Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 8/3

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning! We have to begin today by sending our congratulations to former Kansas City Chiefs NT Curley Culp. He will be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame tonight. There are some interesting stories about him in today's Arrowheadlines. Keep reading for those and all of your training camp updates in today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

Former Chiefs Great Curley Culp Muscles His Way Into The Hall Of Fame from KC Star

Culp used that strength, his size, quickness and intensity to win Arizona high school wrestling titles in 1963 and 1964 and the 1967 NCAA heavyweight championship at Arizona State. He took those same attributes to the NFL, where Culp played an integral role on the Chiefs' Super Bowl IV championship team and became pro football's prototype nose tackle for Bum Phillips' "Luv Ya Blue" Houston Oilers of the 1970s.

And Saturday night, Culp will take his place at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Culp will become the seventh member of the Super Bowl champion Chiefs inducted into the hall, alongside linebackers Bobby Bell and Willie Lanier, tackle Buck Buchanan, cornerback Emmitt Thomas, quarterback Len Dawson and kicker Jan Stenerud, in addition to coach Hank Stram and club founder Lamar Hunt.

"American" Family Fun Day from The Mothership

This weekend the Chiefs are hosting "American" Family Fun Day on Saturday, August 3rd at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Gates open - 7:45 a.m.

Practice starts - 8:15 a.m.

Admission is free. Parking is $5 per car, or $15 for buses and RVs.

Chiefs Practices Have A Game-Like Feel To Them from The Mothership

Friday's practice included some rain, some wind and a whole lot of real-game energy and vibe, as well as a collective response by the Chiefs offense from Thursday's practice.

Chiefs TE Anthony Fasano was a part of the offensive resurgence on Friday, but despite the success, he wanted to discuss how the team can improve.

"We have our ups and downs," Fasano said. "Our ups are very promising, but we have to learn how to limit the downs and when the downs happen, to be able to make them stop quickly. Our defense is playing great and is giving us a big challenge and I think it's only going to suit our offense a little bit better."

Chiefs Offense Looks Sharp One Day After Sloppy Practice from KC Star

"We did red zone today and it was obviously a new set of plays for us, and that presented an opportunity for our offense to make some plays and it was good to see,'' coordinator Doug Pederson said.

The offense had much to make up for after Thursday's sloppy session.

"It's a training camp,'' Pederson said. "Offense is going to win a day, then lose a day. That's just the way training camp is set up.

"You drop a pass, you make a mistake, the quarterback throws an interception, you move on. You coach it on film. We had a lot of good teaching film from yesterday, and the guys responded nicely today.''

Chiefs Camp Report: Chase Daniel Has A Good Day from KC Star

Chase Daniel had one of his better days in camp. His first two passes in the drill went to Donnie Avery, who first took a short crossing route for a sizable gain and then beat Neiko Thorpe on a corner route for a touchdown.

Daniel made perhaps his best throw of the day a few plays later when Travis Kelce hauled in his fade pass in the right back corner of the end zone.

Chasing Down The Kansas City Chiefs RBs from The Mothership

"I love this group of running backs," Sherman said. "We're a close-knit family; we hang out, goof around and we're around each other 24-7, so, you have to be brothers."

Sherman also shared what enjoys most about one of the backs he blocks for, Jamaal Charles.

"He's a great running back," Sherman said. "He's got great vision and speed. He knows where the hole is going to be and he makes you look better as a blocker, because he sets up your blocks."

Chiefs Aren't Wasting Time At Training Camp from KC Star

I've seen the Chiefs waste too much time on their training camp practice field and in preseason games the last decade. In many of these seasons, it was obvious that when the real games started, the Chiefs were going to be slow movers, and indeed that's too often been the way things played out.

I don't have the sense that this year's Chiefs, in their first season under coach Andy Reid, are wasting their training camp time. They're getting in plenty of hitting and appear to be getting a lot done.

New Chiefs Teammates Feeling 'Like Family' from The Mothership

Think back to the last time you were at work and a new employee started in your department, or you're in school and a new classmate now sits in front of you every morning at 9 AM, what were you thinking or feeling at the time?

