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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 4/30

Good morning! The stories on UDFAs are winding down (and I can't remember who we know about already) and there are fewer and fewer draft grades. We are headed into the terrible slow-season. Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

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Chiefs Welcome Rookies And Competition from The Mothership

Before they report for next week's camp, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid had a simple message for the new guys.

"Just be ready to go," coach Reid said. "You're going to be here a while. You're going to go through your rookie minicamp and then you're going to go through phase three with the team. We're going to introduce you to the offense and defense and special teams, once you get here, then you'll transition into working with the veteran players."

The current Chiefs players are ready to welcome the rookies and help them acclimate to their new careers.

Chiefs Score Near Bottom In Annual NFL Fan Loyalty Index from KC Star

The index was designed to help team management and NFL officials measure fan loyalty in home and national markets with an eye toward identifying areas, particularly emotional ones, that need brand reinforcement, said Robert Passikoff, Brand Keys founder and president.

Based on the index results, the Chiefs slipped six spots from 2012.

After Building Roster, Chiefs' GM Feels 'Pretty Good' About Going Into Camp from KC Star

Before the draft, the Chiefs had 69 players under contract. Exactly one-third, 23, were new to the Chiefs.

They drafted eight players, and if they fill their roster to the NFL limit of 90 with undrafted rookies, that means exactly one-half of their players have only signed on since the end of last season.

Kansas City Chiefs 2013 NFL Draft Review from Sports Network via FOX News

If Fisher is truly can't miss, this will work out just fine in the end but Reid and Dorsey looked a little overmatched overall. The book on Reid in his final years in Philly was that the game was slowly passing him by. His first draft in K.C. won't do anything to dismiss those concerns.


Phoenixville Grad Signs With The Kansas City Chiefs from The Phoenix

Lohr, a 6-foot-4, 290-pounder, was a three-year starter at Vanderbilt as a defensive tackle but had some nagging injuries during his senior season in 2012. He did start 38 consecutive games for Vanderbilt, which finished 9-4 in the Southeast Conference and won the 2012 Music City Bowl, the Commodores' second straight bowl appearance.

Barrow Gets Invite From KC Chiefs from The Moberly Monitor-Index

...the former Moberly Spartans all-state football standout on Saturday was invited by the Kansas City Chiefs to participate in their May 9 mini camp... Video: Behind The Scenes: Follow Fisher On Draft Day

Former Scott High Football Standout Jordan Roberts To Sign With NFL's Kansas City Chiefs from The Coal Valley News

Former University of Charleston player by way of West Virginia University, Jordan Taylor Roberts waited through the recent NFL draft before learning that the Kansas City Chiefs wanted to sign him. The news lifted the spirits of the Yawkey, Lincoln County, resident.

"I'm very determined to prove I can help my team," Roberts said of the Chiefs. "I believe I can."

Raiders Know Chargers, Chiefs Have Made Big Strides from NBC Bay Area

The division doormat in 2012 should be significantly better in 2013, because it's already added a legitimate NFL quarterback in former 49er Alex Smith, acquired in a trade with the 49ers this offseason. Then in the draft, the Chiefs added offensive left tackle Eric Reid with the No. 1 overall choice to protect Smith's blind side and one of the best tight ends available in Cincinnati's Travis Kelce.

Dolphins Moving On From Branden Albert from USA Today

The Dolphins have brought former Baltimore Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie in for a visit and physical on Monday, according to a person informed of the meeting. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the team doesn't confirm free-agent visits.

OSU Football Notes: Kelly, Seumalo Sign Free-Agent Contracts from The Corvallis Gazette-Times

Offensive tackle Colin Kelly signed with the Kansas City Chiefs and defensive tackle Andrew Seumalo signed with the Washington Redskins.

Trading Basketball For Football: Ravens Sign Mississippi's Murphy Holloway from CBS Baltimore

Holloway hasn't played football since early in his high school days. But he said several NFL teams - including the Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles - showed interest in signing him before he settled on a contract with the Ravens.

Grading The New Regimes: Who Made The Boldest Draft Moves? from USA Today

Most gun-shy: Kansas City Chiefs

They could've pulled off a trade with the Miami Dolphins for tackle Branden Albert, but instead seemed intent on driving up the price. The Dolphins balked and held onto their second-round pick. Now, Chiefs GM John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid have an irritated Albert on their hands, with free-agent tackles such as Eric Winston and Bryant McKinnie soon looking for a new team and thus eliminating suitors for Albert.

Many Undrafted FCS Players To Get NFL Shot from FOX News


Alabama A&M RB Kaderius Lacey

Sacramento State TE T.J. Knowles

Columbia DE/OLB Josh Martin

Jackson State WR Rico Richardson

Former CMU Standout Eric Fisher Goes From 'Chippewa To Chief' from MLive

Fisher himself took to Twitter for the momentous occassion [sic], while hearing from former coaches and new teammates.

Offseason Grades: AFC West from FOX Sports

Head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey decided to keep Dwayne Bowe and pay him handsomely to do so. They also traded a second-round pick for Alex Smith after the Combine and signed Chase Daniel on the first day of NFL free agency, addressing their quarterback position early on. I loved the signings of Mike DeVito and Sean Smith on defense in free agency, and think both Anthony Fasano and Donnie Avery can play roles in the new West Coast offense.

I wasn't blown away by the Chiefs' draft, but if you consider Alex Smith as their second rounder, it was a good one.

Randy Smith: Tyler Bray Is Still Defying Logic from The Chattanoogan

Bray who wound up as the Vols second all-time leading career passer in most categories, defied most of the logic of NFL scouts, when he was totally ignored. He had the size, (6'-6" 230 pounds) he had a strong throwing arm, and he set records while playing in the always tough Southeastern Conference. He should have been a first round pick, but his best option was to sign as a free agent with the lowly Kansas City Chiefs.

Wrapping Up The NFL Draft Weekend from Grantland

Here's where the process breaks down. Bray's father said in January that his son had applied for a review from the advisory board. Before Bray heard back from the committee, though, the quarterback and his family conducted interviews with five agents and eventually decided on Don Yee, a move that doesn't make much sense. Why not wait for the response from the committee to decide whether it makes sense to hire an agent? Agents can provide insight into a player's likelihood of being drafted in an ideal spot (on or off the record), and Yee's pedigree is as the agent for Tom Brady, but agents can also tell you whatever you want to hear, and it's clear that Bray got some bad advice from somebody to leave school.

Poll: Grading The Chiefs Draft Picks from FOX4KC

For the past four months, NFL analysts like Mel Kiper Jr. have debated the strengths and weaknesses of every single college football player in the NFL draft. They graded the prospects' skill level, knowledge of the game, character and potential, put it in a blender and spit out a bunch of rankings. Then they analyzed every NFL football team's needs and determined which players would be the best fit for each team. Then they graded the teams after the draft based on how well they filled those needs.

Absurd, isn't it?

Regional Digest: Raheem Stanley And Ryan Osiecki Have Been Invited To NFL Mini-Camps from The Hartford Courant

Defensive lineman Raheem Stanley (Hartford) and quarterback Ryan Osiecki (Seymour) of the University of New Haven have been invited to rookie minicamps with the Kansas City Chiefs and Patriots.

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