We’ve discussed in detail on this website about how Kansas City Chiefs starting right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif lives a good life out of football.
Whether it be completing his medical degree, trying his hand at journalism at the Winter Olympics or simply popping onto NFL Network’s Good Morning Football, the now-sixth-year Chief often finds himself in the spotlight more so than the shadows, which might be otherwise typical for an offensive lineman.
This past weekend was no different, as Duvernay-Tardif had the opportunity to meet Montreal Canadiens center Max Domi. Duvernay-Tardif was born in Montreal and grew up a Canadiens fan, and the two swapped their football and hockey jerseys, respectively.
Thirty-five of Kansas City’s 59 sixth-round draft picks went on to appear in a game for the Chiefs, combining to play in a total of 841 total contests.Eight of the Chiefs’ nine sixth-round picks since 2014 have appeared in at least one game for Kansas City. The most productive player in that group has been offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who has started 43 games in his five years with the Chiefs.
A few years ago, the Chiefs selected former Canadian offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif—a relative unknown—in the sixth round of the draft out of McGill University, which was described as about the level of junior college football.
It took Duvernay-Tardif a year of development but then he turned into one of the best guards in all of football, so it’s fair to say that late-round offensive lineman under Chiefs’ offensive line coach Andy Heck have developed nicely. We also saw it a few years ago with Zach Fulton, plus the recent quality play of a late pickup in Andrew Wylie, plus countless other guys who have improved and developed under Heck’s guidance.
It was a busy offseason for the NFL’s Canadians. Luke Willson went from Detroit to Oakland. Brett Jones re-signed with the Vikings. Long snapper L.P. LaDouceur signed a one-year deal with Dallas to return for his 15th season. LaDouceur, Tyrone Crawford and Christian Covington – who was not offered a new contract by the Houston Texans – will try to take the Cowboys deeper into the playoffs, while Kansas City’s Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is fully healed from his broken leg and focused on the Chiefs reaching the Super Bowl in 2019.
What will happen is still to be determined; for now, here is a list of the Canadians to keep an eye on as all 32 NFL teams get prepared to battle for the Lombardi Trophy.
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed Jamaal Charles to a one-day contract to allow him to retire in red and gold.
The Chiefs said Wednesday that the four-time pro bowl running back will retire as a Kansas City Chief.Charles went on to sign a one-year contract with the Denver Broncos before jumping to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018. He only played two games as a Jaguar.
Charles was released by the team in 2017, with money from his salary clearing the way for Eric Berry and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. Selected by the Chiefs as a third-round pick in 2008, he became the team’s all-time leader in rushing yards with 7,260 over the course of nine years. He also averaged 5.4 yards per carry – an NFL high for running backs with a minimum of 750 carries.
The Chiefs activated Duvernay-Tardif from injured reserve (fibula) back on January 15 ahead of the AFC championship against the New England Patriots, but the Chiefs chose to start and play Andrew Wylie, instead. The expectation is that Duvernay-Tardif should be ready for offseason workouts, which begin on April 15.