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Chiefs' Rice 'learned so much' from off-field incidents

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice addressed his off-field issues for the first time Saturday, saying he's improving as a person after a tumultuous offseason.

Rice was arrested in April on eight felony charges stemming from a multi-car crash in Dallas. The 24-year-old was also involved in an alleged assault at a Dallas nightclub in May. Police recently said he won't face charges for the latter incident.

"I've learned so much from that," Rice said, according to ESPN. "All I can do is mature and continue to grow from that. This is a step in a better direction for me."

He added: "Accidents and stuff like that happen, but all you can do is move forward and walk around being the same person, try to be positive so that everybody can feel your love and your great energy."

The Chiefs drafted Rice in the second round last year. The SMU product finished his rookie season with 79 receptions for 938 yards and a team-high seven touchdowns. He helped K.C. win its second straight Super Bowl, catching six passes and 39 yards in the Big Game.

Rice has participated in the team's OTAs this year and is expected to be at Kansas City's three-day minicamp this week.

The Chiefs added to their wide receiver position this offseason, signing Marquise Brown and using a first-round pick on Xavier Worthy.

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