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Chiefs | Alex Smith encouraged to make big plays

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid isn't afraid to have QB Alex Smith throw the ball downfield often, something he wasn't accustomed to doing during his time as a starter for the San Francisco 49ers. Reid is challenging Smith to be more aggressive without being careless with the football and causing turnovers. "It's a new offense. I would tell any quarterback that comes in new that that's what you need to do. I've told them all that. Go ahead and take your shots and see what you can get away with, within reason. But if it's a close throw, there are going to be a few of those in the National Football League on game day so you need to know what you can get away with on each route," Reid said.

Fantasy Tip: Reid is known for preferring his offenses to stretch the field in the passing game, and although Smith hasn't had much experience with that, he's being groomed to be more of a gambler down the field. We don't expect Smith to become Drew Brees overnight, and Smith's completion percentage will likely suffer, as well as his lack of turnovers, but it might make him a bit more interesting from the fantasy side of things. Right now, continue to consider him a somewhat uninspiring backup choice with the potential to rise.

2013-06-06 10:28:04 | Source: The Kansas City Star - Adam Teicher

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