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Alex’s personality and mentality has just been even-keeled,” Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said. “He doesn’t get too high or too low and that’s great for a quarterback.”

Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who will go through similar emotions when he leads his new team into Philadelphia in September, didn’t sound concerned that a game oozing with such intrigue _ albeit a preseason game _ would distract Smith as he prepares for the regular season.

“I think he’ll handle it,” Reid said. “He’s going to know a lot of people, obviously. There will be that part of it, guys he hasn’t seen for a few months here. But once it’s all said and done, it’s playing the game, and I think he’ll handle that fine.”

Smith handled it just fine in the Chiefs‘ preseason opener against New Orleans, when his only incompletion on a touchdown drive was a ball thrown away.

The Saints defense was ghastly last season, though. So aside from any personal feelings about San Francisco, preseason game No. 2 should give Smith and the rest of the Kansas City offense a better barometer of their progress against one of the league’s stingiest units.

“Regardless of if I used to play there, they’re a good defensive unit. They’re a really good defensive unit,” Smith said, “and they’ll be a good test for us. They don’t have too many weaknesses on that side of the ball. It’ll be a really good test for us.”