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James Winchester emerges in Chiefs' long-snapping competition

The Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett was tackled by the Chiefs' James Winchester during their Aug. 21 game at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett was tackled by the Chiefs' James Winchester during their Aug. 21 game at Arrowhead Stadium. AP

With the release of Andrew East on Sunday, that left only one long snapper — James Winchester — on the roster.

“I think both of them are going to snap in this league,” coach Andy Reid said. “I think they’re both really good. I think it came down to just the velocity of Winchester. He was just a hair faster.”

Winchester started the first two preseason games against Arizona and Seattle, while East, a rookie, started the third against Tennessee.

“They came out so equal it was crazy,” Reid said. “We would have been happy with either one of them.”

Winchester, 26, is listed at 6 feet 3 and 210 pounds. He played football at Oklahoma and also spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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