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7/22 Headlines: Weston Dressler Embraces Special Teams

Posted Jul 22, 2014

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Receiver Weston Dressler embraces special teams in his bid to make the Chiefs

Excerpt from The Kansas City Star

“Weston Dressler isn’t your ordinary NFL newcomer. After spending the last six years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders as a star receiver, the 29‐year‐old understands what it takes to be a successful professional football player.

“I’ve been playing football for a long time, so I’ve been through a lot of camps now,” Dressler said. “Obviously (this is a) different camp, different league and rules and different things like that, but I’ve played a lot of football so I know what camp entails and what you have to do to try and make a team.”… READ MORE…

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QBs participate as Chiefs hold rookie camp

Excerpt from ESPN.com

“ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs opened training camp at Missouri Western State University on Monday with the start of a three-day rookie camp. Some observations:

• Thirty-five players, including a handful of select veterans, participated. Quarterbacks Alex Smith and Chase Daniel, wide receivers A.J. Jenkins and Kyle Williams, tight end Travis Kelce and cornerback Chris Owens were among the veterans who participated. Each of the six draft picks participated, including first-round linebacker Dee Ford…” READ MORE…

Jamaal Charles must be used wisely

Excerpt from ESPN.com

“PORT ARTHUR, Texas -- Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was enjoying the first day of his annual football camp last month when an old friend ambled by to say hello. After some laughter and reminiscing, the gentleman asked Charles a pointed question: "Are they going to get anybody up there in Kansas City to block for you?" It was an inquiry Charles wisely didn't want to answer, given the stunned expression on his face.

But it also was a valid point worth making about this upcoming season, when Charles once again will be asked to do plenty of heavy lifting for his employer… READ MORE…

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce healthy and eager to play

Excerpt from The Kansas City Star

“…Kelce, who logged all of one play in his rookie season because of knee issues, lined up over the football, bent his knees and served as a long snapper on Monday morning during the Chiefs’ first day of training camp for rookies and selected veterans.

Kelce, a third-round draft pick in 2013, was one of four veterans who are practicing with the rookies, first-year players and quarterbacks while coming off injuries…" READ MORE…

Chiefs put running back Joe McKnight, cornerback David Van Dyke on PUP list

Excerpt from The Kansas City Star

“The Chiefs on Monday placed running back Joe McKnight and cornerback David Van Dyke on the physically unable to perform list.

By placing both players on the list, McKnight, who underwent an arthroscopic knee procedure after the Chiefs’ off-season program, and Van Dyke, who has an injured hamstring, will not count against the Chiefs’ 90-man training camp roster, freeing two roster spots…” READ MORE…

Chiefs training camp report, July 21: Drops abound in first practice

Excerpt from The Kansas City Star

“The “The Chiefs held their first practice of training camp Monday morning at Missouri Western State University. Only rookies and quarterbacks were required to attend, although a few select veterans were also in attendance.

A few quick notes and observations…” READ MORE…

Chiefs fullback James Baker misses first practice of training camp

Excerpt from The Kansas City Star

“Chiefs fullback James Baker missed the first practice of training camp on Monday due to personal reasons, the team announced.

Baker, who is listed at 6 feet 2 and 228 pounds, was signed as a rookie free agent out of Idaho, where he played running back and led the Vandals in rushing last season with 617 yards and six touchdowns. He also caught eight passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns…” READ MORE…

Chiefs rookie Laurent Duvernay‐Tardif adjusts to NFL

Excerpt from The Kansas City Star

“Rookie offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay‐Tardif seems to understand that he has quite an adjustment ahead of him his rookie year.

Not only is Duvernay‐Tardif, a sixth‐round pick, adjusting to the American game after his spending his college career at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, he’s also adjusting to a new position — guard…” READ MORE…

Young player to watch: SS Daniel Sorensen

Excerpt from ESPN.com

“Here we'll continue a series looking at four unheralded players who have a reasonable shot to make the Kansas City Chiefs' regular-season roster with a strong showing at training camp.

SS Daniel Sorensen…” READ MORE…

Kelce's return no small matter for Chiefs

Excerpt from ESPN.com

“ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The most realistic hope for the Kansas City Chiefs to improve their passing game in 2014 is for them to get more than the 55 receptions they got last year from their tight ends. Their chances for that got better on Monday when Travis Kelce went through a full practice for the first time in almost a year.

It was just the beginning of a three-day rookie camp at Missouri Western State University. Selected veterans, Kelce being one, were also invited to participate. Full-squad training camp begins on Thursday…” READ MORE…

Chiefs' expectations change after last season

Excpert from USA Today

“ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The most realistic hope for the Kansas City Chiefs to improve their passing game in 2014 is for them to get more than the 55 receptions they got last year from their tight ends. Their chances for that got better on Monday when Travis Kelce went through a full practice for the first time in almost a year.

It was just the beginning of a three-day rookie camp at Missouri Western State University. Selected veterans, Kelce being one, were also invited to participate. Full-squad training camp begins on Thursday…” READ MORE…

AFC offseason grades: Broncos get high marks, Chiefs don't

Excerpt from USA Today Sports

“NFL training camps open en masse this week. As the AFC's 16 teams steam toward preseason, a final graded assessment of each club's offseason (NFC grades will be posted Tuesday):

A - Denver Broncos: Excellent chance they score far fewer points and lose more games in wake of record‐ breaking 13‐3 AFC championship season. Yet GM John Elway balanced talent on the defensive side of the ball ‐ Pro Bowl‐caliber DE DeMarcus Ware, S T.J. Ward and CB Aqib Talib signed ‐ while deftly replacing WR Eric Decker with Emmanuel Sanders. Factor in healthy returns from LB Von Miller, LT Ryan Clady, S Rahim Moore and CB Chris Harris, and this team may be much better designed for a successful Super Bowl run. Biggest question: can RB Montee Ball replace Knowshon Moreno?...” READ MORE…

Offseason 2014 QB Big Board

Excpert from ESPN.com

“17. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs Previously: 15

The best way to describe Smith is professional. He plays well week‐in and week‐out, and while he won't impress you with his numbers or make flashy throws, he is consistent and fits perfectly in Andy Reid's system. Smith doesn't work outside the numbers much, instead relying on routes inside the hashes and checkdowns. He understands the value of not turning the ball over, can read defenses well and is a good locker‐room guy….” READ MORE…

3 in the Kee: Three Chiefs to watch in training camp

Excerpt from FOX Sports Kansas City

“ST. JOSEPH, Mo. ‐‐ Is that right? That CAN'T be right. The book here says the last time the Kansas City Chiefs went to back‐to‐back postseasons was after the 1994 and '95 seasons.

Two stinking decades…” READ MORE…

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