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Good morning, AP. We've rounded up a lot of Kansas City Chiefs for you this morning. Enjoy!

Thomas Jones learned long ago not to fret over lousy personal preseason statistics.

"It’s an opportunity to get better before the first real game," said Jones, a veteran Chiefs running back. "A lot of people look at (the preseason) and just try to get through it. If you just get through it, you don’t get better regardless of whether you’re a rookie or an 11-year veteran like me. You can always get better every day. That’s what I try to do.

That might be a great attitude for a veteran to have, but it doesn’t change the fact that halfway through their preseason, the Chiefs are running the ball far more effectively with Jamaal Charles as their featured back than with Jones.

Proving ground | Jones not worried about lack of production from KC Star

Not too long ago, the fine folks at ESPN Scouts Inc referred to Tyson Jackson’s rookie season with the Kansas City Chiefs as an "all-around awful" year. There isn’t much wiggle room there. Sounds like it’s safe to say that he sucked.

But, he was the No. 3-overall pick in last year’s draft, so he’ll most likely bounce back and show why the everyone thought so highly of him, right? Not so. According to Kent Babb of, Jackson has had a "poor camp" and is in danger of losing his starting job.

Tyson Jackson is a bust? from Off the Record

KC Star Video: Chiefs Wallace Gilberry

KC Star Video: Chiefs tackle Branden Albert

Chiefs coach Todd Haley said Monday that cornerback Maurice Leggett, who was carted from the field after suffering a neck injury during Saturday night’s preseason loss at Tampa Bay, should play again "sooner rather than later."

"Everything is positive that I’ve heard," Haley said. "All things point to the fact that this should not affect him career-wise."

Chiefs Buzz | Haley says Leggett's career not in jeopardy; defense in learning mode; new depth chart

released from KC Star

Kansas City Chiefs: When you lose at home in consecutive weeks to Buffalo and Cleveland, as the Flintstone did in 2009, you are an awful team. Maybe the Patriots West thing -- coaches Romeo Crennel, Charlie Weis and Scott Pioli are now all in Kansas City, along with quarterback Matt Cassel -- will help. Let's hope the underwhelming Cassel doesn't sustain an injury: his backup, Brodie Coyle, is a career 0-9 as a starter.

For two years, Kansas City has been wrestling with Detroit for the distinction of league's worst defense. At least the Chiefs have one of TMQ's favorite players, linebacker Andy Studebaker from Division III Wheaton College of Illinois. Let's hope he does not sustain an injury -- it's really hard to get spare parts for Studebakers.

TMQ's NFL Preview: Part 1, the AFC from ESPN

Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs: The abysmal defense didn't get much help in the offseason, but talented Berry is the main exception. The No. 5 pick in the draft has drawn comparisons to Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu, though even that tandem would need help in Kansas City.

Breakout Players: Which NFL Stars Will Emerge This Season? from USA Today

In Kansas City, if you believe that building on success is easier than creating success for the first time, the Chiefs should improve on last year's four-win season. Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weis are excellent support pieces for Todd Haley as a head coach, but this team must improve in so many different areas, it's likely that the Chiefs will be battling against the Raiders to avoid the basement of this division.


A luncheon in Kansas City Monday with the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) board of directors scored big with members who were able to attend...

...To top it all off, we got to hear a fantastic speaker – Voice of the Kansas City Chiefs, Mitch Holthus. Mitch was a first class act who was able to relate to the NAFB members on several levels, since he is both a Kansas farm boy and a broadcaster. His inspiring, funny and endearing talk was based on the letters in the word FARM – Finish what you begin, have Accountability, be Resilient and Make a footprint.

NAFB Luncheon Scores a Touchdown from AGWired

Patterson, 27, got another chance. He chose the scenic route. Patterson spent two years playing special teams for the Kansas City Chiefs and head coach Herman Edwards. It was pretty obvious that salary and experience, not necessarily talent and energy, would be the difference in K.C. The Chiefs had to get a return on their high-priced cornerback tandem of Ty Law and Patrick Surtain. There was no question Patterson had talent, though. The Baltimore Ravens also wanted him.

When the Chiefs gave up on Patterson he jumped at the chance to join the Eagles — figuratively, that is. Patterson had such nasty ligament damage in a foot the Chiefs got rid of him with an injury settlement. The NFL Spread for the Chiefs and Eagles is 37 points over/under. 

NFL: Patterson Took Long Road to Eagles from The Reporter

A group of local guys are putting a fresh face to one of Kansas City's oldest and most famous pastimes - barbecue. RJ Pahura, along with his wife Jaclyn, and brother Michael, have founded The Secret Sauce Barbecue Company, which offers a line of award-winning, all-natural, gluten-free barbecue sauces that aim to bring national attention to the rich history of Kansas City barbecue. The product is simply named, The Secret Sauce.

The company officially formed after taking a top award at The American Royal Barbecue Contest in October of 2009 in the "specialty sauce" category. They have since teamed up with KC native's former Kansas City Chiefs player Joe Perez (PR guru) and Blake Miller (design genius) to expand The Secret Sauce.

The Secret's Out in Kansas City from