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Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Andy Reid on this week's meeting between Patrick Mahomes and Brett Fabre.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

De'Anthony Thomas, who had his 2018 season end early after breaking the same leg he broke a year earlier, said he was only cleared to play by doctors two weeks ago. That can help explain his slow job market. The Chiefs, who are deep at wide receiver, didn't have a great need for Thomas until Saturday, when they lost Marcus Kemp with a knee injury. After that, the Chiefs wasted little time in sending for Thomas, who can take Kemp's place on special teams and on the receiver depth chart. Thomas is a favorite of special teams coach Dave Toub, who has called the 176-pound Thomas pound for pound the Chiefs' toughest player. “When Kemp went down, obviously there was a hole there,'' Toub said. “(Thomas) kind of fills that hole for us. He plays a lot of the same positions. Different type guy. More of a speed guy. Not as physical but he brings a lot to the table for us.''

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Since you were dying to know, the Chiefs caught 1,003 punts and kickoffs at training camp this year. Mecole Hardman shagged 376 of them. These figures are courtesy of Dave Toub and this attention to detail is one reason he's the best special teams coach around. The Chiefs are trying to develop Hardman, their top draft choice, into a top kick returner.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas didn't just sign with the Chiefs and join them on the field in the middle of Tuesday's practice, but he took some snaps with the starters and even caught a long touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes. Thomas played for the Chiefs for the last five seasons, catching 64 passes and scoring seven touchdowns. Thomas made his biggest mark covering kicks and it's likely no coincidence he returned to the Chiefs on the day they put another special teams star, Marcus Kemp, on injured reserve because of a knee injury. Thomas had each of the last two seasons ended early because of a broken leg. “The leg looks good,'' coach Andy Reid said. “That was a concern but he's done well with it. He's been working out, doing track workouts so he's in pretty good shape right now. He just jumped right in. He's ready to go. He knows all the plays.''

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Saturday night's game against the 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium will be the last preseason action for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs' starting offense. Here's Mahomes on what he wants to get out of this game.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chiefs lost one of their best special teams players and, judging from his play in training camp, a rising wide receiver when they placed Marcus Kemp on IR because of a knee injury. The Chiefs have the depth at wide receiver to withstand Kemp's loss. But they will miss him in the kicking game.

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Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Andy Reid said he's not inclined to change his usual way of playing the starters into the second half of the third preseason game, which for the Chiefs is Saturday night against the 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium. “I've been doing this for a number of years (and) I've had success doing it this way,'' Reid said. “I'm not complacent. That can be a sign of complacency. That's not what I'm saying. It's a physical game.'' The Chiefs had several players knocked out of Saturday night's loss to the Steelers, the most significant being safety Tyrann Mathieu. But Reid said Mathieu probably would have stayed in the lineup had it been a regular season game. The Chiefs may have lost one of their best special teams players, reserve wide receiver Marcus Kemp, for an extended period because of a knee injury. “We probably came out of this with one or two guys that are hurt for the duration,'' Reid said. “But that happens.''

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie running back Darwin Thompson looks like he will have a bigger role when the season begins than is normal for a sixth-round draft pick. Thompson was the third back into the game on Saturday night against the Steelers, following Damien Williams and Carlos Hyde. Thompson sparked the Chiefs' only touchdown drive by rushing for 30 yards. He scored a touchdown in the preseason opener against the Bengals by taking a short pass and running 29 yards to the end zone. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Thompson is more advanced at this stage than the Chiefs thought he would be when they drafted him. “He's able to see the blitz, which is a big thing for the young guys,'' Reid said. “He's got good vision in the run game and then he's got a pretty good understanding of the pass game. He's really a focused kid. He's kind of no-nonsense, wants to do it right, real focused, studies a lot. I like the way he's made up that way.''

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Steelers keep Chiefs in check in 17-7 victory

Mason Rudolph guided a long first-half touchdown drive to perhaps nudge ahead of Josh Dobbs in the race to be the backup behind Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 17-7 on Saturday night.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie running back Darwin Thompson deserves a better spot on the depth chart. Thompson was the third Chiefs' back into the game against the Steelers but he was the most productive. Thompson used his speed to rush for 30 yards on four carries to spark the Chiefs' only touchdown drive of the first half. Thompson entered the game behind Damien Williams and Carlos Hyde but the Chiefs are as dangerous with Thompson on the field as any of their backs because he's faster. Hyde didn't help his cause by losing a fumble.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Andy Reid did the right thing and pulled Patrick Mahomes midway through the first quarter against the Steelers. He finished 2-of-5 for 11 yards. Reid had said Mahomes would play most or all of the first half. The starting offensive line stayed in the game for the first series with backup QB Chad Henne.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

I asked Tyrann Mathieu whether he's seen an offense with as many fast players as the Chiefs have.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Patrick Mahomes and the starting Chiefs offense looked ready for the regular season in last week's game on their one drive, which ended with a touchdown against the Bengals. Mahomes was 4-for-4 for 66 yards, including a perfectly-placed throw down the left sideline to Travis Kelce on the first play. But coach Andy Reid said he won't vary from the usual in Saturday night's game against the Steelers. The starters will play most, if not all, of the first half. The risk seems greater than the reward in this case, though Reid didn't agree. ‘'He wants to work and we go with that,'' Reid said. “You never know about injuries. You never know about them during the season and you don't know about them during the preseason.'' When I asked Mahomes how much preseason playing time he needed, he said, “I've never really thought about it. For me, I treat the preseason like it's the regular season. Go out there and try to play the game the way it's supposed to be played. Until coach takes me out, I'm going to go out there and try to score points.''

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Pat Mahomes on what the Chiefs accomplished in their three weeks at Missouri Western.

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