Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 8/5

Good morning! Once again we have your Kansas City Chiefs news all in one place. Lots of articles on the FAs' first practice. The Chiefs have a morning walkthrough at 10:40am and a practice at 3:00pm. 1 week to the nationally televised preseason game against Tampa Bay!

The 18 free agents were sent in the middle of practice for a conditioning session with Chiefs strength coach Mike Clark. They soon rejoined their teammates for practice, and the Chiefs wasted no time getting Hali and the others involved in team drills.

It's Finally a Full House for the Chiefs at Practice from KC Star

Hello Le’Ron McClain. The Chiefs agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the UFA fullback from the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday afternoon. He was on campus at Missouri Western State University on Thursday and was part of the afternoon practice.

At least he was part of practice until the excitement got to him. McClain has to be the first Chiefs player in the last 31 years who left his lunch on the practice field because he was so excited about being in training camp.

What McClain Brings... Friday Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz

KC Star Photo Gallery: Chiefs welcome Tamba Hali and free agents to camp

KCChiefs.com Video: The First Seven Days

KC Star Video: Chiefs safety Eric Berry

KC Star Video: Brandon Carr on his first practice

Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 7am and 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming east around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Training Camp Weather Report from The National Weather Service

Tamba Hali was greeted with a loud ovation fresh off of signing his new deal. He had missed the first half hour of practice while finalizing all of the details, but was able to hit the field in time for the end of individual work.

He made his presence felt immediately, batting a pass at the line of scrimmage to DB Donald Washington during 11-v-11 for an interception.

Heartland Health Practice Report: 8/4/11 from The Mothership

Derrick Johnson, who dropped several potential interceptions last season, caught one of Cassel’s passes and returned it for a touchdown.

Chiefs Camp Report for Aug. 4 from KC Star
Dorsey was off balance and Mims wheeled him to the ground and it appeared Dorsey’s left foot stayed in the turf as his body was twisted. He walked away from the drill to the medical tent, stripping of his knee brace as he walked. Hopefully for Dorsey that brace saved him from a very serious injury.

Training Camp Practice Report - 8/4 from Bob Gretz

Q: What role do you see for Le’Ron McClain?

HALEY: "I’m glad you brought him up because I’m excited for him to be a part of this team. He’s a guy that coming out of college; when I was in Arizona we had a fullback need, and he was a guy we targeted and really liked and weren’t able to get him. We’ve obviously seen a bunch of him and we saw him up close and personal in our playoff game last year where he was an active part of some of their success against us. I’m glad he’s on our side.

Q&A with Todd Haley 8/4 from The Mothership

"It was tough," Breaston said of leaving the Cardinals, where he had spent his entire career since being drafted in the fifth round out of Michigan. "A lot of relationships out there — I’m not going to lie. It was a very tough decision. But the opportunity was presented to me, I talked to coach (Todd) Haley and he always talked about building something special and I want to be a part of something out here."

Hali, Free Agents Good to Go at Camp from The St. Joseph News-Press

With nearly a week of practice under their belts, it’s only a matter of time before the training wheels are removed from Kansas City’s rookie class. Practices will soon look different with the new league year scheduled to commence Thursday.

When veteran signees return to the field, camp will begin to move past its orientation phase and Chiefs rookies have to adjust quickly.

Steeper Curve For Rookies from The Mothership

The Chiefs pushed back the start of Thursday’s practice by half an hour in anticipation of the new CBA being ratified. Typically punctual, players didn’t start filtering out of the locker room until about 15 minutes after practice was scheduled to begin — or about the same time word of ratification finally reached them.

Breaston, Gregg and the rest of the veterans wasted no time jumping into the fray.

After Signing Monster Deal, Hali Joins Rest Veterans in First Practice at Chiefs Camp from The Washington Post

One of the NFL's oddest rookie negotiations wrapped up Thursday when the Chiefs agreed to contract terms with linebacker Justin Houston, a third-round draft pick out of Georgia.

Houston was one of the NFL's last rookies to agree to a contract, and he did so long after all the other third-round picks had signed.

Chiefs Rookie Houston Finally Agrees to Contract from KC Star

If you’ve ever sat through a press conference with Bill Belichick or Andy Reid doing their "these are not the droids you’re looking for" riff, or watched Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley call a game like a guy who had been lost for two days and refused to ask for directions, you’d be forgiven for thinking NFL coaches are a pretty stubborn bunch.

For all his bluster and confidence, though, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan seems to have a more open approach.

The Peyton Whisperer from Grantland

3. Kansas City: The Chiefs improved their wideout depth and team speed with Steve Breaston. His five-year, $9 million contract was among the best values in free agency. Fullback Le’Ron McClain adds more toughness to an excellent running game. Nose tackle Kelly Gregg adds leadership to an underrated defensive line, and linebacker Brandon Siler has plenty of upside for a low price.

There was value out there in free agency this year, and G.M. Scott Pioli found it.

Taking Stock of NFL's Free Agent Frenzy from NBC Sports

Brandon Carr lingered longer than usual in the autograph line after Thursday evening’s practice concluded at Missouri Western...

..."I’m excited to be back to football, period," Carr said. "It’s been a long, long offseason since our Wild Card game. Just to be back on the field, and the fans that support us through the year, I got back to them today."

Carr Back in Chiefs' Cornerback Fold from The St. Joseph News-Press

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