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Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles chooses an interesting role model: Peyton Manning

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is coming off another brilliant season in which he led the NFL with 19 touchdowns and ranked second in yards from scrimmage with 1,980.

So whom does he want to emulate this season? Running backs like Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson or Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy or Super Bowl champion Marshawn Lynch of Seattle?

Nope. Denver quarterback Peyton Manning.

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By RANDY COVITZ. 6 hours ago

Chiefs’ Rishaw Johnson will get first chance to start at right guard

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday that second-year guard Rishaw Johnson will get first crack at the right guard spot vacated by the free agent departures of Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah.

Johnson, who spent most of 2012 on Seattle’s practice squad, appeared in three games for the Chiefs last year, starting the season finale against San Diego.

“We signed a kid in the off-season,” Reid said of Jeff Linkenbach, “and we have guys who were here with us last year. Let them all get in, mix it up and come up with the one who can step in there and go.

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By RANDY COVITZ. 2 days ago

K-State tackle, NFL prospect Cornelius Lucas recovers from foot injury

Kansas State offensive tackle Cornelius Lucas, who didn’t participate in the NFL Combine because of a stress fracture in his foot, was given a clean bill of health Monday by a physician.

Lucas’ agent, Marc Lillibridge, said his client will participate in K-State’s pro day April 28.

Lucas, a 6-foot-8, 330-pound two-year starter, has a massive frame with intimidating length — his arm length of 36 3/4 inches is elite. NFL.com’s Nolan Nawrocki projects Lucas as a potential late-round pick.

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By TEREZ A. PAYLOR. 2 days ago

Chiefs have ‘good turnout’ on first day of offseason workouts

The Chiefs began the first phase of the voluntary off-season program on Monday. The players, in accordance to the collective bargaining agreement, are allowed to lift weights with the strength and conditioning coaches, and the quarterbacks and receivers are allowed to throw without coaching. The only work with the coaches takes place in the classroom until next month.

The club will conduct a rookie minicamp on May 24-26; 10 organized team activity practices during May 27-June 13 and a mandatory minicamp June 17-19.

The club has 74 players on the roster, but coach Andy Reid would not say how many participated on Monday, other than to say “it was a good turnout.

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By RANDY COVITZ. 2 days ago

Chiefs QB Alex Smith to get honorary doctorate from Utah

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who graduated in three years from the University of Utah with a degree in economics, will give the school’s commencement address at graduation ceremonies on May 1.

“I’m humbled to give it … it’s been sitting in the back of my head, the entire off-season, knowing I have to give this speech,” said Smith, who will receive an honorary doctorate at the ceremony. “It’s a big honor. It’s something different. I don’t do a ton of public speaking, especially in front of that many people.”

The university is a special place to Smith, who committed $500,000 to the Utah athletic department in 2007 as the lead gift to the Alex Smith Strength and Conditioning Facility.

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By RANDY COVITZ. 2 days ago

Former K-State star Jordy Nelson to drive pace car at Kansas Speedway

Green Bay Packers wide receiver and former Kansas State star Jordy Nelson will drive the pace car on May 10 for the start of the Kansas 400 — the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup series night race at Kansas Speedway.

“Getting the chance to drive alongside some of the greatest racers in the world is truly a dream come true,” said Nelson, a native of Manhattan, Kan. “I couldn’t think of a better place to do it than at my home-state track, Kansas Speedway.”

Nelson an All-American receiver at Kansas State, has been a prolific receiver since he was taken in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Packers. He caught nine passes for 140 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown in the Packers’ 31-25 victory over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.

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By RANDY COVITZ. 2 days ago

Thursday links: Kiper predicts Chiefs will take Marqise Lee in latest mock draft

ESPN analyst Mel Kiper released his fourth NFL Draft projection on Thursday, and for the second time in a row, he predicted the Chiefs will select Southern California receiver Marqise Lee with the 23rd overall pick.

“The Chiefs are a team I could see moving down, particularly since wide receiver is a need area,” Kiper writes. “The Chiefs don’t have their second-round pick due to the Alex Smith trade, and it’s a deep draft at receiver. However, in this case I think they’d be walking away with a pretty nice fit in Lee, a player with the route-running and run-after-catch ability that could make him a great fit in this offense.”

Lee, 6 feet and 192 pounds, is three-year starter who was hampered by injuries this season and caught 57 passes for 791 yards and four touchdowns, all of which were career lows. He won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s best receiver in 2012, when he caught a team-high 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns and was also named Pac-12 offensive player of the year.

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By TEREZ A. PAYLOR. April 17

Wednesday links: Chiefs reportedly meet with Georgia QB Aaron Murray

From here on out, I’ll occasionally compile links to interesting stories and put them on the blog.

First up, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has his pro day today. In a profile of Murray, USA Today’s Jim Corbett writes that the Chiefs met with him Tuesday night.

First of all, I’m not sure how much I’d read into it. Chiefs general manager John Dorsey believes in being thorough, so I believe they’ve conducted interviews with most of the prospects you’ve heard about. And last I heard, Tyler Bray was exactly what the Chiefs thought he would be last season, which is a good thing. But he still needs a big offseason to continue his progression.

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By TEREZ A. PAYLOR. April 16

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