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Chiefs had been thinking about the Jeremy Maclin move for a while

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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke to the media for the first time since the team released Jeremy Maclin on Friday night and Big Red called the surprising move as part of the NFL business.

“I try to take the high road,” Reid said via 810 WHB’s stream of the presser. “I know he’s gonna hook on with another team so I’m happy for him there and he can still play. He’ll have production. That’s a positive thing.”

Reid, who drafted Maclin in Philly, wouldn’t get into what specifically they weighed when cutting Maclin but he did say that John Dorsey had been thinking about this for a while. That squashes the theory that there was one thing that happened recently.

So who steps up next?

“I think everybody’s gotta be ready to go,” Reid said of the receivers moving forward. “There’s no one go-to. I’ve never said we’ve had a No. 1 guy. It’s just not where we’ve been with this thing.”

While he said he doesn’t have a No. 1 guy, he did say that Tyreek would likely be the one to replace Maclin at receiver.

“He’ll give you good production at that position,” Reid said of Tyreek.

He also mentioned Demarcus Robinson as someone who’s had a good offseason.

“I have a ton of trust in the young guys that they’ll step up and do a great job for us,” Reid said.