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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 5/16

Happy Freaking Friday! Loooong week and I'm glad to see it ending. Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news from across the internet. Some good articles out there this morning.

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Chiefs Sign Third-Round Pick Phillip Gaines from The Mothership

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Thursday that the club has signed defensive back Phillip Gaines. Gaines was the team's third-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft (87th overall). He became the third of Kansas City's six selections in the draft to sign with the club.

One On One With Aaron Murray from The Mothership

R: What do you say to those who think you're too short to be an NFL QB?

A: Look at the success from quarterbacks right now in the league, like Drew Brees or Russell Wilson. I mean Chase (Daniel) has gone in there and done really well. Plus, I played three years ago with the biggest offensive line in college football and pro at The University of Georgia and I had 36 touchdowns that year. You aren't throwing over linemen, your finding your lanes, your moving around the pocket, finding those open throwing lanes and delivering the pass.

Looking Back At The Chiefs Draft from The Mothership

The Chiefs may have found in Thomas a replacement for return specialist Dexter McCluster, who signed with the Titans in free agency. Thomas set school records for punt and kick return yardage at Oregon, and while he was showcased more as a running back last season, he also has good hands.

''I feel like I'm an entertainer on the field,'' said Thomas, who departed Oregon after a junior season cut short by injuries. ''I have a passion for this game.''

The Chiefs already have Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles - another former track standout - and bruising Knile Davis, their third-round pick a year ago. That means Thomas likely will evolve into a pass-catching threat rather than an every-down running back.

Chiefs Visit Operation Breakthrough from The Mothership

On Wednesday, the Chiefs Community Caring Team, featuring the team's wide receiver group, visited Operation Breakthrough, a non-profit organization serving which serves over 400 children daily from the Kansas City metro.

"The Chiefs Community Caring Team was at Operation Breakthrough teaching students about eating healthy and being active for 60 minutes a day," Chuck Castellano, Chiefs Community Relations Manager said. "It's so important for us to spend time with these students and teach them the importance of a healthy lifestyle. This is also a chance for these players to connect with them, be great role models and give back to the community."

2014 Kickoff Luncheon Plans from The Mothership

Fans and members of the business community will have the opportunity to join their favorite Chiefs to celebrate the start of the NFL season at the 2014 Chiefs Kickoff Luncheon. The event, which will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 27 at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott, will benefit the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Time for the Kickoff Luncheon will be announced at a later date.

For more than four decades, the Kansas City Chiefs have commemorated the start of the NFL season with the opportunity for the community and fans to be introduced to the newest members of the team, as well as their favorite veteran players and the coaching staff. Tickets are now available for the event through the KC Chamber at

Kansas City Chiefs Draft Picks Might Switch Positions from

Outside of the offensive line, however, changing a player's position immediately after they're drafted isn't a super common occurence. NFL Media analyst Charles Davis thinks it should at least be on the radar for a pair of the Kansas City Chiefs picks however.

"De'Anthony Thomas is going to be a slot (receiver), a running back, return kicks -- we're not sure what his position will be," Davis said on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft"...

...Whether Kansas City coaches are actually open enough to let him make the move, even on a part-time basis, remains to be seen. What we do know is that the Chiefs are already planning to move Dee Ford, the team's first-round draft pick, from his native defensive end spot to linebacker.

Ranking The Chiefs Wide Receivers from ESPN

But other than the additions of Thomas, a similarly-sized acquisition from the Canadian Football League in Weston Dressler and, so far, a couple of undrafted free agents, the Chiefs are largely the same at wide receiver as they were last year. That's minus Dexter McCluster, who was third on the team in catches before leaving as a free agent for the Tennessee Titans.

The Chiefs may sign a veteran receiver before they start training camp, but for now we'll go with what we know. Here's a look at their depth chart at wide receiver as I see it.

Local Kicker Starting NFL Career With Kansas City Chiefs from The St. Augustine Record

Kansas City's incumbent kicker, Ryan Succop, has been with the team since being drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft and has made 81 percent of his field goal attempts. Santos is looking forward to competing with the veteran during training camp.

