have to work on that with general manager John Dorsey.
Albert is showing that he wants to stay in Kansas City and get a fresh start. The new regime has not shown serious concerns with Albert and appear to want him. If the Chiefs end up re-signing Albert and use him and Fisher on both sides, the offensive line will see a lot of success this season.
Tony Moeaki Watches While Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce Stay Active
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While tight ends Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce practice, Tony Moeaki remains sidelined in OTAs. Fasano comes from the Dolphins while Kelce was drafted this year from Cincinnati. So far, Fasano has been very active and Kelce has been impressive.
Under Reid's offense, the two tight ends will see plenty of opportunities to catch passes and make plays this season. But where does that leave the other tight end?
Moeaki, who has missed more games than played so far in the NFL, may no longer be in Kansas City. His injury-plagued career has kept him away from reaching his potential.
Smith may not have a tight end connection like he did with Vernon Davis in San Francisco. But with the help of multiple tight ends, Smith could see some of that success with the tight ends in Kansas City. But will Moeaki play a big role in that success in 2013, or will he contribute at all?
A healthy Moeaki can take an offense a long way. Moeaki is unlikely to practice in OTAs the rest of the year and will have to make some noise during training camp and in preseason games to secure a spot and impress the coaching staff.
Toben Opurum Hopes to Make the Team Under an Old Position
After receiving a rookie invitation from the Kansas City Chiefs, Toben Opurum signed a free-agent contract with the team. Although he played defensive end and outside linebacker for a majority of his college career, Opurum will compete as a fullback.
Opurum is back to playing a position he was active in during his freshman year at Kansas. He's made the shift back to his old position and has a good chance of making the team as a fullback.
Opurum will compete against rookie Braden Wilson and Anthony Sherman for the top fullback spot.
Assuming the Chiefs keep one fullback on the 53-man roster and another as either a backup on the roster or on the practice squad, Opurum's chances of making the team is high.
If he makes the team, the Chiefs will have a player who has strong leadership skills. While playing for head coach Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Dave Campo, Opurum was voted by his teammates as the team captain going into his senior year.