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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 8/24

Good morning! Start the work week off right by faking it while you read the latest Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

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Monday NFL preview: Patriots giving Reggie Wayne a look from ESPN

The Chiefs are still trying to crank up their long passing game. The Chiefs have just two pass plays in their two preseason games of more than 25 yards and both were delivered by players (wide receiver Fred Williams and running back Spencer Ware) who might not make the regular-season roster. The Chiefs are averaging just 9.4 yards per completion, or more than 2 yards less than their opponents. -- Adam Teicher

Chiefs' Ford learns lesson the hard way from The KC Star via The Wichita Eagle

"If you get a running back offset there in the pass rush, you don't want to expose those ribs, so he took quite a shot there," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "But that's a good lesson to learn on how to pass-rush in this league. Those backs can put a wallop on you if you expose yourself."

That's the kind of lesson only experience can teach you, which is one of the reasons the Chiefs opted to start Ford against the Seahawks in place of veteran Tamba Hali. And aside from that hit, Reid said there were some positives about Ford's play.

The 2014 first-round pick recorded three tackles and two quarterback hurries and was enough of a nuisance as a pass-rusher — thanks in large part to his trademark first step — that he caused Seattle left tackle Russell Okung to commit a false start.

Chiefs' Jeremy Maclin showed his versatility with TD catch against Seahawks from ESPN

Alex Smith's second-quarter touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin in the Kansas City Chiefs' Friday night win over the Seattle Seahawks was his first to a wide receiver in some time. Except it really wasn't to a wide receiver.

Maclin usually lines up wide of the line but not on this play. He came out of the backfield and was covered by linebacker Bruce Irvin. Irvin is a good pass-rusher and solid all-around player, but it's still a mismatch when he's asked to cover a receiver like Maclin.

Adrian Peterson isn't the LeBron James of the NFL, but Peyton Manning might be from SB Nation

Poor Jamaal Charles would've had a better argument if Adrian Peterson wasn't around. Charles is the NFL's all-time king in yards per carry, but you'd be hard pressed to find someone who says he's this generation's best running back ahead of Peterson.

Aside from yards per carry, what argument does Charles have for LeBron-ness that Peterson doesn't?


The Chiefs, like the Chargers, finished behind the Broncos in the AFC West with a 9-7 record last year. Unlike the Chargers, they did that with Alex Smith as their starting quarterback and they beat the Chargers twice so...maybe they had a better season? They get prime second-place/first loser billing while the the Chargers are technically the second losers. But this not the Don't section. This is the Do section, so we're going to talk about tight end Travis Kelce and the proper way to send a message.

Houston's Mallett fails to set himself apart in loss to Broncos from FOX Sports

As Wilson notes, Hoyer is considered the front-runner, but O'Brien has thus far declined to identify who will line up under center Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

"We'll figure out what we want to do," O'Brien said. "I feel like we're in a pretty good place with both of those guys as far as our evaluation and what we know about them, but we're not in a rush to make any decisions."

NFL Scouting Report: Cancer survivor Jesse Williams gets to captain Seattle Seahawks from FOX Sports

It was an unforgettable night for Aussie Jesse Williams as he continued a remarkable comeback from cancer in Seattle's clash with the Kansas City on Saturday.

In a beautiful touch, Williams was named Seahawks co-captain and performed the pre-game coin toss with fellow cancer survivor Eric Berry, who led out the Chiefs.

Williams is bidding for a spot on the Seahawks' roster despite having a kidney removed just three months ago after being diagnosed with Papillary Type 2 cancer.

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