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Change to Patrick Mahomes at QB the major story at Chiefs camp | ESPN

But the Chiefs aren’t viewing this as a developmental season for Mahomes, who played in just one game last year as a rookie. They’re expecting him to play well and for the offense.

AFC training camps: Patrick Mahomes, Tyrod Taylor among pivotal players to watch | USA Today

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: No pressure, kid. All you need to do is be better than Alex Smith, who guided this club to the playoffs four times during his five-year tenure. That probably means limiting mistakes, despite your limited NFL experience and gunslinging tendencies, while potentially covering for a defense that seems vulnerable.

America’s Team: Chiefs show patriotism, passion in arrival to Western | KPVI News 6

“We don’t wanna settle for making the playoffs. We want that ring,” linebacker Frank Zombo said. “People are talking about getting the stuff we can hold on to forever, and that’s that Super Bowl ring.”

The NFL is back: Here’s the best from Wednesday at training camp | ESPN

Fullback Anthony Sherman sets the fashion bar every year when Chiefs veterans report to training camp and this year is no different.

Sammy Watkins Cut Off His Dreads and Looks Totally Different | 12 UP

Wow! The guy looks like a different person now. Maybe as Watkins transitions into the next chapter of his career, he decided he would leave the dreads behind.

It’s not like they were slowing him down though.

Offseason Refresher Course: Kansas City Chiefs | SB Nation (Chargers)

If you were to ask any members from the staff here who their draft crush was prior to 2017 NFL Draft, you would get a single, resounding answer.

Patrick Mahomes. *cries a single, manly tear*

Chiefs Roster by the Numbers...And Everything Else | 41 KSHB

The team will eventually have to pare that roster down to 53 players before the regular season starts. But while they’re here, we might as well get to know everybody.

Around the league

NFL star Malcolm Jenkins reflects on the power of protest as new season looms | NBC

“At the end of the day, I’m fighting for people,” Jenkins told NBC Nightly News’ Lester Holt. “I’m fighting for Americans and citizens that have been disenfranchised, that have been systemically oppressed for centuries.”

Phillips: Julio Jones’ potential holdout could be a gamechanger for other NFL stars | New York Daily News

As of now, Jones has no plans to report to training camp until he gets a new deal and is in very comfortable in his decision.

Heads up: NFL rules change presents difficult adjustment period for defenses | Chicago Tribune

“Anything for the safety of the game, I’m for,” Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said May 30. “I do think there are situations that are going to make it very hard to be officiated, No. 1.

Ex-players named in second sexual harassment lawsuit filed against NFL Network | USA Today

Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin had to be repeatedly reminded by a makeup artist to “not touch” her, one of the many allegations made in the latest sexual harassment lawsuit filed over alleged misconduct at NFL Network.

NFL owners ‘of course’ want players to agree to stand for the national anthem | Chicago Tribune

The high-ranking team official said he was “just not sure” how the deliberations with the players will proceed and added that he was “not sure how this will end up.”

Jalen Ramsey says he’ll be late to Jaguars camp after the birth of his daughter | CBS Sports

“For me, family is among the most important things in my life, along with my faith and football. Today starts a new chapter in my life, as Bre and I are blessed to welcome our baby into this world,” Ramsey wrote on Twitter.

Richard Sherman: Anthem talks with NFL encouraging | NFL

The NFL was “open and amicable,” to forthcoming dialogue with players and “they should be commended for being open to players,” Sherman said.

Fantasy Football Preview: Top 10 Quarterbacks | KPIX 5

10) Alex Smith, Washington Redskins

The man that replaces Cousins in D.C. checks in at number 10 in CBS Sports’ rankings, which is interesting. But, Smith, for all that he’s made fun of for being captain checkdown, ranks in the top 15 among QBs in terms of three-year averages and was fifth among fantasy QBs last season, one spot ahead of Cousins. Washington did add some help for him in the draft by picking up running back Derrius Guice who should improve what’s been an inconsistent run game. Adding wide receiver Paul Richardson should help too, but it will be interesting to watch whether Smith can replicate last year’s numbers without the likes of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce to support him.

How tweaks to ‘Madden,’ NFL Films and more can make pro football fun again | Yahoo! Sports

While some of you are probably wondering what the hell video games have to do with fixing the NFL, trust me when I say that for millennials and younger folks, the NFL and “Madden” go together like career-worst seasons and the Kardashians.

NFL’s Demarcus Ware I Won’t Dump Papa John’s...After N-Word Scandal | TMZ Sports

Ware -- who’s now a consultant with the Broncos -- had a hankering for some pizza Tuesday night and let everyone know the only shop that could satisfy his craving was Papa.

Todd Gurley Told Saquon Barkley the NFL Will Probably Be ‘Easier Than College’ | Bleacher Report

Downplaying the NFL’s difficulty is becoming more common among young rushers.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Report: Bashaud Breeland leaves town without a deal

It was quite a day in Chiefs Kingdom. As the day progressed, more and more signs pointed to the free agent cornerback signing a deal with the Chiefs at any minute.

Report: free agent cornerback Bashaud Breeland is with the Chiefs in St. Joseph

Here’s the latest on the Chiefs potential signing of Bashaud Breeland.

Anthony Sherman’s 2018 training camp outfit may be his best yet

Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman loves to, uhh, dress up (?) on the first day of training camp each season.

Derrick Nnadi could be the next Nigerian sensation for the Chiefs

“My father told me a long time ago, ‘Honestly, son, there’s nothing I want from you — other than for you to better yourself.

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