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Top 5 Headlines 8/20: What did the Chiefs learn about themselves at Camp?

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1. Camp conclusions: What did the Chiefs learn about themselves?

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"A Chiefs wide receiver is getting to the end zone this season, count on it. Not only did general manager John Dorsey and Reid address one of the team's biggest needs with the signing of Jeremy Maclin, they drafted promising Chris Conley, along with Da'Ron Brown and have developed productive practice players like Albert Wilson, Frankie Hammond and Fred Williams.

Highlight-reel receptions became a daily occurrence. Hammond, Williams and Brown each caught a touchdown pass against the Cardinals last week. Look for Conley, who missed that game, to make his debut Friday. There's not enough room on the roster for them all. One or two could find themselves on the practice squad or another NFL roster in a matter of weeks.

"Every kid we got out there got a chance to play and that might not be the case in every game," wide receivers coach David Culley said. "But you're going to get a chance to say if you can or cannot play in this league.""    READ MORE…

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2. Travis Kelce, Justin Houston, De'Anthony Thomas stand out as excellent values

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"Mark Dominik, a former scout for the Kansas City Chiefs and more recently the general manager for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, put together for ESPN a 53-player roster under the NFL's salary cap using each player's 2015 cap charge.

He selected three Chiefs players: tight Travis Kelce, linebacker Justin Houston (though Dominik would play him on his fictional team as a 4-3 defensive end) and De'Anthony Thomas as a kick return specialist.

The key to all three selections is not just the talent of the players, but their relatively low cost against the salary cap. Kelce, who caught 67 passes last year in his first full NFL season, is costing the Chiefs less than $1 million against their cap. He's a great value."    READ MORE…

3. Chiefs linebacker Dezman Moses hopes diligence, effort land him on roster

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"On Wednesday morning, minutes after the Chiefs' final training camp practice at Missouri Western ended, outside linebacker Dezman Moses took his place in front of a padded blue blocking dummy.

He smacked it with his arms and forearms at a quick, rhythmic pace reminiscent of a boxer training his hand-eye coordination on a speed bag.

It is a new ritual for Moses, but the same one star outside linebacker Justin Houston has faithfully done, post-practice, for the better part of two years."    READ MORE…

4. Chiefs realize goal of building faster offensive team

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"The Kansas City Chiefs aren't exactly fielding a track team when they use an offensive lineup that features Jamaal Charles as the running back, Jeremy Maclin, Albert Wilson and De'Anthony Thomas at wide receiver and Travis Kelce as the tight end.

But they do give the Chiefs a lineup that features five fast skill position players. Charles and Thomas were sprinters for their respective college teams. Wilson and Maclin each ran a 4.43 40 at their scouting combines while Kelce ran a 4.65, which is fast for a 260-pound player.

"I'm very aware of the guys stepping into the huddle and that all five guys are very capable of making plays,'' quarterback Alex Smith said. "You feel good about letting your reads take over. You're not worried about matchups because you feel good about a lot of those matchups."    READ MORE…

5. 12 Things You Didn't Know about Steve Nelson

By Nicole Feyh -

"This series gives you a closer look at some of the Kansas City Chiefs players and what they like off the field.

This week we take a look at rookie cornerback, Steve Nelson."    READ MORE…

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