Kansas City Chiefs Coach Andy Reed He met with the media via a Zoom conference call on Monday As the team begins preparations for the first match of the season on Sunday.
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In his opening statement, Reed outlined a weekend schedule that was: Chiefs took Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays off before reporting to the facility on Monday. Red said they’ll start preparing for Arizona Cardinals The Monday before players’ regular day off on Tuesday – after which they will practice on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Next, Reed took the questions, which we grouped into four takeaways:
Reed made some preliminary comments on the first week’s forecast.
We know the Chiefs’ offensive will look different this year after the unofficial trade of wide future Tyreek Hill — and Sunday in Arizona will be fans’ first chance to see what he can do.
“I think everyone can’t wait to see what you are,” Reid said. “That’s kind of the way it goes every year — what you can do, and we’re fortunate to have a good opponent to do that against Arizona, so you get an idea of where you are when everything is flying fast.”
On the other side of the ball, the Chiefs’ defenders will need to find a way to contain the moving opponent Kyler Murray.
“Well you have to stay disciplined, obviously. Speed becomes important. You talk about the quarterback – he has speed as well as the sprinter (James Conner), so containing them is important while you work through it. That discipline becomes a big factor but you always want aggressiveness. You want speed, and you want the transition between run and pass to be essentially aggressive and healthy.”
Looks like bosses will use a file A committee Approach with running backs.
In somewhat of a surprise, Kansas City opted to keep four contestants on its initial 53-player roster, including Clyde Edwards Heeler, Jerick McKinnon, Isaiah Pacheco and Ronald Jones.
“We’ll just see how it goes in terms of who’s up and who’s down,” Reid explained. “Some of them are based on special teams and play there. But if they are all of them, they will have the opportunity to touch football. If they are not, then whoever – it will definitely be three of them – will touch football.”
It looks like the Chiefs will be running Edwards Heller, McKinnon and Pacheco (the kick-back), while Jones will likely be inactive until needed due to injury or otherwise.
The Chiefs kept 10 “quick” defensive appearances on their roster, including four emerging players.
Trent McDuffy, Joshua Williams and Jaylene Watson – rising cornerstone players Brian Cook – are expected to play a role in the chairman’s defense in 2022.
“I love the speed with which they play,” Reed said of his young defensive appearance. “I think Juan did a good job helping everyone out there and managing that from the player’s point of view there. But it looks like we have good speed and range and those kinds of things.
“There’s going to be some hiccups here and there. When you have guys, that’s what happens — but I think in the long run, we’ll be fine with the guys we got there.
Reed provided injury updates on the Blake Bel narrow end and wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
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