There shouldn’t be a dropoff from Dexter McCluster if Thomas winds up as their punt returner, which I think he will. He was great returning punts at Oregon. He was one of the best return specialists available in this year’s draft.
"Respecting people is an important part of life whether it's the person doing janitorial work or the person above you," Reid said. "It doesn't matter who you are, I'm going to respect you. The NFL is a unique work place. There are no secrets anymore. Technology has taken over and secrets are exposed. People are going to know what you're all about. You have to make sure you have real honesty in the work place or you're going to be exposed."
In the 7-on-7 passing drill in Thursday’s practice, Smith had running back Jamaal Charles running down the left side of the field, with a defensive back trailing him. The quarterback saw the opening and threw the ball, although he put too much mustard on the throw and it was high and sailed well out of Charles’ reach. Smith reacted like it was November and he just missed a potential touchdown play in the fourth quarter, stomping his foot and grabbing his helmet in both hands. A year ago, that type of play never had a chance of happening. But this week, Reid turned up the momentum on the offense with a little no-huddle action, and Smith was constantly completing throws to Charles and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.
Rachel: John Dorsey said you are very versatile, able to play left tackle, right tackle, guard, which would you say is your strong suit?
Laurent: I’ve never played guard and right now, I’m practicing as a guard. I think after camp I will have a better idea of whether its guard or tackle, but I just want to play, so we’ll see where I end up.
22. Kansas City Chiefs (Vegas odds: 50-1) - Fresh off an all-time playoff collapse and a brutal offseason that saw their roster get gouged, it’s easy to be down on the Chiefs going into 2014. Andy Reid has a ton of experience as a playoff coach, but we don’t envision Kansas City playing postseason football this year.
With Houston’s career only just now hitting its peak, it’s a safe assumption that Zombo won’t be starting much in 2014. The good thing about Zombo though is that he’s an experienced veteran who can come in and make plays. I’ll be curious to see what he does this season and if he can prove that he has the potential to be a starter someday.