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Chiefs OL Ben Grubbs Leaning on Teammates for Help

Grubbs spoke to the media after practice on Wednesday

One of the key moves of the Kansas City Chiefs' offseason was the trade with the New Orleans Saints that brought them two-time Pro Bowl guard, Ben Grubbs.

The Chiefs were looking to shore up the offensive line and they did so by bringing in the eight-year veteran.

Now that he's had some time to begin to process all the information in Kansas City, Grubbs explained how important this time of the year is for his development.

"It's been a learning process," Grubbs explained of understanding a new playbook. "Of course, the plays are different with different terminology, but this is what this part of the offseason is about.

"It's to get the rust off, get acclimated to your teammates and just go out there and see what we all have. It's been good so far."


Grubbs said he's been leaning on his teammates for help with this transition.

"They're helping me through it," Grubbs said. "(Eric) Kush is very knowledgeable. He has a good foundation of the playbook. He has been helping me out, him and Fish (Eric Fisher), they have been doing a great job.

"I don't want to be a burden too much, but there are some things that I haven't quite gotten the grasp of, but they've been doing a really good job of bringing me along with them."

While many are trying to figure out who the best five offensive linemen will be once the regular season rolls around, the guys actually on the field competing for those five spots are helping each other come along for the betterment of the group.

Grubbs explained part of his learning process.

"The way I learn is by writing it down," he said. "I still think there's some value in taking notes. Nowadays, we're so technical, we have iPads and stuff like that for the playbooks, but I still think there's some value in writing things down.

"I still go back to the index cards. I do flash cards and I try to make that transition into the field."

Day two of the Kansas City Chiefs offseason program at the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex.

He continued.

"It's different. When you're writing down the plays, it's not the same as having (Dontari) Poe and (Allen) Bailey in front of you, but you want to make sure that you know the basics and we work on technique and the fundamentals when we get out here."

Grubbs said the offensive line as a group has already been getting together away the field to get to know one another, but that his relationship with them, particularly with the former No. 1 overall pick, left tackle Eric Fisher, will simply be developed with time and work.

"I don't think there's any substitute for actually playing next to him," Grubbs explained. "The continuity's going to come over time, but we just have to get some reps underneath our belt. I think the off-the-field relationship plays a part in there and I'm big on getting together with the guys off the field. "But there's no substitute for just getting out here and bleeding and sweating together."

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