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Q&A with Chiefs coach Andy Reid at the NFL Combine

Updated: 2014-02-21T20:06:10Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

— Chiefs coach Andy Reid spoke to reporters Thursday at the NFL’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Here are some of the highlights of his remarks:

•  On what two recently signed players, receiver Weston Dressler and running back Joe McKnight, bring to the team:

“Skill players that can help us out. I want to see what they do in our system, whether it’s at the wide receiver slot position, whether it’s in the running back position and still being able to flex out and do some of the things we ask our running backs to do. It’s probably too early to tell right this minute until I get them out there.”

•  On whether running back Knile Davis, who suffered a fractured fibula in the playoff loss, will be ready for organized team activities in March:

“Knile’s doing better. He should be ready by then, yeah.”

•  On the ideal workload for Jamaal Charles and whether Davis will get more involved this season:

“You saw as we went on, we were able to do that with Knile. … He was a rookie and he was learning every week and getting better every week. As the season went on, we were able to give him the ball a little bit more. I think coming into the season, we’ll be able to mix it up a little bit better than what we did early in the season last year.”

•  On bringing in former star Missouri running back Brock Olivo to replace Kevin O’Dea — who took a promotion in Tampa — as an assistant on special teams:

“Kevin is a tremendous football coach who is going to do a great job in Tampa. He and Lovie (Smith) have a very good relationship. They’ve worked together, so I’m happy for him. Brock played for Dave Toub at Missouri many moons ago and then in the National Football League, and did a nice job as a special teams captain at this level for the Lions. So we look forward to bringing him on board. He brings great energy and he’s a good coach. Dave and I were able to put him through quite a long interview process and I thought he handled himself pretty well.”

•  On how rookie tackle Eric Fisher can take the next step:

“I think it’s all uphill for him. Tremendous talent and want-to. He took a step from a little bit smaller school (Central Michigan) into the National Football League and handled it, and really as the season went on excelled. I think we’re all excited for him to have an offseason where he can lift and get stronger so he continues to improve as he goes like all the young guys have a chance to do. He’s wired the right way to do that.”

•  On Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry’s room for growth:

“Eric is asked to do even more than a whole lot. We put him all over the place and he was able to pick up a new defense in a year and still be a unanimous Pro Bowl player. So he’ll continue to get better the more familiar he becomes with the defense. So the more he plays in it, the better he’ll get. It’s pretty exciting.”

•  On the Indianapolis loss, and figuring out what went wrong on defense:

“That’s something we’re going through now. We’re doing all our self-scout evaluations now. So obviously we’re looking at that, head-on. I start with myself, and the coaches do the same, and obviously we look at where we can make improvements either scheme-wise and/or put guys in better positions to make plays.”

•  On young backups — like Rishaw Johnson and A.J. Jenkins, perhaps — getting a shot to compete for playing time this season:

“It’s different playing the scout team during the year and actually getting out there and competing for a spot. I’m kind of looking forward to training camp to see what these guys do. I think we’ve got a good group of young players to form a nice nucleus there. But I look forward to adding guys, too.”

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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