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Chiefs’ Alex Smith building rapport with center Eric Kush

Kansas City Chiefs offensive linesman Eric Kush (64) blocked after the snap of the football last summer during Chiefs training camp at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo.
Kansas City Chiefs offensive linesman Eric Kush (64) blocked after the snap of the football last summer during Chiefs training camp at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. The Kansas City Star

It remains to be seen who the Chiefs’ starting center will be come the fall — let’s face it, the battle between third-year pro Eric Kush and second-round rookie Mitch Morse won’t be decided until they can start hitting in training camp.

But while the athletic Morse has his lofty draft status on his side, the two years Kush has spent in this offense — building a rapport with quarterback Alex Smith — certainly won’t hurt his case to replace Rodney Hudson, who bolted for Oakland during free agency.

“Rodney (Hudson) is a heck of a player and is missed, and he moved on,” Smith said. “(But) to be honest it’s been very, very seamless. I haven’t really missed a beat. Kush has stepped in, he knows the offense, he knows what we’re doing, really good communicator up here. He and I already have a really good rapport together.”

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @TerezPaylor.

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