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Top 5 Headlines 8/2: Charles sometimes sees himself like 'The LeBron (James) of football'

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1. Chiefs' Jamaal Charles sometimes sees himself like 'The LeBron (James) of football'

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

""I take it like it's a compliment," Charles said. "I feel like that's the reason I get to stay in the league … if they can stop me, then my time is up. As long as I play in this league and I play on a high level, I'll always feel like a team is going to have to stop me

"I feel like sometimes, I'm the LeBron of football, especially at my position, because I can do so much."

LeBron, of course, is LeBron James of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, who has emerged as arguably the most popular athlete since Michael Jordan. James gained renown for his performance in a losing effort in this year's NBA Finals, as he nearly averaged a triple‐double for his injury‐ravaged team.

Like James, Charles excels in many facets of the game — his athleticism and vision makes him elite as a runner, while he possesses good hands and is a willing blocker. But James has what Charles does not — a championship (two, in fact) — something Charles hopes to rectify this year."    READ MORE…

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2. Alex Smith felt 'undeserving' to be in room with Eric Berry

By Blair Kerkhoff - Kansas City Star

"Chiefs safety Eric Berry made an opening statement and took 25 questions walking reporters through his inspirational battle and triumph over Hodgkin lymphoma on Wednesday.

Quarterback Alex Smith didn't ask any of them, but he was in the room, taking in the emotional moment and overwhelmed by the moment.

"To be honest, I really felt like I didn't deserve to be in the room," Smith said. "That's the truth. I felt like I was undeserving to be in there with him, talking about that.

"He's a special person, a special teammate … the way he's handled everything. To see him come out of this, I'm so incredibly happy for him. I felt really humbled.""    READ MORE…

3. Herniated disks, like the one Chiefs' Dontari Poe has, can be tough for linemen

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"DeVito, a nine‐year NFL veteran, knows what it's like to go down with a significant injury. He essentially missed all of last season with a torn Achilles, and has not been shy about sharing how hard it is to involuntarily be on the shelf.

"I texted him once I found out," DeVito said. "He's in great spirits and I know Poe will be back better than ever."

Chiefs coach Andy Reid shared a similar brand of positivity on Tuesday, when he and head trainer Rick Burkholder first revealed Poe's injury, a herniated disk that was discovered in early July. "I think he stands a reasonable chance (of returning) in the early part of the season," Reid said."    READ MORE…

4. Chiefs QB Alex Smith wastes no time getting deep ball to Jeremy Maclin

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"On the second play of Kansas City Chiefs training camp, quarterback Alex Smith took a deep drop and fired a long pass down the right sideline to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin for a long gain.

This was exactly what the Chiefs envisioned when they brought in Maclin during the offseason as a free agent. It will be more difficult for Smith to get Maclin the ball during games, when he will be a focus of defensive attention.

Still, the Chiefs served notice with the play that they intend to get Maclin the ball."    READ MORE…

5. What We Learned From Saturday's Chiefs Media Availability

By Pete Sweeney -

"Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid first offered his gratitude for the thousands of fans that showed up to watch the team Saturday.

"I'd like to thank the fans, number one, for coming out," he said. "They really came out in numbers and we appreciate all of their support. Obviously, for some of the young guys that have been out here for the last couple of days, they haven't seen this because practice has been closed, so it's kind of a nice greeting for them. The veteran players know about it, but it's always nice."

Saturday was Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith's first opportunity to play with Jeremy Maclin this training camp.

"We got the new weapon and got to test it out a little bit," he said. "I think that is the thing that I realized pretty quick just how competitive he is with the football in the air.:

Maclin reacted to his first day of training camp. "For starters, it was hot," he said. "It was great to be out here, to kind of get my first taste of Chiefs Kingdom. I'm super excited about it. A lot of Mizzou chants over there.

"I'm just excited to have an opportunity to play for such a great organization.""    READ MORE…

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