Alex Smith's Accuracy Sparks Chiefs Practice from The Mothership
Smith was on-point, nearly perfect, unofficially completing 17 of 20 passes for three TDs during the roughly two-and-a-half hour practice.
"It's a reflection of the group," Smith said. "O-line was great today; it starts with them. They did a good job communicating, especially in the blitz period, third down, everybody was on the same page and then there were guys making plays outside. We got off to a good start but really, I think the spark came from the guys up-front."
Chiefs' Training Camp Report For Monday from KC Star
Wide receiver Junior Hemingway (thumb), offensive linemen Donald Stephenson (finger) and Tommie Draheim (concussion), defensive lineman Miguel Chavis (groin), linebacker Mike Catapano (calf) and defensive backs Sanders Commings (collarbone) and Malcolm Bronson (knee) did not practice. Safety Husain Abdullah (groin) and offensive lineman Dustin Waldron (knee) left practice early.
The Chiefs will practice at 8:15 a.m. It will be their final session before Friday night's preseason opener against the Saints in New Orleans.
"Football is fun and the games are exciting but when you're out here in training camp it's definitely work," Fisher said Monday. "That's exactly what it is. It's your job. It's my career.
The way the Chiefs are using Berry - as a pass rusher as well as a pass defender - he just could rank among the team's leaders in both interceptions and sacks.
"I'm going to be all over the place," Berry said of his role in defensive coordinator Bob Sutton's aggressive scheme.
Berry, in fact, needs a road map as much as a playbook to figure out where he's lining up from play to play.
He's the strong safety in the base defense. He can be a blitzing safety or cover safety in the nickel defense. And he's a linebacker in the dime defense.
Chiefs' Hemingway Sprains Thumb; Waldron Also Hurt from KC Star
Hemingway, a seventh-round draft pick last year, was scheduled for an MRI. He is among a large group of receivers competing for a roster spot.
Q&A With Chiefs Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton from KC Star
Are there any individual players you're eager to get a look at in the preseason?
"One of the things I'm most interested in is to see how we're going to function as a unit. Obviously everybody is going to play in that game and we'll get a chance to see how they play and see how you respond. One of the real challenges in the NFL is what do you do when things go bad? How are you going to be, whether it's one play or one quarter."
The Chiefs are almost an entirely new operation since Breaston was benched during 2012, the last of his two seasons in Kansas City. They have a new football administration, a new coaching staff and a new quarterback, so plenty of things have changed.
One thing that's the same is the Chiefs' need for wide receiving help alongside Dwayne Bowe.
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The Legend Of Nico Johnson seems to loom larger with each passing week as the 249-pound rookie from Alabama continues to work with the first team at middle linebacker and impress, especially with pursuing ballcarriers. But club officials want to see how well he plays against the pass in space; therefore, veteran Akeem Jordan, the safer and maybe less spectacular option, has the inside track to start the preseason as Derrick Johnson's running mate.
Chiefs' 1st Depth Chart Offers Few Surprises from The St. Joseph News-Press
More of the interest came not from how high up a player was listed but at what position.
A starter at nose tackle entering the 2012 Chiefs training camp, Anthony Toribio currently backs up Mike DeVito at the right defensive end spot. That leaves Jerrell Powe and 2011 undrafted free agent Miguel Chavis in the spots behind starting nose tackle Dontari Poe.
Chiefs Camp Notes: Field Goal Perfection from Warpaint Illustrated
Punter, Dustin Colquitt, fresh off a Pro Bowl year has been steady as a rock. The return and coverage teams have been marginal at best but the eye opener was the hiccups by Kicker, Ryan Succop.
At times a year ago, he was KC's best scoring option but he also missed some chip shots that had last years coaching staff a bit puzzled. That's why Reid brought in one of the games premier special teams coaches.
In Dave Toub, the Chiefs have a hard-nosed coach with an infinity for fixing whatever ills need to be corrected in one of the games most inconsistent yet important phases - special teams.
AFC West's Fantasy Strength Sits In Denver from NFL.com
Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs: It was a tough call between Smith and Philip Rivers for the next spot on this list. Smith gets the nod because of Andy Reid's arrival in Kansas City and the addition of the Pistol offense. It doesn't hurt that Smith will work with one of the league's top five running backs in Jamaal Charles, either.
Fast Rising Houston Does More Than Pass Rush from The St. Joseph News-Press
Kansas City hopes an improved offense and a new defensive scheme will reap better results, and Houston could be a huge key in directing a turnaround. His teammates seem confident, and Johnson recently sent out an Instagram picture of himself, Hali and Houston staring at the practice field at Missouri Western with a caption saying they're working to be the best linebacking corps in the NFL.
Tyler Bray Is Outperforming Expectations So Far In Kansas City from All For Tennesse
The rookie out of Tennessee went undrafted due to "personality issues", despite his strong throwing arm.
So far Bray is making the Chiefs happy that they're the team that picked him up short after the NFL draft concluded.
Check out some of the big time praise from Kansas City based beat writers.
2013 NFL Projections: The AFC West from Garry Cobb
But despite his success, Smith was never overwhelmingly good. Once he went down with a concussion last season and gave way to Colin Kaepernik, the 49ers turned things over to the untested starter and never went back to Smith in spite of what he had achieved a year ago.
Smith certainly comes with his question marks, but Andy Reid has reputation for being able to get the most out of his quarterbacks, and the offensive talent that Smith has around him should set the Chiefs up for a fun and exciting first year of a new era.
Projected Finish: 9-7, 2nd Place.
Terps Preseason Football Practice Report: Day 1 from The Washington Post
NFL scouts representing the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons were in attendance.
AFC Update: Hall OF Fame Game Opens NFL Preseason from CBS Baltimore
The Chiefs OC declared Alex Smith the best quarterback in the NFL, either as a clear overstatement or as a plain statement of evidence he has yet to watch at least 15 other NFL quarterbacks play football. Confidence is high in KC, helped largely by Smith's accuracy and rapidly developing chemistry with open-field terror Jamaal Charles. These two work well in an Andy Reid system, and Alex Smith does not have to be the NFL's best quarterback for the Chiefs to make a giant step forward this season.
Reporters who cover practice can't tweet fast, or often, enough. A lot of it is mundane. Every catch, every drop, every block is noted in character form through Twitter. You get bombarded with a little bit of everything.
I don't really need to know about the guy who's listed as the 7th wide receiver in camp. I want to know if Alex Smith can throw a deep ball, and if he can, who's going to catch it.
The CFL? Also seems unlikely, but it's been done before. Lande noted that former Florida State receiver Tamarick Vanover jumped to the CFL in 1994 when he faced NCAA ineligibility. A year later, he made the jump to the NFL, drafted in the third round by the Kansas City Chiefs. And at least someone in the CFL, it appears, has considered it:
Preventing Faded Memories from The Topeka Capital-Journal
On Aug. 25, the Wichita Wingnuts baseball team will host an event to help preserve the everlasting memory of their dearly departed bench coach, teammate and friend, Brian Rose. The Wingnuts are hosting a silent auction to benefit the Brian Rose Foundation. Rose, the Wingnuts former bench coach, passed away in January after fighting melanoma and the Wingnuts staff and team have dedicated the 2013 season to his memory...
...The Nuts have received donations from professional sports teams like the Phoenix Suns, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals.
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