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» Cassel has been noticeably more assertive in practice. When he saw that tight end Leonard Pope hadn’t gone in motion from the right to the left side of the formation as he was supposed to, the quarterback yanked him by the shoulder pad and yelled, “Get over there!”

» Crennel looks more fit and is moving better than he has in many years, thanks to some dieting and hip-replacement surgery. He likes the way the defense is coming together, although he’d like to see some improved depth.

» Despite the ease with which the Falcons ran, Glenn Dorsey is finding comfort in his switch from defensive tackle in the 4-3 scheme the Chiefs previously ran to end in their 3-4 alignment.

“I actually like it,” Dorsey said. “Coach Romeo brings a lot of fun to it, and I really understand what he’s trying to get me to do. For me, (the biggest difference) is more patience. In a 4-3, you’re attacking it; you’ve got one gap, hitting a man and getting off. But in a 3-4, you have to be patient and wait and wait and wait, because the running back is going to cut off of you. You pick a side, and the running back’s going to run to the side you left open.”

Progress for Chiefs difficult to see as pressure to win

If the preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs doesn’t sell enough tickets by Wednesday, the Saturday night game will be blacked out in the Tampa Bay area.

However, WFLA, Channel 8, will record the game and air it Sunday at 11 a.m., news director Don North said. It would be the first time since 1998 that a Bucs game has been blacked out locally.
Channel 8 will air its “Bucs Bonus” at 7 p.m. Saturday whether it airs the game or not.

Bucs’ game could be blacked

Taurus Johnson is the latest player to join the Cleveland Browns.

According to National Football Post, Johnson is heading to Cleveland after being waived by the Miami Dolphins last week.

The wide receiver, undrafted out of the University of South Florida in 2009, signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent. He spent last season with the Detroit Lions’ practice squad, as well as Miami’s practice team.

Wide receiver Johnathan Haggerty, who was injured in the Browns’ preseason game against Green Bay, has been waived by Cleveland.

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Johnson, who ended last season with the Cincinnati Bengals after a tumultuous 61/2 years with the Kansas City Chiefs, seems eager to put that chapter behind him with his hometown team. He has spent a good part of camp honing his receiving skills, thanks to the presence of quarterback Donovan McNabb, but has impressed many by hustling through the most mundane drills.

He’s here partly because Shanahan had seen more of him than he cared to while coaching the Broncos. While lacking the injury issues that have troubled Portis and Parker in the past, Johnson is eager to prove he’s still a reliable back while adding other dimensions as a blocker and receiver.

“I know how things can shift in football, so I’m coming out and putting the hammer down and whatever happens happens,” said Johnson, who grew up in nearby southern Maryland. “I’ve been successful in the third and fourth quarters because I haven’t taken that many shots, and it’s my goal to remain healthy. I know a little bit about Shanahan and his offense, and it’s been fun to be here.”

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