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2019 Schedule
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Training camp MVPs for all 32 NFL teams

NFL Nation tabs Mr. Training Camp for every team, from the reigning Defensive Player of the Year to a potential quarterback of the future.

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.

Chiefs' 2nd rounder snags a TD (0:16)

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.

Which NFL contenders have the biggest roster gap to fill? (1:48)

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chiefs' speed at wide receiver with Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson has been evident at training camp. Here's Travis Kelce on what that speed allows the Chiefs to do.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

His impressive training camp and preseason debut has earned sixth-round draft pick Darwin Thompson a longer look from the Chiefs with the first-team offense. Thompson split time at running back in a goal-line drill with the starter, Damien Williams. None of the other backs received a snap during the drill. Thompson, at 5-8 and 200 pounds, doesn't have classic size for a short-yardage and goal-line back but he's been difficult for opponents to bring down. “He's a strong runner,'' running backs coach Deland McCullough said. “He's got a great center of gravity. He's a guy that can get skinny and get up through some holes, too. More importantly, he's done some things to warrant that opportunity to get some reps with the (starters). He showed some flashes in the last game. The staple of what he'll be is how he continues to build. Thus far, I've been very happy.'' Thompson rushed for 22 yards on five carries and caught a 29-yard touchdown pass in last week's preseason opener against the Bengals. "I proved a little bit,'' Thompson said. “I proved that 5-foot-8, (200 pounds) can play in the NFL. I can break tackles. I can do the same things I did in college. Let me build on top of that. That's not the best of me. I'm going to keep getting better every day''

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Patrick Mahomes to Tyreek Hill for a TD in 7-on-7 this morning

Graziano: Best value for NFL teams is good QBs on rookie deals (1:13)

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Andy Reid compared Mecole Hardman to Tyreek Hill as a rookie.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Andy Reid on recently signed CB Mo Claiborne, who practiced with Chiefs for the first time on Monday.

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