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Chiefs’ Andy Reid roundup: What’s missing at WR, Reggie Ragland a rookie, Parker Ehinger

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid held his weekly conference call early Monday afternoon after the Chiefs’ 12-9 loss to the New York Giants. We have already covered:

Other items of note

Reid thought linebacker Reggie Ragland, who had a season-high 47 snaps on defense, played well.

“I think he did a nice job,” Reid said. “There are a couple plays he’d like to have back but for the most part, he did a nice job. He’s getting better every week. I think we’re seeing that.”

Though Ragland was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round in 2016, he did not play due to tearing his ACL prior to the season.

“Remember, [2017] is really his rookie year,” Reid added. “But I think we have a nice rotation there with [Derrick Johnson] and him and (Kevin) Pierre-Louis. We’re able to keep everybody fresh and playing downhill and the whole deal, so I think it’s a positive thing there.”

It may be worth noting Johnson played a season-low 51 snaps against New York.

The Chiefs say they are not ignoring offensive lineman Parker Ehinger.

Ehinger started four games at left guard for the Chiefs in 2016, including three games in a row, before tearing his ACL in a game with the Indianapolis Colts.

The Chiefs replaced left guard Bryan Witzmann for Sunday’s game against the Giants, but it was not with Ehinger, but rather Zach Fulton.

“We’re not ignoring him,” Reid explained. “We look at those things and right now we felt Zach was best option there.”

Ehinger has been healthy, per the official team practice reports, since Week 4.

Reid acknowledged the absences of wide receivers Chris Conley and Albert Wilson in the offensive lineup right now.

Conley hasn’t played since Week 5 after rupturing his Achilles tendon. Wilson hasn’t played since Week 8 with hamstring issues.

“To say that you wouldn’t like to have those guys, that’s wrong,” Reid said.

Without the duo that combines for seven years of NFL experience, the Chiefs have had to turn less experienced, slightly younger players like Demarcus Robinson.

“I’ll tell you that we’ve got some young guys out there that are learning and getting better as they go on and we’re still able to do some things with them out there, but again, it’s new for them, but I still feel very positive about them.”

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