Top 5 Headlines 8/26: Which Chiefs Rookie is Primed For Big Game on Friday?

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1. Expect a big dose of WR Chris Conley for Chiefs on Friday night

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"Rookie wide receiver Chris Conley played in his first NFL preseason game last weekend and will try to take the next step by making his first catch for the Kansas City Chiefs in Friday night's game against the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium.

He should get enough chances. Conley led Chiefs wide receivers in snaps last week with 33, and offensive coordinator Doug Pederson promised he would get even more work this time.

"He was kind of getting his legs back last week,'' Pederson said of Conley, who missed the early part of training camp with a sore knee and didn't play in the Chiefs' preseason opener two weeks ago. "We wanted to get him back out there and get a couple of snaps. His play will increase this week. He's a guy that's in the mix. We've got to have a lot of reps on tape to evaluate him properly and see where he fits into our scheme.''"    READ MORE…

Chiefs Practice Photo Gallery from Tuesday

Practice on Tuesday at the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex

2. Chiefs dealing with mounting number of nagging injuries

By Associated Press - Wire

"The Kansas City Chiefs have not had that moment in training camp or preseason when everyone notices a player hobbling to the sideline or flat on the field, and there is a collective gasp.

Nothing like the knee injury that will sideline Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson for the season, or the ankle injury to Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey. But while the Chiefs have largely steered clear of devastating injuries, they have been no less hobbled by numerous ailments."    READ MORE…

3. Dontari Poe attends Chiefs practice for the first time since July

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"More progress Tuesday from Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe. He didn't practice, but he was at the session for the first time since having surgery to remove a herniated disk from his back in July.

This comes one day after coach Andy Reid opened the possibility Poe could return for the start of the regular season."    READ MORE…

4. Chiefs' Mike DeVito has improved as a pass rusher

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"In Mike DeVito's mind, it was simply not good enough to simply come back from the season‐ending Achilles' tear he suffered last September — he was determined to come back better.

And that's exactly what DeVito, 31, has done, if you believe defensive‐line coach Tommy Brasher. "I tell you, Mike DeVito is probably the most‐improved pass rusher on the team," Brasher said.

DeVito, a nine‐year veteran, has survived in the NFL because of a combination of grit and leg power that allowed him to carve out a niche as a stout run stopper. And that's precisely why the Chiefs missed him last year, when their run defense dropped from 22th in 2013 to 28th."    READ MORE…

5. Chiefs' defensive issues look like they're resolving themselves

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"The absence of Poe and Smith could certainly become problems for the Chiefs. But they haven't been so far.

The Chiefs have split Poe's duties between Jaye Howard and Mike Catapano. Howard plays on running downs and Catapano comes in to rush the quarterback.

Howard in particular has been effective in training camp and the first two preseason games.

"Jaye has really stepped up and done a really good job of anchoring the middle of the defense," defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said. "We're really happy with the way that's gone. We look forward to when we get Dontari back, whenever he comes back. But right now we think the guys that have gone in there have really taken the challenge on and demonstrated they can play really stout in there, particularly against the run.""    READ MORE…

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