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Seven Things to Know from the Chiefs’ Media Availability on Wednesday

The Kansas City Chiefs (8-1) host the Arizona Cardinals (2-6) on Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium.

And as per usual, head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes held a weekly press conference with the local media on Wednesday and joining them this week was safety Daniel Sorensen, who was recently activated to the 53-man roster.

Here’s what you need to know from that media availability:

Coach Reid was asked what’s reasonable to expect from Daniel Sorensen:

“Dan (Sorensen) has been out there running around the last couple weeks. He has done well with it. We will just see. We will see how he goes. We will see how he does during practice here. I’ll tell you the same thing with Justin (Houston). We will just see how they do in practice and take it from there. I can’t tell you that it is one snap or 50 snaps. I can’t tell you that.”

Coach Reid was asked about Steven Nelson, who is currently ranked as Pro Football Focus’ No. 13 cornerback in the NFL:

“I always thought he was a good player. He was banged up a little bit before. He has gotten great experience over the last couple of years. Started out as an inside guy and then kind of worked his way outside. He competes. He loves to play the game and he is going to challenge you. He’s not afraid to get up there and press when needed. He is smart enough to know when to back off in different schemes that are shown. He got beat, but he didn’t hang on to it or mope and then he came back with a big play. For a corner, having a short memory is very important. I kind of said it all right there.”

With Patrick Mahomes needing just two touchdown passes to surpass Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson’s franchise record of 30 in a season, which was set back in 1964, Reid was asked about his relationship with the legendary player and broadcaster:

“I did all those postgame (interviews) with him and I think the world of him. He was so in tune when we were doing those with the game. He still has that feel. He has been there, he has done it, it doesn’t matter the age gap or the time away from being in the huddle. He just gets it. I love that part of it. He is a Hall of Famer all the way around. Person, player obviously. How many guys can be Hall of Fame caliber at two things? And he did it as a player and as a commentator. Amazing guy.”

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was asked about the Cardinals’ defensive front:

“The d-line is really, really good. They can rush the passer; they can stop the run game and they stop balls really well. For me, you have to know those things. They’ve got some tall guys on the d-line, but at the same time, they are good everywhere. They have Patrick Peterson at corner. They have dudes everywhere on that defense. For me, it’s going to be a great test to get to go up against these guys. We are going to try to be ourselves and keep what we have going, going.”

Mahomes was asked if this Chiefs’ locker room has a college feel to it:

“It’s awesome to be able to be really good friends with your teammates. We all hang out with each other it seems like all the time. I know a lot of guys still play video games with each other like every single day. I don’t have that time right now, but it’s cool you can just relate to each other. I feel like it builds chemistry and that way you can get on the field and just kind of know what guys are thinking and you know how that guy thinks. That’s a big thing I think that’s helped build success on this team.”

Mahomes was asked about his relationship with Cardinals’ rookie quarterback Josh Rosen:

“I‘ve met him a couple times. He was actually my roommate at the Manning (Passing Academy) when I was going into my senior year and was going into his junior, I believe, or I was going into my junior and he was going into his sophomore. I knew him throughout that. Then I’ve been out to California, I met him with QB coaches’ stuff out there. I know he throws a beautiful ball. Every single time it leaves his hand it’s a perfect spiral. I know he’s a very smart guy, so I know he’ll have a lot of success in this league…

“He was a guy that was up with me early, working with all those kids and just loving the experience. I know that he loves football and loves being able to just go out there and being a quarterback and those are the guys that have success.”

Sorensen was asked about the hardest part of not being able to play:

“Not being out there and feeling like you are still part of the team and stuff. You know, I’ve been here working and been in meetings and walkthroughs and stuff for a while, but yeah, definitely it was being sidelined.”

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