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It’s not bothering me,” Charles said. “I get a couple snaps, get warmed up and just move on to the next preseason game. I think it’s enough (work). I know a lot of people — my fans, people out there like fantasy players — want to see me get more touches, but it doesn’t count right now. It doesn’t matter how many touches I get.

“I know everybody is looking at it and paying attention to it. I’ve played a little bit of time but whatever time they put me in there, I have to respect what the coaches give me. It’s just preseason right now. If they put me in there once, twice, 15, how many plays they want or the whole fourth quarter, it’s just the preseason right now. It really doesn’t count.”

Here are Williamson’s thoughts: “I prefer the Chiefs rushing attack. Their offensive line is just noticeably better. And I think (Jamaal) Charles is the best ball carrier on either team. Plus, their passing game is more dangerous, which helps to free up the running game. Both are excellent, and should continue to be, but I will take Kansas City.”

Weis and quarterback Matt Cassel seemed to have a rapport that made Cassel a more efficient and more confident quarterback. But Weis is gone, and Jim Zorn replaces him — and I’ll cut him slack only because Todd Haley runs this club. Haley did a marvelous job navigating the Chiefs down the stretch last season, overcoming a drubbing in San Diego to win the division. But I was lukewarm about the Chiefs’ draft, I’m a little concerned about their offensive line, and their first-stringers couldn’t stop the run last week vs. St. Louis. Something tells me Kansas City could struggle, particularly early, when the Chiefs play four of their first six on the road — including San Diego, Oakland and Indianapolis.

Defensively, the first-team unit is striving for consistency.

“I think we’ve shown flashes of really good plays on defense – good team defense – but there are little things that we need to cleanup and that’s what the preseason if for,” said LB Derrick Johnson. “I’m glad we don’t start the regular season right during camp because there are things we need to cleanup and we’re doing that now.”

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