Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs news 8/7

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning everyone. I'm filling in for NJ Chiefs Fan on Arrowheadlines so today's KC Chiefs news is not as good.

Kansas City Star : Alex Smith, Chiefs want to create momentum in preseason opener
Smith can’t take a meaningful step toward winning the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the Chiefs merely by playing well in Friday night’s preseason opener against the Saints in New Orleans. But Smith and the Chiefs can create some offensive momentum, something that’s been elusive for them with different quarterbacks the past two seasons. Smith and the starting offense will play the first quarter against the Saints. Chase Daniel will replace Smith in the second quarter and be followed by Tyler Bray in the third and Ricky Stanzi finishing the game. “It’s important,” Smith said. “We want to play well and we want to get off to a good start. But is this the end-all? No. It’s the first preseason game.

Kansas City Star : Chiefs training camp report for Tuesday
Backup outside linebacker Frank Zombo had a good day. He replaced Justin Houston for a play with the starting unit and forced a sack of Smith. Playing with the second unit, Zombo’s pressure forced Daniel to throw away a pass. Backup defensive back Greg Castillo intercepted a tipped pass thrown by Tyler Bray. Newly signed cornerback Semaj Moody made a nice breakup of a pass by Stanzi intended for Rico Richardson. Backup linebacker Orie Lemon intercepted a pass by Ricky Stanzi in seven-on-seven drills.

Kansas City Star : Chiefs’ rookie Nico Johnson will feel at home in dome
“I’m very familiar with that place,” said Johnson, who is competing with free agent Akeem Jordan for a starting spot alongside Derrick Johnson in the base 3-4 defense. “But I’m with a different team now, and I’ve got to go in and earn my keep, earn my respect.” Still, Nico Johnson said it will be comforting playing his first game in a stadium where he has had success. “I tell people all the time, I’ve never played in Arrowhead,” he said. “The first time I play in Arrowhead is going to be kind of different. Going into the Superdome should be a comfort zone for me. I should be able to relax more than the normal rookie and go out and play.”

Chiefs' revamped secondary out to prove itself
It took dozens of lousy plays over the course of the season for the Chiefs to have one of the worst years in franchise history. But their inability to cause turnovers, particularly in the secondary, was somewhere near the root of their problems. Brandon Flowers had three of the Chiefs' interceptions. Stanford Routt had two, and he played only half the year before being cut. Otherwise, a handful of guys managed to get their paws on at least one pass, but that was it when it came to flustering quarterbacks. So there was little surprise when the Chiefs reworked their defensive backfield this offseason.

Nico Johnson keeps pummeling his way onto the Chiefs' No. 1 D
Anthony Sherman? BAM! Knile Davis? BAM! Jamaal Charles? BAM! When a guy starts treating Charles the way a hammer treats a railroad spike, it tends to get people ... talking.

Fantasy football 2013 draft preview: Kansas City Chiefs team report - Fantasy Sports - Eric Mack - SI.com
There seems to be a groundswell of support for Jamaal Charles as an early round fantasy pick this season. Charles has averaged an exception 5.8 yards per carry through his five seasons, and he's supported by a running back-friendly offense and play-caller this season. New head coach Andy Reid not only features his backs in a run game that gets speedy backs into space, but he also throws to them frequently via screens and utilizes them as third-down receivers.

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