KANSAS CITY MO - JANUARY 09: Safety Eric Berry #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after breaking up a pass to tight end Todd Heap #86 of the Baltimore Ravens in the endzone during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 9 2011 in Kansas City Missouri. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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When they get to training camp Thursday at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, the Chiefs will have the league's youngest roster. They are the only NFL team to begin camp with no player older than 30 years.
They have six players who are 30: quarterback Matt Cassel, offensive lineman Ryan Lilja, wide receiver Terrance Copper, defensive lineman Amon Gordon, safety Abram Elam and punter Dustin Colquitt. Other than Cassel, none of those players could be considered essential to the success of the Chiefs this year, so they will be counting on their many younger players to carry them.
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After beginning the year primarily as a three-receiver team, the Dolphins gradually progressed to more two-tight end formations. The result was a 24.7-point scoring average over the final nine games of 2011 (the Dolphins posted a 6-3 record). It was a point total that placed Miami as a top-10 offense during the season's second half.
"What we tried to do (in Miami) and what we'll try to do here is be multiple in our personnel groupings," Daboll said. "When you have guys that can do multiple things and play multiple roles - whether that's receiver and running back or playing tight end and fullback - it gives you a lot more flexibility.
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Cassel enters the season as the unquestioned starter but needs to get comfortable quickly in a new offensive system. The real intrigue here will be the battle for the number two spot. Quinn has more experience, but the Chiefs may well go with Stanzi, who has more upside at this point in their respective careers. Whatever their decision, the Chiefs figure to be better off than they were last season, when Tyler Palko emerged from camp as their top reserve.
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We should all like what Berry does with the money earned from the camps he stages in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Atlanta and Kansas City each summer.
It goes to his Eric Berry Foundation, which helps restore community parks to create places where "kids can just be kids."
His first such project was Clarence Duncan Park in Fairburn, Ga., where he'd grown up and where his father James (also a former Vol) runs the local youth athletic association.
"I watched my dad when I was growing up," Eric said. "He didn't always have money, but he always had time. He was constantly teaching fundamentals, teaching about life. Now that I have a chance to do that, I feel like it's my responsibility to give something back."
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The Chiefs added right tackle Eric Winston and return Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry, Matt Cassel and others from injury, thus making significant improvements from last season. In a very winnable division, the Chiefs should be in the mix.
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In the last two weeks, we've learned of DUI-related arrests to Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt, Rams defensive lineman Robert Quinn, Chiefs defensive back
Donald Washingtonand Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. (And then there's Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, who was charged with pushing his mother, and defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil, who was booked for aggravated assault). This doesn't even include Jaguars first-rounder Justin Blackmon, who was arrested for DUI in June.
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