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Former Chief Eddie Kennison working with team as a training-camp intern

Chiefs wide receiver Eddie Kennison caught a 44-yard bomb in front of Bills defender Nate Clements their 2002 game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 17-16.
Chiefs wide receiver Eddie Kennison caught a 44-yard bomb in front of Bills defender Nate Clements their 2002 game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 17-16. THE KANSAS CITY STAR

One of the Chiefs’ more prolific receivers over the past 20 years is back with the team — at least for the short-term.

Eddie Kennison, who spent 2001-07 with the Chiefs, has joined the team as a coaching intern during training camp.

Kennison caught 305 passes for 4,908 yards and 25 touchdowns during his tenure with the Chiefs. His best years with the Chiefs came in 2004 and 2005, when he topped 1,000 yards receiving in both season for the only times in his career.

“He’s bringing some leadership and experience from playing that position,” offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said. “You see him in meetings speak up and talk to those guys. It’s great to have veteran guys like that who have played this game at a high level.

“To be as humble as he is and shed some light on some things is great for those guys.”

Outside of 10-year veteran Jason Avant and seven-year veteran Jeremy Maclin, Chiefs’ receiving corps is young, with the other 11 players at the position all possessing three years of experience or less.

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