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Chiefs working to improve efficiency of their two-minute drill

Andy Reid on the method of calling plays

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke about the three coaches working together in getting play calls to quarterback Alex Smith: co-offensive coordinators Brad Childress & Matt Nagy and Reid himself. VIDEO BY DAVID EULITT deulitt@kcstar.com
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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke about the three coaches working together in getting play calls to quarterback Alex Smith: co-offensive coordinators Brad Childress & Matt Nagy and Reid himself. VIDEO BY DAVID EULITT deulitt@kcstar.com

One area the Chiefs have been actively working on in their offseason practices the last two weeks is their two-minute drill.

That facet of the game cost them in their 27-20 divisional-round loss to the Patriots in January, when the Chiefs — who trailed by 14 with 2 minutes, 33 seconds left — had a first-and-goal at the Patriots’ 1-yard line and all their timeouts, but ended up needing four snaps and used 42 seconds off the clock to score, thanks to a failed run, a penalty and Reid’s decision not to use a timeout before the two-minute warning.

“It’s a matter of just repping it, making sure I’m putting the guys in the right position,” Reid said. “You’ve got to do that. We’ve got good players, got to make sure that you give them an opportunity to make plays.”

Reid noted that it is important for the young guys to see enough of the different looks so they know when to get out of bounds and when they can go for the score. This is a good time for that, since they’re forced to do more reviewing than teaching during the season, when there are restrictions placed on how much on-field work they can do.

“This is a good time to (work on it), when you can just slow it down and work on it, and that’s how we go about it,” Reid said. “We could be better there, both sides of the ball, we could be better.”

Reid, of course, was also asked how their two-minute drill is looking so far in camp.

“We feel good about it, yeah,” Reid said.

Jamaal’s workout

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles made an appearance during Wednesday’s practice, when he could be spotted walking up a nearby hill, both forward and backward. Charles is still recovering from an ACL he suffered in Week 5 last season.

“That’s a killer,” Reid said of the workout. “He says that he gets about halfway up hill and he wished the hill stopped. So it’s a brutal workout that he’s putting himself through there.”

But Reid noted that it’s an important one, nonetheless.

“He plays a rugged position, and he’s coming off a major injury,” Reid said. “And that’s one way of getting the legs back.”

Howard still absent

Chiefs defensive tackle Jaye Howard was excused from his third straight practice on Thursday for what the club deemed personal reasons.

Terez A. Paylor: 816-234-4489, @TerezPaylor.

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