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With Jeremy Maclin sidelined, Chiefs’ Frankie Hammond Jr. is making most of first-team reps

Frankie Hammond Jr. has gotten some first-team reps with Jeremy Maclin still nursing a sore neck in St. Joe.
Frankie Hammond Jr. has gotten some first-team reps with Jeremy Maclin still nursing a sore neck in St. Joe. deulitt@kcstar.com

With Jeremy Maclin out for a second day because of a neck injury, receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. got first-team reps during training camp on Tuesday and made the most of them, Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said.

“I think you’re beginning to see the gains and strides from his hard work out here on the field,” Pederson said. “He’s put himself in a really good position to play quite a bit for us on offense. He’s a great special teams contributor.”

Hammond has added five pounds to his frame since last season — he’s now listed at 184 pounds — and that’s made a difference.

“The weight gain helps him,” Pederson said. “He just becomes stronger, a little more physical on the edge, and we ask our guys to block.

“He has to come in there from time to time and block a Tamba Hali or a Derrick Johnson, so the extra weight helps.”

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