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Top 5 Headlines 8/11: Travis Kelce chasing Tony Gonzalez by studying his game

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1. Travis Kelce chasing Tony Gonzalez by studying his game

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

""That guy was an athletic guru," Kelce said. "He was head over heels more athletic than anybody else on the field. Half the stuff he did was based off his supreme athleticism, but he was a fundamental technician in the run blocking.

"You could tell he understood defenses just from how he played, where his eyes were, where his awareness was on the field. Half the time what we do out here on the field as tight ends is predicated on the defense."

Kelce's debut season was far superior to Gonzalez's rookie season of 1997. Gonzalez caught 33 passes for 368 yards, less than half of Kelce's 2014 numbers."    READ MORE…

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2. Turnovers a focus for Chiefs defensive backs

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"The Chiefs recorded only six interceptions, tied with two of the league's worst teams (the Jets and Jaguars), and even a confident guy like Smith will concede that they have to be better at taking the ball away from teams this year, something they've been working on throughout camp.

"We don't want to hurt our own guys, but at the same time, when the ball's in the air, we have to go attack it," Smith said. "That's the only way you work on it.

"No drill we do can get us ready for making an interception. The majority of the time, you don't even know if the ball is coming to you because we're always pressed a majority of the time, because we have to turn out heads and the ball's right there.""    READ MORE…

3. Perseverance pays for Chiefs' Daniel Sorensen as safety fights for roster spot in 2015

By Blair Kerkhoff - Kansas City Star

"Safety Daniel Sorensen started every preseason game for the Chiefs last season, filling in for Eric Berry while Berry nursed a heel injury.

When the regular-season opener arrived, there was Sorensen, a member of the 53-man roster. Heady stuff for an undrafted free-agent rookie from Brigham Young.

But as the opener unfolded, Sorensen remembered thinking he was playing a different game.

"When I made the roster and we were preparing to play the opener, it was like, 'This shouldn't be any different,' " Sorensen said. "But you get into a real game, against starters and a game plan, and it does change. It was a wake-up call for me.""    READ MORE…

4. Rookie DT Charles Tuaau puts in grind with view to make Chiefs roster

By Herbie Teope - Chiefs Digest

""I haven't been home for three years almost, but I'm on the grind," Tuaau said. "I graduated with my bachelor's and I'm still trying to work. I miss everybody, but everybody knows what I'm trying to do with my life."

Tuaau's journey began when the Chiefs signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M Commerce, where he appeared in 23 games with 14 starts and totaled 86 tackles (45 solo) and 17 sacks after transferring from Riverside City College.

The Chiefs have a need for depth at the defensive tackle position with Dontari Poe recovering from back surgery, and the status of Poe's return remains unclear."    READ MORE…

5. The Fans of Chiefs "American Family" Fun Day

By Nicole Feyh -

"Carl Lee of Paragould, Arkansas watches the receiver drills as he recalls his favorite season with the Chiefs—2003.

"It was the year when the Chiefs went 13-3 under Dick Vermeil," Carl says. "We won the division and lost to the Colts in the postseason at our place."

Then Carl delves into the memory turned history of the 1990s in Kansas City, a time when football reigned and the AFC West was a different world.

"I liked all of the players," Carl says. "Derrick Thomas had his eight-sack game. Priest Holmes was a monster. Trent Green was a great quarterback.""    READ MORE…

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