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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 7/12

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

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Countdown: Alex Smith's Top Five Throws of 2014 from The Mothership

5. Week 14 - 6:51 4Q - 1st and 10 - 29 yards to Travis Kelce

The Chiefs trailed the Arizona Cardinals 17 to 14 in the fourth quarter and Smith lined up in the shotgun with Charles and Thomas in the backfield.

Thomas went into motion and Smith faked the handoff to Charles. The Arizona defensive line flushed Smith out to his right, and he had to hit Travis Kelce while on the run.

Despite being on the run, Smith hit Kelce right in the hands for a 29-yard gain and the first down.

Around the AFC West: Raiders legend Kenny Stabler Passed Away at Age 69 from The Mothership called offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo the number one newcomer to watch at training camp senior digital reporter Andrew Mason ranked the top fresh faces headed into Denver Broncos training camp, and OL Ty Sambrailo topped the list.

"When Ryan Clady tore his anterior cruciate ligament, Sambrailo became not only the most crucial new Bronco, but one of the most vital components to the entire team, period," Mason wrote.

The Broncos selected Sambrailo in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Former Georgia star Houston confident in Kansas City pass rush from The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Houston and teammate Tamba Hali, who plays on the opposite side of Houston on the Chiefs' defensive line, anchor one of the league's best defenses with dominant pressure on opposing teams' quarterbacks. In Houston's mind, he and Hali make up the best pass-rushing duo in the NFL.

"I'd say so. I think everybody should think the same way," Houston said at Charles Johnson's Sports Academy and Community Night last month in Hawkinsville. "I think you should think that as an NFL player, think you're the best and believe you're the best. I really do think we are."

Summer Series: Expectations for all first-round NFL picks this year from The Florida Times-Union

18. Marcus Peters, CB, Kansas City: If Sean Smith, a safety-turned-corner, is suspended to start the year because of a DUI incident, Peters will be thrust into the lineup opposite Phillip Gaines. The Chiefs' six interceptions last year were tied with the Jaguars and Jets for the NFL's fewest.


The brutal honesty is that such a list shouldn't exist. One thing I know is that if you are a true fan of an NFL team then you understand the passion a true fan from another team feels. It's an emotion that's universally equal. It's not a billionaire's profit from a franchise. It's growing up and watching your father yell and/or cheer at the TV screen. It's pretending to be your favorite player on the playground football field. It's getting laid off from work and coming home and watching your NFL team win a playoff game - which helps you get through the next week. It's explaining the game to your children and your grandchildren. It's your team uplifting your city/state after a crushing natural disaster. It's unconditional love for a team that never wavers - no matter the wins or losses.

Sharp: Charlie Sanders was 'all about grace and dignity' from The Detroit Free Press

An apt assessment because Sanders' death inspired an outpouring of affection and appreciation over the last couple days that likely surprised some, considering that he retired from the game nearly 40 years ago.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame, which made Sanders only the seventh tight end inducted into its hallowed Canton corridors eight years ago, sent a couple of representatives to the funeral. Former Hall of Fame players such as Kansas City Chiefs middle linebacker Willie Lanier attended. New England head coach Bill Belichick called Sanders "a pure gentleman to be around" in a recent statement. Belichick was the Lions' receivers and tight ends coach with the Lions in 1977.

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