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7/23 Headlines: Kelce Primed for Breakout Season

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Daily headlines to keep you up-to-date on the latest Chiefs news from local and national media

Chiefs' Travis Kelce healthy, poised for breakout

Excerpt from NFL.com

“The Kansas City Chiefs did little to address their passing attack this offseason, but help is on the way in the form of a 2013 draft pick.

Tight end Travis Kelce joined rookies and selected veterans for an early start to training camp on Monday, per The Kansas City Star. He had been limited to individual drills in offseason practices after undergoing microfracture knee surgery in October…” READ MORE…

Photos: 7/22 Training Camp


Alex Smith deserves lucrative contract from Kansas City Chiefs

Excerpt from NFL.com

“Kansas City Chiefs veterans report to training camp on Wednesday, and this is a team filled with legit optimism after making the playoffs in coach Andy Reid's debut campaign in K.C.

But one issue still hangs over the franchise. It's an issue that must be resolved sooner rather than later…” READ MORE…

Eric Fisher assumes new post for first time

Excerpt from ESPN.com

“ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- It was a less-than-glamorous way for the Kansas City Chiefs to break in their new hope at a most important position. Surrounded by a skeleton crew in a minicamp designed mostly for rookies and fringe players, Eric Fisher assumed his new post at left tackle for the first time in a team setting on Tuesday at Missouri Western State University.

The environment didn’t bother Fisher one bit…” READ MORE…

'Humbling dorm room' tells Dee Ford 'it's time to work'

Excerpt from AL.com

“Former Auburn defensive end Dee Ford reported for Kansas City Chiefs training camp on Sunday wearing an orange hoodie from the Reese's Senior Bowl. Ford earned the MVP honor for the Mobile all-star game on Jan. 25 in his last game before starting his NFL career.

The Chiefs are training at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo… READ MORE…

Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher is bigger in hopes of being better in 2014

Excerpt from The Kansas City Star

“I’m weighing about 315,” Fisher said. “I’m happy with that weight. I think they’re happy with that weight.”

They, of course, are the Chiefs, who selected the former Central Michigan standout No. 1 overall in the 2013 draft then watched him allow seven sacks and 35 quarterback hurries. He ranked 70th among 76 offensive tackles who logged at least 25 percent of their teams’ snaps, according to Pro Football Focus…” READ MORE…

Chiefs’ Dee Ford ready to play in ‘Pass‐Rush City’

Excerpt from The Kansas City Star

“ST. JOSEPH - Chiefs first‐round draft choice Dee Ford understands the legacy he’s expected to uphold as an outside linebacker.

“I think about it all the time,” Ford said of teaming with veterans Tamba Hali and Justin Houston and following in the footsteps of club career‐sack leaders Derrick Thomas, Neil Smith, Art Still and Jared Allen…” READ MORE…

Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos has World Cup hangover

Excerpt from The Kansas City Star

“Rookie kicker Cairo Santos, a native of Brazil, is still in disbelief about his country’s performance in the World Cup. Santos watched Brazil’s shocking 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinals from his home in St. Augustine, Fla.

‘I like to watch the game on my Xbox and watch it in Portuguese,’ said Santos, who was a high-school exchange student in Florida. ‘The commentators were real surprised. They said it was too easy (for Germany). There’s no heart … they were beat down because of the Neymar injury and our captain was not able to play. It was pretty rough to watch.’…” READ MORE…

Chiefs’ Chris Owens steps into a murky situation at cornerback

Excerpt from The Kansas City Star

“ST. JOSEPH - Aside from quarterbacks Alex Smith and Chase Daniel, the old man in the Chiefs’ three‐day camp for rookies, free agents and selected veterans is cornerback Chris Owens.

Owens, 27, was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Chiefs and missed some time in the off‐ season due to a hamstring injury, allowing him to practice in camp before the full team reports Wednesday and takes the field on Thursday…” READ MORE…

Williams joins KC’s crowded group of WRs

Excerpt from ESPN.com

“ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs have no shortage of candidates to replace the departed Dexter McCluster as their slot receiver. The popular choices are holdover Junior Hemingway, CFL veteran Weston Dressler, rookie De'Anthony Thomas and developmental prospect Frankie Hammond Jr.

An already-crowded field gained one more body Monday at Missouri Western State University when the Chiefs began a three-day camp for rookies and selected veterans. Kyle Williams returned to full participation after tearing the ACL in his left knee last year for the second time…” READ MORE…

Top 25 NFL breakout prospects

Excerpt from ESPN.com

“The best NFL organizations don't just find talent in the first and second rounds of the draft. They find talent with their later picks and with their unsigned free agents. For the best example, look no further than the reigning Super Bowl champions. Quarterback Russell Wilson, of course, was a third-round selection. So was defensive tackle Brandon Mebane. The Seahawks got half of the Legion of Boom in the fifth round: Kam Chancellor in 2010, and then Richard Sherman in 2011. Malcolm Smith, the Super Bowl MVP, was added in the seventh round. And receivers Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse were both undrafted free agents.

Every year since 2007, Football Outsiders has put together a preseason prospect list to highlight the lower-drafted players who are set to make a much larger impact in the seasons ahead. For the uninitiated, our "top prospects" list is not like the prospect lists you read about in the world of baseball. Since the top prospects in college football are stars on national television before they get taken in the first round of the NFL draft, there's not much utility in listing them here. Everyone knows who Sammy Watkins and Johnny Manziel are by this point. Instead, we use a combination of statistics, scouting, measurables, context, and expected role to compile a list of under-the-radar players we expect to make an impact in the NFL, both in 2014 and beyond…” READ MORE…

Player Profile: Chiefs Rookie Zach Fulton

Expert from KCChiefs.com

“Those who know him best describe him as quiet, polite, observant and motivated.

This “gentle giant”, who credits his father with the shaping his character, seems like your every day guy when he’s not between the white lines…” READ MORE…

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