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Chiefs’ Mike DeVito, Jaye Howard impress rookie center Mitch Morse

Kansas City Chiefs guard Ben Grubbs (66) blocked defensive end Mike DeVito (70) during the team’s training camp practice Tuesday morning at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.
Kansas City Chiefs guard Ben Grubbs (66) blocked defensive end Mike DeVito (70) during the team’s training camp practice Tuesday morning at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph. deulitt@kcstar.com

It’s always interesting to hear rookies’ first impressions of teammates. Chiefs center Mitch Morse was asked who has impressed him.

Not surprisingly he looked across the line of scrimmage.

“I knew once Mike DeVito put the pads on, he was going to be a strong man,” Morse said. “Just look at the guy. Jaye Howard is an incredibly strong guy. Their game is amplified with pads, so you game has to step up another notch if you want to compete.”

Morse, a second-round draft selection from Missouri, said he’s leaned on fellow center Eric Kush, the third-year pro.

“That’s a good dude right there,” Morse said. “Very football savvy and has been in my shoes once before. If I’m having kind of a down day, he says, ‘Listen, this is what you need to do,’ and ‘You’re not the only guy who’s been through this.’”

Morse has been working with the second-team offensive line along with left tackle Derek Sherrod, left guard Zach Fulton, right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and right tackle Jarrod Pughsley.

To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call 816-234-4730 or send email to bkerkhoff@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @BlairKerkhoff.

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