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9/25 Practice Recap: All Personalities Welcome

Andy Reid Encourages Chiefs to Let Their Personalities Show

So far this season, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has made quite the impact.

Through three games, he leads all Chiefs in yards receiving (166) and has been targeted 15 times by quarterback Alex Smith, second only to wide receiver Donnie Avery (22).

When he makes plays, he is passionate about his success. So was the case last Sunday against the Dolphins when, after scoring the first touchdown of his career, he celebrated with his own special touchdown dance.

"That's just me personally," Kelce said of his zeal last week. "I have a fire underneath me to play this game. That's why I love playing it."

Head coach Andy Reid, who has to be pleased with his tight end's performance so far this year, was asked Thursday what he thought of that passion Kelce brings to every game.

"I ask them to let their personalities show," Reid said. "You can't play this game without doing that, right? It's an emotional game."

Reid continued.

"These guys are the best in the world at what they do and they all have personalities," he said. "They're all different and don't try to hide it. Let it play out. Unless it's going to cost the team penalties, let it play out."

Like Kelce, another player who scored the first touchdown of his career on Sunday was running back Cyrus Gray.

Gray, who rushed four times for 18 yards in the game, also celebrated with a rather enthusiastic touchdown dance.

Kansas City Chiefs practice at the outdoor training facility on September 25, 2014 before their Monday Night Football Game vs the Patriots.

"I can dance, it's easy," he said of his touchdown celebration on Thursday. "[If] you're in a happy mood and a happy place in your life, just dance. I've been dancing since I was a kid."

Gray's post-touchdown moves earned him first-place honors in the weekly "Dancing with the Starters" segment on NFL AM on Wednesday.

"I'll dance anywhere," he said. "I guess I felt at that time, it was the right time to, so it was a good feeling."

On Thursday, Reid mentioned that during his tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles, one game he told the now-retired defensive end Hugh Douglas to tone his personality down because he felt it was getting to be too much.

That wound up being one of the many lessons Reid admitted he learned during his 22-year NFL coaching career.

"I told myself I would never do that again because he (Douglas) didn't play very well that day."

It looks like you can expect that same enthusiasm from the Chiefs all season long. 

Practice Bits

  • S Eric Berry (high ankle sprain) did not practice.
  • Andy Reid on Berry's status: "Eric's ankle is a little different deal. It's kind of right where the high ankle component comes in along with the regular ankle sprain. It looks like its leaning more towards a high ankle sprain, which you just don't know until you get into it. He's trying like crazy to get himself back, but he's not going to be able to practice today. And we'll just have to see how it goes here."
  • RB Jamaal Charles (ankle), LB Tamba Hali (ankle/knee), Joe McKnight (Achilles), CB Sean Smith (groin) and RB De'Anthony Thomas (hamstring) were all limited for the Chiefs.
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