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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 8/9

Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

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Five Observations From Monday's Practice from

1. Wide receiver Albert Wilson and linebacker Josh Mauga returned to the practice field.

Wide receiver Albert Wilson, who strained his calf last Tuesday, and linebacker Josh Mauga, who strained his groin last Friday, returned to practice on Monday.

Wilson was reinserted back into the lineup with the first-team offense, and Mauga was back on the field with the first-team defense.

Running back Knile Davis, who left practice early due to a shoulder injury on Sunday, was right back out on the field on Monday morning. The hit safety Daniel Sorensen delivered to Davis was among the biggest of camp, so to see Davis back on the field so quickly was impressive.

What We Learned From Monday's Media Availability from

Q: What have you thought of Dee Ford's performance at camp so far?

SUTTON: "He's done a good job. He's played with a lot of energy coming off the edges on both run and pass and he's done a great job chasing down plays from the backside. He has tremendous speed. So he's somebody you have to deal with in that regard. I think he's really done a good job overall setting the edge in the running game. He, as we all know, has some natural rush ability.

"He's learned a lot from Justin [Houston] and Tamba [Hali]. You've got to have a whole plan to be a good rusher in this league. It's hard to do one thing. Usually if you do have just one thing, it's really difficult to be successful. So I think he's learning and growing and we obviously need him to continue to do that."

Former Chiefs LB Scott Fujita Talks "Gleason," the Powerful New Documentary from

Fujita spent the next four years of his career with the Saints (2006-09), and it's a move that's forever altered his life.

Not long after he arrived, Fujita quickly became friends with safety Steve Gleason, who spent all eight years of his NFL career with the Saints (2000-07). Gleason had already been with the Saints for six years before Fujita came into the picture, and the two quickly began a friendship that still stands strong more than a decade later.

Chiefs camp report, Aug. 8: Deep passing game showcased in light practice from The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs worked a ton on the deep ball and quarterback Alex Smith was on point. Granted, it was against the No. 2 defense, and yes, the defenders played at an easy pace with no hitting — which essentially amounts to a glorified walkthrough — but the No. 1 offense was humming as the ball rarely hit the ground. Smith completed 29 of 30 passes, many of them on deep throws like posts and deep crosses.

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith impressed with team's depth at receiver from The Kansas City Star

"The thing that jumps out at me right away — and it's on film — is just how deep (the receiver group) is," Smith said after training camp Monday. "I think the biggest thing is just there's a bunch of them."

With so many targets, the coaching staff faces tough decisions on who will see the bulk of playing time. Maclin and Wilson are slotted as the top guys at the Z and X receiver slots, respectively, according to the Chiefs' Aug. 6 depth chart. Conley and Frankie Hammond are right behind.

"There's a ton of competition at that position right now with a lot of guys that are playing really, really well," Smith said. "So I'm excited to get into the preseason and see those guys get their opportunities there."

Alex Smith says Chiefs' signing of Nick Foles 'an all-around win' from ESPN

"I was all for it," the Chiefs' starting quarterback said. "I had known him. Really, really good guy.

"I thought it was an all-around win. I thought it would be great for us in the QB room and good for him as well."

The potential exists that Foles, signed by the Chiefs last week, could eventually take Smith's job. Reid, then with the Philadelphia Eagles, drafted Foles in 2012, coached him for a season and was eager to get him back after Foles came free from the Rams.

Chiefs, Alex Smith taking chances going deep from Chiefs Digest

The Chiefs have shown an eagerness to throw the ball deep and often down field. In just one short sequence during Monday's practice, Smith hit Maclin for a long touchdown off play action followed by a running catch for a touchdown by Albert Wilson. Rookie speedster Tyreek Hill added another score using his blazing speed to get behind the safety.

The highlight of the practice was provided by Chris Conley extending in a sprint to snag a touchdown pass.

Nagy said Smith's decision making thus far in camp has been strong.

Chiefs' Dave Toub: Sorry, Devin Hester; Tyreek Hill is fastest guy I've ever coached from The Kansas City Star

"They're both natural catchers," Toub said. "(Hester) is fast, make no mistake about it, but the different between (Hester) and (Hill) is the size. Devin was a big (guy) and could break tackles."

The Chiefs' special teams aren't practicing with full contact, so Toub will have to wait at least until Saturday's preseason opener against Seattle to see if Hill can match Hester's talent of making tacklers miss.

Chiefs again compare Tyreek Hill to Devin Hester as kick returner from ESPN

"He's got really great instincts,'' Toub said. "He does a lot of things you can't coach. For instance, he reads the kicker on kickoff return. He's reading the kicker before he even gets [to the ball]. He just has a natural instinct for things. I never taught him how to do that. He just does it naturally. He's at a higher level instinctively.

"We're looking for dynamic returners, not a guy that's just going to get 10 yards. We're looking for the guy that at any time can score for you.''

