Top 5 Headlines 8/25: Reid says Dontari Poe's rehab is 'going great'

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1. Chiefs coach Andy Reid says Dontari Poe's rehab is 'going great'

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"Defensive tackle Dontari Poe's recovery from offseason back surgery seems to be going well, according to Chiefs coach Andy Reid.

"He's doing great," Reid said Monday. "He's really made big strides. I'd just tell you he's at least on schedule, if not a little bit ahead." So what's the schedule?

"I don't know that," Reid said. "He says he's going to play in the first game. So I go 'OK, all right, we'll see.' The doctors have to evaluate it. That's really the thing, the time and how it's healing. That's up to the docs.""    READ MORE…

Chiefs Return Home to Practice

Back on the practice field on Monday, preparing for the Titans.

2. Alex Smith hopes deep ball a bigger part of Chiefs' game plan

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"Now that you're throwing to Jeremy Maclin, can you take advantage of the deep ball more than you have in the past?

Alex Smith: Absolutely. I think two things: For one, the deep ball for sure is something that gets a lot of attention. It's a matter of time and striking when it's right and being able to take advantage of those opportunities that are few and far between -- and when you get them, you've got to be able to hit them. That's kind of the nature of it. They are a lower percentage just across the board. I think as far as Jeremy goes, I think he's the type of receiver that excels in all the areas. I think that's his biggest strength is just watching from afar. I don't think you can kind of pigeon-hole him as just a speed guy or over-the-top guy. His game is way more complex than that, and he can do a lot of different things."    READ MORE…

3. Alex Smith says Chiefs' first‐string offense improved against Seattle

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"It was hardly a groundbreaking performance, but quarterback Alex Smith said the Chiefs' first‐string offense was better in their 14‐13 win over Seattle on Friday than it was in the preseason opener at Arizona on Aug. 15.

"Yeah, I think there were (positive) signs, we got more reps," Smith said. "I think we finally got into a rhythm. The touchdown scoring drive had some good things in it and there were some good things in the red zone. Obviously, there were some things that need to get corrected and things we need to get better at as well, but yeah, I think there was progress."

The Chiefs' first‐string offense finally mustered a touchdown — a Smith toss to Jeremy Maclin — after registering only a field goal against the Cardinals. But on the other end of the spectrum, Smith threw an interception for the second straight game, and protection issues continued along the line."    READ MORE…

4. Marcus Peters ends Chiefs practice with, of course, another pick

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"Rookie cornerback Marcus Peters again had the big play of Kansas City Chiefs practice on Monday. In a two-minute drill featuring the starters on both sides of the ball, Peters cut in front of Jeremy Maclin to make an interception of an Alex Smith pass on fourth-and-goal from the 4.

The play is one reason Chiefs secondary coach Emmitt Thomas, the franchise's career leader in interceptions and a Pro Football Hall of Famer, recently said of Peters, "He's what we've been missing back there. He's a guy that can intercept the ball and get turnovers back there.""    READ MORE…

5. Injuries heat up preseason debate: How many games are needed to prepare NFL teams?

By Blair Kerkhoff - Kansas City Star

"Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he's good with the status quo.

"I've got four down," Reid said. "I've been around long enough, I know exactly how I'm going to play them, how many reps I want. I've kind of got that system down.

"If they gave us three, I'd work with that. But you don't want to lose all of them. What counts, when it's all said and done, is how they play in games.""    READ MORE…

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