Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 9/7

Good morning, AP. Here's today's Kansas City Chiefs news from across the internet. Enjoy!

In what appeared to be an intense competition for the starting job on the weak side, Johnson beat out Demorrio Williams, who wasn’t happy about the news.

"They said Derrick is going to start out the first game," he said. "I’m just going to come to work every day and do my job."

Williams led the Chiefs in sacks in the preseason with three. Asked if he played well enough in the preseason to win the job, Williams said, "I don’t have to answer that question. You already know the answer to that question. What do you think?"

Johnson gets start at linebacker for Chiefs from KC Star

An ambulance arrived at the practice facility in the latter stages of the workout. Coach Todd Haley didn’t confirm the Chiefs had an incident at practice other than to indicate something might have happened to one of the team’s injured players.

"There’s nobody I know of right now," Haley said when asked about the issue after practice. "The guys out there practicing practiced hard. I didn’t see anything occur where … We’re fighting through some things with some guys you’ve been aware of."

Ambulance shows up at Arrowhead practice from KC Star

The sound of silence was music to the ears of Cory Greenwood.

"You just don't want to get a phone call," said Greenwood, the Kingston high school football product who Saturday was down to the wire in his bid to win a spot with the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs.

"Once I realized that phone call was not coming, I was pretty happy ... It's really an incredible feeling."

NFL Dream Realized from The Kingston Whig-Standard

The Ravens are shopping the wide receiver after signing T.J. Houshmandzadeh early Monday, according to Sirius Radio's Ross Tucker. If Clayton can't be traded, the Ravens will release the 2005 first-round pick, according to the report.

The Kansas City Chiefs had previously expressed interest in Clayton.

 

Report: Clayton to be traded or released from The Baltimore Sun

Which brings us to our Wildcat runner, whom I’ll call the back Slash. Dexter McCluster will bring plenty of excitement back to Arrowhead this year as a runner, a receiver, a returner and even a passer. He was even drafted in our league. The problem with Dexter is that he won’t be on the field very much.

For a big fantasy payoff, a back Slash needs to play a lot. Bonus passing TDs are nice, but rushing TDs are better. So which Wildcats will play enough to benefit your fantasy team?

Dexter McCluster, the Wildcat and the back Slash from KC Star

Start of the Week

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews The rookie has a great chance to dominate his first regular season game. The Kansas City Chiefs allowed the second most points to running backs in the NFL last year and the Chargers scored 80 points in two games against the Chiefs last year.

Fantasy Football’s Week One Start/Sit from MVN.com

"The Patriots are a team that’s kind of like the Yankees," said Page, who arrived Sunday via trade after four seasons in Kansas City. "You never like ’em, but when you get a chance to play for them, you’re excited. You’re really happy that you get a chance to go to a team that is a perennial winner."

Safety Jarrad Page loves move to NE from The Boston Herald

Finally, if T-Rich's playing career is really over, then it's up to Chiefs owner, Clark Hunt, to give Richardson a job in the Chiefs front office. For years under Carl Peterson, Richardson studied with the NFL league office for a front office career after his playing days were over. Do the right thing, Clark, sign T-Rich to a contract that lets him retire as a Chief.  Then get him an office in that brand new, state-of-the-art administrative building that his fans helped you build with their tax dollars.

"One of the greatest Chiefs ever", Tony Richardson is released by the New York Jets from Examiner.com

Dexter McCluster, WR/RB, Kansas City: One of my favorite picks of anyone's drafts. McCluster is instant offense, a guy who can play outside, inside or behind your quarterback, return kicks, return punts or run the Wildcat. In short, he's the playmaker the Chiefs haven't had lately -- someone in the Darren Sproles mold, only ... dare I say this? ... more electrifying. OK, so he's small. So is Sproles. And both are dynamic. "When you're looking at a guy like McCluster," said coach Todd Haley, "your mind is racing with possibilities.

Camp wrap: Best breakouts, rookies, redeemers from CBS Sports

The second year of the Scott Pioli-Todd Haley regime already looks improved with Thomas Jones ready to combine with Jamaal Charles in a formidable running game. Charles had 1,120 yards rushing last year, nearly 300 less than Jones, who nevertheless was released by the Jets. If an uncertain offensive line jells at all, the Chiefs will chew up the yards, allowing QB Matt Cassel more options in the passing game. For now, only WR Dwayne Bowe scares anyone, and he's far too inconsistent.

2010 NFL preview capsules from The Associated Press

There were 48 onside kicks attempted in the 2009 regular and postseason. A look at the eight attempted earlier than the fourth quarter:

Sept. 20 - Leading 3-0, Kansas City's try in the first quarter is recovered by Oakland. Raiders did not score on that series.

Final score: Raiders 13, Chiefs 10.

Non-fourth quarter onside kicks of 2009 from The Washington Post

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