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Top 5 Headlines 4/23: Chiefs OL Eric Kush prepares to fight for starting role

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1. Chiefs center Eric Kush prepares to fight for starting role

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"Eric Kush has continued to go about his business this offseason, even when he was suddenly thrust into contention to be the Chiefs' starting center when last year's starter, Rodney Hudson, bolted for Oakland during free agency.

"I talked to him and everything, and I was excited for him," Kush said. "He's going to have a great career. I'm excited for him."

Kush, who is listed at 6 feet 4 and 313 pounds, should be excited for himself. Hudson's departure leaves the 2013 sixth-round pick as the only center on the roster, and he says he learned plenty under Hudson the last two seasons."    READ MORE…

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2. McShay again has offensive lineman for Chiefs with first pick

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"For those with ESPN Insider access, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has his mock draft 5.0 posted and he hasn't changed his pick for the Kansas City Chiefs since the previous version.

McShay again gives the Chiefs Florida State center Cameron Erving with their first-round choice, 18th overall. Erving would be a solid choice for the Chiefs, who have only the untested Eric Kush at center.

I'm not certain the Chiefs would agree. They did draft tackle Eric Fisher with the first overall pick in the 2013 draft, but general manager John Dorsey seems to believe interior linemen can be found later in the draft."    READ MORE…

3. Dwayne Bowe pays respect to Chiefs 'angel' with final kiss

By Chris Oberholtz - KCTV-5

"A dedicated Chiefs fan who died last week received her final goodbye kiss from one of her most-loved players.

At 86 years old, Betty Johnson had been with the Kansas City Chiefs through the good times and bad.

Many current players knew her as "grandma." As a season ticket holder since 1986, she could be seen in the front row at home games on the 45-yard line, rooting for the players who mean so much to her.

On Tuesday, former wide receiver Dwayne Bowe made a special return trip to Kansas City to pay his respect to 86-year-old Betty Johnson."    READ MORE…

4. Jameis Winston: Store employee 'hooked us up' with crab legs


"Former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who is projected to be the first overall selection in the NFL draft, said during an appearance on ESPN's Draft Academy that he did not steal crab legs last year and that they instead were given to him by a grocery store employee.

The former Heisman Trophy winner was issued a civil citation for shoplifting on April 29, 2014, after he walked out of a Tallahassee, Florida, supermarket without paying for $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish.

At that time, Winston said in a statement: "I went to the supermarket with the intent to purchase dinner but made a terrible mistake for which I'm taking full responsibility. In a moment of youthful ignorance, I walked out of the store without paying for one of my items.""    READ MORE…

5. Chargers hope Philip Rivers with team for 'many, many years' to come

By Eric D. Williams - ESPN

"A month after stating the team has no intention of trading him, San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said once again that Philip Rivers is the team's quarterback of the present and the future in a half-hour, pre-draft conversation with reporters here on Wednesday.

"There really is no update," Telesco said, addressing the speculation that Rivers could be traded to the Tennessee Titans for the No. 2 overall pick, giving San Diego a chance to select quarterback Marcus Mariota. "As I've said for the last four months, Philip is our quarterback. And it's out plan and intent that he's our quarterback well into the future.

"And in all my discussions with him, he's shown a great amount of respect for his teammates, and a great amount of respect for this organization. And he's been here every day working extremely hard, working with his teammates being the leader that he is, and that's what we've all come to know him for.""    READ MORE…

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