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Chiefs' Andy Reid tells Joe McKnight: "You're back"

Joe McKnight did his best Jamaal Charles impression after taking his last regular season snap in 2012.

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Joe McKnight has made a heck of a comeback in his career to score the first two offensive touchdowns of his career in the Chiefs 34-15 victory over the Dolphins on Sunday. McKnight's last snap was in 2012. He told us that before the Chiefs signed him in January, he was thinking about whether he would have to get another job. Then he missed part of Chiefs training camp after offseason surgery yet surprisingly (to some) made the roster.

"I told him on one of the touchdowns," Andy Reid told reporters after the game, "you're back. You're back now."

Indeed he is. At least for one game he was (and he didn't know he would be the star). It will be hard to get McKnight on the field regularly once Jamaal Charles returns from his ankle injury -- McKnight only played 15 snaps -- but McKnight looked terrific catching six balls for 64 yards and two touchdowns in the Chiefs-Dolphins game.

It was a surprise that McKnight, who has injuries in his career, was even on the roster, at least to me. We wrote after the Chiefs roster cuts a month ago that keeping both McKnight and Cyrus Gray was a surprise considering McKnight wasn't able to show us hardly anything during preseason as he came back from offseason knee surgery. I thought I knew what he was capable of ... but the other players had been able to prove it through camp and preseason.

"He can run the football from the backfield, he can catch the football, he's a good returner," Reid said. "He gives you a lot of options when he's back there or flexed out. You got see it today. That's why we kept him."

The Chiefs had some red zone issues entering this game so it should be noted that both of McKnight's touchdowns were receptions in the red zone. I give credit to Andy Reid for taking a player who hasn't been used this season and putting him in a position to catch two touchdowns. This is the second consecutive week I've felt Reid has come with a strong game plan.

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