KANSAS CITY, MO - May 13: Ethan Johnson #70 and Dontari Poe #92 of the Kansas City Chiefs work with defensive coach Anthony Pleasant during the Kansas City Chiefs Minicamp on May 13, 2012 at the Chiefs Training Facility in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
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The Chiefs finished their 10th OTA session at the end of last week, leaving only a three-day mandatory minicamp before a six-week dead period that leads into training camp.
Kansas City will hold minicamp Tuesday through Thursday, but aside from the practices shifting from voluntary to mandatory, not much will change from the previous three weeks of OTAs...
...Following minicamp, the Chiefs won't return for full squad workouts until training camp begins in St. Joseph, Missouri. None of the minicamp practices are open to the public, but fans are invited to attend any outdoor practice held at training camp.
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[T]he Chiefs might truly lament their inability to interest Peyton Manning in Kansas City or the fact they didn't secure themselves at wide receiver in case their franchise player, Dwayne Bowe, doesn't sign a contract.
It's too late for any of that now, too late for the Chiefs to make any more impact moves. They will conclude their offseason practice this week with a three-day minicamp that begins today and their roster will, with the possible exception of some minor changes, be identical to the one they will bring to Missouri Western in St. Joseph for the start of training camp next month.
Coach Romeo Crennel indicated the Chiefs are content taking their chances with that.
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Pleasant, the current Chiefs defensive line coach, played under Romeo Crennel twice--once as a member of the New York Jets, and again as a member of the New England Patriots. He thrived in New England, rushing the passer as a defensive end as stopping the run as a defensive tackle during two Super Bowl-winning seasons.
Crennel and the Chiefs had similar expectations in mind when they made Poe the eleventh overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. And in order to groom their prized prospect, the Chiefs are relying on Pleasant to impart the knowledge he gained playing for Crennel on Poe.
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Stoudemire - fresh out of high school - had been newly drafted by the Phoenix Suns. Welch had been living in the desert city, and attended high school there as a three-sport star in basketball, track and volleyball.
"Since we were both 19, they put us in a private room in the back of the club. He was wearing a Kansas City Chiefs Joe Montana jersey," says Welch. "I'm originally from there, so we started talking about Montana when he played there."
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Q: I disagree with you on Tampa Bay as the free-agency winner this year. Kansas City, by far, had the best and lost the least. Tampa Bay will have a lot of work to stay out of the cellar in its division, and Carolina, New Orleans and Atlanta all are better.
Patrick in Cape Carol, Fla.
A: By far the best? That's a little bit of an overreaction. The Chiefs had a good free-agency period. In my opinion, they have more talent than the Bucs. They've added a No. 2 cornerback in Stanford Routt and a starting right tackle in Eric Winston.
After that, they added good backups: Kevin Boss, Brady Quinn, Peyton Hillis and Abram Elam. How can two starters top three starters: Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks and Eric Wright? I'm not even mentioning the backups signed by the Bucs.
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Matt Cassel presented Kenny Chesney with a personalized No. 7 Chiefs jersey and a team-signed helmet. Chesney returned the favor, putting his own John Hancock on a Chiefs helmet and giving it to a lucky fan and the end of his setlist.
There were plenty of Chiefs tie-ins - and players - at The Brothers of the Sun Tour featuring Chesney and Tim McGraw Sunday night.
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