Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Evaluating the Chiefs Free Agent Acquisitions

Steve Breaston, WR

The Chiefs got Breaston at a clearance price, primarily due to deflated numbers that come with playing with an incompetent quarterback who takes this shit serious (click here if you didn’t get the “serious” reference).  Breaston is a speedster with above average route running ability and reliable hands.  Dwayne Bowe needs a proven down field threat next to him to open up the middle of the field.  Cue Steve Breaston.  It is unlikely Jonathan Baldwin breaks camp as the starting receiver opposite Bowe, but he could take on that role later in the season, which would relegate Breaston to his more natural slot receiver position.  Either way, Breaston is in the prime of his career and playing with a running game that terrifies opposing defenses for the first time in his career.  A much needed piece at a fantastic price is always a good thing.

Kelly Gregg, NT

O the nose tackle… the one position the Chiefs have been weak at since transitioning to the 3-4.  Kelly Gregg is about as good as it is going to get for a one year stop gap.  A veteran presence who has a proven track record and gloat worthy numbers.  While Gregg is 34 years old, age generally doesn’t catch up to nose tackles as quickly as it does other positions (good examples of that are Sam Adams, Pat Williams, and Casey Hampton).  Gregg is as smart as they come at the position and knows where to be at all times.  While he is definite up-grade over Ron Edwards, he won’t do much outside of stuffing the run and clogging gaps at this point in his career.

Brandon Siler, ILB

Very under-rated and could start for many teams in the league.  Although Todd Haley plans to use him at both inside linebacker positions, he is far more suited to play strong side middle linebacker.  Never really had a chance to shine playing behind Stephen Cooper in San Diego, but will have the opportunity to battle Jovan Belcher for a starting spot here in Kansas City.  If nothing else, he is an excellent special teams player and a fantastic goal line specialist.  With Belcher and Siler both in front of Corey Mays on the depth chart, he is left to prove his worth on special teams to keep his roster spot.

Note-Worthy Points:
  • Le’ron Mcclain rumors have been heating up.  If he does sign with the Chiefs, it will be interesting to see what happens to Thomas Jones.
  • Tyson Jackson looks to be in the best shape of his career coming into camp.  A possible breakout season on the way?
  • Brandon Carr and Tamba Hali are the only vital pieces left to re-sign and show up to camp.
  • Ryan Lilja was moved to from right guard to left guard following the release of Brian Waters.  Jon Asamoah will take over at right guard.