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Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Families Of Fallen Soldiers Visit Camp from The Mothership

On Wednesday, families who have lost a loved one while on active duty since September 11, 2001, gathered at training camp. The group consisted of parents and their children who have lost a spouse or a parent in the past 13 years.

"The Chiefs organization has had a long-standing tradition of supporting the men and women of our armed forces, so naturally this extends to their families as well," Georgia David, Chiefs community relations coordinator, said. "We were so happy we could host this amazing group of resilient and brave children and spouses and provide a day for them to enjoy and bond with one another."

The group is a part of the Snowball Express, which is an organization that serves children who have lost a parent serving in the military.

8/13 Camp Recap: Hemingway, Williams Have Good Days At Chiefs Camp from The Mothership

The first of these three consecutive receptions was on a quick-read where nickel back Chris Owens came on the blitz. Hemingway and Smith were on the same page and the quick slant resulted in a seven-yard gain.

Another receiver who has been recently making plays at camp has been veteran Kyle Williams, who is coming back from a knee injury suffered last season.

Williams made several catches deep down the field where he was able to create separation vertically.

Fresh Takes: 8/13 Training Camp Practice from The Mothership

Emmitt Thomas

On what he teaches the defensive backs about press-man technique: "Start with their feet first. And then hands. And that's all it is. Look at the core of the receiver, move your feet, use your hand and be physical up there. You got to stop him. You got to get in the weight room and get strong so when you pop him, you move him and make him have to restart. That's the only thing about press. You got to make the receiver change his route."

Player Profile: Chiefs FB Anthony Sherman from The Mothership

Sherman, an older brother to four sisters, grew up excelling in both baseball and football.

Even now, as Sherman has developed into one of the NFL's premier fullbacks, those who know him best would say that his athletic accomplishments are just a small part of his story.

Growing up in North Attleboro, which sits about 50 miles south of Boston, Sherman was always known as a fantastic football player.

But according to his youth football coach, John Collins, who Sherman is still very close with to this day, there's much more to Sherman than what you see on the football field.

Tradition, Tradition from The Mothership

The color red that the Chiefs were using was not part of Riddell's standard color package.  The company had a scarlet red and that was it.  The Chiefs used more of a blood red until Riddell developed its new impregnated colored helmets where color was added to the plastic pellets and painting was not needed. The consequence was a brighter red Chiefs helmet.

KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: 8/13 Training Camp

KCChiefs.com Video: Training Camp Report: 8/13

KCChiefs.com Video: Training Camp Wired

KCChiefs.com Video: 1-On-1 With Doug Pederson

KCChiefs.com Video: Training Camp 8/13: Emmitt Thomas

KCChiefs.com Video: Training Camp 8/13: Matt Nagy

KCChiefs.com Video: Training Camp 8/13: Eric Bienemy

KCChiefs.com Video: Training Camp 8/13: David Culley

Chiefs Assistant Coaches Meet The Press from Chiefs Spin

Tight end coach Tom Melvin is happy to have Travis Kelce, who missed the 2013 season on injured reserve following microfracture knee surger.

"That is why they call them moneymakers," Melvin said. "They're guys that can kind of play through a broken finger or bad shoulder, but when your legs start to go on you, if you can't go full speed. That's kind of the difference and you saw now, he is roaring."

Chiefs Camp Report: Day 21 from ESPN

Dwayne Bowe had a tough day. He made a juggling catch to begin a full team drill, but later dropped a pair of passes and then deflected Smith's high throw to safety Daniel Sorensen, who made the interception.

Starting Cornerback Competition Heats Up from Chiefs Spin

The Chiefs continue to rotate among their three top cornerbacks, leaving an open competition for who will be lining up in the secondary against the Tennessee Titans on the season's opening day.

Chiefs Hope Pass-Rush Package Will Pay Off from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

The Chiefs signed Martin as an undrafted free agent out of Columbia last year, and he spent eight weeks on the practice squad last season before appearing in five games.

With a 40-yard time of 4.57 seconds, the Chiefs are hoping to utilize Martin's quickness.

"That's the one thing they worry about is that speed," Martin said of opposing offensive linemen. "I try to use that to my advantage, and make that an every-down thing."

Chiefs Ad Campaign Honors Past, Present To Build Kickoff Buzz from Kansas City Business Journal

SHS, the agency of record for the Chiefs, has used traditional billboards in the past to promote the Chiefs brand, but this is a first for digital billboards.

The countdown promotion began July 28 and uses five digital billboards throughout the metro. It's not your typical numbers countdown, however.

Chiefs Look To Put Playoff Loss Behind Them from The Osawatomie Graphic

Finish is a strong word these days for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Finish runs. Finish blocks. Finish tackles. Finish catches. Finish drives. Most importantly, finish games.

Finish is something the Kansas City Chiefs will look to do a better job of after a second-half meltdown to the Indianapolis Colts in a 45-44 loss in the first round of last season's NFL playoffs not only cost the Chiefs a chance to earn their first playoff win since 1993 but produced the second-largest collapse in the league's playoff history.

AFC Battles Of The Week: Trench Warfare Gets A Nod from Yahoo! Sports

BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Middle linebacker.

The spot playing next to Pro Bowl inside linebacker Derrick Johnson has been a revolving door for several seasons now. Last year, after he was released by Philadelphia, Akeem Jordan was signed to handle the spot. This year it's seven-year veteran Joe Mays.

But in training camp practices, Mays is getting competition from James-Michael Johnson. The third-year pro joined the Chiefs off the waiver wire from Cleveland before the 2013 regular-season opener and was largely a special teams performer. He has elevated his level of performance and has caught the coaching staff's eye due to his ability in pass coverage.

NFL's Top Defensive Division? NFC West In A League Of Its Own from NFL.com

Kansas City certainly has the talent to be a dominant defense, but coach Andy Reid needs to restore the unit's confidence after a second-half regression and an epic meltdown in the playoffs. Without an elite corner on the perimeter to shut down the opponent's No. 1 receiver, heavy utilization of bump-and-run coverage could be a dicey proposition for the Chiefs.

Who Should You Draft With The No. 1 Pick In Fantasy Football? from USA Today

McCoy is still a dangerous back, but I'm still banking on Charles to carry the bulk of the load in Kansas City.

Charles is a year older than McCoy, but has far less wear on his tires. He's THE focal point of the Chiefs offense and he's a threat to score every time he touches the ball.

No Sign Yet That Bowe Will Bounce Back from ESPN

So their best chance to see dramatic improvement at the position may rest with Bowe. He had a tough day at practice on Wednesday, dropping a pair of passes and deflected another for an interception.

That's hardly an indication that Bowe won't rebound this season. But he hasn't had a great camp and the Chiefs may be guilty of wishful thinking when it comes to their top wide receiver.