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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

First full-squad practice can’t come soon enough for Reid, Chiefs

07/25/2013 12:00 AM

07/25/2013 10:40 AM

The Chiefs’ quarterbacks, rookies and selected veterans will practice for the third and final time on Thursday morning before the veterans check in, and the entire team will take the field for the first time on Friday afternoon.

That day can’t come soon enough.

Certainly, the three days of practice was beneficial for the young players, and those like tight end Tony Moeaki, running back Shaun Draughn and wide receiver Donnie Avery, who missed most or all of the Chiefs’ offseason program. They were able to catch up on what they missed and will be in step with the veterans.

But with just 39 players on the field — first-round pick Eric Fisher has yet to sign and work at right tackle — the ranks have been too thin to open the full playbook, both offensively and defensively. With just three defensive linemen (counting deep snapper Brad Madison) and seven offensive linemen, the first two days were basically a passing camp, and the Chiefs did not run the football once in the brief 11-on-11 team periods.

Even Reid acknowledged the limitations.

“You’ve got like one-deep,” he said of the depth along the lines.

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