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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:42:00 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin has impressed QB Alex Smith in practices this summer. "I feel like that's the ultimate tool. For coach (Andy) Reid, he just loves drawing up stuff and creating stuff, so Jeremy will be all over the field," Smith said. "He'll be inside, he'll be outside, deep, short, running the ball, throwing the ball. I mean Jeremy is a guy that can do so much." Head coach Andy Reid's schemes and offensive language remain largely the same from the time he and Maclin worked together with the Philadelphia Phillies, so Maclin doesn't need a ton of time to acclimate to his new offense.
Fantasy Tip: Kansas City's signing of Maclin drastically upgraded their receiving corps immediately. He's expected to be Smith's top target, and he could open up valuable running and receiving room for the rest of the team's offensive weapons. Consider Maclin a WR2 in 2015.
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 17:17:59 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin caught a long pass from QB Alex Smith on the second play of training camp Saturday, Aug. 1, and he caught a few more deep balls during the day. "We've got a new weapon," Smith said. "We've got to test it out a little bit. We've known for a while what we've got with him."
Fantasy Tip: Maclin gives the Kansas City offense a dimension it lacked last season, and while he is unlikely to deliver as many explosive plays as he did in Philadelphia, he is still the No. 1 target for the Chiefs and should make a solid WR2.
Tue, 14 Jul 2015 18:47:10 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith called the San Francisco 49ers offseason overhaul "crazy" Tuesday, July 14. "You knew some of that wasn't going to last forever," Smith said, per Cam Inman of The Mercury News. "We weren't going to be able to hold it all together from a cap standpoint and the years standpoint. You knew that was going to change," said Smith.
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:16:01 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith has been focusing on footwork and technique this offseason, particularly with his downfield passes. "For me, footwork is something that never goes away," Smith said. "You're constantly trying to get better with your feet."
Fantasy Tip: Even if he betters his footwork and vertical game, there has not been a season yet where Smith has performed as a starting fantasy quarterback. The addition of Jeremy Maclin and the up-and-coming status of Travis Kelce are nice, but Smith is a backup fantasy quarterback.
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:37:37 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith's contract could be restructured to clear up to $8.175 million in cap space, according to former NFL agent Joel Corry. "Knock that base down to a million, and that's what you can get," Corry said. "(But) you raise his cap numbers in the future, which creates more dead money. That's been the one that I thought they might do for a long time."
Sun, 07 Jun 2015 19:37:53 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith has been asked to take more shots down the field this season. "I like where Alex is," offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said. "But now in the spring, we want to see any quarterback shoot the ball down the field and at least test it. That gives him the comfort level the next time he's in that situation."
Fantasy Tip: Whether or not Smith will be effective throwing the ball down the field remains to be seen, but with Jeremy Maclin in town to provide a deep threat, just taking an occasional shot should help free up Jamaal Charles a bit more.
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:15:05 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin and QB Alex Smith played catch for the first time since Maclin was acquired this offseason. Maclin said everything was smooth and that he was simply trying to get a feel for how Smith threw the football. Smith said he believes Maclin's transition into the Chiefs' offense will be relatively smooth since he has already played for head coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia.
Fantasy Tip: It's unrealistic to expect a duplication of last season from Maclin, when he tallied career highs in catches (85), yards (1,318) and touchdowns (10). Kansas City's offense isn't as high octane as the Eagles' offense and it's centered more on Jamaal Charles. Maclin could still post WR2 numbers when all is said and done. Alex Smith is somewhat underrated as a fantasy quarterback, but he's still not starter worthy even with Maclin in town.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:31:58 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (spleen) was medically cleared for the start of offseason practice, Monday, April 20. The Chiefs don't begin full-squad practices until May, 26.