Jeron Johnson looking to become fluent in Chiefs speak from The Kansas City Star

It occurs in every NFL camp every season. Newcomers arrive, and they spend the first few days learning a new language.

Quarterback Nick Foles is learning to become fluent in Chiefs speak among offensive players. On the defensive side, it's strong safety Jeron Johnson.

Signed as a free agent late last week, Johnson is slowly easing into a place of comfort. He spent his first day mostly watching the defense. His reps increased over the next couple of days.

"I'm trying to pick it up as fast as I can," Johnson said. "At the end of the day, it's football, just different terminology."

What every NFL starting QB focused on this offseason from ESPN

Footwork, which Smith called "the foundation of throwing" is again an emphasis for the Chiefs' starting quarterback. "Footwork is something that never goes away and you're constantly trying to get better with your feet," Smith said. "For me, I think it's just working on being more consistent from under center or in the gun when I do go back and forth." -- Adam Teicher

The Chiefs' biggest challenge: manufacturing a pass rush without Justin Houston from The Kansas City Star

Most obviously, there is a personnel issue. Houston is among the best in the world, the Chiefs' best and most versatile player. He affects how and where offenses attack, and his ability to play both the run and pass mean offenses can't scheme around him.

Football is perhaps our most team-oriented major sport, but particularly on defense, it's about men with superior talent winning plays.

Tamba Hali was bothered in 2015 with knee problems and is currently working his way back to health. Next up is Dee Ford, who has 5  1/2 sacks and 24 tackles in 30 career games and has yet to prove able to do anything beyond a simple speed rush in the NFL. Frank Zombo has been effective in spot duty, but nobody is presenting him as the answer.

Hall of Fame Game cancellation brings back memories for Chiefs staff from ESPN

Special teams coordinator Dave Toub is among them. He was a coach for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2001 when a home preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens was canceled because the seams in the artificial turf at Veterans Stadium were peeling.

"It's kind of crushing to the young players because that's their chance to show what they can do," Toub said Monday. "That was one of four games we had. The fact this is [a fifth game] for those teams, it's not going to affect [the Packers and Colts] as bad as it did us."

Chiefs' depth chart will look different when season starts from ESPN

Keep that in mind as you examine the first depth chart of the season issued by the Kansas City Chiefs. At some positions, the depth chart accurately reflects how the Chiefs have lined up during training camp. At others, they've varied from the way they've lined up in practice.

A few thoughts on the depth chart:

Chiefs hoping to lure St. Louis fans after Rams move to L.A. from ESPN

The Chiefs didn't have to seek the situation because it has come to them. Donovan said the Chiefs have been approached by St. Louis area fans about buying tickets and businesses about buying sponsorships.

"We got calls the day the Rams moved, or the day it was announced, with people [from St. Louis] saying they wanted to buy Chiefs tickets,'' Donovan said. "It was probably a handful of people, not a lot. But we think if we have a good product, we have an opportunity to grow there. It's not that far a drive.''

Former Kansas City Chiefs players remember their training camp days from KSHB

When asked his thoughts of the Chiefs chances this season former defensive back JC Pearson was eager to share just how well his former team had done to improve for 2016, and make another run at the playoffs.

AFC training camp battles: Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos have TE decisions to make from UPI

The departure of Sean Smith (UFA/Oakland) left the door open at the right side of the Chiefs' secondary and there is a very competitive situation when it comes to his replacement. Third-year corner Phillip Gaines is the early leader with pressure coming from second-year cover man Steven Nelson. And there are three rookies getting plenty of snaps in Kansas City's defense -- draft picks Keivarae Russell, Eric Murray and D.J. White.

ESPN sports medicine expert Dr. Mark Adickes joins Baylor College of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine

During Adickes' seven-year NFL career, he played for the Kansas City Chiefs and then the Washington Redskins, winning the Super Bowl with the Redskins in 1992.

After his retirement, Adickes went on to complete his medical training at Harvard Medical School. He did his residency training in orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic and his sports medicine fellowship at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo.

Here comes the noise; U.S. Bank Stadium could be very loud from Bring Me The News

According to, the poly-ethene-co-tetrafluoroethene (ETFE) panels on the roof appears that it will "give the Vikings more than just an economic and esthetic advantage."

The report points to the loudest recorded sound at an NFL stadium was in 2014 at Arrowhead Stadium when Kansas City Chiefs fans by registered 142.2 decibels on the onsite Larson Davis sound meter -€” roughly the sound of a jet taking off.

Josh Murray -- 9 things to know about the 'Bachelor in Paradise' bachelor from Reality TV World

Josh will now look for love on Bachelor in Paradise, and according to previews, he gets involved in a love triangle with Nick -- his arch nemesis -- and the beautiful Amanda Stanton. Who will prevail, and could Josh finally find his happily ever after? 

Below is a list of 9 facts Reality TV World has compiled about Josh Murray:

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