Top 5 Headlines 6/5: What can De'Anthony Thomas Bring to Passing Game in 2015?

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1. De'Anthony Thomas can be one fix for ailing Chiefs passing game

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"The Kansas City Chiefs need a lot more from Thomas as a receiver this year and judging from the first two weeks of offseason practice, they intend to get it. Thomas is now practicing with the receivers and position coach David Culley instead of the running backs, as he did last season.

That indicates the emphasis they are placing on getting more from Thomas, their fastest player. Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson revealed the reasoning for the move.

"You saw him more as a receiver last year anyway,'' Pederson said. "We wanted to broaden his horizon on running routes because you don't get all that when you're in the running back room. You're not on the perimeter that much. So let's stick him over there with David Culley and let him teach him to run all the routes and the different concepts.''"    READ MORE…

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2. Chiefs' Derrick Johnson goes through warmups Thursday but does not practice

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"Inside linebacker Derrick Johnson went through warmups on Thursday but did not practice afterward.

Johnson, who missed 15 games in 2014 because of a torn right Achilles, is dealing with knee inflammation on the same leg.

"We'll just keep giving him a little bit more every day, but he's obviously feeling better," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said."    READ MORE…

3. Chiefs OTA Observations 6/4: Day Six

By BJ Kissel - KCChiefs.com

"The top play isn't up for debate. It was rookie receiver Kenny Cook's contested catch down the field on a pass from second-year quarterback Aaron Murray.

Cook ran a hitch route up the left sideline and made a fantastic adjustment to the ball in the air and had to go up over the defensive back in order to make the play. It was the first highlight reel play of the day and everybody in the building knew it.

The second play was another nice contested catch, but this time it was from veteran Jeremy Maclin across the middle of the field. Alex Smith threw the ball into a tight window and Maclin left his feet to go up and snag the ball while the offense was going up against the defense in the red zone."    READ MORE…

4. Chiefs' Travis Kelce puts an emphasis on ball security as he assumes top tight end role

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"Following his breakout sophomore campaign in 2014, Travis Kelce's offseason "to-do" list was quite simple.

The first thing was to gain weight. He'd be assuming the role of the Chiefs' No. 1 tight end following the release of Anthony Fasano. That meant he'd be on the field more, and the extra weight would help him as an inline blocker. He's made good progress here; he says he now weighs 255 pounds, up from around 250, and has a goal of 260 by training camp.

The second was to improve his understanding of coach Andy Reid's voluminous playbook. Kelce says he studied film this offseason, but this is an ongoing process, something that will only improve with more reps — which he's getting thus far."    READ MORE…

5. Chiefs corner Sean Smith focused on getting more interceptions

By Jeff Deters - Topeka Capital-Journal

"More known for his size than speed, Sean Smith isn't going to win too many races. So the 6-foot-3, 218-pound Kansas City cornerback uses his body to slow down opposing receivers at the line of scrimmage and to position himself in coverage.

As the Chiefs' top corner, Smith has found himself going up against burners Jeremy Maclin and De'Anthony Thomas during organized team activities, and he's held his own. Smith intercepted a pass in Tuesday's session and was all smiles. The veteran cornerback, however, said there is still plenty of room to get better.

"I hate to say that I'm picking up where I left off because I look at us as a team and we didn't really make it to where we needed to be," Smith said. "As a secondary, we didn't finish No. 1. We were No. 2 in pass defense, but we weren't No. 1. So I feel like there's always room for improvement.""    READ MORE…

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