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Good morning! Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news from across the internet. Lots of articles and videos. Enjoy!

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Dream Comes True For Young Fan Battling Cancer from The Mothership

Following practice, many of the players sign autographs, take photos and meet fans, but today, Connor was only concerned with catching a glimpse of Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe.

Bowe went above and beyond, stopping by after practice to spend time with Connor (pictured on the right). His eyes lit up, and from the smile on his face that stretched ear to ear, it was clear, he had met his idol.

7/28 Camp Recap: Chiefs Take The Field Before Day Off from The Mothership

A few of the big storylines today were the return of some guys who weren't on the field yesterday, or guys who left practice early. 
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who missed part of Sunday's practice with cramps, returned to practice on Monday and was a full participant. Tight end Travis Kelce returned to practice as well, along with linebacker Joe Mays.

With the day off coming on Tuesday, veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson admitted that it helped to know that.

"It gets you through, it gets you through," Johnson said. "Today I was feeling my age a little bit early in practice. Then I got through. It's one of those things where it doesn't matter what motivates you during this time. You want to see results out there on the field."

Chiefs Fresh Takes: 7/28 Training Camp Day Five from The Mothership

Andy Reid

On practice today: "We had some good work today. We got to work a little bit of two-minute today live and the guys I thought did a nice job. It was 1-offense versus 2-defense and then we flopped over and went 1-defense versus 2-offense and the threes went against threes. And [we got] about ten plus snaps with each group so, it was good work there and we'll try to do that. We'll try to break down the situations as we go and by the time we get to game time, we should have them all in."

Chiefs In Focus: Spotlight On The Defensive Line from The Mothership

Any way you draw it up, good offenses will always be stopped by physical, get-in-your-face defenses. Being the instigator isn't allowing an offense to get comfortable, whether it's a quarterback in the pocket, a running back heading between the tackles or a receiver running across the middle.

Good defenses have their presences felt, early and often on Sundays.

That always starts with the guys up front. Video: Chiefs Practice Report 7/28 Video: Training Camp 7/28: Derrick Johnson Video: Training Camp 7/28: Andy Reid Photo Gallery: 7/28 Training Camp Photo Gallery: Gatorade In The Chiefs Kingdom Photo Gallery: Defensive Line

ESPN Video: Alex Smith Frustrates Teammates, In A Good Way

ESPN Video: Reid Talks Second Season, Continuity

ESPN Video: Jamaal Charles Talks New Deal

ESPN Video: High Expectations At Chiefs Camp

ESPN Video: Fantasy Now: Alex Smith

Chiefs Coach Andy Reid Encouraged After Week Of Practice from Chiefs Spin

The contract extension negotiations between the Chiefs and quarterback Alex Smith remain behind the scenes. But Reid didn't appear concerned nothing has been finalized a little more than a month from the start of the regular season.

"There's communication going on," Reid said, "that's the important thing. Alex is a good football player. He's great for this football team. We're lucky to have him here."

Reid said general manager John Dorsey is "working through it," adding the Chiefs and Smith aren't worried about the situation.

3 In The Kee: Which Chiefs Are Giving The Club The Most Bang For Their Salary-Cap Buck? from FS Kansas City

The Kansas City Chiefs dodged a training-camp bullet last week by making running back Jamaal Charles the second-highest paid-player at his position in the NFL, and did so in a way that didn't blow up his cap number for 2014 and 2015 while also giving both sides an out after No. 25 turns 30 -- the "sell-by" date for most tailbacks in the pro game.

Charles has a $9.6 million cap number in 2014, according to Sunday night numbers from the web site Before his extension, that number was reportedly $7.3 million. If we take that second number and divide it by his cumulative plus-minus grade in 2013 from last year, it means Charles contributed $382,198 for every point in 2013 -- making him one of the best bargains on the Chiefs' roster. Especially when compared to skill-position peers such as Alex Smith ($3.076 million per point) and Dwayne Bowe ($7.5 million per point).

If we apply that formula to the other veterans on the Chiefs' roster, it's easy to see who's giving the club the most bang for their salary-cap buck, right now. One name won't surprise you, but the other three might ...

It Might Get Loud: That Noise You Hear Is Santos Pushing Succop At Chiefs Camp from FS Kansas City

"I think because I'm not a big guy, and strong like the other NFL kickers, that I rely on technique and consistency," said Santos, the 2012 Lou Groza Award winner during his junior season at Tulane. "I have short steps that give me that consistency and follow-through, so I just rely on my consistency."

The sound of the ball of Santos' foot got everybody's attention in May. The fact he's still bringing it has kept this subplot bubbling into preseason training camp. Succop, 27, clearly has a fight on his hands, even if the fight is only for another few weeks. Santos has been impressive enough in practices and head-to-head competition that those same cynical scribes have started to notice Succop's price tag, especially with the Justin Houston and Alex Smith contract sagas ongoing.