Those specific scenarios are very much like the past few days at Chiefs Camp, where the team recently signed CB Conroy Black and Thursday announced the additions of CB Kamaal McIlwain and OT Mike Tepper.

Before talking with all three new players, Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson offered me some perspective on having new guys join the team.

Chiefs' Colquitt Still Pushing To Join Greatest Punters In History from KC Star

There are former Oakland Raiders Ray Guy and Shane Lechler. Chiefs Hall of Famer Jerrel Wilson. Even Colquitt's father, two-time Super Bowl champion Craig Colquitt of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

All were great punters, but ...

"As players in the NFL, you strive to be the best player ever," Colquitt said, "and I'm a punter. So I strive to be the best punter ever.

"I want to be in the same argument and in the same sentences with Ray Guy or Shane Lechler, who is year in and year out the best punter out there."

Lilja Leaves No Doubt He Was Interested In Chiefs from KC Star

Guard Rokevious Watkins, who was waived this summer by the Rams, has agreed to terms with the Chiefs, according to Watkins' agent, Chad Speck of Allegiant Athletic Agency.

Watkins, 6 feet 3 and 338 pounds, was drafted by the Rams in the fifth round in 2012. In May, he was suspended for the opening game of the regular season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

Q&A With New Chiefs DE Mike DeVito from KC Star

"I'm really impressed with Dontari. His athleticism and all those things you see him have but also his ability to pick up the defense. His mental game is also very good. He's able to read backfield sets, understand the defense and that allows him to play at the high level that he's playing at. If he's sitting around thinking he's not going to be able to play at that level, but he knows what's going on. He acts like a true vet and you would never know that this is his second year of playing. I think we've seen a big jump from him from last year."

Vote For "Voice Of The Kingdom" from The Mothership

The search for the "Voice of the Kingdom" is down to three finalists. Now, it's up to Chiefs fans to vote for who they want to see perform the National Anthem at Arrowhead Stadium.

The finalist video that receives the most fan votes from now until August 6th will be named the "Voice of the Kingdom." Results will be announced at chiefscontests.com by August 9th.

Meet the three finalists:

KCChiefs.com Video: DeVito: "There Is A Lot Of Good Competition"

KCChiefs.com Video: Fasano: Arrowhead Was A Factor In My Decision

KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: Chiefs Camp Day Seven

KCChiefs.com Twitter Feed: Tweets From Chiefs: Week One

Hiring Of Toub Could Turn Chiefs Special Teams Into Serious Weapon from FS Kansas City

Brass tacks: If you're very, very good at special teams (or very, very lousy), it amounts to a difference of about three victories per year. In the AFC West, that's the kind of thing that could spell the difference between January games and January pink slips.

So even if it's not huge -- the franchises with the best quarterback and best coach win the race these days, more often than not -- it ain't lip service, either.

In the right hands, it's a weapon.

In Toub's hands, it's a set of swinging nunchucks.

Pederson Sees A Lot In Chiefs' Quarterback from The St. Joseph News-Press

Doug Pederson knows what he wants in his quarterback, and the Chiefs' first-year offensive coordinator obviously believes he's found plenty of those talents in Alex Smith‘s play.

"Accuracy, timing and decision-making, those are the three traits a quarterback has to have," Pederson said following Friday's practice.

Chiefs' Poe Staying Modest As Attention Increases from The St. Joseph News-Press

Toribio, a sixth-year veteran, understands the pecking order and accepts his role as the current backup.

"I always envisioned Dontari as the man. That guy is a great player," said Toribio, who played in 11 games last year but recorded just five tackles. "As soon as we drafted him, I knew that that guy was going to be a beast. He's definitely filled into the player they drafted him to be.

"I'm just doing whatever the coaches ask me to do to help them win and make the 53-man roster."

Culp Headed To Hall OF Fame As Senior Candidate from The Associated Press via The St. Joseph News-Press

When he hears the name Curley Culp, the first thing Chiefs defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas does is smile. Then he shakes and head and says, "He was an ornery feller."

