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What We Learned from Day One OTA Press Conferences

Thirteen takeaways from the Chiefs’ media availability Tuesday


Andy Reid listed the current injuries (Demetrius Harris, Jarrod Pughsley) the Chiefs are dealing with.

*On Harris: *Harris had to have surgery on the same foot that was injured last season.

"The natural grafting that takes place when you put a screw in there didn't take place, so they went in, they grafted it, they represented a screw and the bones there, and we'll see how he does. They feel pretty confident about this."

On Pughsley: "(Jarrod) Pughsley had a hamstring strain. It happened last week. It doesn't look like it's to bad, so I'm sure he'll be back out."

Daniel Sorensen, Allen Bailey and Husain Abdullah also missed practice.

Sorensen's wife is having a baby and Bailey and Abdullah got stuck down south in the storm and are trying to make their way back. 

Reid shared his thoughts about the new PAT rules.

"We kind of had a feeling it was going to go that way with the exception of being able to return the two-point play for scores. It's basically what we had during preseason last year, so I'm OK with it. I don't mind it. I think it puts the emphasis on special teams and that's always good. We always try to put emphasis on it and this adds to it from a league standpoint."

Reid reported that S Eric Berry is doing "well."


"Eric, actually, is doing well. He's going to get his big end-of-the-school exam done here. He's been through all the treatments and now the doctor's going to sit down with him and go over exactly what the results of that are. We don't have that. Eric doesn't have it quite yet, but everything up to this point has been very positive from the doctor and from Eric, so I think we're headed in the right direction."

Reid reiterated that he will play the "five best O-lineman" this year.

"We're going to find the five best guys. That's what we're trying to get to. It's open competition. I really don't care where they play. I just want the five best guys and then we line up and go play."

Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin revealed what he's looking to work on during OTAs.

"I think the chemistry between Alex (Smith) and I. When you're talking about me and him, I think that's the number one thing. We're looking forward to it. I don't think you can judge it by completed balls, incomplete balls. I think it's all about getting to know each other, getting our timing down. I think we got off to a pretty good start."

Maclin said "communication" is the most important part of building a rapport with Smith.

"Communication. I think that's big. I think you communicate whether you're talking about football, whether you're talking about off-the-field stuff or your just having a good conversation. I think communication is key. When you're able to communicate with somebody, I think that's the first step in developing good chemistry with somebody. We'll continue to communicate, continue to get to know each other, become friends and let the rest go from there."

Kicker Cairo Santos reacted to the PAT rule change.

"We just have to adjust. They make the rules and we just have to keep kicking. We went through it last preseason, so it's not something completely strange and out of nowhere. We'll be out here, practicing, getting comfortable lining up. Now we'll be kicking from the 33-yard line instead of the 10-yard line, so just getting comfortable with that feeling. It's the same thing. It's the same game. It's the same kick, so now we just have to do it for one point."

The Kansas City Chiefs begin phase three of the offseason program at The University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex.

Running back Jamaal Charles said he feels like he's 21 years old right now.

"I feel good; I feel healthy. I eat right and take vitamins. I do yoga. I'm doing everything I'm supposed to be doing to keep my body up. I lose weight. When you get older, you're supposed lose at least one pound every year, so I think I'm doing good."

Charles admitted that last year was frustrating because he had lingering injuries, but he feels good entering this season.

"It was just me getting hurt. I've never played a whole season where I had nagging injuries. I could go in and then I had to come back out because my ankle hurt. That's why it was frustrating. It wasn't frustrating about the team. The team did a great job."


Linebacker Tamba Hali revealed that he got his knee scoped when the offseason began.

"I got a little scope on my knee. Some cartilage was just floating in there, making it swell up. The doctor cleaned it out and I feel good."

Linebacker Derrick Johnson said that because he missed one year, he needs the OTA time now more than ever.

"Even though it's just OTAs--I'm a veteran, I've been through OTAs a lot--but the same time, being out a year, I need this time. This is big for me. This is going to help me get back to form in the 2015 season. When it gets around, I'll be golden."

Johnson said the he and Mike DeVito had been waiting for this day for a long time.

"Every time we walk by each other, we're giving each other high fives. It's been a long road for us. We've been talking about this day since we got hurt. We're definitely blessed. As long as we stay healthy, we'll do a lot with this team."

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