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Brandon Marshall Hopes to Play in KC

As the Green & White Wrap Up Preparations for the Chiefs, We Deliver 5 Takeaways Heading into the Weekend


Final Injury Report**: Both LG James Carpenter (calf) and WR Eric Decker (shoulder) were full participants at practice and they are expected to play Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. WR Brandon Marshall (knee/foot) and LB David Harris (shoulder) were limited and LB Erin Henderson (foot) did not practice. Those three players are all questionable for Week 3 action and Marshall, who is hopeful he can play, could be a game-time decision.

"I guess Saturday is more to see how I respond from the few reps I was able to get today, more treatment. Then Sunday I have to be able to show Coach that I can be an asset and not a liability out there," Marshall told the media. "As far as today, obviously I'm not where I want to be, but the good thing is there's still time. I have to be smart, it's a long season. Although it's tough thinking about not playing, it could be a possibility."

Room for Improvement: The Jets have a number of positive early trends, but head coach Todd Bowles said his club can get better in a number or areas including communication on both sides of the ball, the return game, the big play on defense and overall chemistry.

"This is game two," Bowles said. "You have to work the kinks out and try to win while you're doing it, but we have to get better at a lot things."

West Coast Attack: Harris, who has 11 tackles and has started 118 consecutive regular-season contests, says the Chiefs will take their shots downfield when there are seams.  Kansas City will move TE Travis Kelce around, WR Jeremy Maclin can get vertical and WR Chris Conley has some freakish athletic ability as well.

"You could say that because Kelce is a monster tight end. He's very underrated," Harris said. "He doesn't get the credit he deserves because there are so many great tight ends in this league, but he's one of them. Maclin, everyone knows what he can do even from his days in Philadelphia. He's a deep threat, good hands, big play ability, so we have our hands full."

Martin Returns to KC: After two games, former Chiefs LB Josh Martin is leading the Jets special teams with four tackles. Martin, an undrafted free agent from Columbia who broke into the NFL with the Chiefs in 2013, is being used everywhere by new coordinator Brant Boyer.

"I pretty much do it all. I block for punts, I block for punt returns, I cover kicks, I front-line block on kickoff returns, I'm on field goal block," he said. "I do everything, whatever they need me to do."

The 6'3", 245-pounder still keeps in contact with Chiefs 'backers Tamba Hali and Frank Zombo, but he said there wasn't much discussion this week. He'll be the visitor come Sunday when the Jets come into town searching for a second consecutive road victory.

"I want to be the guy they know they can count on. If a tackle needs to be made at the end of a game to close out games or pin offenses back in their territory or prevent them from scoring a last minute-touchdown, I want to be that guy," he said. "If no one else makes a tackle, Josh will make the tackle and prevent everything from going wrong."

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Lee's Learning Curve: As our Randy Lange wrote about this week, rookie linebacker Darron Lee has played in more than three-quarters of the defense's plays the first two games. Lee, who is tied for the team lead with 12 tackles, could start in the base this week alongside Harris as Henderson remains on the mend.

"Your eyes are the most important thing to a linebacker, you have to trust your eyes and react to what you see. That's something that he's learning and coming along with," Harris said of Lee. "He's seeing plays run in this league that he hasn't seen at a college level. I tell people all the time the biggest difference between college and the NFL is not the physical ability, it's the mental. How fast can you react? Your reaction time is different, it's a lot faster in the NFL."

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