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Good morning! Today's Kansas City Chiefs news is pretty packed. We have Jamaal Charles, D-Bowe, Chiefs-Broncos, poor French-to -English translations, Joe Delaney, and dreamy Aaron Murray. Before all of that begins, I'd like to express condolences to the family of Wilbur Young on his passing. He played before I really followed the NFL, so I don't remember him as a Chief but I'm sure many of you do. Here's today's news.

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Jamie Squire

Chiefs Participate In NFL HSPD National Tournament from The Mothership

This week, football players from Rockhurst High School traveled to Indianapolis to represent the Chiefs and compete in the NFL High School Player Development (HSPD) National 7-on-7 Tournament.

The HSPD program serves as a resource for high school players and coaches, emphasizing concussion awareness, character development and football fundamentals. Photo Gallery: Former Chiefs At The Legends Game

Young Player To Watch: Frankie Hammond from ESPN

Possible role: The Chiefs are trying to identify a slot receiver to replace Dexter McCluster, who departed as a free agent. They have several candidates, including Junior HemingwayDe'Anthony ThomasWeston Dressler and Hammond. They could wind up dividing the work, and Hammond could find himself in that mix.

Free-Agent Contracts Loom For Chiefs' Foundation Players from Chiefs Spin

Running back Jamaal Charles, defensive tackle Dontari Poe, strong safety Eric Berry, and linebackers Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali are among the Chiefs' list of potential 2016 free agents, according to

While two years away from expiring deals, it's not too early to offer an overview of the players considering their importance to the team's foundation. The upcoming training camp is arguably where these five storylines will begin to unfold and each situation warrants close monitoring as the players progress toward 2016.

Preseason Power Rankings No. 17: Kansas City Chiefs from ProFootballTalk

In the end, if the Chiefs play above-average defense and ball-control offense, they can again compete for a playoff spot. The postseason ranks always seem to include a team or two like this - a grinder that out-executes the opposition.

That said, the most interesting issues with the Chiefs are the bigger-picture ones. How will Smith play in his second year in Reid's offense and in an contract year? Will some of the club's younger players step up their games? The Chiefs would seem to be counting upon it, given all the talent that walked out the door in the offseason.

Some will write off the Chiefs, given the way the club finished 2013. But they do have a system that works, and if some of the kids can play, they might again be right in the playoff picture.

Dwayne Bowe Lightens Up In Hopes Of Regaining Old Form from USA Today

Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe says the way he's running routes right now is no illusion: he's lighter, faster and prepared to rebound in a big way this season.

"I made the initiative to be in better shape," Bowe told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. "I'm getting older, and talking to the old vets, the only way you last longer is to be in better conditioning. I took that to the heart and am training extremely hard this year."

2014 Game-By-Game: Week 13 from

The Broncos will look to match their longest winning streak at Arrowhead Stadium, a four-game run from 1976-79.

Perhaps the most fascinating storyline for the Chiefs will be their defense's attempt to rebound from its late-season fade last year. After allowing 15.9 points per game during a 9-0 start, the Chiefs conceded 29.9 points per game after that, including a 45-44 playoff loss at Indianapolis. During their 9-0 start, the Chiefs held foes 5.1 points below their average; in the right games that followed, foes averaged 3.0 points more than their averages.

Services For Young To Be Held At Monticello On Saturday from The Daily Progress

Former NFL All-Pro defensive lineman and Monticello High School assistant football and track coach Wilbur Young passed away on Saturday, July 5, at the age of 67 at Martha Jefferson Hospital. Born in New York, Young starred in football at the high-school level and went on to play collegiately at William Penn College in Iowa.

He was drafted in the second round of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, where he played for seven seasons. He earned All-Pro honors at left defensive tackle in 1979 for the San Diego Chargers, part of a five-year stint with the team. He also played for the Washington Redskins in 1981 and the Arizona Wranglers of the USFL in 1984.

Bucky's Best: LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles Lead Do-It-All Backs from

2) Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs: The most explosive runner in the NFL has become an unstoppable force in Andy Reid's offense. Charles accounted for 1,980 yards from scrimmage (1,287 rushing and 693 receiving) in 2013 while displaying a versatile skill set that makes him impossible to defend on the perimeter. Charles -- who was voted by his peers as the eighth-best player on NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2014" -- possesses the speed and quickness to score from anywhere on the field, which is why Reid makes a concerted effort to get him the ball in space on outside runs or quick passes.

Is Matt Cassel Really The Worst Starting Quarterback In The NFL? from 1500ESPN

Not to exonerate Cassel for his poor seasons, but he was without Weis in 2009 during his first year in Kansas City, and Bowe played only nine games. In 2011, Cassel played for his fourth offensive coordinator in as many years and he lost Charles to a season-ending injury in Week 2.

Cassel -- unlike Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, etc. -- isn't a quarterback who can rise above injuries, a bad offensive line, a lack of weapons and unstable coaching to lead his team to wins. He needs weapons and stability around him.

Cam Newton Slides Out Of Latest Five-Round Mock Draft from

3. Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Charles is coming off the best season of his career, recording 70 receptions, 1,980 scrimmage yards, 19 total touchdowns and 308 fantasy points. Whether he can duplicate his top status among running backs remains to be seen, but at 27 he's still in his "salad days." Look for Charles to remain the focus of Andy Reid's offensive attack.

Josh Murray's Brother Aaron Murray Was On 'The Bachelorette' But You Should Know Him For Another Huge Reason from Bustle

As a University of Georgia Bulldogs fan since birth, I have of course known that Josh was the brother of Aaron Murray from the moment the contestant bios were released. One look at that Baratheon-worthy jet black hair and Colgate smile, and I knew that guy was a Murray. I was, however, pretty shocked to see Aaron featured so prominently on last week's hometown visits, because in my head, he's, like, Ryan Gosling famous. But I realize that a non-SEC fan may not be as familiar with Aaron's fine work as an all-time great UGA quarterback and all around stellar human being. Let me fill you in why Josh is so into his brother, and why you and Andi should be too.

Resolving Unresolved Tight End Depth Charts from SeahawksInsider

Fantasy Analysis: Kelce is a high-risk pick outside of dynasty leagues and the reward isn't exactly outstanding. You may want to stay away from the Chiefs TEs altogether, but if you are going to draft one, take Kelce. He has upside. We already know what Fasano is and it is not very good.

Duvernay-Tardif Dreams Of Chiefs from ICI.Radio-Canada [translated from the original French via Chrome]

He left Montreal on Saturday for the start of training camp Kansas City Chiefs, the NFL team that was drafted in May.

There is only one thing in mind: to become a Chief. "I'm really looking forward to the shoulder pads and helmet and go to war. For me it will be the final test and I'm training for it right now. "

Our View: Delaney's Legacy Lives On from The Monroe News Star

Production is expected to continue on the feature for several weeks. No air date has been set for the feature, which may be distributed on multiple ESPN platforms.

As Reagan said then, Delaney's legacy lives on today, more than 30 years later, and we're pleased that a new generation will come to know his courage and compassion.