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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 8/7

Good Morning and Happy Friday! Will be booking my flight/hotel for the home opener in a bit, so that's my early Victory of the Week. Here's your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

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Chiefs to Host Special Social Media Day on Friday at Training Camp presented by Mosiac Life Care from The Mothership

The Kansas City Chiefs will host a Social Media Day on Friday during the club's training camp practice on the campus of Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri. The club has also announced that it is changing its official Twitter and Instagram handles to @Chiefs from @KCChiefs.

Throughout the morning practice there will be a number of social challenges issued by the Chiefs official social media channels (@Chiefs on Twitter and Instagram and OfficialChiefs on Snapchat) for fans to partake in and post about to Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Prizes, such as signed draft hats from 2015 first-round pick Marcus Peters, preseason tickets and Chiefs "Decibel Up" social media t-shirts will be awarded for fans engaging with #ChiefsCamp social challenges. To redeem their prizes, fans must take their winning direct message to the team store at training camp.


"Just because you're talented doesn't mean it's going to go your way. You have to put forth that effort and preparation."

Luckily for Gibbs, who will spend his seventh season in Kansas City in 2015, there hasn't been a shortage of talent to work with or players who aren't willing to put in the kind of work it takes to be successful during his time with the Chiefs.

"When you get that player that wants to be the best—that wants to win, who's just driven to be the best, it's a pretty good gig," he explained. "We all know that there are some talented players who just collect a paycheck and are OK going 8-8. They might go to the Pro Bowl and feel pretty good about everything, but that's not what this league's all about at the end of the day."

"Delaney," an ESPN 30 for 30, is Set to Debut Later This Month from The Mothership

Before he was a distinguished film producer, Grant Curtis grew up in Warrensburg, Missouri a diehard fan of the Kansas City Chiefs.

"I've been a Chiefs fan since day one," he'll proudly tell you. "I was a card-carrying member of the Huddle Club, the club the Chiefs had for young fans and I would collect all the football cards that they gave out..."

...On June 29, 1983, Curtis was an 11-year-old Chiefs fan, one that thought of the players he watched on the field and the television screen as invincible.

What would come that day was, for that reason, all the more shocking.

That was the day that Chiefs running back Joe Delaney, at the age of 24, drowned trying to save three young boys in northeastern Louisiana. Photo Gallery: Gold Jacket Dinner

Chiefs mailbag: Wrapping up first week of training camp practices from Chiefs Digest

The Chiefs had an off day Thursday, but are back in action Friday through Wednesday before taking two days off leading to the first preseason game on the road against the Arizona Cardinals on Aug. 15.

Here is a look back on the first week of training camp, which included three days of rookie/quarterback workouts (July 29-31) and five days of full-team practices (Aug. 1-5).

Here are first-week Chiefs training camp awards from ESPN

Surprise of camp: Running back Charcandrick West has repeatedly shown the ability to make big plays, particularly as a receiver. West doesn't figure to get much playing time, not with Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis on the depth chart ahead of him. But if the Chiefs lose Charles to injury or he needs relief, West could be a better option than Davis when they throw the ball. Davis has continued to struggle catching passes. West doesn't have that problem.

Chiefs CB Marcus Cooper focused, committed to rebounding from 2014 season from Chiefs Digest

The 6-2, 192-pound Cooper could elect to ignore the questions surrounding a 2014 campaign that resulted in a demotion just one season removed from being voted by teammates as the Chiefs' Rookie of the Year in 2013.

But in the spirit of the position he plays, which often calls for a defender to be alone on the edge against an opponent, Cooper tackled the adversity head on.

"No excuses," Cooper said. "Things happened and that's just the life of the corner position. You're not going to cut any slack, so I don't look for it. I'm going to be hated; I'm going to be loved. You just got to take it all on the nose and keep going."

Travis Kelce ranked as NFL's 4th-best all-around tight end from ESPN

Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs ranked fourth behind Rob Gronkowski of the New England PatriotsJason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys and Martellus Bennett of the Chicago Bears.

That's not a bad landing spot for Kelce. PFF made note of his 503 yards after the catch, the third-highest total for a tight end since 2007.

Mailbag: Will OL, DB depth lead Chiefs to make a trade? from ESPN

The Chiefs may have a surplus of guards and cornerbacks as opposed to safeties when training camp is done. Jeff Allen is in the final year of his contract and I would think he would be expendable if he doesn't win a starting job. At corner, Jamell Fleming and Marcus Cooper could also be available.

Who should be the next player from each team to make the Hall of Fame? from ESPN

Tony Gonzalez. Tight end Gonzalez should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He's the No. 1 NFL player at his position in career catches, yards and receiving touchdowns. Gonzalez is arguably the greatest player in Chiefs history. -- Adam Teicher

Hammond's quest for WR spot with Chiefs is off to a fast start from KC Star via The Garden City Telegram

Now, like his early Florida days, Hammond is impressing his way through training camp. During the first week of full-squad workouts, with all eyes on newcomer Jeremy Maclin, Hammond garnered attention by diverting receptions away from the Chiefs' big offseason acquisition.

In one series, Hammond dove for a ball near the sideline that appeared to be destined for a Derrick Johnson interception. But the pass sailed through Johnson's arms into Hammond's chest.

A few plays later, on a quick hit, the ball slammed off Hammond's elbow and ricocheted into the air. Hammond, surrounded by three defenders, momentarily lost sight of the ball only to find it at the last second. He made the reception while falling to the ground.

Chiefs' Derrick Johnson uses day off from camp to help local kids from KCTV5

Many of the players use this day off to spend time with their families, but linebacker Derrick Johnson is using this time to give out more than 300 backpacks to children who need them.

"It's very important to give back to the inner-city kids here in Kansas City," Johnson said. "My passion is working with kids through education."

This is the second year for that backpack drive, and this year, they served double the number of students.

Chiefs' Eric Berry knows the fight this young woman faces, and takes a few moments to encourage from FOX4KC

"One day at a time." That's the advice her favorite Chief's player gave to Alyssa Crabtree. He wrote it on the sign she brought with her; the one that caught his eye.

"It's an inspiration for me and it gives me some kind of motivation because he worked so hard to get back and that's what I'm going to do," she says.

The 24-year-old was diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma, the same kind Berry had.

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