1:59 PM EDT, Mon August 29, 2016
Bolts From The Blue 41 mins ago

Should the San Diego Chargers sign Paul Kruger?

The Cleveland Browns released linebacker Paul Kruger on Monday as they continue to cut veteran players to speed up their rebuild. Kruger signed a five-year, $4o million contract back in 2013 and hasn’t been the player the Browns thought he would be. Cleveland has moved on from a number of veteran players including Karlos Dansby and Donte Whitner. Kruger probably saw this move coming as the team looks to give young players reps. As is typically the case with veteran pass rushers, plenty of teams will be interested in Kruger. pic.twitter.com/74ZN0Zdibv— Paul Kruger (@pkruger99) August...
Arrowhead Pride 56 mins ago

Chiefs roster predictions: Demarcus Robinson could be looking at redshirt year

The Kansas City Chiefs drafted WR Demarcus Robinson in the fourth round so clearly they believe he has a future with the team. I’m going to put Robinson on my 53-man roster prediction but when I look at the Chiefs WR depth chart it’s kind of hard to fit him in. Robinson has had seven, 16 and 10 snaps in the first three preseason games. In each of those games he saw at least five special teams snaps, too. He was not targeted in the first game, caught one pass for 15 yards in the second game and had one target but no catches in the third preseason game. I’m thinking special teams will...
Bolts From The Blue 1 hour ago

Final 53-man Roster Projections prior to first round of cuts

Here’s my last look at the best 53 before the cuts start rolling in. Cuts should be starting any minute for the Chargers so here is my last quick look at who I think makes the 53 at this point. If you want to take a look at what my prediction looked like last time, you can find that here. Let’s jump right in. Quarterbacks - 3 Philip Rivers, Kellen Clemens, Mike Bercovici Sadly I think they decide to keep 3 QBs. I think they are scared that Berc might not make it to the practice squad so they keep him on the roster because it appears it would have taken a Dak Prescott type performance...
Bolts From The Blue 1 hour ago

BFTB Madden NFL 17 Xbox One Tournament!

Hello to all those who signed up for the Madden 17 Tournament this year! I’ll be “running” the Xbox side of the tournament, while Ryan Doyle will be running the much, much larger PS4 side. Since we have 21 people competing to be the winner this year (on the Xbox side alone), I determined bye weeks based on sign-up time, and all those who have yet to make an account with us will be playing in the first matches, giving you a reason to make an account for next year’s tournament! As always, there need to be a few rules. 6 minute quarters, All-Pro difficulty, and weather will be...
Arrowhead Pride 2 hours ago

Eric Berry meets with media, ‘should be’ ready for Chargers-Chiefs Week 1

Eric Berry said he was ready to come back to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs safety formally returned on Sunday and signed his franchise tender and then on Monday he met with the media to talk about it. He's back. Eric Berry in the house. #Chiefs pic.twitter.com/mBRT7CkFnC— Andrew Carter (@Andrew__Carter) August 29, 2016 Berry said that he’s been training this offseason to prepare himself for his return. He said that he trained in a way similar to the Chiefs practices and even trained at the same time as the Chiefs practices. It was clear as day to me that he’ll be ready Week...
Arrowhead Pride 4 hours ago

Chiefs roster cuts: Updated depth chart after first wave of cuts

The Kansas City Chiefs released eight players on Sunday. By my count - never assume my counting is accurate - the Chiefs have 81 players on the roster as of this moment. They’ll need to cut down to 75 players by Tuesday afternoon. Six more cuts are coming. Here are the Chiefs first eight cuts from Sunday. Andy Reid was asked about someone on the depth chart earlier this week and he said, “That was all Ted Crews. I have nothing to do with that stuff.” No not that Ted Cruz ... the Chiefs’ Ted Crews is the head of PR, who supposedly does the depth chart. It seems odd to me that Andy...
Arrowhead Pride 4 hours ago

NFL roster cuts: Pass rusher Paul Kruger could be useful to Chiefs

The first surprising cut is out and it’s Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger. The Browns announced he was among their cuts. He was three years into a five-year contract that was set to pay him $40 million. Our pal Craig thinks KC should take a look: Yeah, I tend to stray away from picking up players from bad teams, but I'd kick the tires on Paul Kruger with KC's lack of depth at OLB.— William Le Petomane (@barleyhop) August 29, 2016 The Chiefs obviously have some depth issues at outside linebacker with Justin Houston out and Tamba Hali on the older side. The Chiefs pass...
Arrowhead Pride 5 hours ago

Tracking NFL roster cuts 2016: Who’s win, who’s out?

