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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Three quick hits on the Kansas City Chiefs:
The Matt Cassel watch: It's not a shocker that Cassel is the focal point of the Chiefs' camp. He was acquired from New England with the hopes that he was more than a one-year wonder as Tom Brady's injury replacement. The Chiefs gave Cassel a fat deal that will pay him more than $40 million in the next three years. From what I have heard (I go to Kansas City's camp next week), Cassel has looked good in camp. He was just average in a scrimmage last weekend. I think Cassel is making strides and will end up being more than a serviceable quarterback in 2009.
Dorsey needs to step up: Defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey missed several days of training camp because he was not in good enough condition to practice. That was not a good start to a pivotal time for Dorsey. The Chiefs are switching to a 3-4 defense and Dorsey will be playing defensive end, which is not his natural position. Dorsey was the No. 5 overall draft pick by the former regime because of his stout play at defensive tackle. He was average as a rookie, but he showed flashes. Now, Dorsey needs all the time he can get at defensive end. He didn't do himself any favors by not being in shape. Dorsey can still salvage this camp and be ready to contribute early in the regular season, but he has to catch up quickly.
Mike Brown has been impressive: I have heard veteran safety Mike Brown has impressed the new regime early in camp. Kansas City signed Brown earlier this summer. This can be a great signing if Brown can stay healthy, which has been a major trick in recent seasons. When healthy, the safety is a playmaker and he can be a huge part of a young defense. At minimum, Brown is a first-rate leader. If he can make an impact on the field, it will be gravy for the young Chiefs.
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson Three quick hits on the Kansas City Chiefs: The Matt Cassel watch: It's not a shocker that Cassel is the focal point of the Chiefs' camp.