The Chiefs are expected to look a little healthier when they return to the practice field later this week. Safety Eric Berry (ankle) and running backs Jamaal Charles (high ankle sprain) and De’Anthony Thomas (ankle) will all “most likely” participate in practice this week, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said on Monday.
“Eric Berry is making progress,” Reid said, “(He’ll) most likely will start practicing when we return here — likewise with Jamaal and De’Anthony.”
The Chiefs will have an extra day off this week as they prepare for a home matchup against the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. After going through their normal Monday routine, the Chiefs’ players will get Tuesday and Wednesday off before returning to practice on Thursday. The extra day, Reid said, should keep the Chiefs on their normal schedule.
“Thursday will be a Wednesday,” Reid said.
Experimenting with three tight ends
The Chiefs incorporated a package with three tight ends during certain moments on Sunday. The package allowed tight ends Travis Kelce, Demetrius Harris and Anthony Fasano to share the field at the same time.
Kelce finished with three receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown, while Fasano had two catches. And Harris, a former college basketball player, impressed Andy Reid with his ability to block.
“We thought we could get a decent match there,” Reid said of the package. “You look at Harris and the improvement — you look at the improvement that he’s made and some of the physical blocks that he made in that game, that was pretty impressive.”
Questions on ball security
One day after running back Knile Davis put the ball on the ground twice, Reid acknowledged the issue but said he still had confidence in Davis’ ability to hold onto the football.
“The crazy part about that, both of them were high and tight,” Reid said. “We always talk about that, keeping that leverage on the ball. One of them, he probably should have put a second hand on it in traffic there. The other one was just kind of a freak deal.”
Davis was a workhorse on Sunday, finishing with 132 rushing yards while filling in for the injured Jamaal Charles. But he has struggled with fumbles during his two-year career.
“I really haven’t worried about him much in that area,” Reid said. “You saw we came right back to him. It wasn’t like we sat him down.”