Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 5/4

Joe Robbins

May the 4th Be With You. Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.

Catching Up With Chiefs WR Donnie Avery from The Mothership

"It's been great; we're building team chemistry each and every day," Avery said. "Our offense is kind of similar to the one I had in St. Louis, so it's just (a matter of) refreshing my memory."

Playing in the similar system for the Rams, Avery totaled 100 receptions for 1,263 yards and eight TDs during the two-year campaign. Joining the Chiefs, Avery is ready to produce for the team in any way possible.

"Wherever I fit in," Avery said. "If it's special teams or being a reserve or playing, wherever it fits, I'm open to it."

Former Chiefs QB Trent Green Starts Children's Literacy Program from KC Star

Green announced HIKE - which stands for Help Install the Key to Education - at Phoenix Family's 10th annual benefit dinner and awards ceremony on Wednesday night at the Kansas City Convention Center. Phoenix Family provides critical services to more than 5,300 residents living in 32 communities in 12 cities throughout Kansas and Missouri.

KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: Foto Friday Flashback

Source: Chris Ballard Bolts To Chiefs from ESPN Chicago

Chicago Bears director of pro scouting Chris Ballard is leaving the team to join the front office of the Kansas City Chiefs, a league source confirmed on Friday.

Monmouth College Grad Alex Tanney Let Go By Chiefs from The Monmouth Daily Review Atlas

Tanney was signed last year as an undrafted free agent, participated in training camp and saw action in the Chiefs' final preseason game where he suffered a hand injury and was placed on the injured reserve list for the remainder of the season.

"I've talked to my agent and he's talked to a couple of teams," said Tanney after learning of his release. "We'll try to see what happens there."

Stephen Brown: Johnson Shows Chiefs' Attitude Improving from The Examiner

Johnson has a chance to start right away for Kansas City.

"We're going to put him at the Mike Linebacker spot and he'll compete with Akeem (Jordan), who obviously has a few snaps under his belt in the league," says Reid on Johnson starting. "He'll get in there and compete with him. He was a four-phased special team's player for them, so he can also do that. I'm sure he'll find his way in, granted that he stays healthy and picks everything up, but he's capable of finding his way in for playing time."

NFL: Humboldt's Epperson Making Most Of NFL Opportunity from The Jackson Sun

Now that his college playing days are done, Epperson is finding his motivation in not being chosen in last week's NFL Draft and wanting to prove his worth to the Kansas City Chiefs organization, where he will go when he leaves on Thursday for Rookie Camp.

"I've always had a chip on my shoulder when it comes to playing football, but the main thing I want to do right now is show the Chiefs how valuable of a player I can be," said Epperson, who switched from offense to defensive end for his senior season at Ole Miss. "I've played tight end, fullback and defensive end in college.

Argos GM Jim Baker Will Have To Keep Waiting For Canadian Cory Greenwood from 680 News

The Detroit Lions claimed the former Concordia Stingers star off waivers Friday, a day after he was released by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Barker selected Greenwood in the first round, third overall, of the 2010 CFL draft. But Greenwood never arrived, instead signing with Kansas City.

The 27-year-old native of Kingston, Ont., cracked the NFL squad's roster as an undrafted free agent. He spent three seasons with Kansas City before being released Thursday.

Eight In The Box: Next Order Of Business from ESPN

The Chiefs have to get the Branden Albert situation settled. They talked to the Miami Dolphins about a deal for several weeks prior to the draft. It was never completed. Neither has closed the door on a trade, but the odds are good that Albert will stay in Kansas City -- although it's not totally out of the question that some other team gets into the picture. I think the Chiefs need to get Albert prepared to play in Kansas City. He wants a long-term deal, and if he doesn't get one, he might pout. He has stayed away from voluntary workouts but said he will be with the team when mandatory sessions start.

AFC West Draft Grades: Gap Closing On Division Champ Broncos from NFL.com

Eric Fisher was the surprise choice at No. 1, but evaluators certainly understand the decision to opt for the Central Michigan product's athleticism over Luke Joeckel's technical skills. Tight end Travis Kelce and running back Knile Davis are intriguing Round 3 selections with the size, speed and athleticism to emerge as significant offensive contributors. Nico Johnson is an instinctive linebacker with size and toughness. He could serve as an effective complement to Derrick Johnson in the middle. Sanders Commings is an underrated corner with the potential to step in immediately as a nickel or dime defender. He is such a solid prospect that the team deemed Javier Arenas expendable, and traded him to the Arizona Cardinals following the draft. GRADE: B

Tim Crone: Kansas City Produces Logical Draft from The Examiner

The 2013 NFL Draft is over and every guru has discussed all the pluses and minuses of the choices made by the Chiefs.

I was busy on Saturday, but I did listen to some of the chatter by the local talk show hosts who seem to be of the opinion that the organization blew it again. I am amazed how much these guys know when they have never coached or managed an athletic program at any level. Not only are they unable to see the glass as half full, all they seem to see is an empty tank.

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