Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 4/1

Here's today's Kansas City Chiefs news from across the internet. Another meeting this morning, so I have to skip the Twitter stuff. Just 3 weeks till the draft (not that I'm counting).

Like last year, and several before that, the Chiefs are working in their offseason conditioning program without guard Brian Waters.

Waters said Wednesday not to misinterpret his absence as unhappiness with the Chiefs.

"I haven’t participated in the offseason program fully in five or six years," Waters said. "That’s nothing new. I would never miss out on (offseason practice) because of displeasure with the team. I’ll be participating for sure in everything mandatory. Everything else will be my prerogative to choose if I’m going to be there.

"Those are not the tactics I would ever use if I had any displeasure with the organization. I’m the type of (person) that if I have a problem, I’ll go speak to the people I have a problem with."

Waters keeps his distance from Chiefs’ workouts from KC Star

It’s safe to say that the pain never went away. Flowers was scratched from the season opener in Baltimore, but then played the final 15 games on the schedule. He did it with a great deal of discomfort, probably a pain killing shot or two, but with the attitude that he had to play. There was never a consideration on his part of shut down his season, even in the second half of the season when the Chiefs were so far out of contention they couldn’t see first place in the AFC West.

"All the guys I went through training camp with and all the off-season workouts, they had been with me the whole time and that would have been selfish of me to sit down and just tell them they’ve got the last few games because I want to rest my shoulder and make sure I’m alright," Flowers said. "I was going to go out there and spill my blood, sweat and tears with my brothers."

Flowers Ready to Bloom from Bob Gretz

I’m confused about all this talk of guys getting drafted and they have this Pro Day, and then there are stories about them working out for teams, and then there are some guys who make visits to teams. Does this happen with all players? Wouldn’t a player end up spending all his time traveling around the country?

Good question Tommy and thanks for calling. We talked about the Pro Day stuff earlier in this week. Just about every one of the top 150 players will take part in a Pro Day. Then, there are individual workouts for the teams. As long as the player and his agent are willing to participate, there’s no limit on the number of teams that a potential draft pick can have a private workout for in the weeks leading up to the NFL Draft...

...As for the visits of potential players, each NFL team can bring 30 players to town. Just this week, the Chiefs have hosted Tennessee safety Eric Berry, Oklahoma State tackle Russell Okung and others. They can send them to the doctor’s office, checking all the joints and limbs. They can meet with them, spend classroom time with them and dissect tape with them.

We Always Have Answers … Thursday Cup O’Chiefs from Bob Gretz

 Kansas City Chiefs: The No. 5 overall pick hasn’t been a sure-thing selection spot. In 2009, the Jets took quarterback Mark Sanchez. He has the makings of being an outstanding quarterback. He led the Jets to the AFC Championship Game as a rookie. However, the results at this spot have been uneven overall. Kansas City took defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey in 2008. Dorsey was considered perhaps the best player available in the draft. He has been slow to adjust to the NFL game and 3-4 defense the Chiefs adopted in his second NFL season. In 2007, Arizona took tackle Levi Brown. He has developed into a nice starting tackle. Still, he may have been taken too high. In 2006, Green Bay took linebacker A.J. Hawk, who has had his ups and downs. He’s been good, but not great. In 2005, Tampa Bay took running back Cadillac Williams. He has been a productive player when healthy. But injuries have hampered him.

Draft Watch: AFC West from ESPN

Dennis Thomas is making his start with Salem, a team that finished 3-2 last year and has some solid talent coming back. Thomas is hoping to keep a winning record, but improve on the Rams last-place finish at the Salem County Championships last year.

"One thing I can tell you, we're going to give it 100 percent," he said. "Whether we're athletically gifted or not, we're going to give it 100 percent."

Thomas graduated from Salem in 1997 before heading to Rutgers on a football scholarship. He was picked up as an undrafted free agent by the Kansas City Chiefs but suffered an injury, ending his short career.

Several Salem County area track teams under new leadership from NJ.com

"In the NFL, you get paid to get interceptions," Mays said. "It started to pay off once I started to look for the ball. I know I can do it. I wasn't really coached just to do that at USC, but I know I can make that transition."

According to an NFL scout, Mays "held serve" and didn't alter his draft prospects positively or negatively.

And that scout made the following comment about Mays to the Times: "He's OK in space, but you don't want him in tons of space. His size almost hurts him. A little bit of a smaller man might move around a little better, even if he's not as good an athlete."

Mays is set to meet with the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Everson Griffen shines at USC Pro Day from National Football Post

Former NFL wide receiver Andre "Bad Moon" Rison, will be returning to his alma mater, Flint Northwestern, as its new high school football coach.

Rison, 43, is one of the few players to win professional football championships in both the U.S. and Canada, and was a star player at Flint Northwestern High School.

 

According to the 13-year NFL veteran, in a statement, it has been always a "dream" to coach at his former high school.

Former NFLer "Bad Moon" Rison Hired As High School Coach from All Headline News

Twins Devard and Devaughn Darling were star football players when they attended Austin High School in the Fort Bend Independent School District.

After graduation, the two were offered scholarships to play in college.

Devaughn accepted an offer to go to Florida State University, and that's where he tragically died during pre-season conditioning.

Devard, who now plays in the NFL and was on the Kansas City Chiefs last season, created the As One Foundation in honor of his brother. It will present $10,000 in scholarships to high school seniors in Fort Bend ISD.

NFL player honors his late brother from Ultimate Fort Bend

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