Morning Sports Report - July 30, 2014

By Megan Rice |

Published 07/30 2014 06:22AM

Updated 07/30 2014 06:24AM

ST. JOSEPH, Mo--The Kansas City Chiefs get a much needed off day Tuesday.

In our KC Blitzz report we take a look at how practice has been so far.

It's been a highly competitive week or so of football at St. Joseph. For a team that is trying to get back to the post season in Andy Reid's second year as KC's coach.

Something to keep an eye on moving forward. Rookie defensive back Phillip Gaines left practice early with an apparent head injury Monday after breaking up a pass play.

The Chiefs will be back at it Wednesday at 8:15 in the morning.

"It's not just finish a series or a game it's finish every down the right way. It's keep your attention to detail through out practice. These are long man. So you keep your focus and your attention to detail and your intensity level up and then you rest when it's over," said Andy Reid.


ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- As our KC Blitz report continues the NFL season is here so players can throw away the stats that got them here. Take Chiefs Dee Ford for example, forget you're a first round draft pick cause the NFL just don't care. Now it's time to prove yourself in the league and that's exactly what ford plans to do.

It's always going to be a challenge at practice. This is the NFL. So every practice is challenging," said Dee Ford.

The once defensive end now outside linebacker understands what's expected from him.

"I think what they want to see from any rookie is maturity and growth from OTA's to minicamp to the break to now. They just want to see growth," said Ford.

And that's not the only thing they want to see. Ford's speed off the edge paired with Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, means bad news for opposing QB's.

"I think about it all the time. This is pass rush city," said Ford.

"At the end of the day we all remember what happened in that playoff game and that is what has got to carry us, the rookies the veterans that's got to carry all of us. I am starting to take pride in what the Chiefs organization have done with drafting guys that can get after the passer. Each year we are bringing in better guys and to put together a group what they are trying to do, coaches of all of us trying to get to that passer is just going to help our team," said Tamba Hali.

"I've seen him in mini camp and things like that. He has a real explosive first step. It's going to be nice watching him," said Junior Hemingway.

The rookie doesn't just come with quick feet, he's quick witted as well.

"I'm very excited, I can't wait to see them. I'm going to give them a big hug all of them from me."

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