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Topeka Capital-Journal May 19, 2015

NFL to change extra-point kicks to longer distance

SAN FRANCISCO — The NFL is moving back extra-point kicks and allowing defenses to score on conversion turnovers. The owners on Tuesday approved the competition committee’s proposal to snap the ball from the 15-yard line on PATs to make them more challenging. In recent seasons, kickers made more than 99 percent of the kicks with the ball snapped from the 2. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal May 18, 2015

Chiefs wrap up 3-day look at rookies in minicamp

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mitch Morse would have been hard-pressed to find a better opportunity. Start with the fact that the rookie offensive lineman was drafted by the Chiefs, just down the road from where he played in college at Missouri. Throw in the fact that he was picked well before most experts anticipated — and what that meant for his first contract. Then consider this: The Chiefs watched their starting center sign with the Oakland Raiders in free agency, leaving a gaping void in the middle of their offensive line. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal May 16, 2015

Chiefs invite interesting class of rookies to 3-day minicamp

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There is a “Star Wars” expert running post patterns. The son of a pro wrestling great is learning the nuances of blocking. A cancer survivor is huddling with his position coaches. Welcome to the most interesting rookie minicamp you’ll ever find. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal May 15, 2015

Local sports briefs for May 15: Chiefs sign three draft picks, one college free agent

The Kansas City Chiefs signed their three remaining draft picks on Friday, including first-round selection Marcus Peters, bringing all nine under contract before rookie minicamp. Along with Peters, a cornerback taken No. 18 overall, the Chiefs signed third-round picks Chris Conley, a wide receiver out of Georgia, and Steven Nelson, a cornerback from Oregon State. Peters was kicked off the Washington Huskies after run-ins with coaches last year. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal May 11, 2015

Kansas City Chiefs star & Hall of Famer Bobby Bell to get Minnesota degree at age 74

MINNEAPOLIS — Most people in the University of Minnesota’s college of education and human development class of 2015 will be pondering their futures. Bobby Bell’s lifelong goal will be reached by walking across the stage. read more

Chiefs, Cardinals concussion lawsuits could bring team testimony

Concussion lawsuits filed by former St. Louis Cardinals receiver Roy Green, Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Neil Smith and their teammates could force team officials to testify about claims they hid the risk of repeated head injuries. A Missouri judge ruled the Cardinals case should be heard separately, and not decided on the federal level, where it could be combined with the recently settled federal class-action lawsuit that could cost the NFL $1 billion or more over the next several decades. read more

Local sports briefs for May 5: Chiefs waive four players

The Chiefs placed four players on waivers Tuesday, including former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who had been signed in the offseason and was trying to earn a backup job. The Chiefs did not choose a quarterback in last week’s draft, but they already have Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray on the roster. They are also expected to add a couple of undrafted quarterbacks as free agents in the coming days. Pryor was 3-7 as a starter over three seasons in Oakland. read more

Kevin Haskin: When it comes to BBQ, we think we majored in it

Musings at the mid-week: ■ The announcement that the American Royal Barbecue will be moving to Arrowhead Stadium and make use of the facilities on Oct. 4 adds more insight into the Chiefs schedule. ■ Still, it is puzzling that the second half of Kansas City’s eight home games begins after Thanksgiving, on Nov. 29, against Buffalo. ■ Something resembling burnt ends given the Chiefs brass cannot be happy closing out the schedule with two home games after Christmas. read more

Chiefs welcome first-round pick Marcus Peters on draft's last day

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — John Dorsey knew people would have questions if the Kansas City Chiefs chose Marcus Peters in the first round of the draft, so the general manager kept team owner Clark Hunt in the loop. Dorsey didn’t need his approval, Hunt said, but he got it anyway. So despite a background that included getting dismissed from Washington’s program last season, Dorsey chose Peters with the No. 18 overall pick. And two days later, Hunt and Dorsey both said they believe Peters has put all those transgressions behind him. read more

Chiefs pick offensive lineman Mitch Morse in second round

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs attempted to shore up their porous offensive line by selecting Mitch Morse from nearby Missouri with their second-round pick in Friday night’s NFL draft. The 6-foot-6, 305-pound Morse played center and guard for the Tigers before shifting to right tackle in 2013 and left tackle last year. He could play any of those positions for the Chiefs, who lost center Rodney Hudson to free agency and need help elsewhere on the line. read more

Chiefs turn to other needs after picking Marcus Peters in round 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After filling their void at cornerback, the Kansas City Chiefs will begin addressing the rest of their needs as the NFL draft churns through two more rounds on Friday night. The Chiefs have nine more picks in this year’s draft, including a second-round choice for the first time in three years and two third-round selections. With the No. 18 overall pick, the Chiefs chose Marcus Peters of Washington. The talented cornerback was kicked off the Huskies’ team this past season after a series of run-ins with coaches, but the Chiefs say he has matured. read more

Kevin Haskin: Peters a risky pick for Chiefs who need risk-taker at corner

Fail collectively as wide receivers to score a touchdown off a catch for an entire season and an NFL team has to address the issue in the draft. Well, you would like to think so. Hopefully with the No. 1 pick. However, with the 18th overall choice Thursday in the NFL draft, the Kansas City Chiefs recognized another need. They did not choose a wideout. Instead, Marcus Peters, a cornerback from Washington, was selected. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Apr 30, 2015

Kansas City Chiefs select cornerback Marcus Peters at No. 18 in NFL draft

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs selected cornerback Marcus Peters with the No. 18 pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, taking a chance on a player kicked off the team at Washington in an attempt to help their defense in the pass-happy AFC West. The physical Peters was considered one of the top defensive backs in the draft, but he gave many teams pause after his dismissal last November. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Apr 28, 2015

Chiefs could be movers with 10 picks in upcoming draft

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey believes there are about 12 “impact players” in this year’s NFL draft. The Chiefs have the No. 18 pick in the first round. So when you do the math, and consider the Chiefs have 10 selections thanks to an abundance of compensatory picks, there’s a good chance Dorsey will pick up his phone Thursday night and try to make a deal — especially if it means ensuring he gets one of those prized players. read more

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