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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 5/6

Good morning! We kick of another work week with quotes from Justin Houston and Andy Reid. There's also a report on just how next year's conditional pick from the Alex Smith trade will work. Enjoy!


Justin Houston: "Everybody Is Hungry" from The Mothership

Once the season was over, the 6'3", 258-lb linebacker knew it was time to get away from football to rejuvenate.

"I took some time to recover," Houston said. "(I) Let my body chill and enjoyed some time with my family and then I was back to work."

Success in the NFL doesn't come easy, which is why Houston literally means he got back to work, twice a day, improving his hands and overall quickness.

"One (workout) is dealing with strength and the other is dealing with abs, cardio and technique," Houston told me.

Andy Reid Is Trying To Reinvent His Career In Kansas City from The Cherry Hill Courier Post

As the Chiefs cris-crossed the country to visit draft prospects, from Mt. Pleasant, Mich., to work out Fisher, to College Station, Texas, to see Luke Joeckel, and to Florida and Utah and Oregon to see top defensive linemen, Reid always found himself in the back of the Chiefs' private plane. The flights to see the offensive linemen were the most uncomfortable, when Reid found himself wedged into tiny seats alongside offensive line coach Andy Heck and assistant line coach Eugene Chung - all former collegiate offensive linemen.

"It was hard to get in, it was crowbar material," Reid says, using an imaginary crowbar and sound effects to pantomime the unloading process. "It was real tight."

Go ahead, make your own weight jokes here. Reid will join in.

Do Fans Need An Off-Season? from The Wall Street Journal

The NFL draft is commonly described as "great theater," which should immediately make one wonder what constitutes bad theater.

But the draft doesn't need to be Hamlet. It needs only to exist, because the appetite for football is so intense. So the draft is corn feed, liberally spread. It is also upbeat, which is probably 90% of its appeal. The draft inverts the NFL hierarchy-the bad teams, punch lines September through January, get the best picks and command most of the attention. Fans of the Kansas City Chiefs or New York Jets get to have serious conversations about the future of the Kansas City Chiefs and the New York Jets, and nobody breaks into sidesplitting laughter. It is an optimist's paradise.

Tackle Tyson Clabo Plugs A Major Hole On Miami Dolphins' Offensive Line from The Miami Herald

The Dolphins tried to sign left tackle Bryant McKinnie earlier this week, but he opted for a slightly better deal with Baltimore.

The Dolphins also explored trading for Kansas City's Branden Albert but did not offer the second-round pick that the Chiefs were seeking.

The Dolphins signed Clabo instead of two other right tackles who auditioned: Eric Winston and Winston Justice.

Monday Morning QB from Sports Illustrated

And a third- or second-rounder from Kansas City, the remnant of the Alex Smith deal. Now it can be told: The second draft choice San Francisco will receive from the Smith deal will be K.C.'s second-rounder in 2014 if the Chiefs go 8-8 or better this season. It will be a third-rounder in 2014 if Kansas City is under .500 this season.

So: San Francisco will probably to have a first-, second- and four third-rounders next year. But if the Chiefs surprise, it'll more likely be a one, two twos and three threes. As we've seen, GM Trent Baalke is dangerous with extra picks in his hands. If Colin Kaepernick is very good, the Niners should be annual contenders for years with the picks laid out that way.

Danny Watkins A Possible Cut For Philadelphia Eagles? from

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman talked last month about a "fresh start" for Watkins under new coach Chip Kelly. If Watkins doesn't make the cut, there's always Canada. Watkins hails from up north and was drafted in 2010 by the CFL's B.C. Lions, who still hold his rights.

A more logical landing spot, if he's sent packing, is the Kansas City Chiefs under Andy Reid, who drafted Watkins in Philly.

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