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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 8/17

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What We Learned From Andy Reid's Sunday Conference Call from The Mothership

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid had no new injury updates on offensive linemen Jeff Allen (knee) and OL Eric Kush (shoulder) or running backs Knile Davis(knee) and De'Anthony Thomas (calf).

"The guys are still visiting with Rick [Burkholder] in the back, so I really don't have an update for you. We'll get that to you later when everything's in, just with the late arrival and all."

Reid acknowledged that the play of both first units (offensive and defensive) needed to be better.

"The big play on the defensive side got us," he said. "It was a third down play. We just have to take care of business there. Offensively, there are a couple little things that we've got to take care of with a couple of young players. That will get done. That's why we're playing these things and that experience will help them, either knowing the situation or identifying the blitz and that type of thing."

Notebook: Search continues for starters on Chiefs offensive line from Chiefs Digest

"I'm going to meet with the coaches here after we're done," coach Andy Reid said Sunday during a media conference call. "The offensive coaches, we're going to go back through the tape and I'm going to listen to their opinion.

"We've all had a chance individually to look at it. I'm just curious to see what (offensive line coach) Andy Heck and (assistant offensive line coach) Eugene Chung have to say about it."

Covering for possible loss of Jeff Allen wouldn't be easy for Chiefs from ESPN

The Chiefs plugged Donald Stephenson in at right tackle, but replacing Allen for the longer term wouldn't be so simple. Allen is one of the Chiefs' best and most experienced offensive linemen. He's also versatile enough to play guard and, in a pinch, center. The Chiefs are thin at tackle after Allen, Stephenson and Eric Fisher, and if Allen is out for a long period they might be looking for help at the position.

Delivery under pressure one reason Chiefs like Chase Daniel from ESPN

His ability to withstand a pass-rush is one reason the Chiefs are keeping Daniel this year under what is for a backup quarterback an expensive contract. Daniel is scheduled to make $4.8 million in the final season of the three-year contract he signed in 2013.

His play in Arizona is just one more reason the Chiefs are confident they can win if they need Daniel in their lineup. He is 1-1 as a Chiefs starting quarterback after opening the final regular-season game in each of the past two seasons, both coming against the San Diego Chargers.

Reid said he saw similar willingness on Daniel's part to stand in against the rush against the Chargers.

Predicting the Chiefs' 53-man roster, version 2.0 from Chiefs Digest

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9): Eric Fisher, Ben Grubbs, Mitch Morse, Jeff Allen, Donald Stephenson, Eric Kush, Zach Fulton, Paul Fanaika, Jarrod Pughsley

OVERVIEW: The Chiefs have had their struggles in camp at the center and right tackle position, and will likely need to look for an additional veteran before the season begins. Morse has a high pad level, but has better strength than Kush, who needs to work on his lower body strength to help when he re-anchors.

Fulton and Fanaika are both a little stiff in their bend. Pughsley provides the team a good project for the future, but would likely be snatched up on the open market. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was cut because he hasn't appeared to have taken the step forward in this system and is still susceptible to similar rushes as last year.

MISSING THE CUT: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Garrett Frye, Daniel Munyer, Anthony Dima, Marcus Reed, Tavon Rooks

Monday camp preview: Monitoring the health of Richard Sherman and more from ESPN

The Chiefs return to the practice field for the first time since Saturday's win over Arizona, and they suddenly have to sort through a lot of intriguing, young roster candidates at wide receiver. Fred Williams, Frankie Hammond Jr. and Da'Ron Brown each made a bid for a roster spot by catching a touchdown pass. Hammond also has the ability to return kicks, which could work in his favor. -- Adam Teicher

Aaron Murray patiently waits his turn from Dawg Nation

"You've gotta take advantage," Murray said after this practice, early in training camp. "This is the time, in practice and then in these preseason games, to take advantage of the reps. Because come season time Alex (Smith) gets all the reps in practice, and then Chase (Daniel) and I will do scout team work."

Back at Georgia, the coaches are trying to sift through three quarterback candidates to find the next Murray. But the old one is with Kansas City, trying to make the best of his limited practice reps, including a mini-camp where he completed passes to rookie receiver Chris Conley, his former Georgia teammate.

"We were able to rekindle that and light up some defenses again, like old times," Conley said, smiling.

Clowney set to join first preseason practice from The State

It has been almost nine months since Jadeveon Clowney played in a football game. The No. 1 pick of the 2014 NFL Draft will take his first significant steps back Monday.

Clowney is expected to be activated off the physically unable to perform list and go through his first training camp practice with the Texans. If the next month of workouts and preseason contests go as expected, the Rock Hill native should be active for the Texans' Week 1 contest against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 13 at NRG Stadium.

First week profitable not only for Rivers from The Las Vegas Review-Journal

Kansas City crushed Arizona, and sharp money was on the Chiefs, who got an outstanding performance from quarterback Chase Daniel. The Cardinals came away feeling good about Carson Palmer in his return from knee surgery.

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