him at practice, then I can play against anybody.”Claiborne

him at practice, then I can play against anybody.”Claiborne

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KANSAS CITY Womens Orlando Scandrick Jersey , Mo. 鈥?In a jubilant locker room deep within Arrowhead Stadium, an impeccably dressed young man who looked as if he’d stepped out of a college classroom greeted Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins with a brilliant smile and an enthusiastic high-five.Watkins had just had another standout performance in another Chiefs win, and Brett Veach no doubt felt a bit of satisfaction that his much-panned free-agent acquisition was paying such dividends.Then again, just about everything the Chiefs’ general manager does these days turns out all right.His draft picks are thriving. His free-agent pickups have worked out brilliantly. And his myriad moves to cultivate depth and competition throughout the roster have allowed the Chiefs to deal with significant injuries while racing to an 8-1 start and take a stranglehold on the AFC West.“Brett is very, very thorough and always prepared for whatever the scenario is, whether it’s the draft or free agency or just working the roster on a week-to-week basis,” Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said recently. “He and Andy (Reid) work well together, and that’s an important part of the equation.”Indeed, when Reid was hired as the Chiefs’ coach, it was with the understanding that he would no longer handle the GM duties that bogged him down in Philadelphia. So, Hunt hired John Dorsey away from the聽Green Bay front office, and one of his top lieutenants was Veach, one of Reid’s prot茅g茅s from Philly.Veach had joined him there when he was not yet 30, the former Delaware standout taking an entry-level job on Reid’s staff. But he quickly impressed everyone in the organization with his detail, work ethic and acumen Reggie Ragland Jersey , and he rose through the ranks before joining the front office in Kansas City.When the decision came last summer to part with Dorsey, Veach was a somewhat unexpected choice.But despite taking the reins on the eve of training camp, he nevertheless put his fingerprints on a roster that would win the division title. He traded for former first-round draft pick Cam Ervin, who now starts on the offensive line, and for Reggie Ragland, who now starts at linebacker.He made a series of moves deeper down the depth chart, too, seemingly never taking a break.Veach continued to make aggressive roster moves after the season, dealing away quarterback Alex Smith for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a draft pick and turning the job over to Patrick Mahomes.The moves have paid off in every way possible: Mahomes is off to a record-setting start to his career, the Chiefs created some much-needed salary-cap space, Fuller has been their best cornerback and the third-round pick they acquired has turned into more help for their rebuilt defense.Yes, even Veach’s draft picks have paid off.He was without a first-round selection in April because of the trade to select Mahomes last year, but he nevertheless moved adroitly around the draft board to acquire players he liked.Second-round pick Breeland Speaks has started at outside linebacker with Justin Houston hurt, and defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi and linebacker Dorian O’Daniel have been regulars as third-round picks. Safety Armani Watts was pushing for a starting job before landing on injured reserve earlier this year, and sixth-round pick Tremon Smith has been a special teams standout.“Going back to last year http://www.chiefslockerroom.com/authentic-spencer-ware-jersey ,” Hunt said, “I was impressed with the short amount of time that he had to make some changes going into the 2017 season that ultimately really had an impact. That wasn’t something I was expecting. And Brett’s now had a full offseason, a draft and free agency, and he’s made a lot of moves, and I think we’re seeing the fruit of his labor this year.”It’s not just the moves Veach has made, either. He’s also shown patience to stand pat when nothing suits his liking, such as he did when the trade deadline passed without a peep.“He’s not going to do something just to do it to appease. He’s going to do what’s best for the Chiefs, and he’s really good about that,” Reid said. “That’s just where he’s at.”So far, his best has been nearly perfect.100View Gallery Gallery:View from the sidelines: NFL cheerleaders 2018Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports | Raj Mehta ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs needed a playmaking safety and signed coveted free agent Tyrann Mathieu.They needed help at cornerback and signed Bashaud Breeland and Morris Claiborne.They had to address the pass rush and extended the contract of defensive end Frank Clark.That aggressive approach to roster turnover speaks volumes about the job Chiefs general manager Brett Veach has done in Kansas City. But it also speaks volumes to the fact that the Chiefs, for years a franchise that struggled to lure top talent on the open market against higher-profile teams, has become a destination for players seeking playoff glory and Super Bowl rings.“I wanted to come to a team that had great talent, great core players,” explained Mathieu Womens Carlos Hyde Jersey , who signed a $42 million, three-year contract in March. “Any time you can play for an organization that has a great history and obviously a great quarterback that’s really going to take this league over, really by storm — really this was a no-brainer for me and my family.”In fact, that may be the biggest reason everyone seems to want to play in Kansas City: the unique combination of an innovative players’ coach in Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes, whose record-setting debut as the starter portends postseason success for years to come.“They’ve got a good ball club and the best offense in the league,” said Claiborne, a former first-round draft pick who signed a $3 million deal late last week.The beauty of that mindset among players, at least from the Chiefs’ perspective, is that it creates a snowball effect. Top players want to play for a good team, making a good team even better.The biggest pitfall of the Chiefs a year ago, when they lost to the Patriots in overtime in the AFC title game, was their much-maligned defense. But consider their quartet of high-profile additions: All of them reside on that side of the ball, shoring up the biggest weakness.They’ve made a team that has won three consecutive AFC West titles even stronger.“I just got finished playing with Aaron Rodgers,” said Breeland, who played part of last season in Green Bay Demarcus Robinson Jersey , “and to me (Mahomes) is like a younger version of Rodgers with a lot more attributes. Young guys are starting to propel differently these days. He’s an exciting player and I’m just ready to compete against him. I know that if I can ball against him at practice, then I can play against anybody.”Claiborne was recently suspended the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. So not only was he looking for a place where he could win after average seasons with the Cowboys and Jets, he was looking for a place that could give him a second chance.Just like the Chiefs have given to Mathieu, who was kicked off the team at LSU before becoming an NFL star, and Clark, who likewise was booted off his college team before Seattle drafted him.Both have steered clear of trouble in the league, but both — like wide receiver Tyreek Hill and several others that have come through Kansas City — carry baggage.“They knew what I was going through and they wanted to help me through it,” Claiborne said. “That was a part of the reason that really made up my mind as I want to come here. These guys not only care about me as a football player, but as a man and as a person.”Players around the league are aware of the culture and success in Kansas City, too. Claiborne said Mathieu, his old college teammate, called him not long ago to stump for him signing with the Chiefs.It was a sales pitch that is becoming increasingly unnecessary.NOTES: DE Frank Clark missed practice Tuesday with an illness. … WR Gehrig Dieter (back), WR Davon Grayson (knee), TE John Lovette (shoulder) and CB D’Montre Wade (knee) did not practice. DE Alex Okafor (hip) took part in most of practice before heading to the locker room early.
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