NFL Nation: Alex Magee
Center Jeff Faine, tackle Jeremy Trueblood and fullback Earnest Graham are all on the inactive list. Defensive tackle Ryan Sims, defensive end Alex Magee, cornerback Myron Lewis and receiver Sammie Stroughter also are inactive. Rudy Carpenter is the third quarterback.
Cornerback Dominique Franks, linebacker Spencer Adkins, tackle Garrett Reynolds, guard Mike Johnson, tight end Justin Peelle, defensive end Lawrence Sidbury and defensive tackle Trey Lewis are inactive for the Falcons. John Parker Wilson is the third quarterback.
Desperate for help in the pass rush, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired defensive end Alex Magee in a trade with Kansas City. We don’t know the exact terms of the deal yet, but it’s believed the Buccaneers gave up a 2011 draft pick.
Don’t look for Magee to come in and immediately change a defense that’s last in the league with four sacks. Although Magee was a third-round pick by Kansas City in 2009, he’s done very little in his NFL career and fell out of favor with the Chiefs coaching staff this preseason.
Magee has made two tackles in very limited playing time this year. As a rookie, he had two sacks in 15 games.
Biggest surprise: There were some eye-openers on Kansas City’s cut list. Perhaps the biggest surprise was cutting defensive tackle/fullback Derek Lokey. He had a fine training camp and preseason. He appeared to have found a niche for himself as a fullback in short-yardage downs. Fullback Mike Cox was kept. Second-year player Alex Magee was kept ahead of him. Magee, a third-round pick, appeared to be on the bubble. The team cut third-year safety DaJuan Morgan, who was highly valued by the previous regime, but never caught the imagination of the Scott Pioli-Todd Haley regime.
No-brainers: The entire draft class was kept. Haley has lauded this group and he thinks it can be special. Undrafted rookie receiver Jeremy Horne made the team. He was a training camp star, who played well with the first team during the preseason. With Jerheme Urban being put on the injured reserve, Horne could have a role as a rookie.
What’s next: Perhaps Kansas City will pursue a third quarterback. Tyler Palko was cut. Matt Leinart is available. He played for Haley in Arizona and with Matt Cassel at USC. Still, as of Saturday evening, there were no indications that the Chiefs were pursuing Leinart. The team could also look for experience at receiver, the offensive line and on the front seven. Perhaps the team would be interested in a veteran pass rusher such as Derrick Burgess, who was cut by New England.
Denver: Brandon Stokley, receiver
Why: Matt Willis came through with five catches for 122 yards in the preseason finale at Minnesota on Thursday night, extending his productive preseason. The Broncos might want to go with youth for a backup spot. Stokley, 34, has been a good Bronco for the past three seasons, but his time there may be up.
Kansas City: Alex Magee, defensive lineman
Why: Magee’s case is interesting because he was a third-round pick last year. He has not played well and he has made several mistakes. The only things that may save Magee are his youth and the fact that the Chiefs don’t have a great line. He could get more time to develop.
Oakland: John Henderson, defensive tackle
Why: The speculation in Oakland is that Henderson is on the bubble. I think he will be kept because he can help stop the run for 20-25 plays a game. But it seems clear Henderson, if he makes the team, will not be anything more than a role player.
San Diego: Josh Reed, receiver
Why: Reed was signed this summer to provide veteran depth. He hasn’t been special in training camp and the preseason. San Diego could opt for youth over Reed. Also, don’t be surprised if the Chargers scour the waiver wire for veteran depth at the position in the next few days.
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|Todd Haley, the new coach for Kansas City, has made his players feel his presence during the offseason and training camp.|
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
RIVER FALLS, Wis. --- The Kansas City Chiefs are tired.
And they should be.
Camp Haley has been no pleasure cruise.
The Chiefs, who break camp Thursday, have undergone a harsh transition from the cushy Herm Edwards days to the no-breaks, harsh methods of new coach Todd Haley. Mimicking new general manager Scott Pioli's humorless ways, Haley has not been easy on his troops.
It's all about making the Chiefs -- who have won a total of six games the past two years -- "hard to beat," Haley said.
"I think this camp had to be tough," Haley said Wednesday. "We need a mental toughness .... I've been on teams that have turned it around and each of those teams needed to get tougher."
In the offseason, Haley stressed conditioning and made his team lose weight. Then, he held a conditioning test before the start of camp. Several well-known players didn't pass, thus delaying their camp starting date. Camp practices in this idyllic Wisconsin college town have been long and hard-hitting.
Haley is often heard barking his displeasure at his team and often his media briefings smack of an unsatisfied coach.
Further getting everyone's attention, Haley broke down standout receiver Dwayne Bowe. The team's best receiver was made a third stringer. But the tough love has worked. Bowe has responded and it's been a lesson learned for the entire team.
Haley knows he has a lot of work to do with this team. The Chiefs are being reconstructed. Haley knows it's not going to be easy, but he's bent on making it work.
"I've seen good progress," Haley said. "This team is much tougher than it was a few months ago. But we have to keep on improving."
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
The draft grades are in. Predictably, none of the AFC West teams received an abundance of outstanding grades. The draft was marked by many reaches for AFC West teams, but still there were some good things that came out of each team's class.
San Diego: B-
The Chargers' draft was quietly productive. They may have taken pass-rusher Larry English a tad too early at No. 16 but he is a fine player who should make a fast impact. Guard Louis Vasquez has a chance to start right away if the third-rounder from Texas Tech has a good training camp. Guard Tyronne Green, (fourth round), running back Gartrell Johnson (fifth) and safety Kevin Ellison (sixth) all could help down the road. It was nothing fancy, but it was a solid draft by the three-time defending division champions.
Kansas City: C+
All of those who expected Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli to make a huge splash may have been disappointed. There wasn't any wild wheeling and dealing. Much like in free agency, Kansas City was conservative in the draft. Tyson Jackson, the No. 3 overall pick, is a good player who should help. Third-round pick Alex Magee is a defensive tackle who can help. Helping the draft out immensely was the fact that the Chiefs secured Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel for their second-round pick.
The Broncos did some very good things in the draft. They got some outstanding players in the form of running back Knowshon Moreno, defensive end/linebacker Robert Ayers and cornerback Alphonso Smith. All three should make big impacts. Still, there are some negatives about this draft that can't be overlooked. Denver added just one front-seven defender in its ten-pick draft despite having a very weak group there, especially on the defensive line. Denver gave up its first-round pick next year to take Smith at No. 37, which was a steep price.
This draft could eventually turn into an "A" grade or it could be remembered as one of the worst drafts in recent memory. Right now, it's a "D" because the Raiders didn't use the draft board as well as they could have. First-round pick Darrius Heyward-Bey and second-round pick Mike Mitchell were reaches. They both have good potential but they both could have been taken later. Also, Oakland didn't address tackle, its greatest need. Oakland did get a good value in receiver Louis Murphy in the fourth round.