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Direckshun
05-20-2008, 02:09 PM
I LOVE this Savage kid as an UDFA acquisition. He has a great chance to make this team in some capacity.

http://www.kcchiefs.com/news/2008/05/20/chiefs_agree_to_terms_with_six_rookie_free_agents/

Chiefs Agree to Terms with Six Rookie Free Agents
May 20, 2008, 2:51:20 PM

Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced on Tuesday that the club has agreed to terms of two-year contracts with six rookie free agents. G L.J. Anderson, S Khayyam Burns, LB Weston Dacus, G Edwin Harrison, LB Lerue Rumph and RB Dantrell Savage all agreed to terms. As per Chiefs policy, no other terms of the agreements were made available.

Anderson (6-3, 292) competed in 36 games (33 starts) in three seasons at Central Florida. Anderson made 11 starts at right guard as a senior and was a key blocker for RB Kevin Smith, who led the nation with 2,567 rushing yards and 30 TDs. Anderson prepped at Sumter High School in Sumter, South Carolina.

Burns (5-10, 186) started 47 games at Arkansas State, totaling 331 tackles (192 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss, five INTs, 24 passes defensed and four fumble recoveries. He was a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection as a senior. The Little Rock Arkansas native was a prep standout at Northside High School in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

Dacus (6-1, 232) appeared in 49 games (25 starts) at Arkansas, recording 175 tackles (107 solo), 10.0 stops for loss, 5.5 sacks (-26.0 yards), three forced fumbles and one pass defensed. He played all three linebacker positions during his tenure with the Razorbacks. Dacus prepped at Searcy High School in Searcy, Arkansas.

Harrison (6-3, 314) saw action in 45 contests (29 starts) at right tackle for Colorado. He is the grandson of former Iowa G Calvin Jones, winner of the Ď55 Outland Trophy. Harrison earned SuperPrep All-Southwest honors as a senior at Wesbury High School in Houston, Texas.

Rumph (6-2, 224) saw duty in 45 games (24 starts) at North Carolina State, logging 187 tackles (120 solo), 13.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks (-9.0 yards), one pass defensed, three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. He was also a key member on special teams for the Wolfpack. Rumph was an all-region selection at Central Catholic High School in Tampa, Florida.

Savage (5-8, 182) appeared in 22 contests over two seasons at Oklahoma State after transferring from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He carried the ball 349 times for 2,092 yards (6.0 avg.) with 17 TDs and caught 35 passes for 307 yards (8.8 avg.) with two TDs for the Cowboys. His 11 offensive TDs led the team in 2007. Savage concluded his impressive prep career at Jordan High School in Columbus, Georgia.

Pablo
05-20-2008, 02:11 PM
Yeah, I've seen Savage play a few times. That's a nice pick-up there.

Donger
05-20-2008, 02:11 PM
Rumph (6-2, 224) saw duty in 45 games (24 starts) at North Carolina State, logging 187 tackles (120 solo), 13.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks (-9.0 yards), one pass defensed, three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. He was also a key member on special teams for the Wolfpack. Rumph was an all-region selection at Central Catholic High School in Tampa, Florida.

I hope his first name isn't Ranger.

StcChief
05-20-2008, 02:13 PM
OSU Savage will help put butts in seats, if he makes 53.

nychief
05-20-2008, 02:19 PM
OSU Savage will help put butts in seats, if he makes 53.

yeah, his mother and father's butts... otherwise..

Bowser
05-20-2008, 02:21 PM
Sounds like Savage is a good signing, but is there really a place on this team for him? LJ, Kolby Smith, Jamaal Charles.....

John_Wayne
05-20-2008, 02:21 PM
OSU Savage will help put butts in seats, if he makes 53. Well, that's what it's all about, isn't it? :thumb:

evolve27
05-20-2008, 02:24 PM
I like the Savage pick up.

Brief look at pros and cons:

Strengths:
Very good timed speed...Elusive and extremely quick...Hits the hole hard and has a burst...Great vision...Difficult to corral...Hard worker with great intangibles...Has shown some potential as a receiver out of the backfield..Possible return specialist.

Weaknesses:
Does not have great size or bulk...Not much of an inside runner...Lacks power and strength...Does not have a lot of experience...Sub par blocker...Wasn't used much as a receiver...Still has a lot to prove as a return man...Durability may be an issue

Direckshun
05-20-2008, 02:25 PM
Sounds like Savage is a good signing, but is there really a place on this team for him? LJ, Kolby Smith, Jamaal Charles.....
Very good question.

At this juncture I'd say he's all but guaranteed a spot on the practice squad. RB's a volatile position, and one of the aforementioned three have a good chance of getting hurt.

Brock
05-20-2008, 02:29 PM
The team should always be working to develop RBs. And QBs.

Micjones
05-20-2008, 02:41 PM
Savage is the kind of UDFA that can ordinarily make a 53-man roster, but with three spots already spoken for... I wonder if that can happen.

Would the Chiefs carry 4 Halfbacks?

A better question might be would Savage clear waivers if we tried to sneak him on to the Practice Squad? I'm not sure that he would.

unothadeal
05-20-2008, 04:27 PM
OOOOoooooOOOOooo YYYEEEeeeeEEEAAAAaaa

Bowser
05-20-2008, 04:30 PM
Savage is the kind of UDFA that can ordinarily make a 53-man roster, but with three spots already spoken for... I wonder if that can happen.

Would the Chiefs carry 4 Halfbacks?

A better question might be would Savage clear waivers if we tried to sneak him on to the Practice Squad? I'm not sure that he would.


Historically, the Chiefs carry six RBs - 3 HBs and 3 FBs. I guess we could go four RBs, provided both he and Charles can excel at special teams.

