Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid plans to use star running back Jamaal Charles in multiple ways. He will use Charles in a similar way to the way he used Brian Westbrook with the Philadelphia Eagles.
FoxSportsKansasCity.com reports that the Chiefs are aligning Charles in various positions this offseason. Reid and offensive coordinator Doug Pederson are moving Charles all around the formation.
The dynamic runner is being lined up in pistol and read-option looks, as well as the pro-set in the West Coast offense. When he is not in the backfield, Charles is being split out as a wide receiver.
It is a smart move by the Chiefs to find multiple uses for Charles. It is hard to believe the previous regimes did not do the same.
Charles has awesome multipurpose potential. He caught only 37 passes in 2012, but Charles is a more than capable receiver.
The Oakland Raiders have signed veteran defensive back Charles Woodson, the player they originally drafted in 1998. The move concludes a complete overhaul of the Raiders' secondary.
Woodson returns to Oakland, after spending seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He has signed a one-year deal with the Silver and Black, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer.
Woodson won a Super Bowl during his time with the Packers and became one of the best hybrid defenders in football. Capable of lining up as an outside or slot cornerback, Woodson has also seen time at free safety and even linebacker.
He was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, as a vital component of Dom Capers' zone-blitz schemes in Green Bay. Woodson's performances clearly impressed current Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, who worked for the Packers until 2012.
Oakland head coach Dennis Allen runs a multiple-front defense and should find plenty of ways to free Woodson to attack offenses. Woodson is a dangerous blitzer and his presence will increase the versatility of Oakland's pressure packages.
The Oakland Raiders have reportedly agreed a deal to sign ace kick returner Josh Cribbs. ProFootballTalk.com reports that the former Cleveland Browns special teams standout has decided to accept an offer to join the Silver and Black.
The move gives the Raiders a major boost on special teams and a versatile weapon for their sub-packages on offense. In particular, Cribbs should be able to help out on third downs.
However, his true value is likely to be in the return game. The 29-year-old has excelled returning kickoffs and punts, since entering the NFL in 2005. He was not quite at his best in 2012, but still produced 1,178 yards on kickoff returns. He also chipped in with 457 yards on punt returns.
The Raiders frankly need Cribbs to again dominate in the return game. He can help win the field position battle, for a team in complete rebuild mode on both sides of the ball. The offense is not expected to be lighting up scoreboards in 2013.
The San Diego Chargers have invited free agent pass-rusher Dwight Freeney to visit, after losing outside linebacker Melvin Ingram for the season. Freeney's visit was reported by U-T San Diego, after Chargers.com confirmed Ingram has torn his ACL.
Taking the first steps to signing Freeney is a smart move by the Chargers. Ingram's loss robs the defense of its only real pure pass-rusher.
The Chargers are well-stocked on the inside. Linebackers Donald Butler and rookie Manti Te'o will form a punishing duo.
San Diego also boast considerable talent along the interior of the defensive line. Young tackles Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes have the potential to dominate.
However, without Ingram, there is little threat from the edges. Even at 33, Freeney remains a dynamic outside pass-rusher.
The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent cornerback Tracy Porter, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The move reunites Porter with his former position coach Dennis Allen and strengthens a major area of weakness for the Raiders.
Porter's signing is the second move in what is already shaping up to be an excellent week for the Silver and Black. On Monday, they traded for quarterback Matt Flynn, gaining a new starter under center for 2013.
Acquiring Porter adds an experienced ball hawk to a depleted position group. The Raiders lost Ron Bartell and Michael Huff in free agency. At 26, Porter gives the Raiders a young and solid new starter.
Their pass defense ranked 20th in 2012, after allowing 235.9 yards per game. Part of the problem was that Allen didn't have the right fits for his coverage schemes.
Porter can play press-man coverage and will aggressively gamble on the ball. That's the template Allen used as secondary coach with the New Orleans Saints and as defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos.