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The former LSU running back is looking to catch on with the Chiefs

One cut. That’s all it took to see what the fuss was all about. 

During a team period Sunday afternoon at Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp, former LSU running back Darrel Williams, who had signed as a college free agent a few days’ prior, took a handoff off the left side of the offensive line, and then  Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey about eight yards down the field, Williams planted his left foot and cut back to the right, accelerating through a running lane and into the open field.

It was athleticism. 

It was vision. 

It was impressive.

And it also caused an audible gasp from many of the other players and the coaches on the field, which is impressive on its own considering these practices aren’t in pads and there’s no contact allowed. Most of the flashy plays that get remembered from these practices are by the receivers and defensive backs, and so for a running back to turn heads and cause some jaws to drop a bit—says everything. 

The following day after the conclusion of the minicamp, Williams easily remembered the cut upon the first mention of a “play” he made on Sunday.

“Yeah, it was in team,” he said, smiling. “I remember that one.”

Williams, who ranked as one of the legend Gil Brandt’s top undrafted free agent players available at the conclusion of the 2018 NFL Draft, was one of 68 play Marco Estrada Canada Day Jersey ers to take the field during the Chiefs’ three-day minicamp, which included all six draft picks this year, the 14 undrafted free agents (like Williams) who recently signed, a number of tryout guys and a handful of eligible players who spent time with the Chiefs last year. 

“It was truly a blessing,” Williams said of the opportunity to put on NFL attire for the first time. “My dream is finally coming true, and I’ve got to take advantage of every opportunity I get because where I come from, not everybody gets these opportunities.”

As a high school senior at John Ehret High School in Monroe, Louisiana, Williams was rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 2 running back in the state—rushing for 2,201 yards and 32 touchdowns.

The player who ranked above him that year? Leonard Fournette.

But despite Fournette—the No. 4 overall pick in last year’s draft and one of the best running back prospects in the league over the past few years—also choosing LSU out of high school, that didn’t dissuade Williams from attending his “dream school” of LSU—even if it meant taking a secondary role. 

Williams enters a situation in Kansas City in which there’s also a lot of talent in the backfield. 

Last year, Kareem Hunt led the league in rushing as a rookie. Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West have taken lead roles at different times during their tenures with the Chiefs, and general manager Brett Veach still went out and signed both Kerwynn Williams and Damien Williams this offseason to add even more competition. Both of those guys also have NFL experience. 

“I just felt like it was the best fit for me,” Williams said of his decision to sign to the Chiefs. “They’ve got a great group of running backs here, and I was going to be able to come in and compete for a spot and try to make the team.”

Williams, who had his choice of where to sign, specifically cited his relationship with Chiefs’ running backs’ coach Deland McCullough, which began with a meeting at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, last January, as another reason for his decision. 

“I’ve been talking to him since the Senior Bowl,” Williams said of his relationship with McCollough. “The bond we have is one of a kind—it’s like he’s been coaching me for years. It’s just been a great experience.”

Williams wasn’t a household name in a deep running back class this year because most of the attention went to his other LSU teammate—Derrius Guice, who took over as the starter after Fournette and who many experts thought would be selected in the first round of this year’s draft. 

Guice was eventually taken in the second round (No. 59 overall) by the Washington Redskins. 

“He got overlooked (at LSU) because of Leonard Fournette, because of Derrius Guice,” CBS Sports’ draft analyst Dane Brugler, who mentioned Williams as a player he liked during our Facebook Live show at the NFL Scouting Combine last February and had a fourth-round grade on him, e Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey xplained. “He got put into the starting lineup last year and didn’t miss a beat.”

In his first season with significant action, Williams, who was described to Brugler by an LSU assistant coach as a “humble leader,” averaged 5.7 yards per carry after carrying the ball 145 times for 820 yards with nine touchdowns last year. He had a total of 176 carries in the three previous seasons combined.

Williams measures in at an impressive 5-feet-11 and 225 pounds and one of the most intriguing things about him is the fact that he had to learn a whole new offense last year under LSU’s new offensive coordinator—Matt Canada, who made running backs catching the ball out of the backfield a bigger part of their offense. 

And it fit Williams well—even with his size. He finished last season with 23 catches out of the backfield for 331 yards (14.4 ypr), which is impressive for a guy that’s mainly noted for his abilities as a North and South runner. 

In fact, Brugler mentioned in his scouting report that Williams finished last year with six offensive plays of at least 35 yards and that Guice only had two with 87 more offensive touches. 

Last year, Williams also became the first player in LSU history to have at least 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game (Ole Miss). 

“He’s so reliable,” Brugler added of Williams. “He’s a no-nonsense guy. He’s going to square his shoulders to the line of scrimmage and he’s going to pound the rock. He had one fumble in his entire career and that came his freshman season, plus he recovered it, which is exactly the same as Kareem Hunt. Hunt had one fumble his entire career at Toledo, and it came as a freshman and he recovered it.”

Williams cited the Senior Bowl as a place he really felt like he showed everyone what he could do catching the ball out of the backfield. 

“It’s definitely a skill that doesn’t get enough credit, especially with the bigger guys because usually, we think of the smaller scat backs being the pass catchers,” Brugler noted. “But Williams came into the year with single-digit receptions in each of the first few seasons at LSU, and he got better in that area. It wasn’t just dink and dunk, I mean he had chunk receptions. He averaged over 14-yards a catch, so it wasn’t just in the screen game. 

“I think just the fact that he earned the team’s MVP honor while on a team loaded with a lot of talent should tell you exactly what he meant to the LSU offense this year.”

Williams prides himself on being an all-around player.

“I can do whatever—block, come out of the backfield and catch, give you that long touchdown run, or give you that short yardage—third-and-1, fourth-and-1 carry—whatever you need, I can do.”

Brugler spoke about Williams’ potential opportunity with the Chiefs. 

“It seems like a pretty stacked depth chart,” Brugler said. “It’s crowded but going into training camp there’s going to be plenty of opportunities, and I like his chances. He’s a reliable guy and what he showed as a senior—he waited his turn and didn’t transfer—didn’t look to get out of there. He waited for his turn and when he got his opportunity, he made the most of it.”

The fact that Williams waited and worked at LSU and made sure he was ready whenever his time did come, and that he didn’t shy away from that, is a character trait that should translate well over the NFL level, particularly with a group of running backs in Kansas City that have had some success at this level. 

“He’s not looking to rock the boat or he’s not going to complain about playing time,” Brugler added. “He’s going to just put his head down, work, and when his opportunity comes he’s going to try and take advantage of it.”

Five Observations from Day Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey 2 of Chiefs Rookie Minicamp

News and notes from Saturday’s minicamp practice

The second day of Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp is in the books, and it was another perfect day to be outside and watch a little football. 

There were barely any clouds and the temperature hovered in the mid-80s. 

Chiefs Minicamp Roster | Meet the Chiefs’ 14 UDFAs | Day 1 Recap 

Here are five things that stood out from pra Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey ctice:

1.     It was a great day for Gehrig Dieter

The five guys who spent time with the Chiefs last year who are at minicamp this weekend, which include receivers Gehrig Dieter, Marcus Kemp, and Brandon Shippen, along with offensive linemen Andrew Wylie and safety Jordan Sterns, have a distinct advantage because they know what’s going on. 

They know the playbook, the speed of practice, and what’s expected of them.

That was apparent Saturday afternoon as Dieter—specifically—had a great day. He always seemed to be open and showed great hands on a number of contested catches at all levels of the field. 

Former Marshall quarterback Chase Litton, who was one of the 14 undrafted free agents already signed by the Chiefs, threw Dieter a few great passes, including sandwiching one between a couple of defenders that had Dieter elevate above them and high-point the ball down the middle of the field in team drills. 

A bit earlier in practice, Dieter also made a nice shoestring catch across the middle. 

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In addition to Dieter, one of the intriguing guys to watch as the offseason workouts progress is safety Jordan Sterns, who was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list on August 5, 2017.

Sterns was one of the intriguing college free agent signings last year—finishing his career at Oklahoma State with three-straight seasons with more than 100 total tackles. He also chipped in with five interceptions.

Midway through practice on Saturday, Sterns intercepted a deflected pass and took it the other way for the defense. Not long after that, Sterns undercut a route out in the flat and nearly had a pick-six for the defense.

While he still broke up the pass and killed the play, Sterns owed his teammates pushups for not catching the ball.

3.     Best throw of the day goes from Litton to Kemp

Late in practice during a 9-on-7 session, Litton dropped back to pass—scanned the field and ultimately chucked one deep down the left sideline to Kemp, who hauled it in for a touchdown play of more than 40 yards. 

The pass hit Kemp in stride and was easily the best throw-and-catch combination of the day. 

4.     Other plays that stood out…

For the most part, the practice on Saturday that had any semblance of competition seemed to be won by the defense, which makes sense considering the offenses at this level are built around timing and precision. 

These guys are still getting used to the play calls, let alone the timing to perform each play with the amount of detail and design required to succeed at this level.

All that said, here are a handful of other memorable moments and plays from Saturday:

–       LSU running back Darrel Williams had a cut back in the open field on a running play that’s worth mentioning. For a bigger-bodied running back at 224 pounds, Williams showed some North-and-South burst after he planted his left foot in the ground and cut back to his right—accelerating into the open field and down the right hash for a substantial gain for the offense.

–       Blake Mack, who is listed as a tight end and is one of the 14 college free agents signed by the Chiefs, is working with the receivers at minicamp. While he technically played tight end at Arkansas State, Mack spent most of his time split out and wasn’t lined up in-line with his hand in the ground much in college. Over the last two days, he’s shown plenty of athleticism for a guy his size (6’2”, 235 lbs).  

–       Oregon cornerback Arrion Springs had a few nice pass breakups on the day. He was co Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey nsistently on the receivers’ hip and didn’t seem to let a receiver get anything easy. 

–       Georgia Tech cornerback Step Durham (5’9”, 192 lbs) had a nice pass breakup on a slant across the middle during team drills, and whether he knew it or not—he celebrated by giving the incomplete pass signal directly in the direction of the entire Chiefs’ personnel staff, which was huddled Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey  together on the far sideline.

–       Chiefs’ sixth-round pick Tremon Smith—the speedy cornerback out of Central Arkansas—had a nice interception along the far sideline late in practice. 

–       The Chiefs’ other sixth-round pick, offensive guard Kahlil McKenzie out of Tennessee, is as advertised when it comes to his athleticism at his size (6’3”, 320 lbs). He’s moving well at left guard for the Chiefs.

–       Finally, for the second-straight day, Villanova cornerback Malik Reaves found a way to make a few plays in coverage as well.

5.     Armani Watts didn’t practice

The Chiefs’ fourth-round pick—safety Armani Watts out of Texas A&M—didn’t practice on Saturday and was seen on the sideline without a helmet. 

After practice, the local media was told that Chiefs’ head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder held Watts out of practice. 

Coach Andy Reid is expected to give an update on Watts Monday afternoon when he speaks with the media at the conclusion of rookie minicamp.

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The Chiefs have their rookie minicamp this weekend

On a night that’s full of congratulations from all the people who were a part of their journeys—from family and friends to coaches and teammates—a few of the Kansas City Chiefs’ rookies said they heard from one current veteran Chiefs’ player on draft night as well. 

Linebacker Reggie Ragland made it a point to reach out to the newest Chiefs just as soon as he could.

“He was just saying welcome to the team, welcome to the family,” Chiefs’ rookie outside linebacker Breeland Speaks explained. “You could just tell he’s ready to get out there.”

