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Chiefs return to training camp, focused on preseason improvement

Posted at 7:00 PM, Aug 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-12 00:48:43-04

St. Joseph, Mo. -- The saying goes, "practice makes perfect," and the Kansas City Chiefs were far from perfect on Thursday, so it's back to training camp Saturday. 

After the loss to the Houston Texans Thursday, some fans liked what they saw and others have concerns. Saturday, Coach Andy Reid and players were addressing them, saying the team has a few things to work on before the next preseason game in Atlanta. 

"There's some good things, there were some things we need to work on. The effort was good, we just have to clean up some of the fundamental things," said Reid. 

Coach Reid said going into the first preseason game, there was no set game plan. He said most teams during the preseason focus on running the ball, but the Chiefs did things differently. 

"My idea was to get some reps trying to throw the football and so, get Pat a little full live contact there, get the offensive line some live contact," said Reid. 

Though, not happy with the outcome, players said they look at preseason games as a glorified practice. 

"Every chance we get to step on the football field is a chance to get better, you know what I mean, whether it's out here or its out on the playing field with a different team," said Mitch Morse, Center. 

Thursday night, the starters weren't in the game long. Patrick Mahomes played two possessions. He was sacked once and hit multiple times, finishing 5-of-7 for 33 yards. 

Saturday, the team watched the game film. 

"Yeah, they'll see the tape today, have a chance to study it and see where need to improve, but overall the effort was good," said Reid. 

Last year, the Chiefs season came to an end with a loss to the Tennessee Titans in the playoffs. Right now, the team is focused on improving during the preseason, and they're also counting down the days until the 2018 season home opener. 

"We didn't finish and ever since then, Coach Reid has been all about finishing and the team has been all about finishing and I feel like that's what we're going to do this year. It's all a mindset, like if you don't want to do it, we don't want you out there," said Reggie Ragland, Linebacker. 

Morse also added he's excited for Friday's game in Atlanta to get a few more reps in with Mahomes.