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What We Learned From Chiefs Media Availability Tuesday

Six takeaways from the Andy Reid and Chase Daniel press conferences

Read Tuesday's injury report here.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid


** Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that Thursday's game against the St. Louis Rams would be important for those Chiefs still fighting for a spot on the 53-man roster.

"Most of those guys that were on the fence are going to get an opportunity to play," he said. "We'll go through and evaluate it. There are some spots there that are very important in the reps that these guys get in our evaluation."

Reid said that it's likely tight end Demetrius Harris will see his first action since last year against the Rams.

"There's a good chance," he said. "I kind of want to go back and see how he feels after today. If he does it won't be a ton, but there's a chance he plays Thursday."Reid said that offensive lineman Zach Fulton would take snaps at center on Thursday.

"I'm going to get him a few reps this game," he said. "Right now I feel pretty comfortable about it unless something changes in the game. I think he needs that work. I think that will be good for him."

Quarterback Chase Daniel



Quarterback Chase Daniel called the period of cuts the worst time of the year.

"I think the most difficult time of the year regarding football is the time right now where in five days, you have to go from 90 to 75 to 53," he said. "You see a lot of your friends, a lot of guys you might have been playing out there with out of work, out of a job. It's always a tough spot, especially when you come together as a team throughout camp, so it's difficult."

Daniel reflected on times in his early career when he was cut.

"It's horrible," he said. "I was cut multiple times my first year in New Orleans. I was on and off the practice squad, on and off the active roster. I got cut from Washington, so it's very difficult and every guy has their unique way to deal with it. You just offer your support and say, 'Hey, make the best of your opportunity. You'll land somewhere.'" Daniel said he's like the way that tight end Demetrius Harris has looked since returning to practice.

"It's good to have him as a weapon out there," he said. "He's a big target, especially in the red zone, and it honestly looks like he hasn't lost a step. He's in actually pretty good shape right now, so it'll be fun to go out there. Even in practice throwing to him a little bit, he was sort of my guy the past two years on scout team and the preseason, so I know he's worked his butt off to get back on the field and it shows."

Daniel said during this week, he has preached to the guys to think about the Rams, not the Houston Texans Week 1.

"What I've told the guys, and this is my seventh year in the league so I've sort of dealt with it quite a bit, is just don't even worry about Houston right now," he said. "Your focus is on the St. Louis Rams, going out there and putting together one heck of a game and making those coaches' decisions in there tough. Then, when we're done with the game and we know who the team's starting, we'll worry about Houston."

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