The Kansas City Chiefs signed wide receiver Weston Dressler last week after his time in the CFL came to a close. But this isn’t just your typical Canadian football player.
He’s kind of a big deal. And not just because of what he’s been able to do on the field.
Sure, the 28-year-old posted an amazing 6,531 yards and 43 touchdowns in six seasons. Along the way he was named the CFL’s rookie of the year and an All Star twice.
None of those things are nearly as impressive as having fruit snacks named in his honor! In Weston Dressler’s case they are called “Westermelons”.
These fine strawberry watermelon 100% fruit snacks were sold exclusively at Co-Ope Retail System with the profits going to charity.
Even if Dressler finds himself as a long shot to earn a spot on Andy Reid’s roster this summer, he should be the only player that can serve snacks in St. Joe with his face on them. That is unless there are some “Charles in Charge Crunch Bars” out there that I’ve yet to see.
In the wake of the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl dismantling of the Denver Broncos, of course we already have odds on who will win the game next year.
Despite the embarrassing loss, Peyton Manning and the Broncos have the second best odds (only behind the Seahawks) at 8/1 along with the San Francisco 49ers. The Kansas City Chiefs, who finished second to the Broncos in the division, are well behind Denver, according to RJ Bell.
Starting out at 30/1 to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, the Chiefs could still improve their odds between now and the beginning of next season. All it will take is a poor offseason from the Broncos and a solid showing by Kansas City GM John Dorsey.
There are six teams currently standing between the Chiefs and Broncos: New England Patriots (12/1), Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints (20/1), Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers (25/1).
Sharing the 30/1 odds with Kansas City are the Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals.
The Kansas City Chiefs are ready to dip back into the CFL pool by signing All-Star wide receiver Weston Dressler of the Grey Cup-champion Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Dressler was released on Thursday, but the move was really more of a formality than anything. He was set to become a free agent on February 15 and clearly had his eyes set on leaving the CFL for a chance to play in the NFL. He had worked out for several teams, including the Chiefs nearly three weeks ago.
The deal between Dressler and the Chiefs will become official once he passes a physical, according to TSN Radio.
Saskatchewan assistant GM Jeremy O’Day talked to the Canadian network about losing such a dynamic player.
“From our standpoint it’s tough to lose such a good player that’s been here for a long time, is a leader in the locker-room.
“But again, you’ve got to feel happy for him that he gets that opportunity. He hasn’t gone through the process of being in the NFL and as any competitor you just want to see how you compare with the best available players. We wish him the best.”
The 28-year-old Dressler is 5’8″, 179 pounds and will bring to Kansas City an impressive resume built in Canada. In six seasons he caught 442 catches, 6,531 yards and 43 touchdowns. He may be joining a group of players trying to fill the void if Dexter McCluster leaves in free agency.
The Kansas City Chiefs signed another player to a reserve-futures contract Wednesday, this time bringing in defensive tackle Risean Broussard.
If the name sounds familiar. the big man spent two weeks with the Chiefs in May before being released.
Broussard is super raw, having played less than two seasons in high school and one year at the JUCO level. But he also has a ton of potential, showing in that one season of college football that he could be a force by putting up 61 tackles and six sacks in just eight games.
After being released by the Chiefs, Broussard worked out in the AFL and gotten calls from the CFL, his agent told The Star.
If he can stick in Kansas City through OTAs, Broussard could get a chance to show what he can do in training camp, something he didn’t get last time around.
The Kansas City Chiefs had an amazing turnaround in 2013, but ultimately came up short of what their talent was capable of delivering. Now as they try to take that next step, GM John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid will have to fill plenty of holes this offseason.
Without knowing how much money owner Clark Hunt is willing to spend in free agency, the NFL Draft could end up being the main provider of talent for the 2014 Chiefs.
Even though we’re still days away from the Super Bowl, mock drafts are starting to fly around at a fast and furious pace. The latest is a two-round mock from the folks over at SB Nation and it should come as no surprise that a wide receiver is the current prediction.
23. Kansas City Chiefs – Odell Beckham Jr., Wide Receiver, LSU
This is where the run on wide receivers could begin. The Chiefs need to add talent to the depth chart behind Dwayne Bowe. Odell Beckham Jr. is the next wideout on our board due to his speed and body control. Andy Reid would like to add a player like Beckham who can challenge defenses vertically.
Even though this mock has Beckham Jr. as the 4th WR off the board, he would be a fantastic value this late in the draft. Especially if he tests at the combine the way I expect him to, which should help push his stock even higher.
Beckham Jr. would not only give the Chiefs a weapon at wide receiver other than Dwayne Bowe, but he also could immediately serve as the replacement for Dexter McCluster in the return game if the diminutive receiver leaves Kansas City in free agency.
This mock is a two rounder, but the San Francisco 49ers were awarded the Chiefs second round pick as soon as Kansas City won eight games. If you’re curious, the Niners are predicted to take CB Aaron Colvin from Oklahoma.
