Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 7/4

Jamie Squire

Happy Independence Day!!! The last few years, I have posted a link to The National Anthem performed by Marvin Gaye. It's not a straight-forward rendition of the anthem (and I usually hate that), but I think it is beautiful. Enjoy your families today, if you are able, and be safe. Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news.

Fireworks Around The Kingdom from The Mothership

Don't miss the July 4th celebrations! Check out a full list of firework displays throughout the Kansas City area via explorekansascity.com.

NFL Suspends Chiefs OL Rokevious Watkins Four Games from Chiefs Spin

Chiefs offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins entered the offseason with a chance to compete for a starting job.

But that opportunity and a roster spot are in jeopardy less than three weeks from training camp.

Watkins has been suspended the first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the league's substance abuse police, the NFL announced Thursday.

Alex Smith Deserves Better QB Ranking from ESPN

But the judgment of Smith was harsh. One general manager told Sando, "There is nothing about him runningwise or arm-talentwise that makes you say, 'Shoot, we have to take this away. But he is better than an Andy Dalton [of Cincinnati] because he protects the ball.''

Smith does a nice job of protecting the ball, but that's really not all he does well.

Summer Questions: AFC West from ESPN

Q: Can the Chiefs maintain the pace they set in the passing game over the last several games of 2013?

A: Given that the Chiefs failed to add a wide receiver to an unproductive group, it's going to be difficult. The Chiefs quietly had one of the league's most productive passing games over the final seven games, counting the playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts. But it's not realistic to believe the Chiefs will continue that production over a full season with largely the same cast of receivers.

NFL Analysis: Selecting Strength Of Every Team from Lindy's Sports

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

-TEAM STRENGTH: Linebacker. The power of the Chiefs roster can be seen in their three Pro Bowl linebackers - Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Justin Houston. The team added to this group 2014 first-round draft choice Dee Ford.

Five NFL Head Coaching Contenders In 2014 from NFL Mocks

Dave Toub - ST - Kansas City Chiefs

Just like the players they coach, special teams coordinators just don't seem to get the respect they deserve in NFL circles.  A perfect example is Dave Toub.  Despite fielding the some of the best special teams units in the league for years in Chicago and now with the Kansas City Chiefs, he is continuously passed up by teams for the head position.

ATQ's "20 In 20" #16 - De'Anthony Thomas from Addicted To Quack

Despite the injury-shortened 2013 season, Thomas chose to skip out on his senior year at Oregon, a decision many people initially criticized. The Kansas City Chiefs, who know a thing or two about special teams weapons (See: Dante Hall), drafted Thomas in the 4thround at this year's NFL draft. It will be interesting to see if they use him exclusively as a kick returner, or if they'll try and see if he fits better as a slot receiver.

Now, sit back and enjoy some of De'Anthony Thomas' best moments as a Duck.

10 Burning Questions: AFC West from XN Sports

8. Which Chiefs D should we expect this year?

Great question, because nobody knows. The Chiefs defense dropped off the map in the second half of 2013, and as a result the team fell out of Super Bowl contention.  Now players named Allen Bailey and Chris Owens are penciled in as starters, and I'm not sure that bodes well for their chances.

Damon Huard Has Stood In Jimmy Garoppolo's Shoes from The Providence Journal

Huard carried the lessons he learned from both Marino and Brady to Kansas and started 21 games in his final three seasons. He joked that if it wasn't for his opportunity with the Chiefs, his career would've been defined by emulating Peyton Manning in practice for the Pats.

But when he started his first game for the Chiefs, he remembers stepping out on the field and saying to himself, "I know how to do this."

Dolphins' Dion Jordan Tests Positive For PEDs, Is Suspended Four Games from NESN

Jordan will be eligible to return on Monday, Sept. 29, one day after the Dolphins' Week 4 game against the Oakland Raiders. Jordan also will miss games against the division rival New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills, as well as a Week 3 meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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