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Hands off! DBs must retool strategies

Crackdown on illegal contact has defenders cringing, receivers licking their chops

Originally Published: August 11, 2014
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Before Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith ever opened his mouth, his eyes darted to his left to find a pair of shoulder pads, discarded by receiver Dwayne Bowe, crashing into a nearby equipment cart. Smith thought he was taking time after a recent training camp practice to talk to a reporter about the league's latest hot topic -- the new emphasis officials are placing on defensive holding and illegal contact -- but he quickly became part of an improvised skit engineered ...

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