Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 8/9

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Game day! Feels good to type that - even if it is just preseason. Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news. Lots of stuff for you this morning. Go Chiefs!!

Chiefs Ready To Hit A Different Opponent from The Mothership

The current book being written by the new Chiefs regime begins a new chapter when head coach Andy Reid, general manager John Dorsey and the rest of the team's coaches and players take the field at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome tomorrow night against the New Orleans Saints.

The last seven months have flown by, almost as fast as an Andy Reid-led practice, quick, beneficial and filled with purpose, leading us to tomorrow night's game at 7:00 PM CDT, which can't come soon enough, especially for the players.

Chiefs' Reid Will Have Eye On Fisher, Rookies In Opener from KC Star

"The rookies have got a ton of plays in. It's just a matter of making sure they're figuring it all out and they're comfortable with it and all of a sudden the speed of their game goes up.''

The Chiefs have immediate expectations for their top four picks: first-round tackle Eric Fisher, third-round tight end Travis Kelce, third-round running back Knile Davis and fourth-round inside linebacker Nico Johnson. Fisher is already starting at right tackle and the Chiefs remain hopeful that Johnson can win a spot as a regular by the time the regular season begins Sept. 8 against the Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla.

Kelce and Davis won't be starters but the Chiefs expect them to help bring some life to what the past couple of seasons has been a sluggish offensive team.

Chiefs Are Ideal Environment For Tyler Bray To Mature from KC Star

Internally, Bray has impressed the Chiefs' decision makers as much as anyone in training camp. Bray is here, officially, as an undrafted free agent, but there has never been much doubt about his talent.

He is 6 feet 6 with the strongest arm of any Chiefs quarterback in years, the kind of physical gifts that NFL teams never let pass through the draft unless, well, let him tell it.

"I have to prove my maturity," Bray says. "Lots of doubts about my maturity coming out of college, which I knew I had to fix. I'm just trying to be a man in football. I mean, not the man, but, just, be a man. Grow up. Know what you have to do. Study the playbook. It's not about having fun anymore, it's a job now. But you can have fun on the field."

Chiefs Cover Two: A Closer Look At The Players from The Mothership

The Kansas City Chiefs officially began their training camp Friday, July 26th and complete their stay in St. Joseph on August 14th, with an 8:15 AM CDT practice. Between the practices, team meetings, road travel, and more, we will bring fans closer to the entire team, including the Chiefs rookies and free agents, who were signed in the offseason.

Today, we catch up with Chiefs rookies, DB Otha Foster III and DL Brad Madison, as each participated in OTA and minicamp practices, bringing them to today, where they're competing for spots on the 2013 Chiefs roster.

Five Things To Watch In Chiefs Preseason Opener from KC Star

Three new quarterbacks will make their Chiefs debuts, starting with Alex Smith. The Chiefs want Smith to stay in one piece and won't let him sit in the pocket. Watch for passes into the flat or screens to the backs and short seam patterns to tight ends. Backup Chase Daniel will play the second quarter against his former teammates and may show some of the roll-out features of the offense. And rookie Tyler Bray will start the second half and show off his strong arm.

Chiefs Preseason Games from The Mothership

Kansas City's preseason game broadcasts are back this season in 12 different markets including KCTV5 in Kansas City. The Emmy Award Winning 65 Toss Power Trap Productions, production arm of the Chiefs organization, will deliver all live-game action in high definition.

Locally, KCTV5 (CBS) will carry Chiefs preseason games for the 11th consecutive year.

Chiefs sign Free Agent OL Hutch Eckerson from The Mothership

Eckerson (6-6, 310) originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the San Diego Chargers in 2011. He was released by San Diego prior to the start of the regular season, then signed by New Orleans on May 14, 2012.

KCChiefs.com Video: This Is Chiefs Camp

KBTV Video: Jamaal Charles Gets Ready For NFL-Preseason

ESPN Audio: Two-A-Days: Chiefs

Five New Orleans Saints Players To Watch In Kansas City Chiefs Game from NewOrleansSaints.com

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks: His workload increased as soon as the New Orleans Saints learned that end Kenyon Coleman was lost for the season with a chest injury. Hicks' assets are obvious; he's big, strong, fast and can get to the quarterback. But Coach Sean Payton said his technique needs refinement. He hasn't played as much football as many of his colleagues, so preseason snaps will be vital as he prepares to play defensive tackle and defensive end.

Chase Daniel: The 'Domecoming' from What Dat Dish

We only wish the best for Daniel, and everyone in 'Who Dat Nation' hated to see him go. Sadly, you can't blame him. A Free Agent with a chance to return closer to his Mizzou Alma Mater? Then you couple that with a chance to actually start? One can only hope that he continues to evolve, and work well under Andy Reid. However, if Daniel turns into the next Jake Delhomme (and I mean the good things he did in Carolina), we may all puke.