NFL teams will need to go from 90 to 75 players by 3 p.m. (Arrowhead Time) on Tuesday afternoon. By Saturday afternoon (September 3), the Kansas CityChiefs and every other team will need to be down to 53 players, along with a 10-man practice squad the next day. Suffice to say, this is a busy time period for coaches and front offices. Find the Chiefs eight roster cuts here. We are tracking the cuts around the league that are of interest to the Chiefs or are just plain interesting. We’ll keep an eye on any big name players but most of the bigger name players will be released on Saturday’s...
Arrowhead Pride 5 hours ago

Eric Berry is back, Chiefs ‘leaning against’ him playing in preseason finale

The Kansas City Chiefs welcomed Eric Berry back over the weekend which means they have they are one step closer to becoming whole again. (Where are ya, Justin Houston?) “He’s not a different guy then he was when he was here the last time,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said on Sunday. “So I’d tell you this – they’re going to welcome him in with open arms and they’ll be glad he’s back. He’s one of the leaders of the team and that part won’t change. The other part was business and now it’s football – he’s ripping and ready to go.” We can only assume that Berry is in...
Arrowhead Pride 6 hours ago

NFL roster cuts: Chiefs first 8 cuts are in

The Kansas City Chiefs announced their initial roster cuts of eight players: CB Bryce Cheek, DL Niko Davis, OL Curtis Feigt, CB Malcolm Jackson, WR Seantavious Jones, LB Jonathan Massaquoi, WR Kashif Moore and C Drew Nowak. None of these cuts are stunners but a couple of interesting ones. The Chiefs will need to be down to 75 players by Tuesday so more cuts are coming. You can see the Chiefs full roster here. A few thoughts on each... CB Bryce Cheek: He was facing long odds in a crowded secondary. DL Niko Davis: He played just one snap on Saturday so we should’ve seen it coming. OL Curtis...
Bolts From The Blue 18 hours ago

Joe Barksdale responds about his injury after the game

Chargers right tackle left the game today with an apparent ankle injury. This preseason game against the Vikings had plenty of Chargers fans holding their breath, Joe Barksdale being rolled up on by teammate, Orlando Franklin, was one of those moments. Barksdale left the game after an apparent ankle injury. Barksdale was in pass protection when Orlando Franklin rolled up on his ankle from behind, which is always a scary moment. He was able to walk off the field on his own after trainers rushed to the field to check on him. Here’s what Barksdale tweeted out after the game: Thanks for...
Bolts From The Blue 20 hours ago

REPORT: Branden Oliver ruled out for 2016 NFL season

Initial concerns appear to be confirmed, team will be without Oliver for year. That was quick. Charger fans’ fears appear to have been confirmed by this set of tweets from San Diego Union-Tribune’s Michael Gehlken regarding Branden Oliver’s injury... Chargers RB Branden Oliver (Achilles) has been ruled out for the season, source said.— Michael Gehlken (@sdutGehlken) August 28, 2016 @sdutGehlken A follow-up from same source: Team to await MRI result Monday before officially declaring Oliver's status for rest of year.— Michael Gehlken (@sdutGehlken) August 28, 2016 Really...
Bolts From The Blue 21 hours ago

Chargers-Vikings Final Score: San Diego Chargers lose to Minnesota Vikings 23-10

The only thing that really mattered in this game was a likely season-ending injury to Branden Oliver. The Vikings get the ball first as the Chargers won the coin toss and deferred. The Vikings started off fast with a first down pass to Stefon Diggs who was “covered” by linebackers and 45-yard run by Jerick McKinnon right up the middle completely untouched through the line. A Chargers penalty and another easy pitch and catch to Diggs kept the chains moving and got the Vikings in the red zone. McKinnon then picked up another first down on a cutback where Darius Philon looked foolish....
Bolts From The Blue 23 hours ago

