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Old 07-26-2013, 08:24 PM  
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Teicher:On first play at camp, Chiefs show their new look

On first play at camp, Chiefs show their new look
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star
Andy Reid delivered a not-so-subtle message Friday with the first play at Chiefs training camp. He had quarterback Alex Smith heave a pass deep down the middle that was hauled in for a touchdown by wide receiver Dexter McCluster.

The play served notice that after two seasons with a dormant passing attack, the Chiefs intend to revive it in a big way.

“I wasn’t ready for that,” Smith said. “I came up and I got a good look for it. Crowd pleaser.”

Much more needs to happen before the passing game can be called successful. But the intent is obviously there. Smith completed another deep pass to McCluster a few plays later.

As much as Reid enjoyed the big plays, he liked the consistency of the passing game. Smith, who completed 70 percent of his passes for the 49ers last season, went several plays into practice before throwing his first incompletion.

“There weren’t a lot of balls on the ground, and it looked like the defense had people covered,” Reid said. “They were in position.”

The trade for Smith was the biggest of the offseason moves aimed at revitalizing a sluggish offense. Smith, the first pick in the 2005 draft and San Francisco’s long-time starter, is used to such pressure.

“I’m much better equipped to handle it now,” Smith said. “When you’re a young guy and coming in and playing early, I dwelled on (negative things) too much. I let it affect my play too much. I tried to please everybody.

“I’m going to play my game. I’m going to try to work as hard as I can to get as good as I can and try to reach my potential and win a bunch of games. That’s the goal. I’m not worried about a bunch of other things.”

Smith received another peek at the expectations waiting for him at the end of practice, when a fan called to him asking Smith to be the Chiefs’ savior.

“That’s a strong word,” Smith said. “That’s a great example. When I was younger, I would have taken that literally. I tried to make every single throw and I tried to prove to everybody on every single play that, yeah, I could do this.”

That McCluster was on the receiving end of Smith’s long passes was another bonus for the Chiefs. They practiced without their most accomplished receiver, Dwayne Bowe, who is on the non-football injury list with a viral condition.

Bowe may return to practice as soon as Saturday. But no matter when he plays, the Chiefs are still in search of a consistent threat to go along with him. The diminutive McCluster has long tantalized the Chiefs with his big-play ability, but he has delivered precious few such plays since arriving as a rookie in 2010.

He bounced from receiver to running back and again to receiver, never seeming to find a comfortable spot. While it’s far too early to call him a changed player in Reid’s offense, it’s a start.

“It’s always good to start a first practice … with a big one,” McCluster said. “I’m happy I held on to the ball.”

Reid’s arrival could rescue McCluster’s career, which stalled last season under coach Romeo Crennel. Reid, then coaching the Philadelphia Eagles, was intrigued by McCluster when he was available in the 2010 draft.

The Chiefs got to him first, but Reid began making plans for McCluster shortly after arriving in Kansas City in January.

“He gives you a little flexibility,” Reid said. “You can move him around a Iittle. We’ll use him here and there.”

During offseason practice and again on Friday, McCluster lined up in a variety of spots.

“I don’t know where he couldn’t line up, to be honest, as far as skill positions go,” Smith said. “He’s got that many tools in the belt.”

Another offensive player the Chiefs are counting on is rookie running back Knile Davis. The Chiefs hope he can be turned into a kickoff return specialist, even though he never returned a kick during a game in college at Arkansas.

That process got off to a rough start Friday when Davis, who was a frequent fumbler in college, dropped a kickoff.

“We’ll get that fixed,” Reid said.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:06 PM   #151
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That's high compensation. What have they committed to Smith?
Draft picks are currency. Do you honestly think they'd spend two valuable picks on a guy they aren't committed to?

Not to mention, it likely leaves us without the ammunition to move up for a QB next year in the event they want one.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:06 PM   #152
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My dad has them. He's petty sick right now so I would expect I'll go to most games this year. Not looking like he will make it to any
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Damn. Sorry to hear. Like I said, keep in touch.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:06 PM   #153
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You cant be serious.
Totally. not being happy about the new qb and the compensation given for him don't mean the season is a failed one prior to games being played.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:08 PM   #154
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If they trade what yet did for Smith and move on from him before the second draft pick is even used....it if you think that's going to happen, you're crazy.


Also if you think things are bad here now, let that happen and see how it goes
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:08 PM   #155
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Totally. not being happy about the new qb and the compensation given for him don't mean the season is a failed one prior to gashes being played.
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There are tons of poster who think Alex Smith will never win a PO game in KC, therefore the season and any season he plays is a failure before it starts.

No way you can argue me on that, no way.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:08 PM   #156
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That's high compensation. What have they committed to Smith?
He's an unusual circumstance in that they have him locked for 2 years. Is there really any reason to extend him now? What do you think the odds are that they will next year?

As far as other types of committment go, he was named the starter immediately, he's carrying himself in interviews as the unquestioned starter, and they're making him one of the faces of the franchise. I'd say it's pretty clear that they aren't treating him like a short-term fix.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:08 PM   #157
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Damn. Sorry to hear. Like I said, keep in touch.
For sure buddy. my daughter has never been and she wants to go to the opener. I think we will try to make it happen. my best friend is a Dallas fan and is dead set on going too.

I would say we will probably be there
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Totally. not being happy about the new qb and the compensation given for him don't mean the season is a failed one prior to gashes being played.
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Autocorrect sucks. Gashes.

And even the people he thinks are the most negative, including me have said they figure somewhere between 7-9 wins.

SO GODDAMN NEGATIVE!
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:10 PM   #159
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Draft picks are currency. Do you honestly think they'd spend two valuable picks on a guy they aren't committed to?

Not to mention, it likely leaves us without the ammunition to move up for a QB next year in the event they want one.
Yes I do. If he underwhelms, I honestly think he won't be here longer that two years. Assuming this is just another SP and Cassell tied at the hip situation is a stretch.

Just to clarify, I think Smith will play well, and probably will get an extension.
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Autocorrect sucks. Gashes.

And even the people he thinks are the most negative, including me have said they figure somewhere between 7-9 wins.

SO GODDAMN NEGATIVE!
I've said 8-10 wins. I'm negative.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:10 PM   #161
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There are tons of poster who think Alex Smith will never win a PO game in KC, therefore the season and any season he plays is a failure before it starts.

No way you can argue me on that, no way.
I'm skeptical he will too, doesn't mean this season is a failure before it starts. I'm excited for the season.

failure or success will be determined when its over.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:11 PM   #162
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Autocorrect sucks. Gashes.

And even the people he thinks are the most negative, including me have said they figure somewhere between 7-9 wins.

SO GODDAMN NEGATIVE!
So you think 7-9 is a success?
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I'm skeptical he will too, doesn't mean this season is a failure before it starts. I'm excited for the season.

failure or success will be determined when its over.
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He's an unusual circumstance in that they have him locked for 2 years. Is there really any reason to extend him now? What do you think the odds are that they will next year?

As far as other types of committment go, he was named the starter immediately, he's carrying himself in interviews as the unquestioned starter, and they're making him one of the faces of the franchise. I'd say it's pretty clear that they aren't treating him like a short-term fix.
It completely depends on this season. Going 5-11 and throwing as many picks as TDs, ala Cassel, and I don't think there will be an extension.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:13 PM   #165
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I've said 8-10 wins. I'm negative.
I'm right there with you.
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