Chiefs Sign CB Damond Smith from Chiefs Spin

The 23-year-old Smith played collegiately at South Alabama and spent part of the 2013 season with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.

He measures 5-11, 185 pounds and possesses 4.52 speed, which he clocked at his Pro Day workout on July 9, 2013.

Chiefs Offensive Line A Grab-Bag Of Bodies In Camp from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

The presumptive favorite to win the starting right guard spot with the Kansas City Chiefs worked out with the third team on Monday. The guy who is challenging him for the spot slid over to center during another portion of the workout.

Rishaw Johnson and Zach Fulton are just the start of the offensive line shuffle.

After watching three linemen who started last season depart in free agency -- all within hours of each other -- the Chiefs are trying to cobble together some sort of protection for quarterback Alex Smith that can also manage to open up running lanes for Jamaal Charles during training camp.

Jack's Smack: The Chiefs' Offensive Line Could Be A Concern from KSHB

The Chiefs say it's the youngest offensive line in the league. The coaching staff has to realize that this bunch could hold the team back.

When you lose 2,000 snaps from three of your better linemen you obviously have some holes to plug. GM John Dorsey screwed up letting Geoff Schwartz walk. That guy could play up and down the line.

There are no guarantees that Eric Fisher can be effective at the most critical spot on the line, left tackle. The guy can't seem to stay healthy. That should make the quarterback a little jumpy.

Dee Ford Of The Kansas City Chiefs: An NFL Rookie's Perspective On Financial Pressures from Forbes

I was able to grab Ford for a quick Q&A earlier this month in Vegas, where he was attending a financially-oriented NFL player's retreat hosted by his Agent, Adisa Bakari of Kelley Drye's Sports Entertainment Group. I found an interesting perspective from eyes that are fresh onto the NFL scene. See our exchange in the video below:

Johnson Ready To Make Impact For Chiefs from KC Star via The Wichita Eagle

Chiefs linebacker Nico Johnson cites one play, in particular, that he hopes signifies his improvement since a disappointing rookie year.

On Saturday, during the Chiefs' first padded practice of training camp, Johnson quickly realized he would be tasked with man-to-man coverage on do-everything star Jamaal Charles, who ran a wheel route down the sideline.

"I was pretty much trying to stay with him, and when I saw his eyes get bigger, I knew I had to get in his face," Johnson said with a grin. "He ended up not catching the ball."

Former Longhorn Derrick Johnson Hasn't Pondered Retirement from 247Sports

Former Texas All-American and current Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson was asked about his retirement Monday on 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City.

Juggernaut Index, No. 20: The Kansas City Chiefs from Yahoo! Sports

Casual NFL fans tend to underrate Charles, failing to appreciate his place in the all-time running back hierarchy. With over 1,000 career carries to his credit, Jamaal currently ranks as second most efficient runner in the history of his position (minimum 750 attempts). Here's the all-time list:

1. Marion Motley, 5.70 YPC
2. Jamaal Charles, 5.58
3. Jim Brown, 5.22
4. Mercury Morris, 5.14
5. Joe Perry, 5.04
6. Gale Sayers, 5.00
7. Barry Sanders, 4.99
8. Adrian Peterson, 4.98

Not such bad company, eh?

Chiefs' Return Game Appears In Good Hands from ESPN

The presence of Thomas and Knile Davis as their leading kickoff returner has the Chiefs thinking they can match or surpass the four kick return touchdowns they scored last season. Davis returned one kickoff for a touchdown, as did Quintin DempsDexter McCluster scored twice on punt returns.

Demps and McCluster now play for other teams, but the Chiefs are in a good spot with the addition of Thomas. He had five returns for a touchdown in his three collegiate seasons at Oregon.

Cool Weather Convincing Many Fans To Attend Chiefs Training Camp from KCTV5

The Kansas City Chiefs have already completed five full practices in St. Joseph, and to this point, the weather has been "fan"tastic.

The stands were full again as huge crowds gathered Monday morning at Missouri Western State University.

The weather is convincing many fans to make the trip north.

Player Profile: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif from The St. Joseph News-Press

They call him LDT because his French-Canadian name barely fits on the back of his jersey. Or maybe because those are his initials.

Rookie offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif expected to play in the CFL, but now he has a chance to make an impact in the NFL.

I stopped him after camp Monday and we talked football, medical school and, of course, hockey.

Fantasy Football: Ranking Top 30 QBs from The Washington Post

22. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs: There's really no vertical threat in Kansas City, but Smith managed 3,313 yards and 23 touchdowns thanks in part to check-downs to presumptive No. 1 fantasy pick Jamaal Charles.

Cheers In Tampa As Murray Wins Heart Of 'Bachelorette' from The Tampa Tribune

A standout baseball player at Tampa's Jesuit High School, Josh was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002 and played in the minor leagues. He later attended the University of Georgia and played safety on the football team.

His younger brother, Aaron, a Plant High graduate, was a quarterback at Georgia and now plays for the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs.