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Ford can still be an asset to Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Ask and you shall receive. Shortly after I suggested the Kansas City Chiefs need to get more from their first-round draft pick, coach Andy Reid said linebacker Dee Ford would get more work.

“Dee Ford probably didn’t have enough snaps,’’ Reid said. “We’ve got to work him into the rotation and do a better job there, which we’ll do.’’

Ford played just three snaps on defense in Sunday’s 26-10 season-opening loss to the Tennessee Titans. Ford also was in for two plays on special teams.

Pass rush is hardly the Chiefs’ biggest problem right now. They sacked Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker four times on Sunday.

But the Chiefs are desperate for playmakers. They need someone who can make a game-turning play before their season spirals out of control.

Ford is capable of making that happen. The Chiefs don’t have to take Tamba Hali or Justin Houston out of their lineup to put Ford in.

Ford didn’t play more against the Titans because he looked lost in the preseason against the run and in pass coverage.

That’s OK. He’s converting to outside linebacker from defensive end in college. The Chiefs expected a transition period for him, particularly in coverage.

“He’s getting better in the run game,’’ Reid said. “Right now, his strength is the pass game, but he’s getting better. There are some things you can do rotationally there where he gets in and has an opportunity to play.’’

Te Chiefs were eager to use a 255-pounder who’s a good athlete on special teams. But Ford has been deficient in that area, too.

“That’s not necessarily his strongest point,’’ Reid said.