Alphaman
05-20-2008, 04:47 PM
Historically, the Chiefs carry six RBs - 3 HBs and 3 FBs. I guess we could go four RBs, provided both he and Charles can excel at special teams.

The Chiefs have not carried 3 RBs and 3 FBs under Vermeil or Edwards. Herm may carry 4 RBs and 1 FB, but most likely 3 RBs and 2 FBs.

ChiefRon
05-20-2008, 08:50 PM
What about the guards, anybody know anything about them?

blueballs
06-07-2008, 09:30 PM
http://www.kansascity.com/sports/chiefs/story/654219.html

Posted on Sat, Jun. 07, 2008 10:15

Chiefs runner thinks lack of height is an advantage

Savage W hat is supposed to be Chiefs rookie running back Dantrell Savage’s biggest drawback happens to be what he considers his secret weapon.

Savage, a 5-foot-8, 182-pound darter out of Oklahoma State, figures it was his size that kept him from being drafted. Now he wants to show the Chiefs, who signed him as a free agent, that they were right to take a closer look at him.

“I’m short, and I’m sure that scared some teams away,” Savage said before the Chiefs’ minicamp. “But I really think it helps me as a running back.

“If I’m running in a zone-blocking system, I just kind of move along the line and then shoot through a gap, and a lot of times the linebackers and safeties don’t even see me. They can’t pick me up.”

Savage is very familiar with another short Oklahoma State running back who managed a pretty good career in the NFL — Barry Sanders.

“He did pretty good, didn’t he?” Savage said, smiling. “But I’m not comparing myself to him.”

Another one of Savage’s running back idols is diminutive NFLer Warrick Dunn.

“I just like the guys who aren’t very big who have made it,” Savage said. “That shows me it can be done.”

Savage certainly has a similar make-them-miss running style. In two years with Oklahoma State, he ran for 2,092 yards and a 6.0 average with 17 touchdowns.

Chiefs offensive coordinator Chan Gailey has been impressed with Savage.

“When you see film of a guy, you get a certain impression,” Gailey said. “We knew he had ability. But when we saw him on the field, he showed us he has a lot of talent.”

Yet the Chiefs are somewhat stacked up at running back, and they used a third-round draft pick on Jamaal Charles as well.

“Well, I think I have to show them I can be a kick returner as well,” Savage said. “And that’s fine with me. I’ve been doing a lot of that in practice here and getting used to that again.”

Savage returned kicks on occasion in college, though the coaching staff wasn’t giddy about exposing him to big hits.

“I got blown up a couple of times last year,” Savage said. “Once I got blown up when someone missed a block, and that was it. That was my last return. They didn’t want to see me get hurt and lose me as the running back.”

mikey23545
06-07-2008, 10:19 PM
http://www.kansascity.com/sports/chiefs/story/654219.html

Posted on Sat, Jun. 07, 2008 10:15

Chiefs runner thinks lack of height is an advantage

Savage W hat is supposed to be Chiefs rookie running back Dantrell Savage’s biggest drawback happens to be what he considers his secret weapon.

Savage, a 5-foot-8, 182-pound darter out of Oklahoma State, figures it was his size that kept him from being drafted. Now he wants to show the Chiefs, who signed him as a free agent, that they were right to take a closer look at him.

“I’m short, and I’m sure that scared some teams away,” Savage said before the Chiefs’ minicamp. “But I really think it helps me as a running back.

“If I’m running in a zone-blocking system, I just kind of move along the line and then shoot through a gap, and a lot of times the linebackers and safeties don’t even see me. They can’t pick me up.”

Savage is very familiar with another short Oklahoma State running back who managed a pretty good career in the NFL — Barry Sanders.

“He did pretty good, didn’t he?” Savage said, smiling. “But I’m not comparing myself to him.”

Another one of Savage’s running back idols is diminutive NFLer Warrick Dunn.

“I just like the guys who aren’t very big who have made it,” Savage said. “That shows me it can be done.”

Savage certainly has a similar make-them-miss running style. In two years with Oklahoma State, he ran for 2,092 yards and a 6.0 average with 17 touchdowns.

Chiefs offensive coordinator Chan Gailey has been impressed with Savage.

“When you see film of a guy, you get a certain impression,” Gailey said. “We knew he had ability. But when we saw him on the field, he showed us he has a lot of talent.”

Yet the Chiefs are somewhat stacked up at running back, and they used a third-round draft pick on Jamaal Charles as well.

“Well, I think I have to show them I can be a kick returner as well,” Savage said. “And that’s fine with me. I’ve been doing a lot of that in practice here and getting used to that again.”

Savage returned kicks on occasion in college, though the coaching staff wasn’t giddy about exposing him to big hits.

“I got blown up a couple of times last year,” Savage said. “Once I got blown up when someone missed a block, and that was it. That was my last return. They didn’t want to see me get hurt and lose me as the running back.”

The spirits of Mike Garrett and Warren McVea are shuffling around Arrowhead....

Man, there's nothing I wouldn't give to see a huge offensive line straighten up and conceal a bunch of small, shifting running backs before the snap again...That's some memories, there....

Buehler445
06-08-2008, 12:03 AM
ďIf Iím running in a zone-blocking system, I just kind of move along the line and then shoot through a gap, and a lot of times the linebackers and safeties donít even see me. They canít pick me up.Ē


Too bad we don't run one of those.

StcChief
06-08-2008, 06:24 AM
yeah.... zone blocking,,,, GB Dungver


I dont see it, but you don't know what Chiefs will do.

boogblaster
06-08-2008, 07:06 AM
New raw talent .. Hopefully they will shine ....