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July 27, 2012; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel leaves the field after training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
July 27, 2012; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel leaves the field after training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Good morning! We have a lot of Kansas City Chiefs news for you today. Training camp is providing some great articles. Today's schedule in St. Joe again consists of a walk-through in the morning with a practice this afternoon. One thing that will be different? Full pads and contact.

This jolly, grandfatherly 65-year-old is the Chiefs' third coach in five seasons, and if you think about it, he probably faces more pressure than either of his predecessors. For the first time in his career, and indeed a rarity in his profession, Crennel inherited not a mess but a gift from his fired predecessor. This is a talented team that doesn't need building or, really, much maintenance. It needs a man who will let it grow naturally; who'll just keep the car from flying off the road.

Crennel Can Win, Depending On What He's Learned From Losses from KC Star

Name the type of awe-inspiring catch, and Tony Moeaki has hauled it in.

The acrobatic, one-handers in the back of the end zone. The post patterns over the middle despite tight bracket coverage. And the four-yard outs that turn into a twenty yard gains while would-be tacklers ride piggyback.

But Moeaki's most gratifying catch could be the one he grabbed on Friday in St. Joseph: a simple, 5-yard slant route. Not because it had a greater degree of difficulty than any of the ones he's had before - it didn't. But to come down with his first catch of training camp, Moeaki had to overcome a grueling year of knee rehab before he could outwork defenders in practice.

Berry, Charles And Moeaki Shed The Rust from The Mothership

KC Star Photo Gallery: Saturday's Chiefs Training Camp

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If Peyton Manning were here, he'd roll onto your front porch, grab you by the ear like an irritated grandma, and drag your behind back to St. Joe. Standing up the team means you don't mind standing up Cassel, either. And he needs all the friends he can get right about now.

Time to bury the hatchet, Dwayne Bowe from FOX Sports Kansas City

In addition to strong showings in the Chiefs' offseason workouts, Baldwin showed a renewed dedication to fitness and training. Crennel said he came in at a lower weight and in the best shape of his short tenure with Kansas City.

The workouts extended to beyond Chiefs-mandated workouts.

Baldwin went public with his efforts, posting a lengthy video on Twitter of himself during a late-night run. He narrated the footage of himself running late at night near his high school football field in Alquippa, Pa., with self-motivational talk of dedication and hard work.

"No, I don't watch that stuff," Crennel said. "Whatever is out there is out there, but if he's training and he's working, I like that. If he produces on the field, I'll like it even better."

Chiefs' Baldwin Ready To Seize Opportunity In Bowe's Absence from St. Joseph News-Press

Baldwin says he's more comfortable in camp this year, and how could he feel any other way? His rookie season could not have gotten off to a worst start. Baldwin missed almost all of training camp and the first five games of the regular season because of a broken thumb sustained in a locker room fight...

..."I feel super-motivated," said Baldwin. "I feel so much more comfortable, knowing the whole offense, building the relationship with the quarterbacks and the other receivers," Baldwin said.

Baldwin Is Determined To Make A Name For Himself from KC Star

Asked why the Chiefs don't have the more physically demanding of their practices in the morning, when temperatures are lower, Crennel said, "Because it's tougher in the afternoon. It's hotter and they have to push themselves more.

Crennel Won't Go Easy On Chiefs In The Heat from KC Star

Ricky Stanzi's training camp schedule conflicts with his love for his country.

The second-year Chiefs quarterback has become known for his intense passion for all things America during his athletic career. That extends to the Summer Olympics, and the team's stay at Missouri Western almost perfectly coincides with the Games' run in London.

Chiefs' Stanzi Trying To Keep Eye On Olympics from St. Joseph News-Press

Starting outside linebacker Justin Houston was absent for the afternoon practice Saturday. The Chiefs said Houston was sick. Houston participated in a light practice earlier in the day.

Houston's doesn't figure to be out of the lineup for a lengthy period. But even a temporary absence shines a light on the Chiefs' lack of depth at outside linebacker.

