NFL Nation: Jeremy Horne

Chiefs announce practice squad

September, 4, 2011
The Kansas City Chiefs have just announced their eight-player practice squad. Highlighting the list is seventh-round pick Shane Bannon (fullback), linebacker Justin Cole, defensive back Quinten Lawrence, receiver Jeremy Horne and massive offensive lineman David Mims. Below is the complete list:

Shane Bannon, FB

Justin Cole, LB

Darryl Harris, G

Jeremy Horne, WR

Quinten Lawrence, DB

Butch Lewis, OL

David Mims, OL

Anthony Toribio, DT

Kansas City Chiefs cutdown analysis

September, 3, 2011
Check here for a complete list of the Kansas City Chiefs’ roster moves.

Surprise move: The Chiefs kept Keary Colbert ahead of fellow receivers Verran Tucker and Jeremy Horne. Colbert signed during the summer. He hasn’t been on an NFL roster since 2008. Yet, Colbert became a favorite of Kansas City coach Todd Haley. Defensive tackle Amon Gordon is another vet enjoying a career resurgence in Kansas City. He has played in just 17 games since entering the league in 2004. The Chiefs like Gordon as a run stuffer.

No-brainers: The big news out of Kansas City on Saturday is that standout tight end Tony Moeaki was put on the injured reserve with a knee injury he suffered at Green Bay on Thursday. Thus, the Chiefs kept both backups Jake O'Connell and Anthony Becht. Both players were considered bubble players but they are needed now.

What's next: It starts at tight end. The Chiefs could use a pass catcher. They could look at Donald Lee, who was cut Saturday, among other players. Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli could also make a run at safety Brandon Meriweather. He was cut by New England. Pioli was part of the team when it drafted Meriweather. The Chiefs also could scour the waiver wire at receiver, offensive line, inside linebacker and on the defensive line. So, yes, the Chiefs could look to upgrade throughout the roster. Also, if an interesting backup quarterback becomes available, the Cheifs could pursue him in favor of current backup Tyler Palko.

Chargers' Antonio Gates is active

October, 24, 2010
San Diego tight end Antonio Gates is active and expected to start against New England. He missed the entire week of practice with a toe injury he suffered at St. Louis.

The Chargers will need Gates, even if he’s not at full strength.

San Diego starting receivers Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee are inactive with hamstring injuries. Buster Davis and Patrick Crayton will start for the Chargers.

Naanee is listed as the third quarterback and he could only quarterback if starter Philip Rivers and backup Billy Volek were injured. The team cut No. 3 quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan to make room for kicker Kris Brown.

He will kick for a game or two while kicker Nate Kaeding is out with a groin injury.

In other AFC West related news and notes:

The Kansas City Chiefs promoted receiver Verran Tucker from the practice squad. He is a rookie free agent. To make room for Tucker, Kansas City cut undrafted rookie Jeremy Horne. He was a preseason star, who didn’t make an impact in the regular season. Horne could end up on the Chiefs’ practice squad.

The San Francisco Chronicle has an interesting look at the slow start by No. 8 overall pick Rolando McClain. It’s early, but McClain has not made many big plays.

Apparently, former Kansas City czar Carl Peterson does not have a future with the Dolphins. That marriage has been speculated about since Peterson was shown the door by the Chiefs nearly two years ago.

Kansas City Chiefs cutdown analysis

September, 4, 2010
Check here for a full list of Kansas City’s roster moves.

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.

Reviewing the Chiefs vs. Bucs

August, 22, 2010
Random thoughts from Kansas City’s 20-15 loss at Tampa Bay on Saturday night:

It’s kind of what we’ve thought: The Chiefs may be good on offense, but the defense could hold them back.

Offensively, this is a potentially exciting team, and we saw glimpses of that. Blessed with a better supporting cast, quarterback Matt Cassel made progress from the first preseason game. Cassel was 14-of-19 for 125 yards against Tampa Bay.

Receiver Dwayne Bowe looked good and rookie free-agent Jeremy Horne made the important transformation from training-camp phenom to preseason game standout. Horne was thrown in with the first team and he didn’t disappoint during his time with the big dogs. He routinely got open and caught a touchdown pass from Cassel. It would be a huge bonus if Horne turns out to be a legitimate player.

Running back Jamaal Charles continued to shine as he had 49 yards on eight touches. Charles, who said this week it is his goal to average at least six yards a pop, has 92 yards on 14 touches in the preseason. He has 64 yards rushing yards on nine attempts. That’s a pretty nice follow-up for a guy who averaged 5.9 yards per tote last season. Charles is outplaying Thomas Jones, who had a fumble. Even though Jones is listed as the starter, it seems Charles will be the featured back while Jones will be a valuable complementary runner.

Second-round pick Javier Arenas continued to look good as a returner. He had a 54-yard kickoff return. Last week, he had a 99-yard touchdown return nullified by a penalty.

Defensively, though, the Chiefs’ first team struggled. The Buccaneers were nails on third down and Kansas City’s pass defense faltered. Once again, the front seven didn’t provide any pass rush. Thus, the post Jared Allen-sack deficiency tour continues. The Chiefs were better against the run than the pass, though.

Still, if the Chiefs are going to be improved this season, they must find a way to stop the pass.

Meanwhile, Kansas City coach Todd Haley said there were some encouraging signs about the health of defensive back Maurice Leggett. He had to be carted off the field and he stayed the night in a Tampa Bay hospital.