He also is pleased to have some friendly faces nearby - as well as some tasty cuisine to help him add weight.

"I was there for Easter visiting with my girlfriend's family," Santos said. "I'll have people that I know there, and I'm real familiar with the food. They have great barbecue, which I love. It'll be fun."

Santos is flying to Kansas City on Sunday to report to the Chiefs on Monday morning.

Finally, A First-Round WR For Chiefs from ESPN

So they're picking 14th in this mock draft, and McShay gives them Florida State's Rashad Greene, who caught 76 passes and scored nine touchdowns for the national champion Seminoles last season. He had a big game in the championship meeting against Auburn, catching nine passes for 147 yards.

How Does He Fit?: Dee Ford, Kansas City Chiefs from All Voices

I think that landing Ford at No. 23 is a fine value, but I am going to dish out my worst grade so far and give the pick a D+. Yes, the Chiefs lack a threatening edge rusher behind Hali and Houston, and the Chiefs might consider cutting Hali next offseason, but you don't make a first-round pick based on sub-package players and a possible future need. The Chiefs have glaring needs right now.

Retired Chiefs Players Honor 18-Year-Old Cancer Survivor from FOX4KC

It's the end of the school year for seniors at Grandview High School and the outgoing group of 220 began their final day of high school expecting a visit from the Kansas City Chiefs Ambassadors.

One of those seniors - 18-year-old Ashley Anderson - didn't know the retired ballplayers were here to honor her.

"She's overcome stage IV lymphoma," retired Chiefs' defensive lineman Bill Mass announced, as he stood before a crowded high school auditorium. Five retired Chiefs honored Anderson on stage, as her classmates cheered with enthusiasm.

These retired Chiefs say Anderson's fight beats anything they did on the gridiron.

Where Are They Now: Nick Lowery from The National Football Post

Before landing the kicking job in Kansas City, Nick Lowery was cut eleven times by eight teams in his young professional football career. However, after he unseated future Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud, Lowery went on to become the Kansas City Chiefs' all-time leading scorer (1,466 points) and earned a bust in the Kansas City Chiefs' Hall of Fame.

Not knowing if he would ever make it as an NFL kicker, Lowery focused on his education. According to Lowery, "I had a chance to go to some of the big colleges, but I was fortunate to go to a wonderful school called St. Albans school in Washington, D.C. I was able to really focus on my education, knowing that the chances of making it in the NFL for anyone wasn't that high. I figured that if I was a good placekicker, I would be able to count whether I had a good percentage and did well. I got into Princeton and Dartmouth, and went to Dartmouth..."

One State Star In, One Out In 'Madden NFL 15' Cover Competition from

In the quarterfinals, Newton is matched against Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. Charles advanced by receiving 52 percent of the votes in his matchup against Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green.

The online voting in this round continues until May 22. The semifinal voting ends on May 30, and the final round will end on June 6.

De'Anthony Thomas Not Snoop Dogg's Only NFL Rookie from

It's been well-documented that Kansas City Chiefs rookie De'Anthony Thomas played his youth ball for Snoop Dogg in the Snoop Youth Football League before going on to college stardom at Oregon. But a couple of other alumns from Snoop's youth league have an NFL shot, as well: cornerbacks Kam Jackson and Greg Ducre were signed as undrafted free agents by the Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers, respectively.

"They all got scooped up. ... We're very happy and very proud of these kids," Snoop said, according to TMZ.

Ground Broken At St. Michael The Archangel High School from The Catholic Key

Rita and Lamar Hunt Jr. gave $3 million to kick the Forward in Faith campaign in high gear, but he didn't stop there. Even though he is a Catholic of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, it is all one Kansas City to him, said the son of Kansas City Chiefs and Hunt Midwest founder Lamar Hunt.

"We've been blessed and we want to pass these blessings along," Hunt told the crowd.

NB Firm To Provide Wireless Infrastructure For 9/11 Memorial from Orange County Business Journal

Other locations featuring the company's products include the Honda Center in Anaheim, Tropicana Field, home of MLB's Tampa Bay Rays; Arrowhead Stadium, the home field of the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs; and Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.

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