The Kansas City Chiefs unsuccessfully worked on the waivers Monday, November 14. The defending AFC West champions were one of eight teams to file a claim over former Los Angeles Chargers defenseman Jerry Tillery. The 2-7 Las Vegas Raiders were the team assigned to ESPN Tillery’s Adam Schefter.
The other teams that made a claim on Tillery were the Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets and New York Giants, according to Schefter.
Tillery, 26, was a first-round pick for the Chargers in 2019 — 28 overall.
With that in mind, there’s a reason a quarter of the league has a claim on Tillery. He still has traits that made him a first-round pick in the past. But he needs to be paired with a coaching staff that can get the best out of him, and more importantly, get it out of him consistently. That coaching staff may or may not exist in the NFL, but the Raiders will try.
Twitter users reacted to the news that the Raiders are the team to win the Tillery claim over seven other teams.
“What about his NFL career makes him an attractive addition to a team? Worst WAR by a DT since joining the league, and it’s not like he’s some kind of athletic freak prototype,” wrote Jack Kennedy of Barstool Sports.
“Since Armstead and Kinlaw are still out, the #49er tried to take a step to strengthen the line. Raiders got Tillery though,” wrote 49ers Webzone.
“Saints don’t need defensive inner help anyway. You are okay to stop the run. I see,” wrote another user.
“I’m not saying Tillery is a stud, I’m saying for the #Browns not even trying to claim he saw what’s going on is crazy,” wrote Locked On Browns’ Jeff Lloyd.
Week 10 marked the first time Chiefs rookie running back Isiah Pacheco was undoubtedly the RB1 in Kansas City.
Against Jacksonville, Pacheco ran 16 times for 82 yards — an efficient 5.1 yards per carry. Pacheco also had a fumble recovered by Jacksonville in his own red zone on Kansas City’s first offensive possession. Yet no other defender on the team carried the ball more than 1 time except for Pacheco (Jerick McKinnon had 1 rush for 2 yards, Michael Burton had 1 rush for -1 yards), showing the coaching staff’s dedication to giving Pacheco touches.
Overall, it’s been a great outing for Pacheco, who is making a name for himself as a member of one of the NFL’s top teams just months after not being drafted.
After the game, quarterback Patrick Mahomes spoke highly of Pacheco’s performance against the Jaguars.