Chiefs notebook

Chiefs approach trade deadline cautiously

Updated: 2013-10-29T19:27:14Z

By RANDY COVITZ

The Kansas City Star

The NFL trade deadline is 3 p.m. Tuesday, and Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he didn’t envision the club making any deals for the second half of the season.

There’s been speculation about the availability of former Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez, who is playing his final season with the Atlanta Falcons, now 2-5; or a wide receiver such as the New York Giants’ Hakeem Nicks or Cleveland’s Josh Gordon.

Reid said on Monday afternoon that he and general manager John Dorsey had yet to discuss making any moves, and he likes the makeup of his team going into the second half of the season.

“We have good players,” Reid said. “Do we need to keep getting better? Absolutely.”

One consideration in making a trade is how it affects the locker room chemistry of an unbeaten team.

“You look at everything,” Reid said. “That’s something John goes through and evaluates. That’s one of the categories he looks at.” 

Defer the choice?

The Chiefs won the coin toss in each of the last three games and elected to receive. Of those first three possessions, they drove for one field goal and punted twice.

Two weeks ago, against Houston, a three-and-out by the Chiefs allowed Houston to take over at its 44 and turned that field position into a field goal. Has Reid ever deferred his choice to the second half.

“I have in the past,” said Reid, who calls the offensive plays. “I can’t tell you that I don’t like taking the football. If they’re going to give it to us, we’ll take it. I’m all right with that.”

Demps taking risks

Chiefs kickoff returner Quintin Demps took some chances on Sunday against Cleveland, bringing out some kickoffs from deep in his end zone, including one from nine yards deep.

But that was OK with Reid.

“There re are certain times you have to down it,” Reid said. “But at other times we’re pretty confident in what we’re doing and we’re confident in him. There’s a time and a place you have to down it.”

Touchbacks have been the norm since the NFL moved kickoffs from the 30 to the 35-yard line, but in Sunday night’s game, Minnesota’s Cordarrelle Patterson broke an NFL record with a 109-yard return.

“You see more teams taking the ball out over the last couple of years from deep in the end zone,” Reid said.

Injury report

Reid said there was no change in the injury report from Sunday. Running back Jamaal Charles has a knee contusion, but he returned to the game against Cleveland. Rookie defensive end Mike Catapano has an ankle sprain that will likely sideline him until at least after the bye week.

To reach Randy Covitz, call 816-234-4796 or send email to rcovitz@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/randycovitz.

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