Top 5 Headlines 10/4: Gaines Making an Impression

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1. Chiefs corner Phillip Gaines making an impression on special teams

By Terez Paylor - The Kansas City Star

"Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines has been opening some eyes on special teams lately.

Gaines had a big hit on punt coverage against Miami on Sept. 21 and on Monday night, helped trap the Patriots inside their own 5‐yard line by corralling a Dustin Colquitt punt out of the air near the goal line and flipping it back to a teammate."    READ MORE…

Chiefs Volunteer at Harvesters

Octobers Chiefs Volunteer Day at Harvesters with Red Coaters and Marines on October 3, 2014.

2. Watkins, Kelce highlight Week 5 players to watch

By Chris Wesseling - NFL.com

"The Around The NFL Podcast has been beggingAndy Reid to increase Kelce's snapload since the season opener. It's finally happening, as Patriots fans were reminded of a pre‐ injury Rob Gronkowski in Monday night's blowout at Arrowhead Stadium. Kelce has not only emerged as the most dangerous run‐after‐catch tight end in the league, he also leads all players in yards per pass route run this season. The 49ers' linebackers and safeties will have their hands full with Kelce this weekend."    READ MORE…

3. Chiefs' Alex Smith left a piece of his heart in San Francisco -- and an impression, too

By Sean Keeler - Fox Sports Kansas City

"Everybody won. OK? The Kansas City Chiefs needed a quarterback who wouldn't turtle up at the first (or fourth) sign of trouble; a smart, cool head who could exploit Jamaal Charles' prodigious gifts and keep the train chugging forward. The San Francisco 49ers needed Alex Smith gone, because they'd done that two‐NFL‐starting‐caliber‐quarterbacks‐under‐one‐umbrella bit before, when Joe Montana and Steve Young drew a giant red line through the middle of a rabid fan base, a line that still stands.

Alex Smith became a Chief for the cost of two second‐round draft picks, which the Niners then flipped into five selections, including one in 2015. While the jury remains largely out on the four prospects currently in the fold for Niners general manager Trent Baalke, No. 11 made the Chiefs ‐‐ 2‐14 in 2012, the fall before his arrival ‐‐ relevant immediately. Baalke got Smith off the books, and his counterpart in Kansas City, John Dorsey, got the honeymoon off to a rocking start. Anchor Steams all around."    READ MORE…

4. Chiefs' Donnie Avery has surgery on sports hernia

By The Associated Press - KCChiefs.com

"Chiefs wide receiver Donnie Avery had surgery Friday for a sports hernia and has been ruled out for Sunday's game at San Francisco, though he is expected back later this season.

The Chiefs have their bye week after playing the 49ers."    READ MORE…

5. Chiefs vs. 49ers preview

By Adam Teicher and Paul Gutierrez - ESPN.com

"There is a certain symmetry to San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks ending up with the Kansas City Chiefs, from Steve DeBerg to Joe Montana to Steve Bono to Elvis Grbac to, now, Alex Smith.

But there is more to the 49ers and Chiefs renewing acquaintances this weekend at Levi's Stadium. NFL Nation reporters Paul Gutierrez, who covers the 49ers, and Adam Teicher, who covers the Chiefs, break down the Week 5 matchup..."    READ MORE…

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