Dontari Poe DL KC 12 Months

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 Aug 15 '13

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.

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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 Aug 28 '12

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 Aug 15 '12

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 Aug 08 '12

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 Jul 26 '12

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.

Dontari Poe DL KC Jul 25 '12

The Chiefs and first-round DT Dontari Poe were "not close" to a contract as of Tuesday afternoon, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Poe, the 11th overall pick in the draft, is likely seeking a fully-guaranteed deal without offset language. But the No. 10 overall pick, Stephon Gilmore, signed a deal with offset clauses. As PFT's Mike Florio points out, Poe's reputation as a "workout warrior" and "boom-or-bust" player makes that language take on greater importance.

Dontari Poe DL KC May 24 '12

First-round pick Dontari Poe has been inserted as the Chiefs' starting nose tackle at OTA practices.

Though Poe was considered developmental coming out of Memphis, the Chiefs didn't invest the 11th pick in the draft on a bench warmer. Poe is already working ahead of Amon Gordon and Jerrell Powe. Poe is bound to be rough around the edges early in his rookie year, but he has dominant potential. He'll team with LE Tyson Jackson and RE Glenn Dorsey to make up a formidable 3-4 line.