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Seven Takeaways From Monday's Chiefs Media Availability

Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid spoke to the media

Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid addressed the media on Monday morning.

Here are seven takeaways from the press availability:

1. The Chiefs acquired linebacker Sam Barrington and offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann off waivers on Sunday afternoon. Here is what Dorsey and Reid had to say about each player:

Sam Barrington

Dorsey:"You guys will really like him as a person. He's really a good person. He is infectious. He plays the game of football very hard, very aggressive and he contributes on special teams. Again, it's going to the competitive balance and building opportunity, here. We felt that how he plays the game of football and plays on special teams, to me, was a big difference."

Reid: "He can play either inside position: the Mike or the Will position. He's a good physical player and a good special teams player."

Bryan Witzmann

Dorsey: "If you really go do your film evaluation, what he really is – he's a swing right, left tackle. He's 6-7, he's 315. He's got feet. When you look at him in person, he'll remind you of Parker Ehinger. He's that type of guy. He's your swing tackle, and he also will be able to develop into a guard. I think he's smart enough to play both guards, both tackles. So, I think there's some value in versatility."

Reid:"Witzmann gives us some depth on the offensive line, which you always need as the season moves along."

2. It isn't likely running back Jamaal Charles plays against the San Diego Chargers next Sunday.

Reid:"Jamaal has to keep working through it. It would be a stretch for him to play on Sunday. We'll see how it goes, though."

3. Phillip Gaines was confirmed as the team's starting right cornerback opposite Marcus Peters.

Reid: "It'll be [Phillip] Gaines and we've got a few more guys that can play the position."

4. Rookie second-round pick Chris Jones will see real playing time along the defensive line this season.

Reid:"I think [Jones] works into that rotation with those guys. It will be similar to what you saw in the third preseason game. He'll get in there and play until he proves us different. I thought he had a good preseason."

5. The Chiefs found reasons to keep both Tyreek Hill and De'Anthony Thomas on the final 53-man roster.

Dorsey:"The best as I describe both of them, they're both short guys. One guy's bigger, more explosive this way, the other guy may be more explosive laterally. When you have a coaching staff like we have and they can match them up on a case-by-case basis in terms of matchups against the defense, I think you take advantage of their skill sets and you take advantage of their athleticism and then you put that one display and see what happens." 

Reid:"They both give us the return ability and have developed into pretty good receivers. De'Anthony knows the inside better than what Tyreek does, but Tyreek knows more of the outside stuff so that's the difference there."

6. Reid confirmed the roles of wide receivers Chris Conley and Albert Wilson moving forward.

Reid:"Both of them are coming off of pretty good preseasons. They both stayed up here with Jeremy [Maclin] in the offseason to work and I think that helped both of them. They're completely different players but will continue to rotate at that 'X' position and Albert will be our 'Inside Zebra' receiver."

7. Dorsey commented on the trade of WR Rod Streater to the San Francisco 49ers.

Dorsey:"To me, Rod [Streater] is a really good person. What you have to do at that juncture is you have to look at what's best for the organization moving forward. We felt that the receiving corps that we have now on the roster would be best for us moving forward and that's the way we went."

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