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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 8/9

Good morning and congratulations to Will Shields on his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame! Here's is your Kansas City Chiefs news from across the internet. Enjoy.

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Former Chief Will Shields, a hardworking and humble hero, enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame from The Kansas City Star

Shields hardly mentioned football during his speech. He mentioned coaches and teammates, but always in the context of thanking them for support and guidance.

If you ask Shields what he's proudest of — a Hall of Fame career or an exemplary life of charity off the field — he does not answer directly. Football gave him the platform and resources to help people, so the two are entwined. Neither is better than the other.

Shields' life has been like that. Football is just part of it. Same with thanking his friends and teachers and coaches and family.

"I'm standing here today being honored because of each of you," he said. "So when the opportunity presents itself in your life, choose to be the difference maker in this village." Video: Will Shields is presented into HOF by best friend Video: Will Shields' 2015 Hall of Fame speech Photo Gallery: Pro Football Hall of Fame Parade

Chiefs' Will Shields thanks a ‘village' that led him to the Pro Football Hall of Fame from Chiefs Digest

"No one gets to the top by themselves," Shields said. "Someone had to push, prod and pull me to the next level. I will be forever grateful. Each man and woman has the opportunity to impact human beings as they walk through life. I'd like to tell you about the people who mentored me, and offered me friendship and love."

Ever the offensive lineman, Will Shields credits others in Hall of Fame speech from ESPN

Shields finished with this: "I'm standing here being honored because of each of you. So when the opportunity presents itself in your life, choose to be the difference maker in this village. Thank you very much. Appreciate it."

As a rookie, Shields started his Will to Succeed Foundation in Kansas City, and it still goes strong today. The foundation supports programs for families and children and has impacted the lives of countless people through the years in Kansas City and beyond.

Will Shields Hall of Fame speech: Former Chiefs guard says nobody gets to the top alone from SB Nation

A third-round pick by the Chiefs in 1993, Shields was regarded as one of the steals of the draft at the time. He didn't start his first career game, but when Dave Szott went down with an injury in that game, Shields stepped into a starting role and didn't miss a single game for the next 14 years. He started 231 consecutive games (including playoffs), the second-longest active streak at the time after Brett Favre, and he went to the Pro Bowl every year from 1995-2006.

Lawton's First Hall Of Famer: Will Shields from News9

It was 29 years ago that Shields put the football program on his broad shoulders. Not to say that Lawton didn't have other quality players, but Shields was a road grader, physically capable of steamrolling several defenders to pave the way for the LHS running game.

Lawton won the 5A State Championship in 1987 and Shields caught the attention of the University of Nebraska and coach Tom Osborne. After his senior season in 1988, Shields was named All-State and Oklahoma Lineman of the Year.

Will Shields' Deep Connection with LHS, Lawton from KSWO

That pride extends beyond LHS, but the entire city of Lawton. A community that still holds a piece of his heart.

"I'm always going to be a Lawtonian for the rest of my life. And that's what you love about the people there. They embrace you and they've done a great job. You know, with all the coaches that are still there around the area and the teachers there still there in the area, you have love and respect for each one of them. You wish they could have made the trip. And one day I hope to be there so we can celebrate it together."

Seau, Bettis, six others enshrined in Hall of Fame from

Lifelong Raiders star Tim Brown joked Friday that he "hated" Shields because of how durable he was -- always in the lineup, always ready to go on every play. He's not wrong. Shields was inserted into the lineup midway through Week 1 of his rookie season in 1993 and never missed a start over the next 14 seasons. Along the way, he blew open holes for runners like Priest Holmes, who ran for an outrageous 4,590 yards from 2001 to 2003 behind the road-grader.

Shields is arguably one of the finest third-round picks in the history of the game -- just don't expect him to boast about it.

Chiefs Training Camp Update 8/8: What You Need to Know from The Mothership

Top Plays from Friday's Practice

3) During the final 11-on-11 portion of practice with the second team on the field, quarterback Chase Daniel led the team down the field. Starting on Daniel's right, wide receiver Fred Williams was chased across the middle by Marcus Cooper step for step. In a tight window, Daniel let the ball go and Williams hopped up for the ball that connected with him right in the chest even with Cooper blanketing him.

2) In 7 on 7, quarterback Alex Smith aimed to hit Albert Wilson, who appeared to be wide open, to his left at the end of this route. Cornerback Phillip Gaines, despite being several yards ahead of Wilson, jumped up as high as he could and snagged the ball out of the air. The very next play, Gaines broke up another pass with a diving deflection.

