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Good morning! Lots of Kansas City Chiefs news for you today. We have updates on players' activities during the offseason, articles about players trying to make the team as rookies, and a report that the Chiefs endorsed trying to "Kill The Head." Enjoy.

"What I want to do is get around the veterans and learn from those guys as much as possible," Heyman said. "Being a rookie is about getting on special teams and just being a sponge (for knowledge).

"Guys on this roster have really good wisdom and really good insight about this league that they pour out. I want to be the sponge that soaks it all up."

Heyman is the currently only rookie competing for a roster spot at linebacker, but the position is constructed in a manner that leaves opportunity to make the team.

Linebacker Has Been A Place For Undrafted Rookies To The Chiefs Roster from The Mothership

There's been a great deal of debate about what Williams meant when he talked about killing the head, but there's no doubt about this: He wasn't the only one in the NFL who used that phrase.

In fact, players walking into the Kansas City Chiefs' defensive line room in 2008 were greeted with that slogan painted in huge letters: "KILL THE HEAD & THE BODY WILL DIE."

Chiefs Preached "Kill The Head And The Body Will Die" Too from ProFootballTalk

Cassel being booed didn't surprise me. That's nothing new; Cassel's numb to it. What stunned me was the amount of Chiefs fans clamoring to Cassel's side.

"I was there and it was disgusting and crushing to hear the fans booing Matt Cassel," said one fan. "He may not be the best QB consistently, but he's our QB. The blame in my opinion falls on everyone. This is a new year, a new head coach, new players, and still in the new Arrowhead! Get off Cassel's back and support our QB.

Fans Rally To Defend Cassel from The Examiner

The Kansas City Command will announce a $5,000 donation during Saturday night's game at Sprint Center with an on-field check presentation to the Alliance for Lupus Research that partners with Eddie Kennison's QuickStart efforts.

"Eddie has been a valuable part of the Command family this season," said team chairman Chris Likens. "We are happy to join his efforts in raising awareness by making a donation to Lupus research."

KC Command Raises Funds & Awareness For Lupus Research from Missouri Sports Magazine

Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe has gotten nowhere in contract talks, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that they do not expect a long-term deal to get done before the Monday deadline for franchise players to sign long-term contracts.

Chiefs, Dwayne Bowe Not Making Progress On New Contract from ProFootballTalk

Throughout most of his college career, former Kansas University tight end Tim Biere faced very little competition for playing time.

Now, as he gets set to open his first NFL training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs, the undrafted free agent finds himself facing stiff competition for a spot on the roster.

Ex-Jayhawk Tim Biere Seeking 'Niche' from

Pico and Spielman each said Twin Cities police departments take no-nonsense approaches when dealing with players compared with other markets in which they have worked. Pico worked for the Kansas City Chiefs and recounted instances, without specifying names, in which police officers drove home intoxicated players instead of incarcerating them.

Both were quick to insist they did not expect preferential treatment.

Vikings Lead The NFL - In Trouble from The Pioneer Press

Former number one overall NFL draft pick and Richlands native Mario Williams is expected to participate in the game, along with Robeson County's Vonte Leach, who is currently on the Ravens' roster. Green Bay Packer C.J. Wilson, Terrance Copper from the Kansas City Chiefs, and Wilmington-native Connor Barth...

NFL Players Take On Wilmington Police For Charity from WECT

The Survive with Branden Albert program aims to raise awareness about the importance of health, fitness, and teamwork to the nation's youth.

Along with Branden Albert's appearance, Saturday's event will also feature skateboarders, dancers, zumba instructors, and lots of inflatables.

NFL Player To Visit Kids At YMCA from Rochester YNN

The event kicked off with a 7-on-7 tournament featuring eight county football teams.

It continues today with a community cleanup in the Ridgecrest YMCA area, followed by a youth camp at Largo that will include former Seminole standout Lyndon Rowells (Carolina Panthers) and former Packer star Dexter McCluster (Kansas City Chiefs) as instructors.

Former Packer Paschal Keeps His Focus On Youth from The Tampa Bay Times

But one of Smith's more interesting comments came in how he saw a lot of the Falcons in the Chiefs. Clearly the Dimitroff-Pioli-Crennel connections run deep from their time together in New England, and Smith has seen it play out in how the teams' rosters have been constructed.

"There's going to be some balance and some familiarity there," Smith said. "We look alike in some ways, which is interesting."

Mike Smith Sees Lots Of Falcons In Chiefs from Pro Football Weekly