Derrick Nnadi—the Chiefs’ third-round pick out of Florida State—said Ragland gave him a ride to Wal Mart the other day because he needed to pick up some water. 

And another Chiefs’ rookie—linebacker Dorian O’Daniel, who was taken with Marco Estrada Canada Day Jersey  the last pick in the third round—said his conversation with Ragland went beyond a quick text back and forth.

“He just said, ‘Congrats, man. Let’s work,’” O’Daniel explained. “And just right off the bat, I was like, ‘Dang, like I really appreciate that because it’s not every day that a starter for an NFL team is going to reach out to a rookie and take him under their wing like that. 

“It said a lot about the culture that’s already here in Kansas City and what type of players they have in the locker room—to reach out to a young guy like that.”

Ragland, who is working towards a bigger leadership role this season, joined the team last August after coming over in a trade with the Buffalo Bills. He was coming off a season-ending knee injury suffered his rookie year but looks to be healthy heading into an NFL season for the first time in his career. 

During their initial conversation, Ragland mentioned to O’Daniel that he could reach out if he needed anything, and O’Daniel quickly took advantage of it, and soon realized—if he hadn’t already known—that it wasn’t just lip service.

“When I started getting ready to come out here, I Facetimed him and was talking about l Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey ittle questions I had for the defense, and he was just trying to break it down for me,” O’Daniel said  Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey of Ragland. “And not even just the defense, but the culture here and how the team is in the locker room, and how coach Reid is and everything. 

“I just really appreciated that because you hear about it all the time—it’s not like that everywhere you go.”

For O’Daniel, who already had former fellow Clemson alums Jarvis Jenkins and Sammy Watkins reach out and congratulate him as well, the opportunity to join a team that has a specific plan for him means a lot as well. 

On draft night, Chiefs’ general manager Brett Veach was very candid about the role they want O’Daniel to fill, and it’s not necessarily one that you’d find on a traditional depth chart. He’s a hybrid safety-linebacker and has the athleticism to cover ground and the size to match up well with bigger-bodied players, so there’s a role for him in obvious passing situations. 

“It means a lot because going through this process that was definitely something I was concerned about because if I went somewhere that they didn’t necessarily have a plan for me—I could have gotten lost in the sauce,” O’Daniel explained. “And for me, that was kind of the problem when I first went to Clemson, they didn’t have a particular plan for me because they didn’t know where to put me—Mike, Will, or Sam—and so for the Chiefs to have a specific plan, I’m just happy because it says a lot about what they think of me as a player.”

And with guys like Ragland, the obvious-Eric Berry and others on that Chiefs’ defense leading the way, there’s a lot of reason to be optimistic about this defense moving forward.

Kareem Hunt, Mitch Morse Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey and Others Encourage Special Needs Youth with Play 60 Clinic

A handful of players and ambassadors led a Play 60 clinic for nearly 80 kids on Monday

Sports have a way of bringing a certain joy to a person’s life, no matter their circumstances.

A handful of Kansas City Chiefs’ players and ambassadors, including running back Kareem Hunt and center Mitc Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey h Morse, delivered that sentiment to nearly 80 special needs youth on Monday as part of a Play 60 clinic at Van Brunt Athletic Fields Park.

The event, which emphasized the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle, featured a variety of football-related drills that got the kids up and moving.

“Play 60 is really a special deal,” Morse said. “You always want to get kids up and active, especially in the age of technology, and (to do so) with the special needs community is someth Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey ing that’s truthfully meaningful to me. Every chance I get to do that, I’ll take it.”

The players’ presence led to plenty of excitement throughout the afternoon.

“There’s a lot of energy out here,” Hunt said. “It’s been fun spending the afternoon with them. They can’t control (that they have special needs), and they don’t always get the same opportunities as everybody else, so we just wanted to come out here and put smiles on their faces to the best of our ability.”

