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Strengths, weaknesses of KC Chiefs QBs Alex Smith, Patrick Mahomes | The Kansas City Star

Made a number of “wow” throws in camp but some of them weren’t the correct reads. Is still learning how much he can trust his arm at this level; the windows are smaller than he’s used to and they close quicker than they did for him in college, which will lead to some interceptions, at least for a while. Has a “gunslinger” mentality that he must learn to harness for the appropriate moments. Has also had some interceptions in camp in which he appeared to miss a lurking/squatting defender short and over the middle. Needs to continue to refine his touch; the ball occasionally sails on him on sideline throws.

Before Mahomes, KC Chiefs passed on these 1st round NFL Draft QBs | The Kansas City Star

Here are all the quarterbacks chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft from 1984 to 2016 after the Chiefs had made their pick. Before the Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes in the 2017 draft, they hadn’t chosen a QB in the first round since Todd Blackledge in 1983.

KC Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes looks to break Air Raid mold | The Kansas City Star

“I saw him play a bunch,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said. “And the more I was around him Patrick the more I knew he was special. He’s young, he has size, mobility, arm strength, he’s smart, he’s a great kid and he’s working with a terrific coaching staff. That’s usually a recipe for success.”

KC Chiefs QB Alex Smith shuts out Patrick Mahomes & other noise | The Kansas City Star

“I don’t know if I should say this; probably not,” Alex said. “But Ryan Tannehill gets hurt, and she says, ‘Oh, someone said on social media you’re on the trading block to go to the Dolphins.’

“I’m like, ‘Babe, are you serious? Come on.’ You know what I’m saying? She’s not totally biting on it, some of it is because she knows I’m not on there, but she’s like, ‘This is what they’re saying,’ and it’s just, come on.”

Fewer roles could mean more production for KC Chiefs Tyreek Hill | The Kansas City Star

What about Hill’s ambition for 2017? A Pro Bowl and All-Pro season as a rookie is tough to top. But all Hill has to do is look across the locker room to find someone who didn’t lose a step from his first to second seasons.

Cornerback Marcus Peters was the NFL defensive rookie of the year in 2015 and was named All-Pro the next season. Peters’ numbers decreased in his second year, from eight interceptions to six, and two picks returned for touchdowns to none. But so did his targets, from an NFL-leading 137 as a rookie to 89 last year. Teams stayed away from his side of the field.

Chiefs 2017 season preview, with quotes from Tim Burton’s Batman | The Kansas City Star

14. “You idiot! You made me, remember? You dropped me into that vat of chemicals! That wasn’t easy to get over — don’t think I didn’t try!”

This Joker quote in the climactic scene goes to cornerback Marcus Peters, who won’t have to wait long before facing an arch-nemesis in the regular season. The Chiefs face the Chargers in Week 3, and Peters has a history with receiver Keenan Allen, who called Peters a “bum” on Twitter last season. Bet on Peters doing his talking on the field.

Brett Veach takes handoff from John Dorsey as Chiefs' GM | The Kansas City Star

If coach Andy Reid, who had been friends with Dorsey for decades and was hired before him, strongly still wanted Dorsey here, it’s hard to imagine he didn’t have the clout to convince Hunt to keep him.

And whatever drove Hunt to tell Dorsey he wouldn’t extend his contract and to go on and get out so he wouldn’t be a “lame duck” this year, it wasn’t because of how Dorsey performed in the most visible aspect of the job — assembling a roster that can compete for a championship.

Rookie Kareem Hunt moves into Chiefs lineup with loss of Spencer Ware | ESPN

"For a young guy, you always tell them, 'You're one play away from being in there as the guy,'" coach Andy Reid said. "He got that [message] firsthand."

KC Chiefs Chris Jones has sack in preseason debut | The Kansas City Star

“The knee felt good,” Jones said. “I was a little tired at the beginning because I’m trying to get into game shape. But other than that, I felt fine.”

Chiefs Injury Update: Andy Reid on Spencer Ware, Others |

Defensive tackle Roy Miller, who was made his Chiefs debut on Friday night after signing with Kansas City in early August, was also injured in the game, though Reid indicated he didn’t think it was anything serious.

“Roy Miller had a hamstring spasm,” Reid said. “A little bit of that is just having not played and getting him back into the swing of things.”

Linebacker Justin Houston was a late scratch prior to the game with the flu, according to Reid.

Rating your Kansas City Chiefs panic: The drops, o-line depth and run defense | Arrowhead Pride

I asked Twitter what they were worried about, and I will assign it “legit worry level” based on nothing more than my opinion. Consider this an emergency worry mailbag. There were a lot of worries, so let’s get started. Hopefully, by the time we’re done we’ll be back to “it’s just preseason” and stuff.

Julian Edelman and Spencer Ware's injuries show how dangerous the preseason can be |

Ware did enough to make Charles expendable, but the Chiefs gave him some competition in the offseason, drafting Kareem Hunt in the third round. Hunt quickly passed Charcandrick West on the depth chart and started getting first-team reps early in the preseason. If he wasn’t threatening Ware for the starting job, he was certainly making his coaches think about it.

Mahomes to start preseason finale for kc Chiefs | The Kansas City Star

Head coach Andy Reid announced on Sunday that Mahomes and the second team will start and other reserve quarterback Tyler Bray and Joel Stave will get playing time.

Experienced back-ups key for Chiefs' running game after Ware injury | The Kansas City Star

In April, the Chiefs traded up in the third round to nab Hunt from Toledo. Spiller sees part of his role as mentoring Hunt.

“That’s what I’m supposed to do,” Spiller said. “You’re supposed to make sure that guy that’s going out there with the first team knows what he’s doing, knows the expectations and also preparing yourself. … I’m going to share my knowledge with him.

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