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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 8/17


Good morning! Camp at St. Joe has come to an end and the Chiefs are headed across the state for Saturday's game against the Rams. Keep reading for the last bit of stories and articles from camp. Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

The Chiefs concluded training camp for the year with Thursday's practice. Coach Romeo Crennel said he was satisfied with the progress the Chiefs made in their three weeks at Missouri Western State University.

"Overall the camp has been good," Crennel said. "We've laid a good foundation, and now we have to continue to build on that foundation as we move forward and work our way toward the regular season."

Crennel Pleased With Chiefs As They Conclude Camp from KC Star

It's hard for players to sustain a high level of intensity with the end of camp this close. So when reserve linebacker Cory Greenwood made an extra effort to crash the edge during yesterday's goal-line tackling drill, he earned a pat on the helmet from his head coach.

Crennel named that play as one of camps' best, singling it out that to his players during last nights' meetings.

Camp Notebook: Turn Out The Lights from The Mothership

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With Anthony Toribio holding down the starting spot at nose tackle and rookie Dontari Poe guaranteed to make the roster, the Chiefs face an interesting decision with their other nose tackle, Jerrell Powe. The Chiefs won't bring Poe along too quickly, so they may keep Powe on their regular-season roster as injury insurance for Toribio.

Chiefs Day In Camp For Thursday from KC Star

Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson doesn't have to look at the stats sheet or study the game tape to determine whether he had a productive game.

He watches how the linebackers behind him fared.

"If Derrick Johnson and Jovan Belcher had a real good game, I know nine times out of 10, I did a good job," Jackson said of the Chiefs' two inside linebackers.

Chiefs' Tyson Jackson Links His Production To Team's Success from KC Star

It couldn't have been kicked to a sweeter spot. Arizona punter Dave Zastudil punted it low and down the right hashmark, ensuring that the ball came to the returner before the Cardinals did.

With one block, special teams coach Tom McMahon knew this could be the type of bring-back that Devon Wylie spent four years perfecting at Fresno State.

The rookie got the block he needed, cut across the field, and was off to the races.

Big Return Jolts Confidence For Rookie Devon Wylie from The Mothership

The Chiefs will undoubtedly analyze his every move, but Ricky Stanzi tried to downplay the significance of the fact that he's been picked to be the first quarterback off the bench for Saturday night's preseason game against the Rams in St. Louis.

"Our focus right now is whatever reps you get, go in there and take those reps, try to make those around you better," Stanzi said. "That's your job as a player on this team is to be able to step in when someone goes down. When someone goes down, we've got to be able to put another guy in and keep the machine going."

Chiefs' Stanzi Says His Focus Is To 'Keep The Machine Going' from KC Star

Jon Baldwin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (ADP: 127.0): His rookie season was a bust that featured just 21 receptions, but then again, just about everything went wrong in Kansas City last year. With No. 1 wideout Dwayne Bowe still holding out, Baldwin now becomes the big-play target for quarterback Matt Cassel. Cassel's consistency and ability to stay healthy are concerns, but this is a late round selection worthy of consideration.

2012 Fantasy Sleepers from National Football Post

Was 2010 a fluke, or was 2011 -- and losing Eric Berry and Jamaal Charles and Tony Moeaki -- the fluke? Which was the anomaly? Or are they merely a so-so team caught somewhere between those two extremes? In what might be the most intriguing division in football -- with it difficult to make the case for a clear-cut favorite in the AFC West -- we will soon find out if this team has stabilized, or if another failed campaign could lead to even more sweeping change with former coach Todd Haley long gone.

Chiefs Camp Report: Questions Abound Whether Last Year's Injuries Will Linger On from CBS Sports

Jeff Fisher knew he had a difficult task at hand when he agreed to join the St. Louis Rams. Judging by the club's first effort under its new head coach, there seems to be a lot more work that needs to be done.

The Rams have nowhere to go but up when they take the field at the Edward Jones Dome for their initial preseason home game under Fisher, an in-state clash with the Kansas City Chiefs, after being lambasted by the Indianapolis Colts this past Sunday in a battle of two-win teams from the 2011 season. Led by a stellar debut by No. 1 overall draft choice Andrew Luck, the new-look Colts piled up 430 total yards en route to a 38-3 victory at Lucas Oil Stadium.

NFL Preseason Preview - Kansas City (1-0) at St. Louis (0-1) from The Miami Herald

"The preseason doesn't count, but it matters," Laurinaitis said. "We have to do a better job this week, and we know what. There's a greater sense of urgency.

"On the other hand, it's not Armageddon."

Running back Steven Jackson, who had 17 yards on four carries last week, said an offense only needs one play to score.

The Rams were dominated on both sides of the ball in a 38-3 rout at Indianapolis last week in a matchup of two-win teams that tied for the NFL's worst record in 2011.

Fisher Expects Game Plan To Stay Conservative Against Chiefs from The Associated Press via The Washington Post

They still don't have a defensive coordinator. Now that Greggggg Williams has been suspended for 500 years, who will help Rams pit crew chief Jeff Fisher craft bizarre Powerpoint slides that look like Whitlock's Twitter page? I think you Rams fans will be heartened to know that the answer is... like, whatever:

Why Your Team Sucks 2012: St. Louis Rams from Deadspin

The Chiefs have not had two players finish with double-digit sacks since Neil Smith and Derrick Thomas in 1994. The hope is that streak will end this season with the combination of outside linebackers Tambi Hali and Justin Houston. Hali has 26 1/2 sacks the last two seasons and Houston, who had a sack against Arizona, racked up all 5 1/2 of his sacks in the final five games of his rookie season.

Chiefs Notebook: Ricky Stanzi Will Audition For Backup QB Job On Saturday from CBS Sports

505 Games' Adidas miCoach is the latest in a string of fitness video games for Xbox 360 Kinect (a PS3 Move version was also released). It's a title that's full of big Adidas athletes such as Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Berry and soccer player Kaka. It's also full of great fitness ideas, though those ideas are spoiled by fundamental flaws, issues with Kinect, and the necessity to use fitness equipment most people don't already own.

Game Guys Review - Adidas miCoach from News 10

Sept. 3: Kansas City Chiefs backup Ricky Stanzi, who could probably complete a higher percentage of passes than the 46.5 percent Tebow did last season if given the opportunity to see his first NFL action, will be 25. (Note to Chiefs fans: Stanzi has to beat out Brady Quinn first. If Quinn hangs onto the No. 2 job, the party will be Oct. 27 for Quinn's 28th birthday.)

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With so many visitors in the area, businesses in St. Joseph say they're seeing the economic impacts.

Restaurants like South Belt Pizza Hut offered special deals to customers wearing Chiefs gear.

"This time of year is kind of down on sales usually, but we have seen an increase which has been great. We've got a lot of families coming in, bringing the little ones in before and after the practices," says Chelsea Welter, a manager at the Pizza Hut.

Chiefs Camp Brings Economic Impact To St. Joseph from St. Joe Channel

Branden Albert, 15th overall, Kansas City Chiefs
A college guard whose size and quickness meant a projection as a pro tackle, Albert has held down the Chiefs' left tackle spot for most of his time in Kansas City.

The Huddle: Evaluating The Offensive Line Class Of 2008 from Grantland

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