KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jeremy Maclin caught just three passes for 17 yards but he was still a factor for the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday’s win over the Denver Broncos. At no time was it more evident than on Charcandrick West's 80-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter.
Maclin hustled downfield to throw a block on Broncos safety T.J. Ward just before West crossed into the end zone. The play, though clean, still irritated Ward to the point he took a swing at Maclin as the play came to an end.
Ward was penalized and thrown out of the game.
The play was indicative of what the Chiefs get with Maclin beyond catches, yards and touchdowns.
“Jeremy is a feisty guy and a confident guy," said Andy Reid, who previously coached Maclin with the Philadelphia Eagles. “That part can carry over to other people. He’s going to play hard. You saw it in his blocking yesterday, not just on the one where (Ward) got ejected from the game but on some of the other plays. You saw him downfield blocking people. That’s how he rolls. He’s going to play the whole play. He plays aggressive, tough. He’s not going to back down from anybody."