Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 4/5

Joe Robbins

Good morning! Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news from across the internet. Enjoy!

Chiefs Will Have Preseason Home Games Against 49ers, Packers from KC Star

The preseason begins the second weekend of August. The Chiefs will play at New Orleans that weekend.

These games will follow on successive weekends, in order: against the 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium, at Pittsburgh and against the Packers at Arrowhead.

The Chiefs will not play their usual Governor's Cup preseason game against St. Louis.

Kansas City Chiefs GM John Dorsey Explains Plan For No. 1 Pick from NFL.com

Yes, the Chiefs brought in [Geno] Smith, but they already gave up two high picks, including the 34th overall selection in this draft, to acquire Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers. That trade, plus the split opinion league-wide on Smith's ability, cast plenty of doubt on the possibility of Kansas City taking the plunge on the West Virginia star -- doubt that Dorsey does his best to dispel.

"There always can be a quarterback," he said. "We're gonna take the best player. I stand by that. And what I use as an example is that we were lucky enough to get Aaron Rodgers (in Green Bay). We were questioned about that, but we stood patiently for three years with him. We can stand patiently another three if we have to. At the end of the day, you want to do what's best for your organization, present and future. And if it happens to be the quarterback, we'll take the quarterback."

Chiefs Defense Plans To Be Greedy from KC Star

It was bad enough that the Chiefs gave the ball away a league-most 37 times on offense last year, but to compound their woes, the defense took it away a league-low 13 times.

If there's one mandate for new defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, it's finding a way to create turnovers The Chiefs' seven interceptions were tied for fewest in the league. Their six fumble recoveries were tied for the sixth-fewest.

Chiefs Sign LB Frank Zombo from The Mothership

Zombo's best season statistically came in 2010, when he entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Packers, playing in 13 games (eight starts), totaling 38 tackles, with four sacks and two forced fumbles.

The Sterling Heights, Michigan native played collegiately at Central Michigan, where he was an All-MAC first-team linebacker, ranking second in school history with 25.5-career sacks.

Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher Will Not Visit With K.C. Chiefs from NFL.com

Pre-draft visits mean very little. Whether a team is trying to feign interest in a player or whether they are just performing due diligence, it's foolish to read much into what players visit what teams.

The Kansas City Chiefs are a perfect example. While they notably hosted West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith for a visit, we're more interested in the players that they haven't brought in-house.

Draft Spotlight - Day 12: Gavin Escobar from The Mothership

The former basketball player can use his size and footwork to his advantage, creating various types of targets for his QB to attack opposing defenses.

Escobar redshirted during the 2009 season, before playing 13 games as a freshman, including the last 12 as a starter. He totaled 29 catches, 323 yards and four TDs. 19 of his receptions resulted in either a first down or a touchdown.

His numbers dropped a bit in 2010 but he picked up the pace during the 2011 season, finishing with 51 grabs for 780 yards and seven TDs.

Throwback Thursday 4.4.13 Jim Moore (Football) 1993-97 from KUAthletics.com

What did you do after you graduated in 1997?

"I had a couple of chances in the NFL. I signed with the Tennessee Oilers out of college. I broke my hand in training camp, and came back as a graduate assistant for the KU football team. Then I signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in '98. I was only there during the off-season because I re-broke my hand and basically retired. My workout partner was Tony Gonzalez, and it was a pretty great time in Chiefs' history during that year with all the players."

Former Tuskegee RB Derrick Washington Garnering Interest From NFL Chiefs, Patriots from AL.com

Former Tuskegee running back Derrick Washington did more in one season than many have in four.

Now, the 2012 Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference Player of the Year, is busy trying to extend his career on the gridiron. According to several reports, the Raymore, Mo. native and Missouri transfer is working out for the Kansas City Chiefs and has already worked out for the New England Patriots.

Luke Marquardt To Hold Workout At Azusa Pacific On April 11 from NFL.com

Marquardt's height - he's 6-foot-8 - helps make him an intriguing NFL prospect, and could allow him to be the first Azusa Pacific player selected in the NFL draft since Christian Okoye -the famous "Nigerian Nightmare" - was a second-round pick in 1987 by the Kansas City Chiefs.

49ers To Pay Preseason Visit To Alex Smith, Kansas City from CSN Bay Area

It will be the first matchup between the 49ers and Chiefs since 2003, when the 49ers authored a 24-6 victory at Arrowhead. The two teams have met for preseason action nine times, with San Francisco leading the series 6-3.

Hello, Old Friend: 49ers To Visit Alex Smith And Chiefs In Preseason from The Sacramento Bee

Smith is now the Chiefs' starter. First-string players typically don't play for very long in exhibition games. However, the Chiefs have a new quarterback, a new head coach and a new offense, and Smith's time under center against the 49ers likely will be significant.

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