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)
Great Morning! Your Kansas City Chiefs have reported for training camp, and the first practice is at 3:20pm (Arrowhead Time). Today's Arrowheadlines has plenty of articles from across the internet to get you up to date.
Be sure to check back through out the day as we update the site with reports and news from camp. If you're headed to St. Joe this afternoon, be sure to take care of yourself. Here is your news.
With the talent and a mix of youth and experience, the barometer for this year's team should be 10 victories. Anything more than that would be a bonus, and a season with nine or fewer wins should be a big disappointment. That's where the Chiefs are now, and it's a long way from the two- and four-win seasons of the recent past.
Whether 10 wins will be enough to win the AFC West or reach the playoffs will be as much up to other teams as the Chiefs - Will Denver's Peyton Manning be healthy and effective? Can the Chargers win despite coach Norv Turner? Will Oakland figure out its quarterback situation? - and will be decided later.
But there should be no excuses for the Chiefs now, in what really is the fifth year of a rebuilding project.
The 11th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft inked his rookie deal today, bringing all eight of Kansas City's draft picks under contract.
Poe, like all first-round draft picks, agreed to a four-year deal with a fifth-year team option. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Poe's signing means that the Chiefs will begin training camp practices with all of their draft picks under contract for the first time in six years.
Kansas City's players slowly filtered on to campus Thursday ahead of Friday morning's opening walkthrough.
The Chiefs enter their third year of hosting training camp in St. Joseph, and the public will receive their first look at the 2012 squad during Friday afternoon's full practice. The workout starts at 3:20 p.m.
The parking lots at Western open to the public at 1:20 p.m., with the gates set to open an hour before practice.
Chiefs Arrive In St. Joseph from The St. Joseph News-Press
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Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 7am. Sunny, with a high near 93. North northwest wind 7 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Training Camp Weather Report from The National Weather Service
Though Poe may have been a reach with the No. 11 overall pick, the Chiefs badly needed a nose tackle in their 3-4 front, especially with the retirement of Kelly Gregg, and selected Poe as the first of eight defensive linemen who went in the first round of the draft.
"He's prepared, he's ready to get back in and do his thing and prove the doubters wrong," said Sandra Poe, who helped her son move in earlier this week. "He's really anxious to get out there and make Kansas City know that they made the right choice. I can't wait to come to the games."
Chiefs Sign Poe But Bowe Still Absent from KC Star
Now with the Chiefs, Campbell will lean on those two years of military service and his four years at West Point when competition heats up on Friday...
...Campbell and other Chiefs players will have to battle harder than ever before in order to keep their jobs. With more players gunning for roster spots than ever before, this year's training camp figures to be the most competitive in recent history.
That means these three weeks will be extra-important for Chiefs reserve players trying to keep their spots or move up on the depth chart.
Competition On The Mind As Players Arrive In St. Joseph from The Mothership
Dontari Poe wasn't the only 300-pound-plus player to join the Chiefs on the eve of training camp Thursday.
Chiefs Notebook: Team Signs Offensive Lineman Ugoh from KC Star
Devon "Wiggles" Wylie, the Chiefs' fourth round pick, had a penchant for game-breaking special teams returns in college. The former Fresno State Bulldog was selected to be developed as a slot receiver, but in the meantime, the Chiefs could use some help from the fourth-best punt returner in the nation last season.
According to Football Outsiders, the Chiefs offense was 31st in the league in average field position to start their drives. Only the Indianapolis Colts - the worst team in football last season - bested the Chiefs in that lowly statistic.
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When the 11th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft inked his rookie deal today, all eight of the Chiefs draft picks were in camp and under contract. That's the first time that has happened in six years, so Chiefs fans can be forgiven if they're not sure how to act.
Then again, veteran wide receiver, Dwayne Bowe, has yet to sign his franchise tender offer, so not all is milk and honey in the land of Scott Pioli.
Bowe will play with the Chiefs. He will report at some point and he will make $9.6 million. That is the bottom line. The Chiefs will likely begin training camp Friday without Bowe, who stayed away from the team for the entire offseason.
Missing the offseason program is one thing, but training camp is another. Come on, Bowe, get to camp. Sign your tender now and become part of the team. Everyone else on the Chiefs roster has made it to camp, so why should Bowe feel like he can get an extra break?
Get To Camp, Dwayne Bowe from ESPN
It took a few weeks, but the Kansas City Chiefs have finally added a photo of rookie quarterback Alex Tanney to his bio page on kcchiefs.com. The Chiefs signed the former Monmouth College All-American to a free agent contract in June.
Chiefs training camp gets under way Friday at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. Tanney is one of 90 players listed on the Chiefs' training camp roster.
Jay Talking from The Galesburg Register-Mail
Even when Charles was running for 5.9 and 6.4 yards per carry in 2009 and 2010, respectively, there were complaints from Kansas City fans that Charles didn't get enough carries. Hillis comes to Kansas City as the short-yardage back that the Chiefs have been missing -- Thomas Jones struggled in that role -- but Hillis could be looking for more, as he's only signed to a one-year deal. Hillis has a familiarity with new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who called the plays in Cleveland during Hillis' most productive season in 2010.Charles is coming back from a torn ACL. Charles has come off the bench and performed before, so it wouldn't be shocking to see Hillis as the starter at the beginning of the season.
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There's always a lot of focus on the players at camp, but having the training camp so close to Kansas City, it's really about the fans and for those trying to capture the moment, the challenge is on.
For St. Joseph News-Press photo editor Todd Weddle, it's about getting the perfect Chiefs' camp shot.
Take a look back at the roster the Chiefs trotted out for their season finale last year, and then slide it up next to the roster they're expected to field this season.
There may be no team in the NFL that will enjoy such an influx of talented players.
Of course, most of them aren't really newcomers. It just feels that way.
Chiefs Look Healthy For Camp from The Associated Press via The St. Joseph News-Press
The media has so often this offseason pointed out that the Raiders have, in successive years, lost their #1 cornerback to another team. The loss of Nnamdi Asomugha was a blow, surely, but Stanford Routt was a walking pass-interference penalty and he is better off with the Chiefs as they have a solid #1 corner in Brandon Flowers and Routt will not be asked to be the #1 guy as he was last year.
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