Speaking with the Enemy: KC Chiefs

In Speaking with the Enemy this week, ChiefsDigest.com's Herbie Teope - a partner of the Topeka-Capital Journal - answers questions on how former UW star Marcus Peters is acclimating to Andy Reid (both pictured), what the Seahawks can expect from Kansas City's fearsome defensive front and more!

When the opportunity to converse with insightful editors of other team-oriented sites arises, SeahawkFootball.com will take full advantage. As crazy as it might sound, fans of other NFL teams are just as passionate for their club as the 12s are for the Seahawks. In Speaking with the Enemy, we'll share three Questions and Answers with the editors from this week's opponent.

This week, we exchanged questions and answers with my long-time friend and trusted NFL insider Herbie Teope, the Chiefs beat writer for ChiefsDigest.com, a partner of The The Topeka Capital-Journal

Here are my questions and Herbie's answers:

1. How has Jeremy Maclin acclimated to Kansas City's offense with Alex Smith at the helm? Does Maclin look like the legitimate No. 1 WR anticipated??

Jeremy Maclin has acclimated well because he has experience in the scheme from his time with coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia. Outside of adjusting to language differences, it's all the same and Maclin has enjoyed a seamless transition so far. He and quarterback Alex Smith have built chemistry since OTAs and it carried into training camp. He is a legitimate wide receiver in a Reid-coached scheme, but don't look for a repeat of his gaudy 2014 season in Chip Kelly's offense. Keep in mind Reid has produced just three 1,000-yard wide receivers during his head coaching career and they all came in Philadelphia: Terrell Owens (2004), Kevin Curtis (2007), DeSean Jackson (2009-10).

2. There is a lot of interest from the Seattle area in former University of Washington star Marcus Peters. How is his adjustment to the NFL going?

Rookie cornerback Marcus Peters is everything the Chiefs expected him to be after selecting him with the 18th overall pick during May's draft. He repeatedly made plays throughout training camp and the Chiefs have given Peters first-team repetitions at left cornerback, while shifting second-year pro Phillip Gaines to right cornerback, which is Sean Smith's spot. Smith is serving a three-game suspension to start the season, and the Chiefs are preparing personnel groupings. Peters is very much a large part of the plan.

3. KC's defensive front seven sounds frightening for a Seahawks OL that allowed seven sacks a week ago to Denver. How have the trio of Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and Dee Ford looked thus far? Can Seattle expect to see all three on the field at the same time this week?

The front seven is missing a key piece in defensive tackle Dontari Poe, who didn't participate in training camp while recovering from back surgery. Don't expect the Chiefs to fully unleash a defensive game plan when considering this is a preseason game, and it wouldn't surprise if defensive coordinator Bob Sutton played it straight up with starters before that unit gives way to the backups. The Chiefs have a lot of personnel they want to evaluate, and preseason offers the best chance before final roster cuts. As to Houston, Hali and Ford, they've looked just fine. Ford, who missed a few days of camp practices while recovering from a concussion, returned to play in the preseason opener. He has been lining up mostly with the second-team defense, but has seen reps with the first-team to offer Hali a rest.

Again, much thanks to Chiefs beat writer Herbie Teope of ChiefsDigest.com, a partner of The The Topeka Capital-Journal

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