AFC West: Patrick DiMarco

Update: It seemed strange that the Oakland Raiders would work out Derek Hagan, a player who was with them for the past two years and now it appears it never did happen.

It was reported that league transactions listed Hagan as having a tryout with Raiders this week. Later, Hagan tweeted that he did not work out with Oakland. I have also been told he didn’t work out there.

So there you have it.

Hagan spent the past two seasons with the Raiders. He played 14 games and had 20 catches last season after playing six games with Oakland in 2011. He did work out for the Jets this week.

In other AFC West notes:

Chris Sprow looks at Insider what faces Alex Smith in Kansas City and Matt Flynn in Oakland.

Denver tight end Joel Dreessen underwent minor knee surgery. He will be ready for training camp.

Kansas City receiver Dexter McCluster returned to practice Thursday after being out an extended time with a hamstring injury.

Fullback Patrick DiMarco, recently cut by the Chiefs, signed with Atlanta.

Chiefs cut YouTube star QB

May, 2, 2013
Alex Tanney may be able to hit a moving truck from his living room, but he won’t be connecting with receivers at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chiefs cut four players including the quarterback. Tanney was on injured reserve last year after being signed as an undrafted free agent. He was never considered a NFL top prospect. Tanney, though, was a national curiosity because of a YouTube video that created a star. Tanney is a trick-shot artist and the video showed him making several incredible passes.

But that doesn’t mean anything in the NFL world.

With Tanney gone, former fifth-round pick, Ricky Stanzi, may be next on the chopping block. The Chiefs have four quarterbacks on the roster; Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Stanzi and undrafted free agent Tyler Bray. If Bray performs well in training camp, he is expected to be the No. 3 quarterback.

The Chiefs also cut fullback Patrick DiMarco, offensive lineman Bryan Mattison and linebacker Cory Greenwood.

In another AFC West note:

In an Insider piece, Chris Sprow thinks Insider Oakland and Kansas City could be in the market for a top quarterback in the draft. I’d add the Chargers to that list if Philip Rivers has a bad year.

Chiefs announce practice squad

September, 1, 2012
The Kansas City Chiefs just announced their eight-man practice squad.

There are no surprises. Draft picks Jerome Long and Junior Hemingway, who were cut Friday, highlight the list. Here is the team’s practice squad:

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Age Exp. College

8 Josh Bellamy WR 6-0 206 23 R Louisville

49 Patrick DiMarco FB 6-1 234 23 1 South Carolina

88 Junior Hemingway WR 6-1 225 23 R Michigan

60 Jerome Long DL 6-5 285 22 R San Diego State

70 David Mims OL 6-8 335 24 1 Virginia Union

84 Jamar Newsome WR 6-1 201 24 1 Central Florida

77 Lucas Patterson OL 6-4 295 24 1 Texas A&M

38 Neiko Thorpe DB 6-2 185 22 R Auburn

Hali wants Bowe to join Chiefs

August, 2, 2012
The Kansas City Chiefs have been pretty quiet in the week-long holdout of Dwayne Bowe.

Predictably, neither coaches nor players have said much about the stalemate.

However, that changed Thursday when star pass-rusher Tamba Hali addressed Bowe’s absence. Bowe did not report to training camp last Thursday. He has not signed his franchise tender. He did not participate in the offseason program.

When asked about the overall talent on the roster (Bowe’s absence was not part of the question) Hali responded with this: “I don’t want to talk about our talent, but we have our players, we have who we need here. Everybody is here ready to go. We need (WR Dwayne) Bowe to come get ready so we can win this AFC West. We need every guy that’s in here, so right now we are focused on the guys that are here.”

Hali’s words were not earth-shattering nor were they harsh against Bowe. But he addressed it and that’s important. Hali is not known for being a big talker, so his words should carry weight. He wants his teammate back.

Will Bowe listen to Hali? Well, that’s up to Bowe.

In other AFC West news:
  • Jason Hunter is working ahead of former first-round pick Robert Ayers on Denver’s defensive front this week. New Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio indicated Hunter’s work ethic has helped him get the first-team reps.
  • Del Rio also indicated he will call the defensive plays from the sideline. Some coordinators call plays from the booth. Del Rio said he much prefers to be on the sideline.
  • Kansas City signed fullback Patrick DiMarco. The South Carolina fullback spent some time in the Chargers’ training camp last year. He is a longshot to make the 53-man roster.
  • Denver claimed receiver Cameron Kenney from Seattle. He is likely a camp body.