Dontari Poe DL KC 1 month ago

Poe's fifth-year contract option was exercised by the Chiefs on Friday, reports.

Poe has emerged into one of the NFL's most dominant nose tackles since joining the league as a first-rounder in 2012, making two Pro Bowl appearances along the way. As a result, exercising Poe's fifth-year option was seemingly a no-brainer for Kansas City. Entering this upcoming season, Poe will aim to build on the career-best six sacks he posted with 46 tackles last season.

Dontari Poe DL KC 6 months ago

Poe had a sack, a tackle for loss, a QB hit and four tackles (three solo) against the Bills on Sunday.

Poe's sack was his second in as many games, and now gives him four for the season. As the nose tackle in a 3-4 defense, he doesn't figure to light up the box score consistently, but has made his presence felt in the backfield the last couple weeks.

Dontari Poe DL KC 8 months ago

Poe recorded 1.5 sacks, a pass deflection and four tackle (three solo) against the Dolphins on Sunday.

Poe had his best game of the season so far, getting his first sacks of the season. He had just 4.5 all of last season and zero the season before so it's unlikely he will have totals like this on a consistent basis, but it's possible the third season will be his best.

Dontari Poe DL KC 2 years ago

Chiefs NT Dontari Poe had six tackles, 1.5 sacks, one batted pass and one forced fumble in Sunday's Week 1 blowout of the Jaguars.

Dontari Poe DL KC 2 years ago

ESPN's Bill Williamson says "the light has come on" for NT Dontari Poe.

Williamson says Poe has "taken to the new coaching" and "has a chance to be among the breakout players in the NFL this season." Poe, the 11th overall pick last season, struggled badly early and finished as ProFootballFocus' No. 72 defensive tackle. Only Tyson Alualu of the Jaguars and Casey Hampton of the Steelers were worse against the run.

Dontari Poe DL KC 2 years ago4 Comments

Chiefs second-year NT Dontari Poe quit eating barbecue last June and has dropped 15-20 pounds.

"It might be the hardest thing I've had to do since I've been here," said Poe, the No. 11 overall pick last year. "I'm trying to cut out the beef and the pork and stay away from the fried foods. And stay away from the barbecue." As a result, Poe has reportedly been nearly unblockable in training camp. He weighed around 350 pounds as a rookie, but Poe is now down to a healthier 335.

Dontari Poe DL KC 3 years ago

Chiefs rookie NT Dontari Poe is expected to make his first start of the preseason in Thursday's finale.

Starter Anthony Toribio is dealing with an ankle injury. "He's making progress," coach Romeo Crennel said of Poe. "But he's still that rookie who reverts back to what he knows at times, and he forgets to remember how we want to do it. ... He's a conscientious student, and he will get it corrected." Incredibly raw for a first-round pick, Poe could be limited to nickel packages as a rookie.

Dontari Poe DL KC 3 years ago

No. 11 overall pick NT Dontari Poe is currently running with the third-stringers.

Poe is behind former undrafted free agent Anthony Toribio and 2011 sixth-rounder Jerrell Powe. "The young Poe, he's still learning, and he gave good effort," coach Romeo Crennel said following the preseason opener. "He's trying to learn to do the things the way we want them. Heƒ?Ts not there yet."

Dontari Poe DL KC 3 years ago

Chiefs first-round pick Dontari Poe has practiced as only a nickel defender so far in training camp.

Coach Romeo Crennel says Poe is a major project. "A lot," Crennel said when asked what Poe must improve. "He needs to work on technique, he needs to work on understanding the system, he needs to get the calls correct all the time. He's got a ways to go." Anthony Toribio is working as the starting nose tackle.

Dontari Poe DL KC 3 years ago

Chiefs signed No. 11 overall pick DT Dontari Poe to a four-year contract.

The sides were reportedly "not close" Wednesday, but made up ground quickly with training camp beginning on Thursday. After taking first-team reps in offseason practices, the freakishly athletic Poe is expected to open the season as the Chiefs' starting nose tackle.