Derrick Johnson wasn’t the only member of the Kansas City Chiefs defense that had an impressive showing Sunday night at the NFL Pro Bowl. Sure, the linebacker delivered a big hit on Jamaal Charles and was named team MVP on defense, but he doesn’t have a rumbling-tumbling highlight.
Dontair Poe, however, absolutely does.
The big man picked off Phillip Rivers with eight minutes left int he second quarter after the quarterback was hit by J.J. Watt. Hauling in the football at the 50 was impressive enough for the defensive tackle, but the return was even better.
Poe took off sprinting down the sideline and seemed to be destined for the end zone with a couple teammates helping to lead the way. Unfortunately for fat men everywhere, running back Mike Tolbert (who would later score the game-winning two point conversion) tripped up Poe just as he got to the 10-yard line.
Even though he didn’t finish the play, Poe’s interception and scamper set up Team Sanders inside the 10 and Cam Newton would punch it in for a score four plays later.
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Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith had just thrown a fourth quarter interception that could have sealed the fate of Team Rice at Sunday night’s Pro Bowl. The turnover gave the ball back to Team Sanders with a 21-14 lead and just 2:17 left in the game.
Smith would get another chance after a Team Sanders punt. And he’d get set up perfectly by his Chiefs teammate Dexter McCluster on the return when he scampered 26 yards to the Team Rice 42 yard line.
24 and 14 yard completions to Josh Gordon and Alshon Jeffery set the stage for a game changing play by Smith. He hit DeMarco Murry for a 20 yard touchdown to bring Team Rice within a point.
Instead of tying things up, Smith and the Rice offense opted for the two-point conversion and picked up the clinching points with a Mike Tolbert run.
It may have been an All Star game, but Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson treated it like it was just another game. That means he was all over the field making plays.
Johnson helped lead Team Rice to a tight 22-21 victory Sunday night, finishing with nine tackles, a forced fumble and a massive hit on Chiefs teammate Jamaal Charles. When the dust — well, in this case, rain — settled, Johnson was the defensive MVP for his team.
After the game, Johnson talked about the hit he delivered on Charles.
“If you stand back, he’s going to make you look pretty bad, so I had to go out and really give it to him,” Johnson said. “I would never try to hurt my teammate at all, but compete a little bit.”
Were you a bit surprised that Johnson would lay out his teammate like that? You’re not alone, it certainly seemed to catch Charles off guard.
“I didn’t expect it, but he’s out there doing his thing,” said Charles. “I can’t get mad at him — it’s just about football and you’ve just got to be ready.”
By the looks of it, Johnson sure does seem to be ready… to kick off next season.
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Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith entered the NFL as the first overall pick back in 2005. It took nine seasons, but Smith went through another draft this week with the new “fantasy football” format of the Pro Bowl.
This time around things went quite differently for the Chiefs signal caller. Smith was the last player selected (well, technically “assigned”), making him “Mr. Irrelevant” of the Pro Bowl.
““It comes all the way around,” Smith said after the draft wrapped up. “It was new for me sitting in the green room that long.”
It was brought up to Smith that he can now share his “Mr. Irrelevant” experience with Kansas City kicker Ryan Succop, who was the final player selected in the 2009 NFL Draft.
“That’s a great point, possibly, yeah, I could.”
Smith will play for Jerry Rice along with teammates Brandon Flowers (14th round), Justin Houston (14th), Derrick Johnson (18th) and Dexter McCluster (21st). Rice could have had Jamaal Charles too, but passed up on adding him as team captain.
Deion Sanders has Charles as well as Dontari Poe (day 1), Eric Berry (9th), Tamba Hali (15th) and Branden Albert (18th).
So when you decide which team to cheer for this weekend (is that a thing?), keep in mind that even though both team has five Chiefs, Team Rice snubbed Charles!
Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice had a big decision to make on Tuesday. He won a coin flip with Deion Sanders for the right to choose his team captain duo: Drew Brees and Robert Quinn or JJ Watt and Jamaal Charles.
Rice passed over the league’s most valuable player not named Manning and instead opted for Brees and Quinn.
Charles’ co-captain had some very strong words for Rice after the snub.
“Don’t think we forgot Jerry picked them first,” Watt joked during the press conference.
Once he got passed over, Charles got right to work helping Sanders put together a winning squad. What better way than to lock in a major anchor for the middle of the defensive line?
With a nod from the Chiefs running back, “Team Sanders” selected Kansas City defensive lineman Dontari Poe, choosing him over Kyle Williams of the Buffalo Bills.
With both lines, fullback and special teams players/punters taken care of, the two sides will get together Wednesday night at 8pm live on NFL Network to fill out their squads. That’s when we will get to see where the rest of the eight Chiefs will end up for Sunday’s game.