Top 5 Headlines 6/11: Chiefs Rookie WR Chris Conley Taking Advantage of Opportunity

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1. Chris Conley's time has come, for one day at least

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"The chance to get consistent snaps with quarterback Alex Smith and the other starters was meaningful to Conley, even if it's only for one day. Maclin has foot inflammation and Wilson a sore hamstring. Both could return to practice as soon as Thursday.

"It is, not necessarily because I'm taking anything from [being with the first team] but more so because it's still a job interview," Conley said. "Everything we do is still a job interview. Every rep I get to take with the [starters] is important because either I'm showing the potential of what I can be or I'm showing I still need to wait more. So each and every rep is important, especially when you're with that first group. You're getting your shot with the guys who are playing in the games on Sundays, so those reps are extremely important.""    READ MORE…

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2. Chiefs' Mauga ready to prove he's learned his lessons -- and learned them well

By Sean Keeler - Fox Sports Kansas City

"Fun fact: Only nine other inside linebackers logged more defensive snaps last fall than Josh Mauga's 1,028 with the Kansas City Chiefs. His previous high in an NFL season had been just 145, back in 2011. So perhaps we chalk up some of those arm tackles and bad angles that cropped up in November and December to basic fatigue.

Then again, maybe not.

"Definitely, (it was) the technique," said Mauga, who led the Chiefs in tackles last fall (103) after being pressed into starting duty by Derrick Johnson's Week 1 Achilles tear."    READ MORE…

3. Now healthy, Chiefs quarterback Aaron Murray working on his footwork and deep ball

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"Aaron Murray dropped back to pass, his eyes downfield. He identified the zone defense, saw his receiver break free on the post and let it rip.

This was June 3, the fifth practice of organized team activities for the Chiefs, and Murray's long-ball completion to Frankie Hammond — who hauled it in and sprinted to the end zone without breaking stride — represented a fairly uncommon occurrence last season for the Chiefs, who possessed one the most conservative downfield passing attacks in the league."    READ MORE…

4. Phillip Gaines continues to make positive impression on Chiefs

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"It didn't take cornerback Phillip Gaines long during Wednesday's Kansas City Chiefs practice to make yet another positive impression.

On the second play of a 7-on-7 passing drill, Gaines got an excellent break on an Alex Smith pass, cut in front of intended receiver Chris Conley and made an interception.

It's the kind of play Gaines didn't and couldn't make last season, when he was a rookie."    READ MORE…

5. What We Learned from Day Eight OTA Press Conferences

By Pete Sweeney - KCChiefs.com

"Mauga like what he sees in rookies Ramik Wilson and D.J. Alexander. "They look great," he said. "These guys come in, they work hard every day, [they're] asking a lot of questions, which is great because we don't want them out there not knowing what they're doing. They've been flying around making plays for us."

Duvernay-Tardif said he's already learned a bit from two-time Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs. "He's a great guy," Duvernay-Tardif said of Grubbs. "It's easy to talk to him and it's really helpful for me to go to him and ask him a bunch of little tricks, little details, and he's always willing to share that knowledge, so that's pretty cool."

Conley believes he's a good fit for what the Chiefs do. "I think that I'm made for an offense like this," he said. "I believe that with the coaching I'm getting from coach Culley, I'm getting better as a player and that's really one of the important things in this offense— you have to be able to do everything as a receiver, so I'm feeling like I'm getting better at that and right now I'm just trying to keep my head down and keep running.""    READ MORE…

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