A Dream Come True for Undrafted Rookie LaVance Taylor from The Mothership
A Raytown native, Taylor attended local Central Missouri from 2011-2014. Despite leading all of Division II with 2,618 all-purpose yards in 2014, he went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft.
When no NFL teams showed interest, Taylor turned to the CFL, signing with the Ottawa Redblacks in February.
But that didn't work out either, as the Redblacks released him in late April.
"When it didn't work out in Canada, it kind of made me hungrier," Taylor explained, "because I knew I belonged there.
"It just made me work harder and pay attention more to details and made me a better professional I think."
What We Learned From Friday's Chiefs Media Availability from The Mothership
Being a 10-year veteran, linebacker Derrick Johnson knows that the tough days at training camp are a part of the long season.
"You've got to accept the grind," he said. "You don't look forward to it, but you've got to accept it. It's one of those things, and everybody knows that coach Andy Reid runs a hard camp.
"We're going to be excited to put the pads on when we do, but about that third or fourth day we're going to be like, ‘Man.'"
Chiefs QB Aaron Murray Takes Advantage at Friday's Practice from The Mothership
Murray had the opportunity to show coach Andy Reid and company his development during Friday morning's practice as veterans
Alex Smithand Chase Danielwere given the day off.
This meant Murray was given all the reps at quarterback, which is something he took advantage of.
"It was awesome," Murray explained, "because probably starting tomorrow, my reps are going to be cut down a lot. Alex [Smith] obviously gets the majority of the time, then Chase [Daniel], and then I'm after that. So to get a day where I was getting all the reps really helps with timing. It helps with confidence, too.
"I have certain routes I haven't thrown a lot, so to be able to rep them out a little bit gives you some confidence going out there and competing the rest of the time."
Chiefs CB Sean Smith Ranks as the Fifth-Best Cornerback in Madden from The Mothership
The folks at EA Sports apparently picked up what PFF was putting down, rating Smith 91 overall, only behind four others in the NFL (Richard Sherman, Darelle Revis, Vontae Davis and Chris Harris Jr.).
Here is the explanation:
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The thrill of the moment will eventually pass, and Taylor received his first taste of life in the NFL earlier in the morning during his first workout with rookies, quarterbacks and select players.
"It was pretty good feedback," Taylor said. "I got yelled at a lot, but that comes with it. Overall, it was pretty good for the first day. But you always have to get better."
The road to the final 53-man roster won't be easy for Taylor.
The Chiefs currently have five running backs in training camp with Taylor, Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, Charcandrick West and Keshawn Hill, who is dealing with a hamstring injury.
So Taylor, who was born and raised in the Kansas City area and attended nearby University of Central Missouri, had no problem acknowledging his favorite Chiefs player when growing up.
"Actually, it was Jamaal Charles before I got here," Taylor said. "I looked up to him. Him, Marcus Allen and Priest Holmes, all of them were my favorites."
LB Ramik Wilson (back) returns to practice from Chiefs Digest
Rookie linebacker Ramik Wilson, who missed the last two days of practice with a back injury, is apparently no longer on non-football injury list.
Wilson was observed on the practice field with his helmet on and participating in drills.
Meanwhile, quarterback Tyler Bray (knee) did not practice and remains on the non-football injury list.
The Chiefs allowed at least 140 rushing yards in five of their seven losses last season, including the game against the Titans. The defeat that perhaps stung the most was a November loss to the Oakland Raiders, who were winless at the time. The Chiefs allowed 179 yards and six yards per carry in a game that would have eventually put them in the playoffs had they won.
But a new problem surfaced when the Chiefs lost nose tackle Dontari Poe, who recently had surgery to remove a herniated disk. The likelihood is that the Chiefs will play all or at least a significant portion of their season without Poe.
Chiefs bolster depth on defensive line, sign DT Hebron Fangupo from Chiefs Digest
The Chiefs waived running back Keshawn Hill (hamstring) to make room on the roster.
The 6-0, 324-pound Fangupo, a native of Orange County, Calif., is familiar with the defensive scheme when considering the signing marks his fourth stint with the Chiefs since the 2014 NFL regular season.
Chiefs' Derrick Johnson, Mike DeVito excited for camp after lost 2014 season from Chiefs Digest
"Whenever you can have your health and strength back, your body is your moneymaker," Johnson said. "Whenever you have that back, be back with the guys, that's the exciting part.
"I missed a lot of football last year, so to actually be back with the guys, even though this training camp is going to suck physically, that's just what it is. At the same time, I'm excited. When you get something taken away from you and you can get it back, I'm going to take advantage of it this year."
Chiefs veterans return to St. Joe for training camp from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
The Chiefs will practice five consecutive days before getting a break on Thursday, then have five more days of practice leading into their preseason opener Aug. 15 at Arizona.
They play their first preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium against Seattle on Aug. 21 -- the day that Johnson and DeVito will be returning to the site of their season-ending injuries.
"It's been a long wait, coming off the injury, to get back here," DeVito said. "Watching when you're injured is always tough. That's the reason I'm excited to be here."
Chiefs safety Eric Berry is cancer-free, but he won't forget those who have it worse from The Kansas City Star
You know some of this story. The other day, Berry announced to the world that he is cancer free, just eight months after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. His mother sat to his left and cried. His father sat to his right and beamed. But the most inspiring part of this story remains mostly hidden.
Particularly with the backdrop of arrests and scandals and the never-ending Deflategate controversy in the NFL, Berry's recovery from cancer and return to the Chiefs' practice field might be the best thing in sports right now. What's more, the whole thing just becomes cooler and more important the more you find out about Berry and his fight.
Pre Game Playlist: The Side of Tamba Hali You Didn't Know from CBS Los Angeles
Most people know Tamba Hali as the Pro Bowl linebacker wreaking havoc on the Kansas City Chiefs defense. But what most people do not know, is that Hali plays a pretty big role in the music industry.
"I don't think people know I do music," Hali said. "I'm low-key about it. Since I got to the country, I love rhyming. I couldn't read in the fifth grade, but when I started to read that's when I started to like rhyming."
Only a few dozen tickets remain for Tuesday's 'Delaney' screening at NSU from NSUDemons.com
Tickets, $10 each, are available at NSUDemons.com or by calling the NSU Ticket Office at 357-4268 during business hours Friday, Monday or Tuesday. If any remain, they will be available at the Magale Recital Hall Tuesday evening when a 6:30 reception precedes the 7 p.m. screening hosted by "Delaney" producer Grant Curtis and the Demons Unlimited Foundation.
In football, keep your head up - for safety from The Daily Miner
USA Football quotes Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid as saying "this is a technique sport, and the techniques they're teaching at USA Football is huge...I can tell you everything my youth coach taught me to this day, so it's so important that our youth coaches teach the right things, teach the proper fundamentals."