Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive end Dee Ford (30) celebrates during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game against the Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Around the Kingdom: Dee Ford's first step, Alex Gordon, Detroit's Title Hopes

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Organized Team Activities continue at Arrowhead Stadium. While you can’t really tell much about players when they’re running around in shorts without pads: fans, media, and even football personnel people can’t help but react to what they see on the field. Arrowhead Pride’s Joel Thorman writes about how rookie 1st round pick Dee Ford has impressed his peers with his quick first step:

“That guy is explosive, ” said [fellow linebacker Joe] Mays. “He’s quick off the ball. He kinda reminds me of Von Miller with the way that he gets off the ball and gets around the offensive linemen. He’s a freak man. He knows how to work angles and uses his hands real well. He can bend and do all types of stuff you don’t see in the everyday pass rushers. Definitely ‘as advertised’.”

Over at Arrowhead Addict, Ben Nielsen asks what seems to be a ridiculous question: Was Len Dawson better than John Elway? Though nonsensical on it’s face, Nielsen contends there is a case to be made.

Alex Gordon has been smashing the ball since mid-May. He leads the team in almost every hitting category, including an almost respectable total of 7 home runs. David Hill at Kings of Kauffman argues that Gordon should be the no. 3 hitter.

With the Royals recent surge putting them in second place only 2.5 games behind the Tigers, and only 4.5 games separating 1st from last place in the A.L. Central, those pre-season predictions of the Detroit having an easy walk to the title look to be in doubt. Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs.com takes a long look at Detroit’s title expectations.

Joel Thorman at Arrowhead Pride is also thinking about OTAs. He has a report on the last workout at Arrowhead here.

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