Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid
OPENING STATEMENT: "Here's what you have for injuries and will not play: Allen Bailey with a knee sprain. You have Eric Berry, who is still recovering, but doing good. (Laurent Duvernay-)Tardif did a little bit of work today, but we will hold him out. Steven Nelson has a concussion, he is still in the protocol so we will hold him out. Tardif is still in the protocol by the way, but he just did some stuff today. Sorensen, and that's really the group that will not play. With that, we look forward to going down to Chicago and having a chance to play the Bears. It looks like Matt Nagy is doing a great job there getting that thing where he wants it. We will give our ones three quarters and we will see how that thing is going into that third quarter. The twos and/or threes will work in just depending what position we are looking at there. Time's yours."
Q: What did you guys lose with Charcandrick West leaving?
REID: "Well, you are talking about one of my all-time favorite guys. Great personality. He will hook on with somebody. It's the way this league works, so we felt like we'd give him an opportunity here to hook on with somebody. All these guys aren't going to make it and that's probably how it was going to go there. But this gives him a great opportunity to go hook on with another team."
Q: Will we see Spencer Ware play this weekend?
REID: "There's a chance. I'm going to just see how he does during the warm-ups, but right now he's scheduled to play. Wait and see how he feels, especially after today, we'll see how it all goes."
Q: De'Anthony Thomas, too, same deal?
REID: "Likewise, same deal."
Q: What made Charcandrick West one of your favorite guys?
REID: "Great personality. He was an energy giver every day. A great kid, he always had a smile on his face when he came to work."
Q: Andy, is everything okay with Xavier Williams, it didn't look like he did a lot in practice this week?
REID: "Xavier (Williams) had some stingers, which we talked about after our game, so we just backed him off a little bit. We'll just see how he does, he's going to get ready to play, but we'll just see how he does as we get closer."
Q: Is part of this game making halftime adjustments with Patrick Mahomes to see how he does?
REID: "Not only that, but just the fact of getting in and getting out of halftime and really going through the halftime procedure. We'll just see how the reps are at that point and go from there."
Q: How much are we going to see Orlando Scandrick out there?
REID: "Yeah, he'll have a chance to get out there and play. I've seen him now for quite a few years. I saw him as a rookie coming up here and I played a lot of games against him, so I've got a pretty good idea of what he can do. But he needs to get used to the system and get out there and shake it up and he wants to do that."
WR TYREEK HILL
Q: Do you remember looking over your opposite shoulder three different times when tracking down the ball Patrick Mahomes threw to you for a touchdown against Atlanta last week? What was going through your mind?
HILL: "At first I didn't think he was going to throw it until I actually saw him wind up. I was like 'oh, he's really about to throw this.' I had to put on the gas. I have worked on my tracking since I was a kid. I was always good at kickball and things like that – not that that has anything to do with it – but as a kid I was always good at tracking the ball on the kickball field. I would play in the middle and they would kick the ball and I would track it well. That's probably where I get it from."
Q: How lethal of a combination could it be with maybe the NFL's fastest man and the NFL's strongest arm?
HILL: "I feel like me and Pat (Mahomes) could be the best. There are other things that tie into this offense. It's not only me and him on the field. We have a lot of great weapons on this team. That's what I am most happy for, just to be able to play with my teammates and my brothers and be able to make plays with those guys. I'm excited."
Q: Dave Toub mentioned that as you get more of a place in the offense that there might be a point you're not doing as much on kickoff return. Is that something you all have talked about? How do you feel about doing punt returns?
HILL: "I love doing punt returns. I feel like I came into this league as a punt returner and I am always going to be a punt returner. I kind of thrive on that. That's how I get going on offense. Anytime I can make a big play and set up the offense for a touchdown drive or something like that I am pumped. I love punt return and kickoff return. Whatever I need to do to help the team, I am for it."
WR SAMMY WATKINS
Q: You had some great catches today in practice. How much do you want to see that practice field connection translate to the field during these preseason games?
WATKINS: "It's great. We just continue to build the chemistry. As you saw in practice, he threw some great balls and I caught some great balls. That's the thing that we've got to keep up and hopefully that carries over to the game. I know a lot of people are speculating and saying "Oh, he's not getting the targets." Not to say it's preseason, but there's a lot of other things I've got to learn in the offense and get used to. That's what coach does a great job of being able to let me do."
Q: Do you feel frustrated at all that you haven't had a catch in a preseason game?
WATKINS: "Not really. It's football. If other guys are open, catching balls and scoring touchdowns, that's great for us. At the end of the day, I think that if I'm doing my job, running my routes and helping this team move the chains, that's my job."
Q: What would you like to see this Saturday to make you feel good for the regular season?
WATKINS: "Not for me to catch a million balls, but for us to just move the ball. To do it with ease and confidence and to go down there and score two or three touchdowns. We're playing (almost) a full game, three quarters. Let's go up there and put up 21 or 28 points."