In the aftermath of the Chiefs’ 34-19 win on Saturday night, a smiling Chase Daniel could not stop raving about his group of receivers, led by Fred Williams and Frankie Hammond.
“Freddie and Frankie man, they were on point, man,” Daniel said. “They knew exactly what to do, had no mental errors, and that showed.”
Good thing for them, too. With the Chiefs’ top five receiving targets likely set with Jeremy Maclin, Albert Wilson, Chris Conley, De’Anthony Thomas and Jason Avant, those two lead a crop of wideouts hoping to land, maybe, one remaining spot on the 53-man roster.
Williams, a former Arena League receiver who joined the Chiefs’ practice squad in December 2013, caught coach Andy Reid’s attention with his disposition, slick athleticism and natural feel for the position. On Saturday, he caught a team-high six passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.
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“Well, Freddie is an energy giver — you’ve been around him, you know the energy he brings to the locker room and when he’s playing,” Reid said. “He’s better than he was, but the more he plays in this offense, the better he gets.”
Williams also spent all of last season on the practice squad.
“He’s had time here to learn this thing,” Reid said. “We’re asking him to play a couple different spots. He’s handling that. So he’s got a good way about him. You saw by the way his teammates greeted him that he’s a well-liked guy in that locker room.”
Williams, however, likely will need more strong appearances to beat out Hammond, who caught four passes for 45 yards and also contributes on special teams as a returner. On Saturday, Hammond caught two passes for 29 yards and a touchdown
“Frankie, obviously, knows the most and is most comfortable with all the different positions and is also a good special-teams player — he gives you a little bit of everything,” Reid said.
But seventh-round rookie Da’Ron Brown, who caught four passes for 30 yards and a touchdown from Daniel on Saturday, is also in the mix.
“He’s learning,” Reid said. “But Da’Ron’s very smart and his picking it up quickly. And I thought he did a pretty decent job,too. He had a couple little things in there but for the most part, I thought he was pretty on.”
Reid was also happy with Daniel, who had a pretty nice day himself, completing 17 of 21 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns.
“He had three or four (throws) in this game where he was under a little bit of pressure,” Reid said. “And they zero blitzed him, too, so they didn’t hold back much on him. He did a good job with it. Chase hung on to that ball right to the end, and I thought they did a real good job with that.”
In many ways, Daniel’s connection with Williams and Hammond was simply a continuation of what they’d been working on throughout camp.
“We were on the same page, just pitch and catch like coach told us in practice,” Williams said.
And when the game was over, no one was happier for Williams than Daniel.
“He’s had a heck of camp, man,” Daniel said. “His dedication, his hard work over the summer, even in OTAs, it showed today, man. He’s getting better every single day.”
No news on injuries
Andy Reid had no update Sunday on the injuries that right tackle Jeff Allen (MCL sprain), receiver De’Anthony Thomas (calf strain) and running back Knile Davis (knee sprain) sustained during the game. All three are undergoing further evaluation, he said.