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What We Learned from the Day Three OTA Press Conference

Eight takeaways from the Chiefs’ media availability Thursday


First, Reid noted that rookie wide receiver Chris Conley missed practice due to his attendance at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere. *Running back Keshawn Hill was out of practice due a hamstring injury. *

Chiefs coach Andy Reid revealed that the team got through the first three days of OTAs mostly injury free.

"Really there are no injuries to talk about," he said. "The work has been good out here. We were able to get outside today, which is a good thing."

Reid has liked seeing the turnovers on the defensive side of the ball. 

"They're going back and forth which is good," he said. "You need the turnovers on the defensive side. You obviously don't want them on the offensive side, but we're getting good work in there where both sides are being effective. I like it. I like the way they're challenging each other within the rules of you can't tackle and you can't play bump, so they're doing a good job."

Reid's happy linebacker Dee Ford is getting a great chance to learn in OTAs. "Dee had to learn that position as far as the drop game goes," he said. "That's why this is great for him here. It's all these reps—opportunity to learn the pass game part of it."

Reid likes seeing wide receiver Jeremy Maclin aggressively diving for balls. "That's him; that's 100 percent him," Reid said. "That's how he plays. It doesn't matter if it's a game, it's a practice, it's shorts— that's how he rolls. That's the beauty of him."

Reid explained why Maclin was fielding punts at practice.

"You just want to make sure he's ready. You have limited numbers that you can dress on game day, so you don't know what rotation you're going to have there with receivers and returners, so it gives you an opportunity to keep him fresh. We don't work him every day like the other guys."  

Reid acknowledged that offensive lineman Donald Stephenson garnered repetitions at left tackle with the first team today.

"That's the only way you can get Donald some reps there," he said when asked why Stephenson was seen with the first team. "We want to make sure we got everybody covered."

Reid provided an update on previously injured quarterback Tyler Bray.

"He's getting close and that's a good thing," he said. "He's obviously not ready to go or he'd be here, but he is recovered."

Kicker Cairo Santos has put on weight and thus, strength this offseason.

"That was one of his things coming in this year," Reid said of Santos. "Last year, he looked like he could ride American Pharoah, is it called? Now, he's bulked up a little bit and he's kind of proud of it. He's tightened up his sleeves and he's got the guns hanging out, so he's doing good. He looks a little bit stronger from last year."

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