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Some praise for Tyson Jackson and Dontari Poe from a Chiefs newcomer

05/20/2013 1:31 PM

05/22/2013 9:58 AM

The one position group that received little attention from Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid during free agency and the NFL Draft was the defensive line.

The Chiefs added to their roster in a significant way at every other position group, but their only major move on the defensive line was to sign veteran end Mike DeVito as a free agent and even he was a replacement for Glenn Dorsey, who left to sign with the 49ers. The Chiefs also signed Daniel Muir and Marcus Dixon, but they’re backups who came at minimal cost. They didn’t draft a defensive lineman, despite having eight picks.

So they will apparently go into the season with DeVito and Tyson Jackson at end and Dontari Poe as the nose tackle in their regular defense, with Poe and Jackson as the primary line rushers on passing downs.

While that prospect won’t necessarily excite many Chiefs fans, perhaps Dorsey and Reid have been seeing the same things at practice that DeVito has. He compared Poe to Kris Jenkins, a former teammate of DeVito’s with the Jets who went to four Pro Bowl games.

“When he puts his hand down and gets going, there’s just no stopping him,’’ DeVito said of Poe.

About Jackson, DeVito said, “Just a complete player. A guy that can play the run, explosive with his hips, can rush the passer.

“Those guys are great to be around and I’ve learned a lot from them to try to implement some of the things that they do into my game.”

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