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Arrowheadlines: Alex Smith looks good, Chiefs sign former Baylor WR

Kansas City Chiefs take big expectations into start of training camp | ESPN

Despite the recent upheaval, the Chiefs will have plenty of continuity on to the practice field. Twenty starters are back from last season, so the lineup will look much the same as in 2016. Even the installation of Veach, 39, as general manager has a familiar ring. He has been one of their top scouts since joining the Chiefs in 2013.

Alex Smith sharp out of the gate at Chiefs training camp | The Kansas City Star

There were very few surprises among the first-teamers to kick off camp, though the starter at left guard — Bryan Witzmann — certainly qualifies as a mild one. Witzmann earned first-string snaps throughout organized team activities, and it appears he’s getting a legitimate chance to compete with returning starter Zach Fulton for the job.

New Kansas City Chiefs GM Brett Veach isn't afraid to make a move | ESPN

Like Alexander, Pierre-Louis played little for his team on defense, playing in 24 games over three seasons but starting just one. Pierre-Louis might not last with the Chiefs to the regular season. They have many capable inside linebackers, including four players who within the past two years have started at least one game for Kansas City. They also drafted inside linebacker Ukeme Eligwe in the fifth round this year.

Exploring why the Kansas City Chiefs traded for LB Kevin Pierre-Louis from the Seahawks | Arrowhead Pride

I doubt KPL makes much of an impact at all on the defense, but one never knows how a player will respond to a change in scheme. What I DO know is that Alexander demonstrated against the Titans that he should not see the field as a SILB and that KPL shows some raw materials taking on blockers, closing and in coverage. And so, if you trust Dave Toub to replace the production on special teams, it makes sense to trade for an unknown with raw materials when what you’ve got is a guy you know can’t contribute on defense.

Seahawks trade Kevin Pierre-Louis to Chiefs for D.J. Alexander |

Pierre-Louis was nearly limited to special teams as well -- seeing 228 special teams snaps in 2016 compared to only 71 on defense -- though the former fourth-round pick wasn't as productive as a linebacker like many hoped he'd be in Seattle. In three seasons, Pierre-Louis made one start, appeared in 34 games and recorded just 16 solo tackles.

Hali a center of attention at Chiefs camp after Twitter rant | AP

Hali spoke to reporters Friday for the first time since his tweets. He said he was not surprised that he created some controversy.

“I’m not surprised because I usually don’t talk,” Hali said after the first full-squad workout of the summer. “I’m a team-first guy. Whatever we need to get done, I’m on board.

Tamba Hali's recent rant on Twitter starting to become thing of past for Chiefs | The Kansas City Star

The team had just finished its conditioning test for training camp, and Berry had always considered Hali a straight shooter, so when he caught wind of Hali’s surprise Twitter rant last week — in which he not only questioned his lack of playing time down the stretch last season and also seemed to question a handful of his teammates’ decisions to skip organized team activities — Berry figured he might as well get an explanation from the man himself.

“What’s this I hear about a Twitter rant?” asked Berry, who was one of four defensive starters to skip at least part of the voluntary portion of OTAs this spring.

Chiefs sign former Baylor WR Antwan Goodley |

Goodley originally signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2015., but also spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers but has yet to appear in an NFL regular season game.

PSU’s Bausby makes return to Chiefs training camp |

Bausby, who’s one of 11 cornerbacks on the current roster, said he’s in a solid position to stand out due to his maturity and current health.

“I’m 100 percent,” he said. “And now, I’m doing yoga three times a week because I don’t want any silly injuries. I want to be at 100 percent.”

Chiefs fans greet team for training camp opener |

“They were great,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said about the fans. “I was surprised that they were going to be out here in the numbers that they were. It’s good for the players I look forward to the rest of camp having them out here. It gives the guys out here a little extra juice. I like the fact that our guys appreciate the fans.”

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens predicts a Super Bowl victory for the Kansas City Chiefs | The Kansas City Star

“It was great to have the governor out here today,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “Right when he mentioned the Navy Seals, it had everybody’s attention.

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