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Alex Smith sees big improvement from a year ago

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is feeling more at home in his second training camp with the team.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is feeling more at home in his second training camp with the team. The Kansas City Star

Training camp last summer was a brave new world for the Chiefs, who had a new coach and general manager, as well as a new quarterback.

There was bound to be a certain degree of familiarity that made the franchise’s second camp under coach Andy Reid easier, but quarterback Alex Smith was dumbstruck at the difference.

“We actually went back at a little bit of the film from last year, and it’s funny to look back and watch and compare where we are,” Smith said. “It isn’t very close. We’ve just gone in some different directions.”

As a result, Smith, who set career-highs for completions (308), attempts (508), yards (3,313) and touchdowns (23) in his first season with the Chiefs, expects greater things from the offense this season.

He’s already seen progress, too.

“Even during OTAs, I felt like we did a great job of really spreading the ball around and spreading the field with spacing — vertical as well as horizontal,” Smith said. “That’s always the goal. That’s always the measure of a good passing team. You really can’t be constricted.”

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