Top 5 Headlines 6/18: Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson is Feeling Good

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1. Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson says he is feeling good these days

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"You might be hard‐pressed to find a player more vital to the Chiefs' defense this season than inside linebacker Derrick Johnson.

Without Johnson, who missed 15 games last season with a torn Achilles tendon, the Chiefs' run defense dropped from 11th in 2013 to 28th.

So when Johnson had to miss a few practices during organized team activities due to inflammation in his knee, it would make sense to wonder if there was any concern about his health."    READ MORE…

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2. QB Smith says this is best spring he's had with Chiefs

By Sean Keeler - Fox Sports Kansas City

"Quarterback Alex Smith is rolling with the this-is-the-best-spring-ever club, too. Only for a different reason.

"As far as what we've gotten in, the amount of football we've had in at this time of year, yeah, no question," the Kansas City quarterback offered Wednesday as the Chiefs continued their mandatory minicamp. "It's probably not even comparable to the last couple (springs), with the volume of football that we have (gotten in), especially offensively.

"You know, a greater percentage of our offense is in and yeah, I think we've been able to go out and execute it all, more than we have the last two years. We've been able to go out and make adjustments on the fly, do different things out on the field. Which I think kind of comes with that, with guys knowing the system.""    READ MORE…

3. Travis Kelce is demanding the ball, and that's a good thing for Chiefs

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"The Kansas City Chiefs' quarterbacks had an unscheduled visitor during their regular pre-practice meeting on Wednesday. Tight end Travis Kelce paid a visit for a brief moment to suggest some route adjustments that might allow him to get the ball even more.

Whether or not the Chiefs acted on any of his suggestions, Kelce had a busy day at practice.

He caught a large number of passes and had the catch of the day when he went between safeties Husain Abdullah and Ron Parker to make a one-handed grab of an Alex Smith pass. Smith before practice said he appreciated Kelce's input. He indicated Kelce, who led the Chiefs with 67 catches for 862 yards last season, isn't being shy about asking for the ball even on the practice field."    READ MORE…

4. Off-season report card: Kansas City Chiefs

By Doug Farrar - Sports Illustrated

"Before he was drafted in the third round by the Chiefs, Conley may have best-known to the nation for the Star Wars-themed student film he made, which combined Han Solo and Georgia head coach Mark Richt in some really... interesting ways.

Now that he's part of the NFL, Conley's more important film is all that Georgia tape, where he showed himself to be a blur on the field. And when you put his height/weight/speed numbers together, Conley looks like a guy who could take things to a new level in the Chiefs' receiver corps. "    READ MORE…

5. Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay‐Tardif continues to make strides

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"When the Chiefs selected offensive guard Laurent Duvernay‐Tardif in the sixth round of last year's draft, there was no doubt it was done so with the future in mind.

Duvernay‐Tardif, who is listed at 6 feet 5 and 321 pounds, was smart, strong and agile, but he was raw. He spent his college career at McGill University in Montreal, and college football in Canada is not nearly as competitive as in the United States.

So the Chiefs knew it would take him some time to get accustomed to facing bigger, stronger athletes, all the while improving his technique and knowledge of the playbook."    READ MORE…

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