Andre Reed giving Chiefs wide receiver new outlook

Perhaps at long last, Reed can be that guy.

One of his biggest challenges has been to connect with Jon Baldwin, the former first-round pick who has yet to prove much in the NFL. He has just 41 catches for 579 yards in his first two seasons.

“He’s a young kid. Young kids really let things stick with them,” Reed said. “It’s how you come back the next play or when you have the next opportunity, that’s what it’s really about.”

It’s not uncommon for former players to return to the game as volunteers, either through the Bill Walsh minority coaching fellowship or simply as a team’s intern.

Former linebacker Al Simmons helped out the Titans over the summer, and longtime Steelers safety Rod Woodson has been helping out in Pittsburgh. Defensive end Kenechi Udeze, who was forced to retire early because of leukemia, is getting into coaching with the Vikings.

“Coaching is a passion of mine, and it’s something that I definitely want to do for a very long time,” Udeze said, echoing sentiments expressed by Reed. “I just want to stay in it.”

Reed doesn’t know how long he’ll help out the Chiefs, or whether his stint may someday turn into a full-time job. But for now, he’s back on the simmering practice fields of training camp, getting a fresh perspective on a game he’s been around his entire life.

“I’m just going to go off my experience when I played. Whether or not that’s good or the best thing, that’s up to the player to get out of me,” he said. “That’s why I think I can succeed there, or anywhere, is just to give them the experiences I had in a different situation.”

Notes: Kansas City signed DB Semaj Moody and waived DB Conroy Black prior to Tuesday’s practice. … The Chiefs announced that they intend to use each of their four quarterbacks for a quarter in Friday night’s preseason opener at New Orleans. Everyone who’s healthy will play.

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