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Top 5 Headlines 6/10: What Can CB Phillip Gaines Bring the Chiefs Defense in 2015?

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1. Added bulk, confidence have aided Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines' starting bid

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"Since organized team activities began in late May, Phillip Gaines has been making a daily push to be the Chiefs' starting corner opposite Sean Smith.

And one play he made, just two practices in, was the first of many that have offered proof he just might have the goods to win it.

On May 27, Gaines — the Chiefs' third-round pick in 2014 — found himself locked in single coverage vs. the Chiefs' newly-signed, $55-million speedster Jeremy Maclin."    READ MORE…

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2. At 28, no signs of Jamaal Charles slowing down

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"Jamaal Charles spent at least part of his offseason on the defensive, insisting in an April discussion that an injury-filled 2014 season was a fluke and that he can be the same player he was earlier in his career.

My default mode is to be skeptical of a 28-year-old back with as much wear as Charles over his seven NFL seasons. But I've also learned not to doubt Charles. He pledged to come back from his torn ACL in 2011 as good as ever and immediately delivered on that promise."    READ MORE…

3. Chiefs OTA Observations 6/9: Day Seven

By BJ Kissel -

"It was definitely a day for the offense on Tuesday as there were four different head-turning catches during the live period.

The first came from Frankie Hammond Jr., who made a beautiful one-handed catch up the right sideline on a vertical route pass from Alex Smith.

In what seems like a daily occurrence, rookie receiver Kenny Cook once again made a highlight catch during 7-on-7 drills. He adjusted well to the ball in the air and was able to high-point it over the defender and come down with it in a 50-50 situation."    READ MORE…

4. Chiefs don't seem rattled by prospect of inexperienced long snapper

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"For the first time since 2008, the Kansas City Chiefs will have someone new snapping for punts and placement kicks. The Chiefs allowed their longtime snapper, Thomas Gafford, to depart as a free agent.

The two snappers they have in camp, James Winchester and Andrew East, have never snapped in a regular-season game. Winchester has bounced around for a couple of years without sticking with an NFL team while East is an undrafted rookie who snapped in college at Vanderbilt."    READ MORE…

5. Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson again goes through warmups, doesn't practice

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"For the second straight practice, inside linebacker Derrick Johnson went through warmups on Tuesday but did not participate afterward.

Johnson, who missed 15 games in 2014 because of a torn right Achilles, is dealing with knee inflammation on the same leg. He has not practiced fully since May 28."    READ MORE…

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