Fantasy Tip: Smith will likely receive a boost in fantasy value with the Chiefs' offseason addition of WR DeSean Jackson. Smith failed to connect with a wide receiver for a touchdown in 2014 and finished the season with 18 total passing touchdowns. Smith should only be considered as a second quarterback, in the late rounds of 2015 fantasy drafts.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:37:50 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith's $10.9 million salary could be converted into a bonus to help the team create some salary cap space in 2015. That would create upwards of $8.2 million in salary cap room.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:53:46 -0700
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota would be a perfect fit for the Kansas City Chiefs and head coach Andy Reid, even if the team is committed to QB Alex Smith, in the opinion of NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. Kiper cites the success of former QB Donovan McNabb as Reid's quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles. However, Mariota is expected to be gone when KC picks at 18 overall, and the Chiefs are unlikely to trade up to take him. Reid said he didn't have a chance to meet with Mariota, either.
Fantasy Tip: Mariota will be nothing more than a weak QB2 in traditional fantasy leagues in 2015, and that's if he winds up with a starting gig. Mariota may be better off used at FantasyScore if he starts at any point next year, with the right matchup, of course.
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:50:01 -0800
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith needs more weapons around him, according to impending free-agent LB Justin Houston. He believes the Chiefs can win a championship with Smith. "For the past two years we had winning seasons. This year, I feel like our offensive line struggled a little bit, we had some injuries that caused him to get sacked more than usual. But I think we can do it," Houston noted Tuesday, Jan. 27.
Fantasy Tip: The Chiefs were the first team since 1950 to go an entire season without a wide receiver having a touchdown reception. TE Travis Kelce was the focal point of the passing attack late in the season and should be a midrange starting tight end in fantasy drafts in 2015.
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 16:04:25 -0800
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith has earned a reputation for throwing the shorter routes, which means receivers often don't pile up big statistics when they play with him. That could have an effect on free-agent wideouts deciding to sign with the Chiefs over other teams.
Fantasy Tip: It's not a secret that Smith's fantasy value is limited because of his preference for check-down routes and his lack of a strong arm. Any receiver that is taking passes from him next season should be downgraded a bit as a result.
Sun, 28 Dec 2014 08:59:15 -0800
The Kansas City Chiefs have declared QB Alex Smith, WR Donnie Avery, C Eric Kush, OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, CB Marcus Cooper, DL Nick X. Williams, CB Phillip Gaines inactive for Week 17.
Fri, 26 Dec 2014 14:32:59 -0800
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (spleen) will heal on his own and isn't expected to need surgery for a lacerated spleen. Trainer Rick Burkholder said Smith's recovery time should be around six weeks. Smith could return if the team advances deep into the playoffs. "From a long-term standpoint and from a health standpoint from Alex, he's going to be fine. That's going to heal up," Burkholder said. Smith wasn't diagnosed with a lacerated spleen until midway through this week after he put in a few practices.
Fantasy Tip: Chase Daniel is set to start against the San Diego Chargers in Week 17 in a very important game for both teams. We would not suggest risking a selection of Daniel for your FantasyScore lineups because of his lack of experience and limited practice time this week.
Fri, 26 Dec 2014 09:12:58 -0800
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (spleen) will not play in the team's Week 17 game after suffering a lacerated spleen.
Fantasy Tip: Chase Daniel will get the start in Week 17, but should not be considered in FantasyScore contests. There are likely much better options available to you this week.
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:03:47 -0800
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith's average pass has only traveled 5.6 yards past the line of scrimmage this season, which is the shortest distance among quarterbacks in the NFL.
Fantasy Tip: Smith has not had to throw a lot this season since the team has a terrific running game, but he has been able to post solid numbers. Smith only costs $3,900 on FantasyScore but may not be a great option since he will be facing the Seattle Seahawks.
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:51:08 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (shoulder) practiced in full for the third straight day Friday, Oct. 31, and is probable for Week 9 against the New York Jets.
Fantasy Tip: Smith ($4,000; 8.0% of cap) faces one of the weaker secondary units in the league this weekend in the Jets. Smith remains a finer, low-cost option at quarterback, and it's hard to go wrong with him this week at FantasyScore.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:26:18 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (shoulder) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 30.
