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Andy Reid says Chase Daniel is ahead at backup QB, and more Chiefs position battle updates

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The Chiefs website has a neat video feature on Andy Reid, who was wired for sound. The feature includes an interview with Andy Reid and Mitch Holthus. There were a few things that stood out to me.

The first one is this, Andy Reid on the quarterback backup quarterback competition: "Chase [Daniel] obviously is ahead right now. He's having a good camp. The other two young kids (Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray) are just competing every day trying to get better. It's fun to watch. They're both doing a nice job."

That matches up with the recently released Chiefs depth chart: 1. Alex Smith 2. Chase Daniel 3. Tyler Bray 4. Aaron Murray. That Chase is in front isn't a surprise ... but I just wanted to hear Andy Reid confirm it.

A few more highlights from the interview, which you can see here.

Bringing the energy back

"The continuity, the work level that the guys are pushing through year two. It's one thing when you're fresh and you don't know what really to expect. Are you willing to come back and knock on that door again? They're willing to do that."

Alex Smith wants more

"Alex is a smart guy. He's always trying to get better. He still wants you to feed him more and more. It's important that you and the quarterback are seeing things the same way. Alex is checking with us to make sure he's seeing it the same way we're seeing it. And you love that attitude."

De'Anthony Thomas impressing

"Right now he's doing a heck of a job. He's an explosive player."

A younger offensive line

"I've never cared about youth. I've always played young guys if they were the best. I'm going to play the five best guys. I don't really care where they play."

Pass rushers look good

"I think outside linebacker is one of our stronger positions. You need that in a 3-4 scheme."

DJ is the man, obviously

"You're not going to find a lot better in the business than DJ."

Remember the name: LB James Michael-Johnson

"JMJ comes in and he can cover like no other. It's good to have him healthy again and playing."

Still setting the secondary

"Nothing is quite set yet but they're working."

The kicker battle is for real

"Ryan [Succop's] been there. Ryan's worked a couple things. He came into this camp strong. [Cairo] Santos is about half the size of Ryan but he has an absolutely strong leg. All of a sudden this thing is a duel. We're in there rockin' and rollin' every day. [Special teams coach Dave] Toub has really upped the competition there. We're keeping stats on everything there. It's pretty awesome to watch."

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