May 24, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe (92) and offensive lineman Rodney Hudson (61) scrimmage during organized team activities at the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
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On Thursday's second snap from scrimmage Poe burst through the line and found his way to QB
Matt Cassel. Pads are absent from OTAs and no live contact is permitted, but Poe was able to show impressive strength and quickness on the play.
"If you can practice without pads, you can do it with pads," Poe said earlier this week. "It's about your hands and your steps and being explosive through your hips. Once you get that down, the other stuff becomes easier."
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The Chiefs said when they drafted the 346-pound Poe they believed he would become an all-round player capable of helping when they defended the pass and the run. But they also acknowledged he had a lot to learn, meaning they might have to choose a more limited role for Poe - at least early in his career and until he becomes more comfortable playing the NFL game.
Crennel wouldn't say the Chiefs have made that decision yet with Poe.
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All of the offensive players are learning the new system imported by new coordinator Brian Daboll, but the heaviest burden is on the three quarterbacks. Crennel indicated starter Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn were ahead of Ricky Stanzi in that regard.
"They're beginning to gain command of the system and some of the checks we have in place," Crennel said. "Probably Brady and Matt are a little ahead of Stanzi right now. They're working at it, and they're a good group. We feel good about them."
The Maravich Assembly Center on the campus of Louisiana State University was filled with NFL star power last week for the school's 2012 Spring Commencement.
Former LSU football stars Joseph Addai, Corey Webster and Brandon LaFell joined the family of
Travis Daniels to watch the Kansas City Chiefs defensive back graduate with a degree in general studies, including minors in sociology, sports studies and history.
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The Kansas City Chiefs are entering the 2012 season with fairly high expectations. Most experts agree that the Chiefs are a young team overflowing with talent.
The question is, which players are going to take the next step in 2012 to take the Chiefs from an average team to a great team?
Here are five players I think could have breakout seasons in 2012.
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Peyton Hillis, RB, Chiefs: Hillis endured the wrath of the dreaded Madden cover curse last season, posting disappointing totals compared to his breakout campaign of 2010. Now in Kansas City, he figures to see plenty of work alongside with Jamaal Charles. In fact, Charles expects Hillis to play a similar role to Thomas Jones circa 2010. That season, Jones led the Chiefs in carries with 245 but it was Charles who was the better fantasy runner. Hillis should be drafted in the middle to late rounds.