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Losing weight could gain Chiefs' Powe playing time

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By Eli Kaberon

Jerrell Powe has barely spoken with his new coaches in Kansas City, after having been taken by the Chiefs in the sixth round of last week's draft. Yet he already has an assignment: lose some weight. Powe weighed in at the NFL Scouting Combine at 335 pounds, which the team believed was too large for his 6-foot frame. A classic nose tackle, Powe could be asked to play right away for a team that lacks playmakers in the middle of the defensive line. Without free agency, GM Scott Pioli hasn't been able to address the position by bringing in a veteran, so as it stands, the rookie will backup Anthony Toribio, an inexperienced player with zero career starts. Assuming Powe drops the weight the team asked, which we hear is about 15 pounds, Powe could be an important run stopper on the K.C. defense. He often took plays off in college, so the weight-loss challenge might be a way for Todd Haley and his staff to send the rookie a message before he even receives a playbook, with playing time being the reward in the end.


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