July 27, 2012; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (7) drops back to pass during training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
Good morning! Training camp has given us another good day of Kansas City Chiefs news. In addition to these articles, be sure to check out St. Joe's News-Press. I wasn't able to link their stories this morning because they limit views to non-subscribers. Here is your news.
Here are a few facts about Cassel, whether you choose to believe them or not: He's not as bad as the vocal majority has indicated this offseason. He has certainly not shown an ability to be an elite quarterback, and it's debatable that he's even a good one. But he's not close to the trainwreck that popular opinion seems to now suggest.
This May Be Cassel's Last Chance To Prove Himself from KC Star
Whatever rust Berry kicked off couldn't have been much. He was in lock-down mode during his return to full-padded work nearly 11 months since he last wore on shoulder pads and football pants.
On Sunday, Berry shut down
Jonathan Baldwin - who's otherwise turned in a standout camp - in one-on-one drills and then parlayed that performance by going juke-for-juke with Dexter McCluster in the open field.
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During seven-on-seven drills, Daboll, 37, runs over to the defensive side of the ball and covers the first few steps of his own receivers downfield, patting them on the helmet for jobs well done, and even high-fiving defensive players like Tamba Hali when they win a battle against the offensive tackle in a pass-rush drill.
Of the 87 players and 18 coaches in training camp, it's doubtful anyone is having more fun in the searing heat of training camp than Daboll, the club's fifth offensive coordinator in the last four years.
Reserve offensive tackle Tony Ugoh, who signed with the Chiefs on the eve of training camp, had an abrupt change of heart Monday.
He practiced with the Chiefs in the morning and afterward told the Chiefs he was retiring from football.
Reserve Tackle Tony Ugoh Retires From Chiefs from KC Star
This year, the return of Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry from ACL surgery is sure to pump new vitality into the entire unit. Tackles Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey are still young enough to improve, and second-year defenders Allen Bailey and Justin Houston are showing good promise. Plus, Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Jackson is squarely within his physical prime.
But the biggest hope for meaningful improvement rests squarely on the back of a rookie who managed a meager 22 tackles and one sack his entire senior season at Memphis.
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Signing with the Chiefs as a free agent from Denver this offseason, McCarthy is the team's second player to land on injured reserve in 2012. St. Joseph native
Martin Rucker previously suffered a season-ending knee injury during an offseason practice in June.
Taking McCarthy's place on the Chiefs training camp roster is veteran linebacker Edgar Jones.
Chiefs Add Former Ravens Linebacker Edgar Jones from The Mothership
The addition of Edgar Jones throws a twist into the battle for backup spots at outside linebacker. The starters, Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, and top reserve Andy Studebaker will make the final roster, but one or two spots are open to Jones, Cameron Sheffield and Gage [sic] Miller.
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The question isn't whether Charles will be ready for camp after major knee surgery last September. It is just how much of a chunk is Hillis going to take out of Charles' numbers. Thomas Jones didn't get in the way of a 2010 breakthrough, but Hillis is younger than Jones was and is expected to be the touchdown vulture on the goal line. It is enough to keep Charles out of the top five, if not the first round, in fantasy. Watch how the pair are used early in the preseason.
AFC West 2012 Fantasy Preview from Sports Illustrated
Can you talk about your decision to have your father as apresenter?
"That was a no-brainer. He came to pretty much every homegame down in New Orleans or Kansas City, drove to most of them. He was one of the guys who played in the yard with us. He was always there to help anybody on our teams that needed advice in high school or before I made it to college."
The preseason story in the AFC West over close to the past decade was "How many games will the Chargers win the division by." Lately though, it's been "How can the Chargers screw this up?"
And the past two seasons, the Chargers found a way to screw it up. This year, they've got a Chiefs team bouncing back from injuries (almost by default), a Raiders team turning things over and a Broncos team that signed a little guy named Peyton Manning. The AFC West is wide open.