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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs news 9/3

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Chiefs president opens up about why team is changing touchdown celebration song | The Kansas City Star

"We’re much better at celebrating traditions — it’s part of our core — than we are at changing traditions," Donovan began. "(But) this was one that we looked at over the last few years, and the reality is the performer and composer of the song is in a maximum security prison for crimes against children, and we just didn’t want to be associated with that song in any way, either directly or indirectly through a cover song."

Five things to watch in Thursday’s Chiefs-Rams game | The Kansas City Star

In Tuesday’s practice, running backs Spencer Ware and Darrin Reaves rotated reps. Expect to see plenty of Williams, Frankie Hammond and Da’Ron Brown at wide receiver, Mike Catapano on the defensive line, Dee Ford at linebacker and Eric Berry at safety.

Chiefs on pace to see increase in ticket-sale revenue | The Kansas City Star

Donovan said the season-ticket sales are "about flat, maybe a little up," but the demand for single-game ticket sales for the first three home games — Sept. 17 against Denver, Oct. 11 against Chicago and Oct. 25 against Pittsburgh — is as high as its ever been. "The first three games, from a ticket perspective, are already bigger than that game (last year on Monday night against New England)," Donovan said.

Analyzing Player Athleticism |

In addition to having the best name in the NFL, Charcandrick West is a lurking third-string running back on a team that uses that position in heavy volume. The odds of West getting significant time aren’t great, but he’s a midseason pickup with almost zero acquisition cost and neither Knile Davis nor Jamaal Charles is a stranger to serious injury. West may not play a snap, but few third-string backs are as well-positioned to win fantasy leagues.

Undefeated preseason has been dubious achievement, except for Chiefs | ESPN

For those who believe in omens, the last time the Kansas City Chiefs went undefeated in the preseason, in 1969, they went on to claim the only Super Bowl victory in franchise history. The previous time the Chiefs won all of their exhibition games, in 1966, they reached the Super Bowl for the only other time in club history.

The future is now for the NFL's top rookies |

For Marcus Peters, it will be forced stardom playing with the Kansas City Chiefs. The team's first-round pick faces Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers in just the second and third games of his career. Compounding that pressure is the fact that Chiefs No. 1 corner Sean Smith is suspended for those games. When he comes back, Peters may actually be the best corner on Kansas City's roster. Peters comes into the NFL possessing the size, speed, instincts and athleticism teams covet in a cornerback.

Upon further review: Maclin might be a KC masterpiece after all | Yahoo Sports

But what I've seen of Maclin this preseason is something I wasn't expecting - Maclin changing into more of a possession type receiver, moving around and working within Smith's wheelhouse range. Credit Andy Reid for knowing that he could turn Maclin into a square peg instead of trying to deal with a circle that didn't fit the system.

Chiefs host annual kickoff luncheon with KC Chamber | Kansas City Business Journal

"I've already heard from many of our fans that they're making plans to take the sea of red across the pond to cheer on the Chiefs," CEO and Chairman Clark Hunt said. Donovan said the team is considering hosting a watch party or some other event on Nov. 1, when the Chiefs play the Detroit Lions at 8:30 a.m.

Bill Belichick would've told media 'We're on to Cincinnati' 103 times if he had to after Chiefs loss |

"We gotta turn the page," Belichick said in the clip. "I mean, we're not gonna sit there and talk about the Kansas City game for the rest of the season any more that we're going to talk about our big wins for day after day after day. It's 24 hours after the game, you've got to move on."

Photos: Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith selling Monte Sereno mansion | San Jose Mercury News

His 4,650 square foot property built in 2010 touts four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths. It features 100-year-old reclaimed white oak wood interior beams, French imported antique limestone floors, radiant heated floors, a professional bocce ball court, among many other amenities.

Will Travis Kelce take his place among the NFL's best tight ends? |

With Kelce another year removed from the knee surgery, I expect him to be quite a bit more explosive this season and just generally stronger in his lower body. Things should open up a lot more for Kelce underneath and up the seams with the addition of Jeremy Maclin, a bona fide deep threat. The fact that he's heading into the season as the starter also means Kelce should have more opportunities in the passing game over the course of the season. We all know Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith just looooooves to throw it short and Kelce should be the primary beneficiary of that again this season.

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