Chiefs Notebook: Illness Makes Team Think At Linebacker from KC Star

The first turnover of camp appeared to occur when Dexter McCluster mishandled a bubble screen. The loose football was recovered behind the line of scrimmage by Cameron Sheffield, but it was difficult to decipher whether the attempt would be ruled a fumbled lateral or an incomplete forward pass.

Camp Notebook: Bring On The Pads from The Mothership

Just two days into training camp, Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel quickly pointed out one thing he noticed about his team. The offense looked lackluster in its first full-speed practice Thursday, and Crennel took notice to the misplaced passes, drops and fumbles when assessing the start of camp Friday morning.

"There were too many balls on the ground, which was one thing I wasn't crazy about, but I tried to get their attention on that and hopefully we will be better today," he said.

Offense Looks Sloppy In Earlygoing Of Chiefs Camp from St. Joseph News-Press

A December pickup, Ugoh joined New York's roster after offensive tackle Stacy Andrews was hospitalized and placed on injured reserve with blood clots in both lungs. Ugoh served as the Giants' swing tackle during their late-season Super Bowl surge and even drew a starting assignment as an extra blocker in a pivotal Week 16 win against the Jets.

Although his last full season with a team came in 2009, Ugoh's veteran presence gives the Chiefs more options while prospects like Stephenson develop.

Battle For Reserve Role Behind Eric Winston And Brandon Albert Up For Grabs from The Mothership

Dorsey is by far the most polished from a technical standpoint...hands, leverage, and footwork were great.

Dontari Poe-not displaying great leverage...bends at waste and doesn't drive through hips...still showed great upper body strength. But he's legit, just behind on the technique...after watching him I wouldn't be concerned.

Some Chiefs Camp Day 2 Observations from The Film Room

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound physical phenom came in with a chance to work in the rotation alongside veterans Bowe and Steve Breaston. He did so after returning from the secretive scuffle that occurred at camp between Kansas City's first and second preseason game but only occasionally showed flashes of the player who warranted the Chiefs' gamble on a player with personal-conduct baggage in his past.

With Bowe absent from training camp while waiting to sign his franchise-player tender, Baldwin's expectations have soared.

KC Receiver Wants Past Behind Him from The Columbia Daily Tribune

Q: In terms of your reps this year, it's been more evenly divided. Do you feel that's put you in a better position?

STANZI: "We're just trying to compete as a team, and I think everybody getting out there and just getting some reps, just getting in the flow and getting a little different combination with different receivers, a different O-line, different running backs. That's going to help us down the road because we'll be able to gel better as a team."

Chiefs Players Adjust To Camp Life from WIBW

The Kansas City Chiefs have suffered the most deaths with active players than any other NFL franchise.

Mack Lee Hill was a 25-year old fullback who died from a pulmonary embolism. A free agent out of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Hill was the Chiefs' leading rusher (567 yards) as a rookie in 1964. He was extremely well respected by his teammates and opponents alike as evidenced by his nickname "The Truck..."

...Joe Delaney, an electrifying RB with the KC Chiefs played only 23 NFL games, scoring 11 touchdowns...

...Former University of Alabama All-American Derrick Thomas, a 9-time Pro Bowler, died from a spinal cord injury suffered in an auto accident...

...Bruce McLenna, who played for the Chiefs and Saints, was only 26 years old when he died in 1968 while riding in a vehicle during the offseason as a member of the Missouri National Guard.

Deaths During NFL Careers Often Have Nothing To Do With The Game from Sports NOLA

Willie Roaf, who was the first offensive lineman picked in the 1993 draft, moved from right tackle to the left side after just one season. He earned 11 Pro Bowl nods and was a first-team All-Pro four times as a member of the New Orleans Saintsand three more times with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Willie Roaf Notes & Quotes from The Pro Football Hall Of Fame

I've been asked several times in the past couple of days if the Chiefs and Steelers could solve their issues by trading Bowe for Wallace. Adding fuel to that talk is the fact that former Kansas City head coach Todd Haley is now the offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh.

I understand the rationale for the question, but I don't think the reality is as simple as dealing two unhappy receivers.

Does Bowe-Wallace Swap Make Sense? from ESPN