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Beleaguered Chiefs secondary adjusting to rule changes

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith (21) breaks up a pass intended for running back De’Anthony Thomas (1) during NFL training camp on Aug. 4 in St. Joseph, Mo.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sean Smith backpedalled into the end zone with the scout-team wide receiver, careful not to lay a hand on him. When the quarterback let go of the ball, the Chiefs’ cornerback quickly jumped on it, snapping it away for an easy interception.
It was perfect coverage. Perfect technique.
It was an important play for Smith to make in more ways than one.
Not only is the veteran cornerback trying to win back his starting job in a defensive backfield that is still unsettled, he’s trying to do it while adjusting to the league’s renewed emphasis ...

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