Top 5 Headlines 8/23: Chris Conley's punt return from end zone was planned

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1. Chris Conley's punt return from end zone was planned

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"The Chiefs were clinging to a one-point lead Friday with 3 minutes, 9 seconds remaining when the Seahawks punted from their 40. The boot drove return man Chris Conley 2 yards deep into the end zone.

It seemed crazy for Conley to catch the ball and to embark on a return, which netted 5 yards.

But Conley was under orders from the coaching staff. "We wanted him to return it all costs," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "He did what he was told to do there.""    READ MORE…

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2. Andy Reid's second-day thoughts on Chiefs' offensive line hiccups

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"Chiefs coach Andy Reid on Saturday offered some second-day thoughts on the offensive line's performance in Friday's 14-13 preseason victory over Seattle, especially regarding Paul Fanaika and guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who got their first starts as the Chiefs battle injuries.

"It was good to see Paul at right tackle," Reid said. "I thought he held his own with a couple of hiccups. But for just doing for a couple of days, I thought he did a nice job."

Duvernay-Tardif got tangled with Jamaal Charles on a screen pass but also had good moments."    READ MORE…

3. Chiefs like what they saw in extended look at Dee Ford

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

""We wanted to give Dee just a start here,'' coach Andy Reid said. "Let's see how he handles that and get him some extended playing time where we're not having to rotate him. Tamba has been busting his tail all camp and he's had plenty of reps. He's been doing this for a couple years, so I'm not real worried about him.

"I wanted to see how Dee handled that. I thought he did a good job.''"    READ MORE…

4. For Eric Berry, emotions were different this time, but still present

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"The venue was different for Eric Berry and so were the emotions. He was at home, Arrowhead Stadium, where he's been a favorite of Kansas City Chiefs fans since he arrived in 2010.

Berry wasn't making his return to game action, as he did in last week's preseason opener at the Arizona Cardinals. But he was returning home, which made Friday night's game against the Seattle Seahawks in its own way as emotional as last week.

"Yeah, it definitely was,'' Berry said after the Chiefs' 14-13 win over the Seahawks. "The ride to the stadium, up to the stadium, seeing the fans out there waving, I made sure my windows were rolled down so I could take it in and I drove extra slow this time.""    READ MORE…

5. The Lost Chief: Remembering Joe Delaney

By Chris Connely - Grantland

"Twenty years after the tragedy, following a young adulthood fraught with trouble, LeMarkits Holland could still remember when his mother told him that Harry had died: "I just started crying, because I didn't want that to happen to my brother. Because he was kind of like the good kid and I was like the bad kid." LeMarkits, however, had survived: pulled out of the water, he would remember, by someone … someone he thought might have been Joe Delaney.

Delaney would be buried with a football from one of his greatest games; on his tombstone would be engraved that famous verse from the Gospel of John: "Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for another." I remember a photograph of him as a Chief taped to the stone — a splash of red in a small graveyard rich with greens and browns."    READ MORE…

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