NFL Preseason Preview - Kansas City (0-0) At New Orleans (0-0) from The Wichita Eagle

Reid joined Kansas City of course after 14 largely successful seasons as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach where he compiled a 130-93-1 regular season record and took the team to five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl.

Reid's dying days in the City of Brotherly Love were ugly, however, yet he still has the reputation as something of a franchise-builder and takes over a team in Kansas City far more talented than its 2-14 2012 record would indicate.

Saints' Payton Returns To Sideline Friday Vs. K.C. from The Associated Press via The St. Joseph News-Press

"It was one of the toughest years professionally in my short career that I've been through," Daniel said. "It's hard when you lose your rock and your head coach like Sean Payton is down there. I think Drew put a little extra pressure on himself to fill the player and the head coach void. "

Daniel knows it will not be the normal preseason atmosphere at the dome.

"Well, I talked to the ticket guy a couple days ago, and it's sold out," he said. "It's Sean Payton's first game really in like two years. The New Orleans fans love their football and it doesn't matter if it's preseason, offseason, Super Bowl, regular season. They're going to be out in full force, and it's going to be loud."

Smith Set For Attention In Chiefs Debut from The St. Joseph News-Press

"Be our savior," one exuberant female fan yelled toward the quarterback...

"...Yeah, we were laughing about that," Smith said of his reaction to the savior talk. "That's a strong word, but that's the quarterback position. But that's a great example, when I was younger I would have taken that pretty literal. I tried to make every single throw, and I tried to prove to everybody on every single play that I was worth it.

"In reality, you go out there, and I think winning games is about doing the little things in the quarterback position."

Chiefs Vs. Saint Primer: Kelce's Strides from Warpaint Illustrated

So when Kansas City selected, Travis Kelce, many people began the curiosity hunt on why the Chiefs drafted him so high. But after doing some due diligence, the soon to be Chief, certainly adds some incredible athleticism and attitude to Andy Reid's new offense. And those are big reasons; the Chiefs secured his draft rights.

Within the west coast offense, you must possess tight ends that can catch the ball over the middle of the field and block for the running game. If early returns mean anything, Kelce has proved he can catch the rock and is already gaining confidence in his blocking abilities. And that should serve the Chiefs well within their red zone offense where they've struggled mightily to score touchdowns the last two seasons.

New-Look Chiefs Meet Saints In Exhibition Opener from The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Kansas City Chiefs have a new coach, new general manager, new quarterback and a bunch of other new faces.

Now we get to see if their look is new and improved.

The Chiefs will get their first opportunity to put last year's miserable 2-14 campaign behind them when they play their exhibition opener against the New Orleans Saints at 7 p.m. Friday in the Superdome.

Richardson Turns Heads At Training Camp from The Natchez Democrat

"I'm just reviewing now," Richardson said. "It's not too much harder than college, there are just more formations and more plays."Richardson said he's gotten a lot of good feedback from the Chiefs coaches since training camp began.

"They love my routes and my speed," Richardson said. "They love the way I catch, and they just say I have to keep it up and work hard. Even on special teams, I'm just out there to help the team.

"Though some rookies might get caught up in the size and speed of the NFL, Richardson said the biggest difference between professional and college football is a bit subtler.

Varnado's Foster Coming Home To Play In His First NFL Game from The Daily News

The preseason schedule couldn't have worked out better for Kansas City Chiefs safety Otha Foster III.

The 2006 Varnado High graduate, who signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent this offseason, is set to compete in his first NFL game close to home tonight when the Chiefs battle the New Orleans Saints in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Former Chiefs Receiver Eddie Kennison To Open City Market Pizza Place from KC Star

Former Chiefs player Eddie Kennison is expanding his City Market offerings.

Kennison opened Cellar & Loft wine shop, at 525 Walnut St., nearly three years ago with Bill and Maggie Dane. Now the partners have taken over the spot next door at 527 Walnut for a new pizza operation set to open in about 60 days.

NFL Preseason Power Rankings from National Football Post

18. Kansas City Chiefs [80.5]: The switch at quarterback from Matt Cassel to Alex Smith should cut down Kansas City's sack and turnover numbers, while the transition from Romeo Crennel to Andy Reid gives the Chiefs a much-improved position from a tactical standpoint. Look at the schedule and keep in mind that this team sent six players to the Pro Bowl last season. Those are just a few of the reasons why we're backing the OVER (7.0) on Kansas City's season win total this year.

Kansas City Returns To Superdome from The Sun Herald

No matter what the Saints accomplish tonight against Kansas City, their opening game of the 2013 preseason will not erase memories of last season's embarrassing loss to the Chiefs.

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