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Andy Reid praises general manager John Dorsey’s latest draft class

Kansas City Chiefs rookie wide receiver Albert Wilson caught a 48-yard pass catch in the second quarter on Sunday and was tackled by Oakland Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden. The Chiefs won 31-13.
Kansas City Chiefs rookie wide receiver Albert Wilson caught a 48-yard pass catch in the second quarter on Sunday and was tackled by Oakland Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden. The Chiefs won 31-13. The Kansas City Star

During his weekly news conference Monday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid — completely unprompted — took a minute to credit general manager John Dorsey for the job he’s done finding players.

In the Chiefs’ 31-13 win over Oakland on Sunday, several rookies played key roles.

“Tribute to John Dorsey, we are sitting here later in the year and all of a sudden you are seeing these guys, the Albert Wilsons of the team, produce,” Reid said. “(Zach) Fulton has continued to mature. Dee Ford, you saw him get out there. The last two weeks he’s had a lot of snaps, and (Sunday) he came up with a sack. De’Anthony (Thomas) and (Cairo) Santos, even though he was off a tad (Sunday).”

Wilson, an undrafted free agent, caught three passes for 69 yards and has emerged as an intriguing starter at wide receiver. Fulton, a sixth-round guard, has started all 14 games this season.

Ford, the team’s first-round pick, has made a limited defensive impact this season, most of which he’s spent learning behind Pro Bowlers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. However, he logged a half-sack Sunday and played 38 snaps, a season-high.

Santos, an undrafted free agent, missed two field goals but had made 14 straight entering the game.

Thomas, a fourth-round pick, returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown against the Raiders.

“It was good to get De’Anthony loose there,” Reid said. “You can see offensively and on special teams when you get him in the open space what he can do. I thought he did a nice job.”

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