Gaines struggled during his first OTA's as a rookie and ultimately hit a low-point in training camp. He progressed slowly but was thrust into significant playing time because of injuries throughout the season.
“You saw him continue to get better every week during the season last year,’’ coach Andy Reid said. “He hit a low during training camp. Nothing was going right for him for about two days there. He kind of picked himself up from that and whatever it was that took place he just kept getting better from there, from that point.
“He had some good downs for us last year. Now, coming out here, he’s jumped right in and he looks terrific.’’
Gaines recorded 20 tackles in 13 games last season.
Smith is suffering from a lacerated spleen which is expected to keep him out for six weeks.
Other inactives included
The Chiefs are 3-point underdogs.
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