Joining Hunt and Morse at the clinic were running back Spencer Ware, wide receiver Nelson Spruce, offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson and Chiefs Ambassadors Shawn Barber and Dave Lindstrom.

The event was held in partnership with the Recreation Council of Greater Kansas City (RCGKC), which strives to enhance the quality of life for those dealing with physical or intellectual disabilities through increased participation in recreation and leisure opportunities.  

“We want to make sure that there’s inclusive events for people from all walks of life,” said Alicia Smith, President of the RCGKC. “Having the players here brings an opportunity right to the kids’ backyard. They can realize that reaching their goals is attainable.”

That desire to break through societal barriers was evident on Monday.  

“A lot of people have probably told them that they can’t do certain things, but they’re out here and doing everything that everyone else is doing,” Hunt said. “They fit right in.”

To learn more about the Recreation Council of Greater Kansas City, visit its website.

Five Observations from Day Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey 2 of Chiefs Rookie Minicamp

News and notes from Saturday’s minicamp practice

The second day of Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp is in the books, and it was another perfect day to be outside and watch a little football. 

There were barely any clouds and the temperature hovered in the mid-80s. 

Chiefs Minicamp Roster | Meet the Chiefs’ 14 UDFAs | Day 1 Recap 

Here are five things that stood out from pra Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey ctice:

1.     It was a great day for Gehrig Dieter

The five guys who spent time with the Chiefs last year who are at minicamp this weekend, which include receivers Gehrig Dieter, Marcus Kemp, and Brandon Shippen, along with offensive linemen Andrew Wylie and safety Jordan Sterns, have a distinct advantage because they know what’s going on. 

They know the playbook, the speed of practice, and what’s expected of them.

That was apparent Saturday afternoon as Dieter—specifically—had a great day. He always seemed to be open and showed great hands on a number of contested catches at all levels of the field. 

Former Marshall quarterback Chase Litton, who was one of the 14 undrafted free agents already signed by the Chiefs, threw Dieter a few great passes, including sandwiching one between a couple of defenders that had Dieter elevate above them and high-point the ball down the middle of the field in team drills. 

A bit earlier in practice, Dieter also made a nice shoestring catch across the middle. 

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In addition to Dieter, one of the intriguing guys to watch as the offseason workouts progress is safety Jordan Sterns, who was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list on August 5, 2017.

Sterns was one of the intriguing college free agent signings last year—finishing his career at Oklahoma State with three-straight seasons with more than 100 total tackles. He also chipped in with five interceptions.

Midway through practice on Saturday, Sterns intercepted a deflected pass and took it the other way for the defense. Not long after that, Sterns undercut a route out in the flat and nearly had a pick-six for the defense.

While he still broke up the pass and killed the play, Sterns owed his teammates pushups for not catching the ball.

3.     Best throw of the day goes from Litton to Kemp

Late in practice during a 9-on-7 session, Litton dropped back to pass—scanned the field and ultimately chucked one deep down the left sideline to Kemp, who hauled it in for a touchdown play of more than 40 yards. 

The pass hit Kemp in stride and was easily the best throw-and-catch combination of the day. 

4.     Other plays that stood out…

For the most part, the practice on Saturday that had any semblance of competition seemed to be won by the defense, which makes sense considering the offenses at this level are built around timing and precision. 

These guys are still getting used to the play calls, let alone the timing to perform each play with the amount of detail and design required to succeed at this level.

All that said, here are a handful of other memorable moments and plays from Saturday:

–       LSU running back Darrel Williams had a cut back in the open field on a running play that’s worth mentioning. For a bigger-bodied running back at 224 pounds, Williams showed some North-and-South burst after he planted his left foot in the ground and cut back to his right—accelerating into the open field and down the right hash for a substantial gain for the offense.

–       Blake Mack, who is listed as a tight end and is one of the 14 college free agents signed by the Chiefs, is working with the receivers at minicamp. While he technically played tight end at Arkansas State, Mack spent most of his time split out and wasn’t lined up in-line with his hand in the ground much in college. Over the last two days, he’s shown plenty of athleticism for a guy his size (6’2”, 235 lbs).  

