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“Our mind-set going into that game was just to be dominant,” said McClain, one of those additions from Baltimore. “That was our thing. That’s what I’m trying to bring over here, that physical mentality every play, pass plays or running plays.”

“Some of that buddy up stuff that I’ve done is important because they haven’t lifted together and got to know each other maybe quite the same way; specifically, the new guys on the team, young and old,” Haley said. “They haven’t got to know each other and maybe develop some of those relationships to the point where they’d be. We’re trying to facilitate that as much as we can as coaches.”

Q: Is Derrick Johnson faster this year?

HALEY: “I definitely think that Derrick is. This is a big year for him, also. He obviously was a big part of a lot of good things last year, but I don’t think you’ve seen the top end of Derrick. I think he has his mind set that he wants to show everyone even more. Here, the last few days specifically, I’ve seen him really take a step, and you start to see 56 a little more than we were early on. Again, I think that that’s a good sign for us.”

The Chiefs coaching staff is thrilled to have Gregg. He has been a standout at camp and is a standout run stuffer. He solidifies the Chiefs’ defensive front. Kansas City was looking for a nose tackle since before the lockout, and when Gregg was a salary-cap casualty in Baltimore, the Chiefs jumped on him.

Gregg helps fill a leadership void left after linebacker Mike Vrabel retired. He has taken to the role well and his presence in the young defensive-line meeting room has been welcome, coaches say.

“I’m happy to be a leader,” Gregg said. “I had a lot of guys in Baltimore help me over the years, so now it’s my turn to help the young guys here. It’s easy because they are all good players.”

“There may be games where we say, ‘Hey, we can hang this ball up and try to get it to come down and the goal line and maybe we feel comfortable trying to get them inside the 20,’” Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop said. “And then there may be times — obviously every returner is dangerous — but there may be times where, ‘You know what? We don’t want to mess with this guy. Let’s try to line drive it out of the end zone.’”

“I most definitely didn’t come just to watch camp,” Ayodele said. “I came to show them what I could do and make the roster, and then after that just keep getting better and better every day. I try to be a smart guy and learn from some of the vets like Glenn Dorsey. I made sure outside today I asked him a few questions, and Kelly Gregg really helped me out a lot just telling me stuff.

“Every team has their own style of ball, and it’s about doing what they want. Everybody has a different technique in the 3-4 scheme they’ve got, everything is a little different. But it’s a big family out here. Everybody is really cool. You feel like you get a lot of Southern love.”

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