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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 6/4

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Good morning! An abbreviated Arrowheadlines today (I'm about to head out the door), so please drop anything I missed in the comments section. Happy Weekend, friends!

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Dontari Poe on New DL Coach Britt Reid: "He Earned Our Respect" from Chiefs.com

At the time, Britt Reid was the assistant defensive line coach.

It was last year and veteran Dontari Poe was working his way back from offseason back surgery, and the two-time Pro Bowler had a lot of hard work in front of him.

"I don't know if many people knew, but last year, especially coming off of my surgery, I missed a lot," Poe explained after Thursday's OTA practice. "So I kind of had to speed it up. I would stay after practice just working on fundamentals.

"Every single day it was me and [Britt] out there just doing hand work, doing any individual work we could."

Tamba Hali Continues to Exemplify Special Leadership Traits from Chiefs.com

After 11 seasons in the NFL and currently ranking second in Kansas City Chiefs franchise history with 86 career sacks, Tamba Hali has earned his place as one of the best defensive players to ever step foot on the field at Arrowhead Stadium.

We've come to know it as "Tamba Time."

Beginning with the dreads and visor back in the day, Hali's relentless pursuit of opposing quarterbacks over the years has defined the man who steps between the lines every Sunday in the fall, but it's the man who has spent the last two weeks at OTAs dedicating his time to the younger players that defines the character of a truly special individual.

Most Feared Running Back Unit in the NFL? One Expert Says Chiefs from NFL.com

Now that Charles, the NFL's all-time leader at 5.5 yards per carry and the franchise's all-time leading rusher, has returned, the Chiefs boast a backfield that has caught the attention of one of the best to ever play the position.

LaDainian Tomlinson, who finished his soon-to-be Hall of Fame career after 11 seasons with the San Diego Chargers (2001-09) and New York Jets (2010-11) with 13,684 yards rushing, which is the fifth most in NFL history, is now an analyst for NFL Network.

He believes the Chiefs have the most feared running back group in the NFL.

Chiefs Defensive Performance Last Season Makes NFL's "Top Donuts" from Chiefs.com

Here's what Jim Reineking of NFL.com had to say about his article titled, "NFL's Top Donuts."

"June 3 marks #NationalDonutDay, and to mark this special date on the calendar we take a look back at some of the most famous ‘donuts' in NFL history."

There were eight "donuts" listed, and here's the description of the one that involved the Chiefs:

With Chase Daniel gone, Chiefs' Alex Smith needs another sounding board from Chiefs.com

The winner of the Chiefs' backup quarterback job will have more responsibility than you might think.

Alex Smith knows that as the Chiefs' starting quarterback, he is reliant upon others to be effective on Sundays. His linemen must block, his receivers must catch; his coaches must spot defensive weaknesses and call the right plays.

But Smith says there's another, less noticeable person he relies upon at a position currently in a bit of flux, thanks to the offseason departure of Chase Daniel to Philadelphia.

Not only will the Chiefs count on the winner of their ongoing No. 2 quarterback competition to be the next man up in the event of an injury, but Smith will ask his backup to be a sounding board, of sorts, just like he did with Daniel.

Chiefs sign third-round pick KeiVarae Russell from Chiefs Digest

The Chiefs signed rookie cornerback KeiVarae Russell to a contract, according to Friday's NFL Transactions report. Russell is the last of the Chiefs' nine draft picks to sign.

Chiefs sign rookie cornerback KeiVarae Russell, now have all draft picks under contract from The Kansas City Star

Harris expected next week

Cornerback Vernon Harris, an undrafted free agent from Dartmouth, was not present for the Chiefs' first six practices because his school is on the quarters system, and the NFL prohibits players from practicing with their new teams until their respective college's academic calendar is complete.

Ask Terez: Answering questions on the Chiefs' backup QB battle, Tyreek Hill and much more from The Kansas City Star

Ron Parker is absolutely a starter — he's really underrated as a fast, reliable nickel/safety swingman — which leaves Sean Smith's vacant cornerback position as the only one really up for grabs. At this point, my money would absolutely be on Phillip Gaines, who is returning from a torn ACL, and Steven Nelson, has been killing it so much in OTAs that I'm pretty T.J. Lavin would give him a "You killed it" shoutout on Twitter if he was privy, at all, to what the Chiefs were doing.