Fantasy Tip: Smith's injury is nothing serious, so expect him to start against the New York Jets. At a FantasyScore price of just $4,000 (8.0% of cap), Smith is a very attractive, low-priced QB option against a weak Jets secondary.
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:19:45 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Fantasy Tip: Smith will only cost $4,000 in FantasyScore this week, and could provide some great value at the position with a solid matchup against the New York Jets.
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:47:26 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (shoulder) is expected to be a full participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Fantasy Tip: Smith appears to be fine after suffering the injury in the team's Week 8 game. Smith only costs $4,000 on FantasyScore and is a good option for owners looking to save money at the position.
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:39:14 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (shoulder) is expected to play in Week 9 even with a sprained throwing shoulder.
Fantasy Tip: The New York Jets have been porous against the pass this year, so Smith could be a nice start. However, there is the risk that the Chiefs will look to run more with Smith ailing.
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:32:03 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (shoulder) suffered a shoulder injury in the team's Week 8 game.
Fantasy Tip: Owners will need to watch his practice participation this week to see if there is a chance he will miss Week 9. Chase Daniel likely would start if Smith is not able to play and likely would not be a starting option.
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 19:13:11 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith lost a touchdown pass after an official stat change from Week 5. Originally, he was credited with a touchdown pass to RB De'Anthony Thomas, but that has been changed to a touchdown run, as the pass was deemed a lateral.
Fantasy Tip: Anyone who started Smith will likely feel the pinch when fantasy providers make a stat adjustment, and this could potentially change a result of two across fantasy leagues.
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:16:09 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith's four-year deal includes an $18 million signing bonus, a $1 million salary for 2014, an $11.9 base salary for 2015, a $14.1 million base salary for 2016, a $10.2 million base salary for 2017 and a $14.5 million base salary for 2018.
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:58:34 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith has agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $68 million with $45 million guaranteed.
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:00:23 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith is likely to play the entire first half of the preseason game Sunday, Aug. 17, against the Carolina Panthers, head coach Andy Reid said Tuesday, Aug. 12.
Sat, 09 Aug 2014 18:08:48 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith said he has no interest in signing a pay-as-you-go deal similar to the contract Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton just signed. "I want to get something that's right that I'm going to play out, absolutely, and that's definitely a focus of mine," Smith said Saturday, Aug. 9.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:50:01 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith said contract extension talks with the team will stop at some point if no agreement is reached, because he does not want the situation to be a distraction during the season.
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:49:20 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith said he hopes to get a contract extension done because he likes the team and coaching staff.
Sun, 15 Jun 2014 09:26:46 -0700
The NFL's scheduled unrestricted free-agent quarterback class for 2015 features 14 players who will be at least 30 years of age, including Indianapolis Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck (39), St. Louis Rams QB Shaun Hill (35), Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (35), New York Jets QB Michael Vick (34), Cincinnati Bengals QB Jason Campbell (33), New Orleans Saints QB Luke McCown (33), Seattle Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson (32), Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (31), Oakland Raiders QB Trent Edwards (31), Chicago Bears QB Jordan Palmer (31), Detroit Lions QB Dan Orlovsky (31), Cleveland Browns QB Tyler Thigpen (31) and Miami Dolphins QB Matt Moore (30). Estranged Dallas Cowboys QB Kyle Orton (32) is also scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, although he is reportedly leaning toward retirement.
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:03:26 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith could be in a good position as he and the team discusses a new contract, according to former agent Joel Corry. "Smith kind of has a little bit of leverage too because KC gave up two second-round picks for him and you really don't want to see someone walk after giving up two second-round picks," Corry said.
Wed, 28 May 2014 09:55:51 -0700
The Kansas City Chiefs are willing to use the franchise tag on QB Alex Smith if the two sides are not able to reach a contract agreement before next offseason.
Wed, 28 May 2014 05:33:48 -0700
The Kansas City Chiefs' talks with QB Alex Smith have been almost non-existent, according to a report.
Tue, 27 May 2014 05:39:46 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said the team has open communication with QB Alex Smith on a new contract. "I'm sure something will get done," Reid said.
