SAINT JOSEPH, MO - JULY 31: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 practices during Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp on July 31, 2011 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Chiefs are expecting running back Jamaal Charles, safety Eric Berry and tight end Tony Moeaki to participate in practice Friday when training camp begins at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
He didn't do much as a rookie, but when he was handed the starting spot for the Chiefs in Week 9 of 2009, you suddenly started to see a very rare and special talent. For the next season a half, Charles would take what little the Chiefs' offensive line gave him and turn it into something as he squeezed through gaps, cut past defenders and out-sprinted everyone. It was as if rushing the ball became an art and Charles was delivering master classes week after week. Sure, Arian Foster did have more yards but just look at that 6.3 yards per carry. There are times when numbers lie, but this wasn't one of them. If he's anywhere near back to his best, prepared to be wowed.
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Presuming Charles does not lose a step, his current status as a No. 2 running back in fantasy football drafts means owners can get a possible top-ten talent for a discounted price. Though Hillis is sure to vulture some touchdowns, his presence shouldn't distract from Charles' potential. In 2010, when Thomas Jones had a near perfect split with Charles, the two backs combined for a total of 534 total touches (receptions and carries). Charles finished the season touching the ball 275 times, racking up 1,935 total yards and eight touchdowns, good for third in scoring among all fantasy football running backs.
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As the offseason moved on, it became more apparent the Chiefs were willing to wait out this situation and they have yet to make their final decision on Bowe.
Now it is up to Bowe, who has yet to sign his tender, to force the team to make a decision with his performance this season as the franchised player. That's why I'd be surprised if Bowe holds outs for a significant amount of time.
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The four former players also presented Bollig with a host of Chiefs gifts, including a special No. 6 jersey.
Ryan Succop's No. 6 jersey, either. Bollig wore the number at Ottawa, and the Chiefs made sure he received his own number before taking on the next stage of his recovery in Denver.
"It was pretty amazing," said Bollig, a life-long Chiefs fan. "There's a video of me at my first birthday party and in the background, the Chiefs game is on. That means a lot to me. I grew up with the Chiefs."
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In 2010, FC Dallas erected a statue of Lamar Hunt -- the late former owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, the man who made famous the term "Super Bowl" and the American soccer pioneer who ran Major League Soccer's North Texas club, among others...
...But the club wasn't finished. In an aim to create traditions at the soccer-specific FC Dallas Stadium, the staff had an idea: Put a scarf on the statue before every home MLS game, and bring in an important figure to do the honors each time.
Important like Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, pictured above and seen in action below. Or U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Or Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. And of course, members of Hunt's family.
FC Dallas Honors Lamar Hunt With Scarf from ESPN
Armed Forces Insurance helped kick-off the annual fundraising activities for the United Way of Leavenworth County by participating in a dinner and auction event June 10, 2012 and hosting the 20th Annual Armed Forces Insurance Hackers' Classic golf tournament the following day...
...Sports celebrities from the Kansas City area along with corporate sponsors competed in the tournament. Sports celebrities in attendance included former Kansas City Chiefs tight end and current Ambassador Walter White, and Isaac "Bud" Stallworth, First Team, All-American basketball player for the University of Kansas and five year veteran of the NBA.
The country music/southern rock duo of Adam Thomas and Harry Travis are the winners of the inaugural Voice of the Kingdom contest...
...Travis and Thomas both sing in a country/southern rock band and have performed all across the country. They play many covers, but also write originals and have had their music on the radio overseas and in Nashville, Tennessee.
Here is their semi-finalist audition at Arrowhead Stadium earlier this month:
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Many Players In Camp Have No Chance Of Making The Team
Teams have most of their depth chart and final roster established well before camp opens. Sure, there will be a couple of tweaks, but absent of a sustained impressive performance through camp and a scout or coach standing on the table for a prospect, odds are minimal.
Sadly, many players have no chance of making the team no matter how well they perform, and that may be due more to the position they play than how they play it. When a team sets its final roster, it examines its scheme and determines its numbers for the final 53: five or six receivers, three or four running backs, etc. These numbers ultimately determine final roster spots as much as or more than performance.
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