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Chiefs special-teams coverage vs. Seattle stand out for Dave Toub

Chiefs cornerback Eric Murray celebrated after limiting Seattle’s Troymaine Pope to a 7-yard return in the second quarter Saturday.
Chiefs cornerback Eric Murray celebrated after limiting Seattle’s Troymaine Pope to a 7-yard return in the second quarter Saturday. skeyser@kcstar.com

Chiefs special teams had a solid day in the preseason opener Saturday against Seattle. Kicker Cairo Santos booted a 58-yard field goal, which would have been a team record had it occurred in the regular season. Punter Dustin Colquitt had a 52.2-yard average and the coverage produced a 46.5-yard net.

But special teams coach Dave Toub was especially happy with some newcomers on the coverage units.

“D.J. White, he made some plays for us,” Toub said. “Eric Murray made some plays, so did (Terrance) Smith. I was very happy overall.”

Murray, the rookie cornerback from Minnesota, was credited with a special-teams tackle. Smith, a rookie free agent linebacker from Florida State, also had a stop. White had an overall solid game, including four tackles on defense.

As for Santos’ boot, it might not have been attempted in a regular-season game. The field goal gave the Chiefs a 16-6 lead midway through the third quarter. Toub said Santos’ range is about 55 yards.

“I mean 58, we’re pushing it,” Toub said. “We have to have perfect conditions. We went with it, it was a preseason game.”

Toub said Knile Davis and Frankie Hammond Jr. will continue their roles as starting kick and punt returner when the Chiefs play the Rams on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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