Sat, 24 May 2014 09:24:55 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said he is confident the team will be able to reach a contract agreement with QB Alex Smith. Smith is entering the final year of his contract.
Mon, 05 May 2014 09:21:27 -0700
The Kansas City Chiefs will consider taking a quarterback with their first-round pick in this year's draft since negotiations with QB Alex Smith aren't going so well.
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:51:18 -0700
Draft stock for Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater appears to be falling based on recent workouts, so the Kansas City Chiefs may take a flier on Bridgewater if he is available with the 23rd overall selection. The Chiefs do not have a second-round pick and it is believed Bridgewater would be insurance for QB Alex Smith.
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:07:29 -0700
The Kansas City Chiefs' contract extension negotiations with QB Alex Smith are ongoing. He has one year and $7.5 million left on his current contract, and there remains no timetable for an extension to be reached, according to general manager John Dorsey.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:34:49 -0800
The Kansas City Chiefs are likely to stay away from drafting a quarterback unless contract extension talks with QB Alex Smith look like they are going nowhere.
Sun, 09 Feb 2014 19:32:13 -0800
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith said he would like to stay with the team but will not worry about his contract because he still has one year left on his contract. "I think at this point when you get veteran enough it's always year to year. You just understand it's the nature of the game. You've got to play good, otherwise you move on, so I don't care how many years you've got on a contract, for me it's just to be expected."
Sun, 09 Feb 2014 19:29:06 -0800
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith said he is excited about what the offense will be able to do next season because of the success they had in the second half of the 2013 season. "I'm very excited, if you look at our last eight or nine games offensively, we really did some good things and took off a little bit there," Smith said. "And we got some momentum heading into the offseason. Obviously the playoff game was tough to take, but there are some positive things, too."
Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:17:56 -0800
The Kansas City Chiefs may want to draft a quarterback in the early rounds of the NFL draft and groom him to be the eventual successor for QB Alex Smith, in the opinion of Ron Jaworski.
Tue, 04 Feb 2014 10:32:24 -0800
Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt hopes QB Alex Smith will be the long-term answer at quarterback for the team. "When we made the trade for him a year ago, that was part of the thinking," Hunt said of re-signing Smith. "I don't think that thinking has changed. He came in and did a nice job. We're glad to have him as a part of the Kansas City Chiefs and we hope it's longer than a two-year stay."
Tue, 21 Jan 2014 07:30:26 -0800
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith will replace New England Patriots QB Tom Brady in the Pro Bowl.
Sat, 11 Jan 2014 17:22:10 -0800
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith said the team has not contacted him or his agent about a contract extension.
Wed, 08 Jan 2014 12:06:35 -0800
The Kansas City Chiefs will try to extend QB Alex Smith's contract this offseason, before he begins the final year of his deal.
Sun, 29 Dec 2013 12:30:01 -0800
The Kansas City Chiefs have declared QB Alex Smith, OT Branden Albert, LB Derrick Johnson, DL Dontari Poe, WR Dwayne Bowe, RB Jamaal Charles, LB Tamba Hali inactive for Week 17.
Sun, 15 Dec 2013 17:55:47 -0800
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith completed 17 of his 20 pass attempts for 287 yards, five touchdowns and a perfect passer rating of 158.3 in the Week 15 game against the Oakland Raiders.
Sun, 27 Oct 2013 21:50:07 -0700
Since the Kansas City Chiefs improved to 8-0 on Sunday, Oct. 27, with a win over the Cleveland Browns, they triggered an escalator with the San Francisco 49ers in which the Chiefs now must give the 49ers a 2014 second-round pick as part of April's trade of QB Alex Smith. The 49ers can deal that pick for its second-round value before Tuesday's trade deadline, if so desired.
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:10:38 -0700
The Kansas City Chiefs have played it safe with QB Alex Smith through the first two preseason games, as he has reportedly looked downfield very little. He has yet to target WR Dwayne Bowe during the preseason.