Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 4/3

Welcome to the weekend. We've got a pretty good Arrowheadlines this morning. Lots of draft talk and some more on Flowers. Enjoy your Kansas City Chiefs news.

It hasn’t escaped the notice of talented Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers that one of the league’s top players at his position, Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets, made a huge leap in 2009.

"It was his third year and he just exploded on the scene last year, separated himself from the pack," Flowers said. "He wasn’t content to be just an NFL starter."

Flowers intends to make a similar jump in 2010, his third NFL season. If so, he could become the first Chiefs cornerback to reach the Pro Bowl since James Hasty in 1999.

Flowers working to have a breakout season from KC Star

That regular season matchup, in fact, may be the reason they're not playing one another in the summer this year. I believe the Chiefs, ever nervous about showing anything of substance to future opponents, asked out of the preseason series, at least for the time being.

In an increasingly paranoid league, that's not unusual. The Broncos and Cardinals, for instance, have a longstanding preseason rivalry but won't play an exhibition game against one another this year. Why? Because they will meet in a regular season game.

Regarding the Governor's Cup from The Red Zone

THE RIGHT 53? – The fact Gilyard is in a position to be drafted is a great story of dedication and the unwillingness to give in when bad things happen. Accused by a professor of plagiarizing an assignment, he lost his scholarship and was kicked out of his dorm room. For six months he lived out of a car, and sometimes slept on the coaches or floors of friends and former teammates. Gilyard worked four different jobs and earned enough money to pay back the college for his first year school costs. That’s when he was reinstated. He’s an emotional player, much like his good friend Chad Ochocinco.

What he said – "I’m the youngest of 10 kids, eight brothers and a sister who is tough as a bulldog. I’ve been running from people my whole life. I’m just off to the races."

Draft Profile: Mardy Gilyard from Bob Gretz

THE RIGHT 53? – Carrington is serious about football, but not to the exclusion of his six-year old son. He turned down offers to bigger programs (LSU, Mississippi) to play in Jonesboro to be near his child. He was able to balance fatherhood, football and studies, earning a degree in clinical psychology, which is not exactly basket weaving.

What he said – "I am dynamic.  I can play inside or outside.  I am a very effective run stopper.  I can also play the pass and get to the QB.  But I am best at stopping the run." 

DRAFT PROFILE: Alex Carrington from Bob Gretz

THE RIGHT 53? – In his only season as the featured running back, he touched the ball 285 times and did not fumble once. He was a team leader with the Vols, as evidenced by Hardesty’s status as team captain for two straight seasons. Working against him is his injury history, with questions about availability and durability.

What he said – "I think my biggest strength be my ability to do everything. I pose a mismatch against linebackers and safeties. I’m an every down, three-down back."

Draft Profile: Montario Hardesty from Bob Gretz

THE RIGHT 53? – Graham has overcome so much in his life that it’s hard to imagine that any coach wouldn’t want to have him on the roster. He was abandoned by his father at birth and his mother when he was a teenager. At the age of 15 he was adopted by a woman he met in church and she directed him towards a college education. He’s a very good person, student and athlete.

What he said – "I think I have the ability to stretch the field. I’m very fast, and very big, I think my strength is catching the ball and scoring touchdowns. I think my weakness is my technique on blocking. But I’m getting better and better, each snap, each practice."

Draft Profile: Jimmy Graham from Bob Gretz

Larry Johnson is looking forward to playing football in Washington.

He can get another "fresh start" and he hopes play for "a coach who cares" — someone, in Johnson’s opinion, unlike Todd Haley, the coach Johnson played for with the Chiefs before he wore out his welcome last season.

It will be curious to watch the dynamics of a Washington backfield consisting of Johnson, Clinton Portis and Willie Parker— three players used to starting and all fighting the perception that their careers are in decline.

LJ burns some bridges with Chiefs from KC Star

There was improvement from the offensive line, but Jamaal Charles was the reason why. Unlike Larry Johnson, who appeared to need lots of help, Charles had the abilities to make things happen. He had the speed to get around the edge and the vision to utilize whatever daylight the line created. Charles was the right guy at the right time for an offensive line who was struggling.

Charles gave the Chiefs a threat something the opposing defense wasn’t used to seeing. It was obvious to me that he made life easier for lineman who had received zero help before. I think a lot of fans agree, so they’re not being lured into a false sense of security when it comes to the shape of the offensive line.

ESPN’s Bill Williamson is convinced the line is the Chiefs’ biggest need, and he’s not wrong in his thinking, but when do they address it? In the first round or with one of their two second-round picks?

After April 22nd, we’ll all know for sure.

Chiefs line wasn’t as strong as it appeared from The Examiner

The Kansas City Chiefs put Carter through an individual workout as a kickoff specialist Feb. 10 inside the Laker Turf Building. He repeatedly drilled his kicks into the end zone and had good hang time on them in a video segment that has been posted on YouTube.

