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Q&A with Todd Haley on Chiefs Final Day of Mandatory Mini-Camp

Transcript courtesy of the mothership. How in the world do they get those transcripts up so quickly?  Kudos to whoever types that up. 

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Q: Has there been anybody who’s stood out in these three days to where you’re surprised?

HALEY: "Not so much from that standpoint, but a guy that stood out to me is Branden Albert. He’s a guy who came in way out of shape that we were all pretty disappointed in. He kind of let himself go when the season ended and probably in-season a little bit. But the guy’s got his nose to the grindstone and he’s lost a lot of weight and is getting much stronger and practicing with technique. I’m pretty excited about what the possibilities are for Branden.

"Now there are a lot of young guys that I didn’t know a lot about specifically on that defensive side of the ball – some of the linebackers and those guys who are changing positions that I’m encouraged by."

Q: What are your impressions of Jamaal Charles?

HALEY: "Jamaal was a player that I liked a lot coming out (of college) and as I’ve gotten to know him. He probably underperformed to the extent he wanted to last year. I think with Jamaal he’s gaining a little confidence. There’s no doubt he has ability but if he can get confidence in himself and raise his expectations up to where they should be I think Jamaal will be all right. But he’s done a great job in the off-season; he’s learning how to work. He’s getting bigger, stronger; he’s already fast. I think he’s starting to understand offensively what we’re trying to do running and in the pass game, specifically protection."

Q: Do you get any sense who’s ahead: offense or defense?

HALEY: "There’s such a long way to go. We made strides on both sides of the ball, I really believe that. I was encouraged defensively, especially since it’s a brand new scheme and new positions for guys and that those guys definitely in these last couple of days made strides and made marked improvement.

"Now, there’s no pads. A lot can change but as far as without pads and playing techniques and doing the things that they’re supposed to do, I think they made strides and that got me a little excited."

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