Thomas and Culp were stalwarts on the Kansas City defense from 1968-74, helping the franchise win its only Super Bowl. Thomas played so well in the backfield that he'd eventually land in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, while Culp revolutionized the defensive tackle position.

Fantasy Football Breakouts: Jamaal Charles, Montee Ball, Lamar Miller from Sports Illustrated

Jamaal Charles, Chiefs: If I could choose any pick in the draft this year, I'd go with No. 5. That's because I'm confident I could get Charles there, and he's the No. 2 player on my board. And honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if he finished the season as the top player in fantasy. We know that if he's healthy, he will be a yardage beast. He delivered 1,745 yards from scrimmage last year and 1,935 yards in 2010. Over his career, he has averaged 5.8 yards per carry and 8.4 yards per reception. The bottom line is that when Charles gets his hands on the ball, he usually does damage.

Culp Has Super Memory Of KC from The Canton Repository

"That's one of the highlights," Culp said. "It's the only Super Bowl they've won in Kansas City. I had the opportunity to get to a couple of AFC Championship games against Pittsburgh when I was with Houston, but the win with the Chiefs was one of a kind to me."

Culp in particular remembers his Chiefs teammates.

Borges: Bill Parcells Appreciates Hall Honor from The Boston Herald

This weekend, 121 of the 163 living members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame are gathering here to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Hall as well as to welcome in the seven newest members of the world's most selective sports fraternity.

The day before tonight's induction ceremony at Fawcett Stadium - adjacent to the Hall, the newest enshrinees sat in a private room for Hall of Famers and a few others at the annual Ray Nitschke Memorial Luncheon. It is one of the few private moments of the weekend, a luncheon where any inductee can rise and speak to the newest electees, most often from the heart.

Chiefs Face Injuries And A Few Struggles During Training Camp from KSHB

First round draft pick and rookie offensive tackle Eric Fisher has been struggling over the last few days at training camp.

He's been trying to make the transition from left tackle to the right side against NFL defenders.

"We're not holding anything back. We're throwing it at him," Reid said. "His hands are a little beat up and you have to bring it everyday. The young guys, they learn that. They're all learning."

Arizona Cardinals Give Camp 5 Stars For Lodging, Logistics from AZCentral

Tom Pratt, who helps coach the Cardinals' pass-rush specialists, is quite a storyteller. And as the only current assistant in the NFL to coach in six different decades (dating to the 1960s), he has a lot of stories to tell.

Pratt, 78, coached with the Chiefs under Hank Stram in Super Bowls I and IV.

I asked Pratt about coaching nose tackle Curley Culp, who played at Yuma High and Arizona State and who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Pratt asked me whether I had heard the story of how the Chiefs acquired Culp. I had not, so he regaled me.

Simon Venees And Tom Shaw Look At New Batch Of NFL Rookies from Sky Sports

"Eric Fisher at Kansas City is a player I know well. He has a chip on his shoulder, even though he was the first pick. He is big, strong, explosive, powerful, no body fat; he has the work ethic and dedication of a skill player because he grew up as a wide receiver, who turned into a tight end and then a lineman as he grew. He has that 'I don't want to be last' mentality, which is not usually that of an offensive lineman. He is very intelligent, too."

NFL Head Coaches On The Hot Seat from Business 2 Community

Reid's job is by no means in jeopardy in 2013. However, he has inherited a team that was solid apart from at the quarterback position - last season the Chiefs had five pro bowlers. The free agency addition of Alex Smith has solved the Chiefs' quarterback woes and I think this team is a serious contender for the playoffs; they wont win their division but they could be in with a shout for a Wild Card spot. Simply put, Reid's coaching credentials will be seriously questioned if he can't find success with this strong Chiefs team. If 2013 doesn't go well for Kansas City, Reid may be on a short leash in 2014.

Dontari Poe Plays For Andy Reid, Can't Eat Barbecue from Kissing Suzy Kolber

That's right. While Andy Reid was conducting a culinary tour of Kansas City's barbecue joints in the off-season, he was making one of his players abstain from the meaty, fatty goodness. Pretty messed up, Andy. It has to be extra rough on Poe when he sees Reid down racks of ribs during training camp drills.

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