Chiefs Camp Buzz: Kicker Feely could get a look
Chiefs could look at Feely
The Chiefs may eventually attempt to sign free-agent kicker Jay Feely, who was released Monday by Miami. While Nick Novak and Connor Barth have kicked field goals well in training camp, the Chiefs aren’t at ease with the idea of using a kicker without significant NFL experience.
That wouldn’t be an issue with Feely, who has kicked for Atlanta, the Giants and Miami. While with the Giants, Feely worked with Mike Priefer, now the Chiefs’ special teams coach.
“We know what he’s capable of doing,” coach Herm Edwards said. “We’re going to continue to look at our guys. We’re going to let these guys kick.
“We’ll have to wait and see. Nothing is out of the realm of trying to get better.”
Feely’s agent, Glenn Schwartzman, said the Chiefs had yet to contact him regarding Feely.
Shortage of linebackers
Oliver Hoyte, acquired by the Chiefs on waivers from Dallas in the spring, began training camp as a fullback.
He was their starting middle linebacker on Tuesday, having switched positions early in camp.
Injuries have prevented Donnie Edwards and Napoleon Harris from practicing for several days, and neither will play in Saturday night’s game against Arizona at Arrowhead Stadium.
Starting middle linebacker Pat Thomas was mostly a bystander in practice because of a sore finger, though Herm Edwards indicated Thomas might practice today and should play against the Cardinals.
That left eight healthy linebackers and one, Aden Durde, is with the Chiefs as a special European exemption because he was assigned by the NFL.
Hoyte played four seasons as a linebacker at North Carolina State. He was moved to fullback by the Cowboys but was getting a long look at linebacker Tuesday.
“That’s a saving grace right there,” Herm Edwards said, thankful Hoyte was playing his new position. “Then we really would have been short. It’s a struggle.”
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Branden Albert was walking without crutches. … Nick Novak was three of four and Connor Barth two of four in the field-goal contest. Novak made kicks from 40, 45 and 55 yards but was wide right from 50. Barth was good from 50 and 55 but missed wide right from the shorter distances. … Jamaal Charles, who had a problem early in camp with fumbles, dropped another one. Later, after catching a short pass, he slipped on grass still damp from a morning rain when he had some open field ahead. … Larry Johnson failed to score on three runs from inside the 5 in a goal-line drill.
Starting defensive end Turk McBride (hamstring), starting linebacker Pat Thomas (finger) and reserve defensive end Brian Johnston (groin) dressed for practice but did little. … Brandon Carr broke up a pair of long passes, one for Dwayne Bowe and the other for Maurice Price in the end zone. On the latter play, Carr wasn’t fooled by a play fake. … DaJuan Morgan made a number of plays, including an interception of a Tyler Thigpen overthrow.
Wide receiver Kevin Robinson (knee), offensive lineman Branden Albert (foot), defensive lineman Trevor Johnson (concussion), linebackers Donnie Edwards (hamstring) and Napoleon Harris (knee) and safety Jon McGraw (shoulder) did not practice.
The Chiefs will practice in the afternoon.
| Adam Teicher, email@example.com