Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 5/11

SAINT JOSEPH, MO - JULY 31: The team runs drills during Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp on July 31, 2011 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Good morning and welcome to football (or at least players in pads)! Rookie minicamp begins today and continues through the weekend. We have information on that and more in today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

Each of the team's eight draft picks will participate in this weekend's minicamp, regardless of their contract situation.

Practices begin Friday and run through Sunday afternoon. Helmets are allowed to be worn and the offense will line up against the defense, but no contact is permitted.

A handful of first-year players with no pension credits (less than three games experience on the 53-man roster or injured reserve in a single season) and at least 10 tryout players will join the rookie class for camp.

Chiefs Rookies Arrive For Mimicamp from The Mothership

At running back, they signed veteran Peyton Hillis and drafted Cyrus Gray in the sixth round. Together with Jamaal Charles' return from last year's knee injury, that makes a crowd.

At slot receiver, the Chiefs picked Devon Wylie in the fourth round. Wylie also will get a look as a kick returner, a job he could wind up sharing with Javier Arenas.

Whether or not these moves were aimed at McCluster, together they would seem to suggest his roster spot is in serious jeopardy.

McCluster Battled To Find Ways To Be Useful With Chiefs from KC Star

KC Star Video: Chiefs Dexter McCluster On New Sports Bar And Grill

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Thursday that the club has made changes in its personnel department. Jim Nagy was promoted from regional scout to national scout. The club has hired former Patriots national scout Kyle O'Brien to serve as one of the team's regional scouts. Additionally, Chiefs scouting assistant Ryne Nutt has been elevated to area scout.

Chiefs Announce Changes In Personnel Department from The Mothership

Poe possesses a rare combination of size, strength and athleticism. People criticize him because he didn't make enough plays in college; don't forget he is a junior coming out early and played on a poor team with not much around him to help. Poe is still raw, but he has the talent to be a dominating defensive lineman in the league. I have known Romeo Crennel for almost 30 years, and I know he is the right guy to get Poe to play to his awesome talent.

A Look At The AFC West Drafts from Yahoo! Sports

Ex-Kansas City Chiefs punter, Jim Arnold, has put his name in the ever-growing list of former NFL players suing the league for its role in mishandling the problems with concussions for players.

Former KC Chiefs Punter, Jim Arnold, Joins Concussion Lawsuits Against NFL from Examiner.com

DJ needed a change of scenery, I wrote then. As It turns out, he got that change without switching zip codes. Haley got fired and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel got the gig. Now we're seeing the old DJ who was arguably the best defensive player in the country his last two years in college.

"I've had some up and down seasons but having (Crennel) come in here and turn this defense around with this 3-4 scheme...I'm loving it and having fun," he said on the NFL Network recently.

Derrick Johnson Voted No. 78 Among NFL's Top 100 Players from The Austin American-Statesman

Drawing on my experience during my time in Kansas City working in the scouting and coaching departments with the Chiefs, I can distinctly remember rookies showing up for what amounted to their first days on the job. Having seen a lot of film on each player from their college careers, I was anxious to see what each offered when viewed in person on the practice field.

What To Expect From Rookie Minicamp from ESPN Boston

The Kansas City Chiefs upgraded Arrowhead Stadium for $375 million, with the Hunt family's ownership covering $125 million of that total. Upgrading the Edward Jones Dome to the Rams' liking could cost more. There's a roof to consider, and also the time factor. The Chiefs' upgrades took place five years ago.

Also, the Hunt's connection to Kansas City was strong and emotional. The Chiefs weren't going anywhere, realistically, but the Rams' roots in Missouri aren't as deep. And if St. Louis rejects what an arbitrator considers reasonable, the Rams will be one step closer to the door.

Rams On Stadium Clock? Make It A Sundial from ESPN

But more than just helping to nurture along a young group of lineman, Albert says he is feeling more comfortable in his own skin. So much so in fact that Albert says he gets more freedom when it comes to making decisions on his playing weight.

"Now I'm so comfortable with myself and being the player that I am that I can dictate where {my weight should} be, where I want to be. I think this year, I feel like I want to play a little bit lighter just because of being older and as you get old, things start to creek and start hurting a little bit."

Albert Ready For Next Step from Warpaint Illustrated

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan is Africa's highest paid sportsman, according to the latest figures from ESPN The Magazine's Money Issue salary survey project...

...The Black Stars player shares the 'title' with Liberia's Tamba Hali, who plays American football as an outside linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Gyan Is Africa's Highest Paid Sportsman from SuperSport.com

The NFL dreams will come true on Friday for two Central Coast football stars. Former Cal Poly cornerback Asa Jackson and Morro Bay High graduate Jerome Long will endure their first day of rookie minicamps...

...Long arrived Thursday night to the Chiefs Training facility. Kansas City opens minicamp Friday. Long has yet to sign a contract, but that should happen during the three-day camp. The Chiefs drafted Long, a standout defensive tackle at San Diego State, in the seventh round.

Asa Jackson, Jerome Long Set To Open NFL Rookie Camps Friday from KSBY

In 1967, he ended up in Kansas City midseason. He played two and a half seasons for the Chiefs as the back-up quarterback behind Len Dawson. An injury caused him to end the season as the third-string QB behind Dawson and Mike Livingston. Still, he was technically part of the Chiefs' 1970 Super Bowl championship. Lee retired after the season due to his shoulder injury.

Was Houston QB Jacky Lee Leased To Another Pro Football Team? from The Los Angeles Times

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