The Chiefs might be interested in signing him as a non-drafted free agent and inviting him to training camp this summer. Several NFL teams have brought in kicking specialists in recent seasons to try to force opponents into touchbacks instead of opportunities for long returns.

The Chiefs also put NCAA Division II All-American senior left tackle Nick McDonald through an individual workout a few weeks ago. He could be a late-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft later this month or be offered a free-agent contract by Kansas City.

Grand Valley State's Todd Carter getting kicks on YouTube and attracting NFL attention from Grand Rapids Sports

Texas QB Colt McCoy, Missouri LB Sean Weatherspoon, USC wide receiver Damian Williams and 14 other draft prospects are adding more teams to their list of official visits and personal workouts. Get the scoop from Scout.com's Ed Thompson in his latest edition of the NFL Draft Buzz.
According to my NFL sources, some top draft prospects and a number of intriguing under-the-radar players have lined up additional workouts and team visits this month. So check out the latest information on Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, USC wide receiver Damian Williams, and more than a dozen other players who hope to be selected during this year's NFL Draft:

NFL Draft Buzz: Colt McCoy To Visit Redskins from Scout.com

Kansas wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe is scheduled to meet with the Dallas Cowboys next week, according to a league source.

The 6’2", 207-pounder caught 84 passes (23rd in NCAA) for 1,337 yards (ninth) and nine touchdowns for the Jayhawks in 2009. Over the past two seasons, Briscoe has amassed 176 catches for 2,744 yards and 24 touchdowns.

In addition to the Cowboys, the junior wide receiver has already worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Source: Cowboys to meet with Briscoe from National Football Post

"Obviously, there’s that perception out there that I’m cocky, arrogant, a bad teammate, a bad leader or whatever," Clausen said between bites of his egg-white omelet. "It’s kind of hard answering those questions; you don’t want to put yourself at the forefront like that. I say, ‘Go ask my teammates why they voted me captain.’ I’d rather have them talk about it."

 

On Thursday, I talked to three of Clausen’s former teammates, all of whom adamantly defended the three-year starter who last season led the Irish to four victories on their final drive of the game.

Clausen fighting off negative perceptions from Yahoo! Sports

Week 1, Kansas City Chiefs: A great warm-up. The Chiefs haven't been a strong team in a number of years, but their offense and defense are very slowly improving. Here, you'll be exposing a lot of our draft choices to their first game action at the NFL level, and those returning will still be shaking off the off-season rust. This gives the team a chance to ease in, give their young guys that all-important playing time against an opponent that isn't necessarily going to kick them square in the pants from moment one.

2010 Pre-Season Schedule Gives Falcons A Good Warmup from The Falcoholic

The first set of celebrities set to appear at Mike Ditka Resorts Annual Celebrity Golf Outing have officially been announced...

...Derrick Alexander, who played nine seasons in the NFL, played as a defensive end/defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, and Cleveland Browns.

Mike Ditka Resorts Annual Celebrity Golf Outing Announces Celebrity Appearances from PR-USA.net

Player Tweets

almighty31 RT @gasoline101 Just heard @almighty31 got essos 2nite...is that the move???>>>> im n KC but thats the move
MrKolbySmith Yeeeeaaaahhhhhhhhh, @ the crib. A world renowned term for Floridians only.

MrKolbySmith I remember how the SouthSide Mcdonalds and the CirlcleK was the place to be after the Garden, and rickards /bball football games

GlennDorsey72 Jus landed 10 toes down in New Orleans looked at the driver like wuddup!!!!!! Lj lol
GlennDorsey72 I got my people wit me, the hottest people in the city and I keep em wit me!
almighty31 MMA fights are about to start. I'm right next to the cage. Let's go true fight fan club
almighty31 I'm drinking water today. gotta stay hydrated
almighty31 RT @busymom4kc: @almighty31 Excellent. I'm so ready for some CHIEFS football.>>> me too. Ready to play

Media and Fans

mortreport RT @SI_JimTrotter: Friends, please say prayer 4 my mother-in-law. Taken to hospital 2day - saying she might not pull thru. A gr8 lady
espn_afcwest How much better would Oakland be with McNabb? - http://tinyurl.com/yfr9595
mortreport RT @MitchKapler: how many BIG games did Clausen win in college? Draft is all about picking WINNERS. >> Worst cliche in the draft

mortreport Ken Dorsey and Danny Wuerfful were "winners".... Phil Simms won something like 9 games in 4 yrs at Morehead State.

mortreport On Dez Bryant, it's not about a "bad" workout or bad guy off-field. He lacks some life skills. Interesting guy for this draft. He can play

Ameliadr5008: The Chiefs are looking like the most improved team in the AFC west right now. Anyone can make a legit argument to that

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