What We Learned From Andy Reid's Sunday Conference Call

Five takeaways from the Chiefs media availability Sunday

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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid had no new injury updates on offensive linemen Jeff Allen (knee) and OL Eric Kush (shoulder) or running backs Knile Davis (knee) and De'Anthony Thomas (calf).

"The guys are still visiting with Rick [Burkholder] in the back, so I really don't have an update for you. We'll get that to you later when everything's in, just with the late arrival and all."

Reid acknowledged that the play of both first units (offensive and defensive) needed to be better.

"The big play on the defensive side got us," he said. "It was a third down play. We just have to take care of business there. Offensively, there are a couple little things that we've got to take care of with a couple of young players. That will get done. That's why we're playing these things and that experience will help them, either knowing the situation or identifying the blitz and that type of thing."

Reid explained what he saw on quarterback Alex Smith's early interception.

"20 (Deone Buchanan) came free there," he said. "That's something we just have to learn. We've seen that before up front. That's a young guy mistake and that will get taken care of. There's no risk of communication between those two — between Alex and Jason [Avant]. He was just trying to get it out of his hand as he could before that guy hit him and he got it too far to the right there, so lesson learned all the way around."

Reid was impressed by QB Chase Daniel's ability to perform under pressure.

"He had three or four in this game where he was under a little bit of pressure and they zero blitzed him too," he said. "They didn't hold back much on him and he did a good job with it. They did the same thing with Aaron [Murray], too. Chase hung onto that ball right until the end and I just thought he did a real nice job with that."

Reid called wide receiver Fred Williams an "energy giver."

* *"The more he plays in this offense, the better he gets," Reid said. "Last year, he was just learning and kind of got thrown in the hopper there. A little bit late, but he's had time here to learn this thing. He's getting better at it. We're asking him to play a couple different spots and he's handling that and so, he's got a good way about him and you saw by the way his teammates greeted him that he's a well-liked guy in that locker room."

The Kansas City Chiefs take on the Arizona Cardinals in week one of the 2015 preseason.

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