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Chiefs preparing for start of minicamp
04/15/2013 10:23 AM
05/20/2014 10:42 AM
The Chiefs on Tuesday hold their first practice under new coach Andy Reid.
It's the first of three this week in Reid's first Kansas City minicamp. Participation by players is technically voluntary but everyone who's healthy and doesn't otherwise have a valid excuse should be there, with the obvious exception of disgruntled left tackle Branden Albert.
Here are some things to look for this week as the Chiefs begin the process of installing their offensive and defensive systems:
The Chiefs had several players finish the season on injured reserve and there could be other lingering problems. Perhaps the most interesting case is center Rodney Hudson. He broke his leg in a September game against New Orleans, ending his season. Though their interest in luring Ryan Lilja from retirement is intriguing, the Chiefs have shown no other obvious signs they are concerned about Hudson's ability to play. They did re-sign backup Bryan Mattison.
•Offensive line alignment.
Particularly if Albert doesn't show and if Hudson can't yet play, the Chiefs might have an interesting offensive front. Donald Stephenson would be at left tackle. Free-agent addition Geoff Schwartz, who has said he believes guard to be his best position, might be the right tackle.
Reid has sounded intrigued by the possibilities provided by Dexter McCluster. He has talked about using McCluster in a variety of spots but hasn't been specific about plans. But can Reid get more from McCluster than previous coaches?
•The crowd at cornerback. By signing Dunta Robinson and Sean Smith, the Chiefs have enough able bodies at an important position. It might be interesting to see how the Chiefs allot the snaps, even this early in practice, to keep everyone happy. Brandon Flowers, of course, is one starter. Reid has said Robinson would begin practice as the other starter.