Jul 26, 2014; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) runs after a catch during training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The Morning Fix: De'Anthony Thomas, Nico Johnson, High School Dunk

Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning.  Here at Arrowhead Addict, we understand that for a Kansas City Chiefs fan, coffee is simply not enough.

Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom today.

Welcome to The Morning Fix.

Good morning, Addicts. Players have the day off today so there will not be a practice.

De’Anthony Thomas is avoiding big hits and staying healthy, says Tod Palmer.

On snaps from scrimmage, it’s been much tougher for teammates to corral Thomas, who has shown a knack for making guys miss and avoiding hard hits from defenders.

Terez A. Paylor writes about Nico Johnson, who has lost 10 pounds from a year ago.

“The competition (at inside linebacker) is high,” Johnson said. “I was thinking over the summer that my game has to be at its best right now. I wasn’t thinking about my career, just this moment, this time. I’ve got to do my best. That’s what I’ve got to do.”

More from Tod Palmer, who discusses Mark Harrison in this piece.

Harrison has used that size and strength several times to outleap defensive backs along the sideline, and also has shown an ability to snare passes in traffic during the Chiefs’ padded practices.

Andy Reid is encouraged after one week of camp, says Herbie Teope.

“We had some good work today,” coach Andy Reid said, “got to work a little bit of two-minute (drills) today live, and the guys I thought did a nice job.”

Chiefs defensive line could have a lot of fun options writes Matt Verderame.

Best case scenario: Walker turns into Wallace Gilberry of 2010, becoming a force on third down and notching 6-8 sacks. DeVito and Bailey prove tough against the run as expected, while Poe readies his Hall of Fame bust. Catapano develops into a nice role player, giving Kansas City all sorts of interesting options.

Two non-football stories:

- A Major League Baseball player says he doesn’t watch baseball because it is too long and boring.

- The New York Times is finally on board with legalizing pot.

This kid is in high school …


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