Branden Oliver carted off the field against Minnesota Vikings

That was not pretty. Oliver looked rather badly injured. Branden Oliver suffered a non-contact injury that certainly looked like an Achilles injury. The slow motion replay that Fox provided was difficult to watch as you could see the vibration in Oliver’s calf. You really do hate to speculate on players’ injuries, but well, we’re going to do it anyway. If that was an Achilles tear (and by god, it looked like one), Oliver is almost definitely done for the 2016 NFL season before it even starts. This could open up spot for either Kenneth Farrow or Dreamius Smith at running back, possibly...
Bolts From The Blue Aug 28, 2016

Antonio Gates, Brandon Mebane among those not expected to play vs. Vikings

The inactive report is making its way out from the team and we’ll update you as they update us. The San Diego Chargers are very slowly giving out the inactives for today's preseason contest against the Minnesota Vikings. Thus far, we have the following: S Jahleel Addae ILB Jatavis Brown G D.J. Fluker TE Antonio Gates WR Javontee Herndon NT Brandon Mebane There should still be additional inactive players to be announced, but this is what we know right now. As Hayley Elwood noted at Chargers.com, week 3 of preseason is typically the “dress rehearsal” of sorts where you’ll see the...
Bolts From The Blue Aug 28, 2016

Chargers-Vikings: Scouting the Minnesota Vikings

Daniel Farias previews the Chargers upcoming opponent. The San Diego Chargers and Minnesota Vikings last met on September 27th of last year. Minnesota dominated the game running all over the Chargers to a final score of 31-14. Adrian Peterson’s coming out party, as the all-pro running back rushed for 126 yards on 20 carries with two touchdowns in just three quarters. AP never looked back as he led the league in rushing last and led the Vikings to an NFC North Division title. The only highlight for the Bolts in that game was an outstanding performance by Keenan Allen catching 12 balls for...
Arrowhead Pride Aug 28, 2016

Chiefs vs. Bears: 5 winners, 2 losers

The Kansas City Chiefs ended up with plenty of winners over the Chicago Bears. Here are a few of them: WINNERS WR Chris Conley Small thing but he caught two passes for 30 yards and both of them went for first downs. When you compare that with Albert Wilson’s one catch for four yards - and a drop - it looks pretty good. Conley is your No. 2 on the outside. DE Chris Jones The Chiefs rookie sure looked good again. The Chiefs are going to continue to give him a little more and a little more. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was rotating in quite a bit more in Week 16 than he is in Week 2. He...
Arrowhead Pride Aug 28, 2016

Chiefs CB Phillip Gaines is back, and we can (maybe) relax

Few things have concerned me more this preseason than the cornerback situation (well, outside linebacker, but let’s not talk about that right now, OK?). After both Seattle and Los Angeles seemed to pass at will on the Chiefs, it was hard not to get uneasy about the players lining up to replace Sean Smith. Phillip Gaines, the guy everyone expected to take Smith’s spot opposite Marcus Peters, didn’t practice during a great deal of training camp and had yet to make an appearance in a preseason game (rumors that he was struggling to come back from injury kept creeping up among fans)....
Arrowhead Pride Aug 28, 2016

Bears QB Connor Shaw isn’t happy with hit from Chiefs lineman that broke his leg

For the second week in a row, the Kansas City Chiefs are accused of playing dirty. Chicago Bears QB Connor Shaw broke his leg in ugly fashion. Not that any broken legs are easy to watch but Shaw’s leg was clearly broken after he was pulled to the ground by Chiefs DE Rakeem Nunez-Rochez. Earlier this morning, Shaw posted on Twitter that the hit was "cheap BS". Injuries are a part of the game & I understand that. This should've been avoided. No need for that type of cheap BS! https://t.co/pekgWZPV0a — Connor Shaw (@cmshaw8) August 28, 2016 Uh-oh. Something similar happened last week...
Arrowhead Pride Aug 28, 2016

Chiefs GM says Kenneth Acker is ‘right there at the Mendoza Line’

While the Kansas City Chiefs were putting the beatdown on the Chicago Bears on Saturday afternoon, GM John Dorsey was busy making a trade with Chip Kelly and the San Francisco 49ers. Andy Reid found out about the trade minutes before he was speaking to the media so he didn’t know much about him. Dorsey was available to the media after the game and he talked a little bit about who Acker is. “Last year, he played basically 70 percent of the snaps with three interceptions. As Toub said, he’s a four-phase special teams guy. He’s got the measurables. He’s right there at the Mendoza...