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It was impossible to determine an overall winner in Tuesday's joint practice with the visiting Arizona Cardinals, but the Chiefs obviously had their share of individual successes and failures.
Their biggest victory came late in practice in a 2-minute drill. Jon Baldwin, already one of the stars of training camp, rescued a slightly underthrown pass by quarterback Matt Cassel. The 6-foot-4 Baldwin went up high to snatch the ball away from 5-8 Arizona defensive back Michael Adams, who appeared he would have a certain interception.
Matt Casselturned in a solid practice with a good completion percentage and delivered the only offensive score for either team during 11-on-11 drills. Baldwin bodied Cardinals cornerback William Gay for the touchdown reception.
Chiefs quarterbacks also delivered several touchdowns during seven-on-seven drills, including a perfectly-placed pass from
Ricky Stanzi to Terrance Copper. Stanzi put pass on Copper's outside shoulder, leading the defender away from a defender and into the end zone.
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Sure, he could play for the Detroit Lions, the team that drafted him, as long as the Detroit Lions were willing to wait two years.
The time passed, Campbell dabbled in a few new activities, gave up football, and well, somehow he made it here, to Chiefs training camp.
But no, this isn't where it ends, he says. Whether he's playing inside linebacker for the Chiefs in a few weeks is no real measurement of his value. Campbell says a man's life is made of seasons, and this is just one of them - one hot, demanding season.
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"I didn't want to put a depth chart out, but they told me I had to," Crennel said. "I don't think you can write a whole lot into the depth chart because we are still evaluating and looking at players. What the depth chart is this week, chances are it will be different next week.
"You can't look at everybody at the same time, so you have to have an order that you look at them, and that's the order it came out for this week."
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Even without Dwayne Bowe in camp, the Chiefs are set at wide receiver with Steve Breaston and Jon Baldwin, and Terrance Copper for his special-teams skill. Slot receivers Dexter McCluster and rookie Devon Wylie would have to play their way off the team, so that leaves a cadre of young receivers, including veteran Jeremy Horne; free agent Jamar Newsome; and rookie free agents Josh Bellamy and Kinnie battling for one precious roster spot.
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Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was pleased with the competiveness and intensity displayed by both teams.
"We didn't have any idea what (the Chiefs) were going to do, and our players had to react to that. We pushed it hard enough, but there weren't any after-the-play scuffles. They practiced like pros, but you could still feel the competitiveness out there, and that's what was important."
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said he would remain open to similar arrangements in the future.
The right scenario would have to play out again, and Crennel doesn't see enough added to benefit to seek out a practice partner in future years. He didn't plan to put any more emphasis on this practice over the others, although both coaches were happy with an increased tempo and competitiveness shown.
"This is going to be lumped into the practice tape," Crennel said. "Whatever day it is, it's going to be ‘Tuesday pm practice.' That's where it will be put into the deal, and when they want to go see it, that's where they'll go."
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Neither team appeared to leave the field with an advantage. If anything, the two defenses had an edge. The Cardinals' first-team offense, led by quarterback John Skelton, struggled in the red-zone session. And the Cardinals' defense seemed to get the better of the Chiefs' offense.
It was hard to sort out, because so much was going on.
"180 guys -- that's a lot of guys doing a lot of things," Whisenhunt said.
6. Offensive Line - Many continue to say that the Chiefs offensive line is improved just with the addition of Eric Winston. Center Rodney Hudson is picking up calls along with everything else he is responsible for but the true measure of whether or not they are better as a unit rests with the play of Brandon Albert.
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The theory that has been suggested in some circles is that the Chiefs want to rent Bowe for a year instead of committing to him long-term. The thinking there is that he'd been such a knucklehead in his early years -- inflated ego, shaky work ethic, stupid comments to the media -- that there's no telling how he'd behave with a hefty raise. The reality is that the old Bowe vanished years ago. In his place is a wiser, steadier veteran who rarely even talks to reporters.
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Since the Chiefs named Brian Daboll their new offensive coordinator, Bowe will be missing valuable time that could have helped him pick up the new scheme. Expecting him to show up and perform immediately could be wishful thinking on the part of fantasy football owners. Like the recent history of running backs whom have held out in contract disputes, Bowe could also be eyeing a big drop in production. Currently considered a borderline No. 2 fantasy wideout with an ADP of 52.16, it might be safer for potential owners to take a cautious approach when considering drafting him.
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A local radio station recently questioned the stewardship of those funds, and Jackson County Executive Mike Sandersreportedly used his influence to make sure that J. Beto Lopez, authority chairman, wasn't reappointed. Lopez's term expired July 15.
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Sports authority members used part of today's meeting fending off these accusations. Commissioner Gerry Kemp strongly defended the commission's practices, saying nothing had changed between the Jackson County Sports Authority and the two ballclubs since 2006, when both parties agreed to their lease at Truman Sports Complex.
"When you're dealing with public dollars, and dollars that are such big numbers, there's always a question as to whether they're being applied correctly," Kemp told FOX 4 News. "We go to great pains to see that they're we're in legal compliance with both of our sports facilities here."
Though he wouldn't put a number on wins, or predict a second AFC West title in three seasons, Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli told NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Tuesday that entering his fourth season with the franchise, hopes are high.
"Expectations should be higher than what they've been in the past. I mean, it's only right," Pioli said Tuesday.
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" Farewell, Peyton Hillis. He rated a 91 last season (especially generous and obviously tied to his status as "Madden NFL 12" cover boy). He's nowhere near the top 10 one year later, after a season that included lingering contract squabbles with the Cleveland Browns and a sore throat for the ages. We like him teamed with Jamaal Charles in the Kansas City Chiefs' backfield, though.
" Speaking of Charles, EA Sports has shown considerable faith in his return from a torn ACL. Charles dropped from a 95 to 91, still good enough to embarrass Romeo Crennel in a footrace.
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I agree with Chadiha that the Chiefs' offense will suffer without Bowe. But I think this holdout is on Bowe. This season is critical to him getting a huge contract in 2013, whether it's from the Chiefs or another team. Bowe needs to get back to work. That's the bottom line.
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