KANSAS CITY, MO - May 13: Head coach Romeo Crennel of the Kansas City Chiefs speaks with the media about the days camps 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 first mandated roster cutdown from 90 to 75 players isn't until Aug. 27, but already Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel is starting to face some difficult decisions on whom to keep.
And it will be even tougher on Aug. 31 when the club must get down to its opening-day limit of 53. That's part of the price for having an upgraded level of talent on the roster.
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Shane Bannon (abdominal) returned to the field for the afternoon session. Brandon Flowers (foot) missed practice again, but Crennel said he was hopeful that the corner would be able to heal quickly. Running back Cyrus Gray (undisclosed) walked off the field under his own power in the afternoon practice. Also missing practice: Travis Daniels (groin/hamstring), Junior Hemingway (groin), Ethan Johnson (head/chin), Cameron Sheffield (undisclosed), and Dwayne Bowe (contract).
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For now, at least, Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is one of the most popular men in Kansas City. He orchestrated an offense than scored 27 points in last week's preseason opener, the Chiefs' highest total in an preseason game in nine years.
This happened his first time out, so it's little wonder Daboll has been elevated to rock star status on Twitter, in bars and wherever people gather to discuss the Chiefs.
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One of the most competitive battles in Chiefs camp is at nose tackle, where Anthony Toribio is starting ahead of first-round pick Dontari Poe and second-year man Jerrell Powe, a sixth-round pick in 2011.
Toribio made solo tackles in each of the No. 1 defense's series during the preseason opener Friday against Arizona, stopping LaRod Stephens-Howling in his tracks after a 1-yard gain; and dropping Alfonso Smith for a 1-yard loss. Powe was credited with a sack. Poe did not scratch the scoresheet.
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Saturday's contest between the Chiefs and Rams marks the 22nd time that the franchises have faced off in the preseason. The Rams hold a 13-8 advantage and are 8-5 since moving to St. Louis. The Chiefs are 1-5 in preseason action inside the Edward Jones Dome, with the lone victory coming in 2003 when Kansas City prevailed 22-6 behind TD passes from QBs Trent Green and Jonathan Quinn to FB Omar Easy and WR Marvin "Snoop" Minnis.
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Sheffield's injury gave others an opportunity to get longer looks at outside linebacker. Sheffield, Jones and Gabe Miller are competing with Andy Studebaker for backup spots to Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Studebaker has an edge because of his special-teams play, and the other three are battling for the remaining spot.
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One of the most noticeable differences for the Kansas City Chiefs' offense on Friday night was the stellar play of the offensive line.
During the two series that the starters played -- both touchdown drives -- Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis racked up 53 yards and Matt Cassel had plenty of time to complete 5 of 6 passes. Cassel was hit one time, a below-the-knee dive by Dan Williams that drew a 15-yard penalty.
"Obviously that's what you want to see right out of the blocks," RT Eric Winston said, told the Kansas City Star. "You want to see touchdowns, you want to see points.
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The Arizona Cardinals are good for what ails you. Matt Cassel (5-6, 67 yards and a TD pass) looked sharp in the Kansas City Chiefs' 27-17 preseason win Friday night over a Cardinals' team that desperately needs a calming presence under center.
And this was an Arrowhead crowd that wasn't expecting much out of Cassel.
The Cardinals aren't going to scare most people and if the Chiefs are truly going to contend for anything they should be able to handle this team. And handle them is what they did. The Chiefs drove down the field with relative ease on their first two drives, got into the red zone, and scored.
It did not look like a fair contest. The Cardinals were overmatched. Now, it's preseason for them too, but the Chiefs came out and looked poor last year and we all know how that went. Fact is, this is the most impressive that the Chiefs have looked in years in the preseason. Ultimately, it doesn't mean much. But it is a good amount of positivity surrounding this team now, and that is sorely needed.
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"You know, with anything, it takes a while to know," Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Anthony Toribio told FOXSports.com when asked about his rookie linemate Dontari Poe. "He's doing a tremendous job picking it up for it being his first time in a 3-4 (scheme). He's a great guy, a monster guy. It'll be a matter of time before you see him out there dominating."
Great guy. Monster guy. A matter of time.
For Poe, the 346-pound lug out of Memphis whom the Chiefs snatched with the 11th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the main theme is to play now, dominate later.
Much, much later.
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Let me speak for all four teams in the AFC West: No.
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The Browns may not have wanted him, but the Bucs, Jets, Cowboys, Bengals, Colts and Chiefs all made inquiries. The combination of playing close to home, for coaches he's comfortable with, on a team that's bound to improve, made the Chiefs an easy choice.
"Last year was very strange," he says. "It really was the best of times, the worst of times. There was all this joy from the wedding, and all this pain from football. Now let's see what I can do. Actions speak louder than words. I don't need to carry the ball all the time. If five carries for 30 yards helps us win, I'm fine with that. I just want to be a football player again. I don't need to be a star."
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