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1. Ranking the NFL's most complete tight ends

By Steve Palazzolo - ESPN

"4. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

It might be early to crown Kelce, but the results were impressive in what essentially amounted to his redshirt freshman season in 2014. He picked up 862 receiving yards, good for sixth in the league among tight ends, but it was his league-high 503 yards after the catch that turned heads. It was the third-highest total at the position since 2007, as Kelce proved to be Gronk-like in the open field.

As a blocker, Kelce drew easier assignments than his teammate, Anthony Fasano, but he showed well with a grade that ranks 13th heading into 2015. Another step forward could put Kelce even higher on this list in a year's time."    READ MORE…

Chiefs Training Camp Gallery 8/6

The Chiefs took to the field to close out the first week of the 2015 Training Camp held at Missouri Western State University.

2. Platte City woman with lymphoma meets Chiefs' Eric Berry, says she'll beat the disease, too

By Vahe Gregorian - Kansas City Star

"With the group sitting in a VIP tent, Berry walked up with a smile and almost immediately hugged Crabtree.

They talked for some 10 minutes, during which she asked about how he managed to put on a pound by the end of his six phases of chemo.

"He was telling me that his dad cooked for him all the time, and he ate a lot of fish and (had a lot) of apple juice and grape juice. And what he didn't like (to eat)," said Crabtree, a runner who went from 112 pounds to 94 before since regaining about 15 pounds. "And he told me to take one day at a time.""    READ MORE…

3. Jets, Chiefs, Eagles boast most improved secondaries in the NFL

By Bucky Brooks - ESPN

"It is hard to suggest that the Chiefs' secondary, which ranked second against the pass in 2014, will be even better this season, but that's how I see it. The return of Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry and the addition of first-round pick Marcus Peters could make the unit nearly impossible to throw on this fall.

Berry, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma last December, amazingly got back to the practice field last week. Prior to that diagnosis, this guy was one of the most dynamic safeties in the game, exhibiting exceptional cover skills, awareness and playmaking ability as a deep-middle player, as well as the grit and physicality needed to be an enforcer between the hashes. If he returns to form after shaking off the rust in training camp, Berry will help a unit that allowed just 6.4 yards per attempt in 2014 become even stingier this season.

Peters was arguably the top cover corner in college football prior to a season-ending suspension that abruptly closed his career at Washington. He is a long, pesky defender with exceptional cover skills and a versatile game. He can shadow receivers utilizing bump-and-run, bail or off techniques, which is rare for a young player."    READ MORE…


4. Chiefs' De'Anthony Thomas comfortable at wide receiver

By Herbie Teope - Topeka-Capital Journal

"The Chiefs no longer designate second-year pro De'Anthony Thomas as a running back/wide receiver on the roster, making his transformation to the latter complete. The first hint of the move arrived during organized team activities when Thomas worked exclusively with the wide receivers after working with running backs in 2014.

And the experiences of working at both skill positions has an advantage.

"I learned the running back stuff last year, now I'm learning the receiver stuff also," Thomas said. "It's just all about learning the whole offense, and I feel like the more valuable I can be to the team, the more time I can be on the field.""    READ MORE…

5. Stronger, healthy Eric Fisher has Super Bowl dreams for Chiefs

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"After the first question from reporters Wednesday — how this year's training camp under coach Andy Reid compares to his first two — left tackle Eric Fisher made sure he mentioned the team's ultimate goal.

"It's good," Fisher said. "I came in here — I'm healthy, I'm strong and I'm confident. I'm just coming out here to work every day. We all got the same goal this year, and we're working for a Super Bowl."

This is not a coincidence. Fisher proceeded to mention the Super Bowl, unprompted, twice more over the next five minutes. After witnessing the Royals' majestic run to the World Series last fall, Fisher wants the same for his football team."    READ MORE…

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