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July 27, 2012; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry (29) signs autographs for the fans after training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
July 27, 2012; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry (29) signs autographs for the fans after training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.

On and off the field, Toribio may have looked like the odd man out to everyone but Romeo Crennel. When the nose tackle could practice, Romeo Crennel liked what he saw. At first, it justified the Chiefs waiver-wire acquisition of Toribio from Green Bay two years ago.

Crennel saw something greater in Toribio.

"He had a pretty good camp the first couple preseason games," Crennel said about Toribio. "He would have been competing for a starting position if he hadn't gotten hurt. Now he's rehabbed and now he's back and that's why he's the starter."

Anthony Toribio Embraces First-Team Opportunity from The Mothership

The Chiefs broke their first huddle of full practice with second-year man Rodney Hudson as the starting center in place of retired veteran Casey Wiegmann.

"I need to see that he can handle the offense and make the calls, the (inside linebacker) identifications," Crennel said. "And I need to see that he can block big guys on his nose and be able to reach guys who are offset and then be able to pass-protect, because he's right there in the middle of the pocket."

Chiefs Notebook: Branden Albert Has To Wait A Day To Practice In Pads from KC Star

KC Star Photo Gallery: Chiefs Training Camp: Sunday, July 29

News-Press Photo Gallery: 7/29/12 Chiefs Training Camp Day 3 Video: Chiefs Live! 7/29/12 Video: From The Field: Post Practice Reaction Video: From The Podium: Romeo Crennel 7-29-12 Video: Finding The Right 53: A Crowd At Safety

KC Star Video: Chiefs Head Coach Romeo Crennel On Defensive Technique

KC Star Video: Jon Baldwin On His Second Year With The Team

The Kansas City Chiefs did not waste any time after getting a look at former Baltimore Ravens defender Edgar Jones. It was announced late tonight that the two sides had reached and agreement and it's clear that Jones will be with the Chiefs going forward in training camp.

Edgar Jones Officially Signs With Kansas City Chiefs from SBN KC

Derrick Johnson notched the first tackle of camp as he chased down running back Shaun Draughn on a stretch play off right tackle. Johnson set a franchise single-season tackle record last season with 179 stops according to coach's film...

...Brandon Flowers recorded the first interception of training camp when he jumped a Brady Quinn pass intended for rookie Devon Wylie. Flowers drew a loud crowd reaction as he raced for to the end zone in 7-on-7 work.

Camp Notebook: Donald Stephenson Gets Early Test from The Mothership

In the first three days of camp, Stanzi and Quinn have split time between working with the second and third units. Their repetitions appear to be almost equal.

Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel has given no indication who holds the preferred No. 2 spot behind Cassel.

"Right now, we're taking the reps we're given, and that's all you can do," said Stanzi, the Chiefs' fifth-round draft pick out of Iowa prior to last season. "Whatever you have, you take those reps. You don't worry about the ones you don't get."

Cassel To Take Reins At QB Again; Stanzi, Quinn Looming from St. Joseph News-Press

It took three drafts and a big free-agent signing to get there, but the Chiefs are finally in what they believe is a good place with their offensive line.

They have proven veterans at tackle for the first time in years, youth at a couple of positions in the middle of the line and promising prospects as reserves.

The process of fitting the pieces together began in earnest Sunday at training camp at Missouri Western.

Chiefs' Offensive Line Is Lining Up Quite Nicely This Season from KC Star

The Chiefs put on full pads for the first time in training camp and toiled for 21/2 hours in the searing heat and humidity.

"It was tough," Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson said. "It's always tough. I've been through it for a little while now. You have to be mentally tough."

Players And Fans Work Through The Heat from KC Star

It's been the offseason of disrespect for Cassel, the summer of indignity. It must have hurt. It had to hurt.

If it did, the perpetually sunny California native does a fine job of hiding all the pain.

"I'm going to be the same guy each and every day," he said with an engaging grin as the Chiefs opened camp. "I'm going to give you 110 percent of what I have, and some people like it, some people won't. You know what? I'm going to give it my all."

KC QB Matt Cassel Shrugs Off Critics, Takes Aim At Improved 2012 Season from The Associated Press via The Washington Post

Haley's approach resulted in an 0-3 start in 2011, including an embarrassing first two games in which Kansas City was outscored 89-10. It was the worst two-game point differential in Chiefs' history. The thinking was that the Chiefs were not prepared for the season and not in good enough shape, all a result of Haley's camp approach.

The jury's still out on how Crennel will start, but as he told Babb, "You have to be who you are," and if you go back and watch a mic'd up Crennel, he's doing just that in camp.

Chiefs Practice In Pads As Romeo Crennel Takes Different Training Camp Approach from CBS Sports

The schedule for the rest of this week (July 29 - August 4) will be as follows below. Notice that practice on Tuesday will be held at nighttime in Spratt Stadium (get there early) and there is no open practice on Wednesday. Finally, the week finishes with Family Fun Day on Saturday afternoon.


  • Monday, July 30 - practice 3:20 pm
  • Tuesday July 31 - Night practice, 7:15 pm (Spratt Stadium)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 1 - Practice CLOSED to the public
  • Thursday, Aug. 2 - practice 3:20 pm
  • Friday, Aug. 3 - practice 3:20 pm
  • Saturday, Aug. 4 - FAMILY FUN DAY, Practice at 1:30 pm, Team Autograph Session follows practice

The Broncos are fully embroiled in training camp, with all things Dove Valley grabbing headlines here. But their AFC brethren have rolled up their sleeves as well.

And after talking to scouts and personnel executives around the NFL, here is a quick look at how things are going elsewhere in the division:

A Look At Broncos' AFC West Opponents During Training Camp from The Denver Post

Funny, when the franchise guy stays away from camp in a huff, how you hear about other guys with good attitudes.

But with Baldwin, the praise might be earned. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder with a 42-inch vertical leap has a set of physical skills few can match. And if he has an opening to make more plays, he might help make the Chiefs' long-term decision on Bowe.

Chiefs WR Baldwin Wants A Shorter Name, More Game from ProFootballTalk

S Eric Berry, QB Matt Cassel, RB Jamaal Charles, TE Tony Moeaki and FS Kendrick Lewis all began camp with a healthy stamp of approval from the trainers, medical staff and head coach Romeo Crennel. Our sources indicate that whatever kid gloves the team might use, perhaps holding them back slightly initially, is no worry whatsoever long term - these pivotal five starters are expected to play right away in the preseason.

Chiefs Celebrate Health, Even With Bowe Out from Pro Football Weekly

Once again taking a look at the rivals in the AFC West, here is how the 2012 Raiders match up against the Kansas City Chiefs.

There has of course been changes since last year on both teams, who split the series in 2011. Will it be different this year?

Oakland Raiders: Know Your Enemy - Kansas City Chiefs from The Raider Nation Times