Good Morning, AP! Welcome to today's Kansas City Chiefs news. If you are a local fan, be sure to take advantage of tonight's open practice. Free admission, free parking, and a chance to see the New Arrowhead combine into a pretty good deal. Enjoy!
He doesn’t want to say much about it, and whether that’s his way or just a little timely modesty, Wallace Gilberry isn’t doing anything to jinx what could be the best chance of his career to be a starting defensive end in the NFL.
"Still a lot of things I need to work on," he said this week.
Sure, but he has the attention of the Chiefs’ coaches. Here’s the situation: Coach Todd Haley said that Gilberry, who entered the league in 2008 as an undrafted free agent, has an opportunity to unseat a top-five draft pick for a spot on Kansas City’s first-team defensive line.
Fans will be able to get an early look at the New Arrowhead Stadium during a free evening practice on Wednesday night.
The stadium gates open at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday and the practice is slated to start at 7:15 p.m. Fans can enter through the spiral gate, the Tower Gate and Founder's Plaza Gate entrances. Parking is free for the practice.
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"What he did last year … it was an eight-game window or an eight-game sample that we saw," Haley said. "What we’re pushing Jamaal to do is show that he can do that throughout a 16-game and hopefully-plus schedule. That’s something that Thomas has proven through time.
"Everybody can have an opinion on who the best player is. I’m not going to get into that right now. I’m for trying to get these guys ready to go and us to understand how we need to use them to be the best we can be."
Has a player ever been No. 2 on the depth chart and been a first-round fantasy pick? Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who exploded for 658 yards rushing and four touchdowns in the final four games of 2009, is currently running behind Thomas Jones in Kansas City.
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Tamba Hali is far and away the Kansas City Chiefs best pass rusher. Branden Albert has been tapped to be the team’s franchise left tackle. That means Hali and Albert go at it every day in practice and according to coach Todd Haley, the battles are helping both players.
"I think when Tamba brings it like he’s bringing it in a game and if you’ve been out here to practice a bunch, you see this guy isn’t calling off the dogs very often," said Haley at yesterday’s press conference. "So I see a good battle between Branden and Tamba on a consistent basis and that’s going to make both of them better, but I think Branden’s benefiting from that work every day."
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Ellis Hobbs and Quintin Demps will return kickoffs. Chad Hall should be looking over his shoulder as after returning kicks in the first two games he's only "a possibility" to do it against the Chiefs.
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It wasn’t that long ago when the NFL’s Western divisions were supercharged with power. The Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams were Super Bowl caliber and the Kansas City Chiefs were annual playoffs contenders. But a lot has changed in recent years, and many league analysts now view both the AFC West and NFC West as the weakest divisions in the NFL.
Johnson was not the first to wiggle, show off or proudly march into the end zone. Homer Jones, a New York Giants receiver in the 1960s, was the first to spike the ball. The godfather of showboating was Kansas City Chiefs receiver Elmo Wright. A University of Houston receiver in the late 1960s, Wright had a drum major's highstep strut into the end zone. He tossed the ball like casting a die. Even in the early 1970s version of the NFL, this was outrageous.
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