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Chiefs’ long snapper competition a ‘good problem’

Chiefs long snappers Andrew East (48) and James Winchester (41).
Chiefs long snappers Andrew East (48) and James Winchester (41). deulitt@kcstar.com

The Chiefs are settled at many positions and the battles are for reserve spots. But one position is heated and the candidates are even — long snapper.

The competition is between James Winchester, who played at Oklahoma and entered the NFL in 2013 and spent time in the Philadelphia Eagles camp in 2013, and Andrew East, a rookie free agent from Vanderbilt.

“Both of these guys are very good,” Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub said. “They both made tackles in the (Seattle) game. The competition has been really good. I think both of those guys are NFL snappers, NFL quality guys. It’s a good problem for us to have.”

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