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Chiefs headlines for Thursday, June 14

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AFC weak spots: Can Blake Bortles rise? Pats flawed on edges? | NFL.com

Kansas City Chiefs: Secondary

The return of Eric Berry can't solve everything. At least two of the team's outside cornerback spots (Steven Nelson, David Amerson) are cause for concern, as is the other safety position opposite Berry. The Chiefs were smartly aggressive overhauling their defense after getting run over by the Titans in the playoffs, but this is still a team that figures to get caught in too many shootouts.

Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes II embracing life in Kansas City | KCTV5

Patrick Mahomes II could have spent his offseason just about anywhere, back home in Texas perhaps, or maybe even some exotic locale befitting a 20-something starting quarterback in the NFL.

Instead, Mahomes spent it in Kansas City.

Deeply immersed in Kansas City.

How LeBron James Helped OG Kahlil McKenzie Before He Joined the Chiefs | Chiefs dot com

A dream became a reality for rookie offensive guard Kahlil McKenzie last month, as the Kansas City Chiefs traded up to select the University of Tennessee product in the sixth round of the 2018 Draft.

Jason La Canfora joins to talk minicamp holdouts of Julio Jones, David Johnson | CBS Sports

After Kostos mentioned some of the receivers due to make more money than Jones, including Sammy Watkins and Allen Robinson, La Canfora said that there are ways the Falcons can sweeten his deal.

"I think this is one where they juice the pot, they give him some makeable incentives, maybe you throw a million or two (dollars) in front of him," La Canfora said. "I don't see them tearing up that contract and giving him -- you know -- the money that perhaps an Odell Beckham's about to get or the money that Sammy Watkins just received ... He made the conscious decision a few years back that "I'm gonna take the bird and the hand" rather than get to unrestricted free agency."

Philadelphia Eagles hire new head trainer, report says | PennLive.com

Chris Peduzzi was on the Eagles' staff for 19 years, starting his tenure at the same time as former head coach Andy Reid in 1999 and earning a promotion to head trainer in 2013 under Chip Kelly.

Around the league

Jay Gruden: Alex Smith 'the smartest guy I have ever been around' | Washington Times

“You can tell that he’s seen it all,” Crowder said. “He knows he can read defenses. He can read certain coverages easily. And he knows where he wants to go with the football. … It’s very good that he’s the quarterback, so I’m excited to see how the season goes.”

Rams' new defensive stars seek chemistry on explosive unit | USA Today

“That's what keeps you young, coaching-wise, is new challenges, and new players, new players that you get to work with. And when you get to work with great players? That's really fun,” Phillips told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday.

Three days before draft, Patriots were making calls about a possible Gronkowski trade | ProFootballTalk

It's indeed "hogwash" that the Patriots had a trade for tight end Rob Gronkowski on the table, that they were ready to proceed, that quarterback Tom Brady threatened to retire, and that owner Robert Kraft vetoed the deal. That doesn't mean the Patriots didn't explore the possibility of doing a deal.

Cowboys, Zack Martin agree to $84M extension | NFL.com

The Dallas Cowboys and guard Zack Martin have agreed to terms on a six-year, $84 million contract which includes $40 million guaranteed, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

Chargers contact Antonio Gates about possible reunion | NFL.com

The Los Angeles Chargers are checking in on Antonio Gates. General manager Tom Telesco said that he's been in touch with reps for the veteran tight end about a possible return.

Saints signing veteran running back Terrance West | NFL.com

The Saints also looked at Jamaal Charles, who had a good visit and passed the physical, according to a source familiar with the situation. The two sides, however, decided the situation didn't make sense at this time and could revisit at a later time.

Christian Hackenberg clears waivers, now free agent | NFL.com

One day after the Oakland Raiders severed ties with quarterback Christian Hackenberg, the former second-round pick passed through waivers unclaimed.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Video and observations from the Chiefs’ second mandatory minicamp practice

Day two of mandatory minicamp is in the books.

Chiefs’ Chris Conley welcomed the offseason signing of Sammy Watkins

Conley said he was excited when he heard about the splash signing this past offseason.

How often did the ‘17 Kansas City Chiefs drop their outside linebackers in coverage?

Sports fans don’t fully agree on anything. Regardless of the team you support or the stance that someone is taking, there will always be dissenters to that opinion.

As a Kansas City Chiefs fan, it’s especially difficult to find something close to a universal agreement. Well, outside of the fact that people want to see the Chiefs’ 3-4 outside linebackers in coverage much less than they have in Bob Sutton’s tenure with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Chris Jones sees himself as one of Chiefs ’18 defensive leaders

He is doing his part to welcome the younger players to the team by cursing them out, making them buy him lunch and grilling for them, per himself.

‘Ryan Hunter’ is a Chiefs name you ought to know

Like LDT, Ryan Hunter is an offensive line prospect from north of the border.