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It wasn’t exactly like they were being treated as commodities, but it had a similar feeling. Their times in a 40-yard dash. Heights, weights and bench press numbers. All boiled down into what each guy could do to help the Chiefs win more than two games this season.
“The things they talk about _ how practice went, how this guy needs to play, do this more _ all that kind of stuff, that’s eye-opening,” Reed told The Associated Press. “You don’t hear that on the field, but once you get the whole staff together, it’s a little more intense.”
Reed has been working with the Chiefs throughout training camp as a coaching intern, imparting his knowledge on an impressionable young group of wide receivers. He basically had his pick of where he wanted to work, Reed said, but new Chiefs coach Andy Reid made the decision easy.
“Well, first of all he should be in the Hall of Fame. I’m sure he’ll be in there pretty quick,” Reid said. “But he’s interested in coaching, so this is a nice introduction for players.”
At times, Reed looks like he could still play the game.
During one 11-on-11 session, wide receiver Dexter McCluster caught a long pass over the middle of the field and then sprinted to the end zone, just like he’d been taught. When McCluster crossed the goal line, Reed was waiting there to jump up and bump chests with him.
“We have a different relationship,” McCluster explained, “because that guy has been there and had success. I think with that, you’re better off.”
The former fourth-round pick quickly established himself with the Bills and became a favorite target of Jim Kelly. Together, they helped lead Buffalo to four straight Super Bowls _ losing each time _ and formed one of the best pass-catch combinations of their generation.
So it’s not as if he doesn’t have some knowledge to lend the Chiefs.
“Well, when I came in as a rookie in `85, it was a guy named Jerry Butler who really took me under his wing,” Reed said of the former Bills wide receiver, who went on to become a successful coach and front-office executive after his own playing days.
“He saw something in me, in my eyes,” Reed said. “I look at these kids in the eye and can see what their mentality is. He took me under his wing and I’ll tell you, I just followed the guy like a little kid holding a helmet, I followed that guy. Everything he did, I wanted to be like that. That’s what these kids have to do, find somebody and really do your craft.”
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