What We Learned From Saturday's Chiefs Media Availability from The Mothership

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid acknowledged the outstanding play of rookie cornerback Marcus Peters thus far.

"He's playing well," Reid said. "At this level, you've got to do it every day. You've got to do it in games and you've got to do it every game. That's how you become a good player in this league, so he's got to continue to do that, continue to push himself and challenge himself. He's very, very talented and he wants to be good. He's handling everything the right way. He's a smart kid."

Reid shared what he sees in second-year linebacker Dee Ford to this point.

"He's out here and he's rotating in with the ones," he said. "He's getting a lot of snaps. He's getting better against the run. Remember, he switched from defensive end to an outside backer position, so he's continuing to work his fundamentals in the pass game and the run game, but the one thing we know he can do is pass rush." Video: Chiefs Blueprint: Episode Two

Chiefs sign OT Anthony Dima, WR Adam Drake from Chiefs Digest

Kansas City announced the signing of offensive tackle Anthony Dima and rookie wide receiver Adam Drake, and waived wide receiver Armon Binns and rookie outside linebacker Sage Harold to make room on the roster.

Chiefs keep Jamaal Charles busy one day after giving him some rest from ESPN

The Chiefs got the ball early and often to Charles as the featured back. The Chiefs rested Charles for much of Friday's practice, giving much of his normal workload to Knile Davis. Charles was particularly troublesome for the defense as a receiver out of the backfield. The defense left Charles uncovered in the right flat on two plays early in a lengthy team period and he scored a touchdown on each play.

Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin works through jammed thumb from Chiefs Digest

Burkholder and another trainer wrapped Maclin's right hand before the seventh-year pro returned to the practice field and participated fully.

Coach Andy Reid revealed the nature of Maclin's injury after practice.

"He jammed his thumb," Reid said.

More importantly, Reid didn't appear alarmed.

"I think he'll be all right," Reid said. "He came back out and played."

De'Anthony Thomas puts awesome move on Phillip Gaines from ESPN

Nice move by Thomas to shake Gaines here, but it's nothing like the open-field juke that Jamaal Charles put on Sanders Commings during Chiefs training camp last year. I saw that one. Charles screwed Commings into the ground. Commings suffered a broken leg and a badly sprained ankle on the play and was done for the season.

No video of that play has been posted that I know of. If it's out there, I'd love to see it.

Notebook: Chiefs rookie James O'Shaugnessy making most of opportunity from Chiefs Digest

"The whole tight end group helped me out," O'Shaughnessy said Saturday, "especially Kelce and (tight ends) Coach (Tom) Melvin, our OC (Doug Pederson) and Coach (Andy) Reid.

"It's kind of been a collective help from everybody. I've been very fortunate with that aspect that they all have been willing to help me through my growing pains and help me work through whatever I need to get done."

Connecting deep a focal point for Chiefs' passing game from Chiefs Digest

Smith completed 3 of 18 passes for 114 yards between 21 to 41-plus yards. His longest completions of 2014 came on a 41-yard pass to wide receiver Jason Avant in Week 14 and a 48-yard pass to then-rookie wide receiver Albert Wilson in Week 15.

"Your percentages obviously go down when you shoot deep as opposed to the short and intermediate passes and that only makes sense," coach Andy Reid said Saturday. "That's the way it is with everybody. But he's (Smith) connected on some nice ones; he had a pretty good day actually, today."

Helping Smith's training camp performances is his supporting cast, which is arguably the best he has worked with since arriving in 2013 via trade with the San Francisco 49ers.

Andy Reid Shakes Up His Offensive Line from Warpaint Illustrated

To this point in training camp, Andy Reid's offensive line has been anything but stellar. So to change that complacency, he inserted some new bodies into the starting unit that sent social media buzzing.

If the season started today, it's still a big question mark which five guys are going to make up the Chiefs starting offensive line. When training camp began, it was (from left to right) Eric FisherBen GrubbsEric KushJeff Allen and Donald Stephenson.

On Saturday morning, the head coach had an offensive line that looked as follows: Fisher, Grubbs, Mitch MorseZach Fulton and Jeff Allen.

So what does this all mean?

Chiefs' Sherman a throwback at fullback position from The St. Joseph News-Press

With more spread offenses and the rules giving an advantage to the wide receivers, having a prolific I-form offense is rare to see these days, but Sherman believes that the fullback position is still key.

"There's more teams than you think with a fullback," Sherman said. "I think it all depends on the team and how they use the fullback. I think history repeats itself, so there's going to be a time when teams bring back the fullback and use them heavily."

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