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Top 5 Headlines 9/4: Committee of Running Backs

Posted Sep 4, 2014

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1. What are Chiefs going to do with 5 RBs?

One of the interesting roster decisions made by the Kansas City Chiefs when they trimmed the roster to 53 players was to keep five running backs, plus fullback Anthony Sherman.

This makes sense for a team that uses backs as a committee. But how much work can the other four guys get when Jamaal Charles is going to be on the field most of the time?”    READ MORE…

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2. Chiefs’ DE Mike DeVito expects to play Sunday against Titans

Mike DeVito remembers sitting in a box seat high above the Arrowhead Stadium field on Aug. 7, relegated to watching his Chiefs teammates face the Cincinnati Bengals in their preseason opener.

To be honest, it’s a moment DeVito — a defensive end who missed all four preseason games with a fractured hand — would rather forget.”    READ MORE…

3. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce isn’t looking back after frustrating rookie year

You might be hard-pressed to find a Chiefs player more excited for Sunday’s home opener than tight end Travis Kelce.

Kelce, who was taken in the third-round of the 2013 NFL Draft, had the majority of his rookie season wiped out with a knee injury. He could only watch while the Chiefs proceeded to go 11-5 and make the playoffs.”    READ MORE…

4. Are the Kansas City Chiefs this year’s Detroit Lions? Analytics and the strength-of-schedule rabbit hole

The Great Analytics Revolution has run into a bit of a wall in the National Football League.

That wall is called sample size. The very thing that forms one of the major tenets of the statistically inclined when analyzing baseball or hockey — and which tells them that there’s no such thing as clutch hitting and to beware the skater on a goal-scoring streak with an absurdly high shooting percentage — is an inherent part of football. You need lots of data to confidently observe statistical trends, and in the NFL there just aren’t that many games. Coupled with the fact that teams play wildly unbalanced schedules, and you have a pretty good explanation why a sport that is studied and covered unlike any other still manages to churn out upsets and surprises every year.”    READ MORE…

5. Faith, Family and Football - A Kicker's Story

"It started from pure curiosity.

An exchange student, 4,300 miles from his home of Sau Paulo, Brazil, was asked to try kicking a football instead of a soccer ball.”    READ MORE…

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