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Top 5 Headlines 9/21: Instincts, Passion help Peters make Immediate Impact

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1. Instincts, passion help Chiefs' Marcus Peters make immediate impact

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"According to Pro Football Focus, Peters has yielded 14 receptions on 27 targets — a very respectable 51.9 catch percentage — and is far and away the team's leader pass breakups with seven, as no one else has more than three (Jamell Fleming).

What's more, with his two interceptions — he also picked off Houston quarterback Brian Hoyer in week one — Peters has given the Chiefs a dash of playmaking in the secondary they desperately lacked a year ago, when they finished tied for last in the league with a paltry six interceptions.

"He can play — he can flat out play," safety Husain Abdullah said. "It's going to be a joy to watch him as the season progresses and as he starts to pick up even more than he already knows. He can play.""    READ MORE…

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2. Donald Stephenson's 'basketball' ankle injury shouldn't slow him down

By Blair Kerkhoff - Kansas City Star

"Stephenson left the Chiefs' 31-24 loss to Denver late in the third quarter after getting his left leg rolled up by a Broncos defender. He was replaced by Eric Fisher, the projected starter at right tackle who has missed most of the first two games recovering from a high ankle sprain.

Stephenson missed only two plays. He returned after his injury and finished the game, logging 62 of the team's 64 offensive snaps, plus four special-teams snaps.

Reid said he wasn't sure how many more reps Fisher would see during the extended layoff before the Sept. 28 game at Green Bay.

"We'll see how he feels," Reid said. "The more stable the ankle is, the more he can push off, there a chance of (more reps).""    READ MORE…

3. CB Sean Smith can't return quickly enough for Chiefs

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"The Kansas City Chiefs thought they had the depth to withstand the loss of their only established cornerback, Sean Smith, who is serving a three-game NFL suspension to start the season.

When asked about possible alternatives to a struggling Jamell Fleming, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, "We felt that was the best deal right there."

Smith will help solve the problem. When he returns, the Chiefs can either move him into the starting lineup with Gaines becoming the third corner. Perhaps Smith, at least initially, will be that third corner."    READ MORE…

4. Andy Reid: No regrets from tough loss

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"As the head coach and offensive playcaller for the Kansas City Chiefs, Andy Reid analyzes everything he orders up in every game in search of an answer as to why plays did or did not work.

But he's not into regrets or second-guessing himself.

"When you're a playcaller, there are going to be some good ones and there are going to be some bad ones, especially when you have two good football teams playing each other," Reid said Friday, one day after the Chiefs lost 31-24 to the Denver Broncos by allowing two touchdowns in the game's final 36 seconds. "That's how it works. You've got to keep dialing them up, and it's a chess match.

"[If] you get into second-guessing, that's a little bit [of] hindsight. I don't think you want to do that as a playcaller. I think you want to figure out answers.""    READ MORE…

5. Notebook: Chiefs' Andy Reid praises DT Jaye Howard

By Herbie Teope - Topeka Capital-Journal

"Howard proved a disruptive force throughout the contest and terrorized the Denver interior offensive line, accounting for a team-high seven tackles.

His performance during the 31-24 loss drew praise from Chiefs coach Andy Reid.

"Jaye did have a good game, he played well," Reid said Friday during a conference call with Chiefs beat writers. "I just thought both in the pass game and the run game he did well, he did very well.""    READ MORE…

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