–       Oregon cornerback Arrion Springs had a few nice pass breakups on the day. He was co Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey nsistently on the receivers’ hip and didn’t seem to let a receiver get anything easy. 

–       Georgia Tech cornerback Step Durham (5’9”, 192 lbs) had a nice pass breakup on a slant across the middle during team drills, and whether he knew it or not—he celebrated by giving the incomplete pass signal directly in the direction of the entire Chiefs’ personnel staff, which was huddled Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey  together on the far sideline.

–       Chiefs’ sixth-round pick Tremon Smith—the speedy cornerback out of Central Arkansas—had a nice interception along the far sideline late in practice. 

–       The Chiefs’ other sixth-round pick, offensive guard Kahlil McKenzie out of Tennessee, is as advertised when it comes to his athleticism at his size (6’3”, 320 lbs). He’s moving well at left guard for the Chiefs.

–       Finally, for the second-straight day, Villanova cornerback Malik Reaves found a way to make a few plays in coverage as well.

5.     Armani Watts didn’t practice

The Chiefs’ fourth-round pick—safety Armani Watts out of Texas A&M—didn’t practice on Saturday and was seen on the sideline without a helmet. 

After practice, the local media was told that Chiefs’ head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder held Watts out of practice. 

Coach Andy Reid is expected to give an update on Watts Monday afternoon when he speaks with the media at the conclusion of rookie minicamp.

What We Learned from the Chiefs’ Rookies on Sun Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey day

Offensive Guard Kahlil McKenzie 

Q: How’s your time been in Kansas City so far? 

McKENZIE: “It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve had some good barbecue already so it’s been nice. I love the city already, it’s been beautiful outside, so that’s been a plus. Just getting here, being around the guys, being around the coaches and the facility. Still trying to take everything in, but it’s been awesome so far.” 

Q: What do you know about the gameday experience at Arrowhead? 

McKENZIE: “They tell us a little bit about it. You see, you can kind of get a good feel about what’s going to happen on game day. The parking lot is huge, the stadium looks awesome. You always hear about how loud it is. So those things, you can already tell that it’s going to be a great gameday experience.” 

Q: Have you been warned from your dad about it from his standpoint? 

McKENZIE: “Of course he’s talked about it. He’s talked about the feel of the stadium, how great of a stadium it is, how passionate the fans are and everything like that. So a little bit.”

Q: How did it go on the other side of the ball yesterday? 

McKENZIE: “Just trying to take everything in. Getting some reps at center, rotate at guard. Trying to take everything in, be a sponge right now. That’s the big thing. Just trying to take all the information I’m getting and apply it to the field as soon as possible.” 

Q: What was it like growing up around a locker room and having that experience?

McKENZIE: “It’s an amazing experience. You grow up wanting to do this your whole life being around guys who are doing this for their jobs. You get a lot of love for it, a lot of respect for those guys, the time they’ve put in. I’m just trying to take that same approach that I’ve seen other guys take to it. Just come in, head down, ready to work and be a sponge in the meeting rooms and respect my players and my coaches.”

Defensive Back Tremon Smith

Q: You played quarterback in high school, did you have any hopes of continuing that in college?

SMITH: “I did, but I got a lot of offers for receiver because I played receiver my junior year. They loved me at quarterback but I was always 5’10”.”

Q: What was the transition like from offense to defense?

SMITH: “At first, I was asking my defensive coordinator, he was the one that recruited me, to get me on the offensive side and at least have a package. In the long run, I started getting better at it, started learning my position and the ins and outs of cornerback. I fell in love with it real quick. We ran man so it wasn’t too hard.”

Q: Did you have any Football Bowl Subdivision opportunities?

SMITH: “I did have Auburn offer midway through my senior season, but they said I wasn’t going to qualify so they pulled it and offered me a preferred walk on. So it was a lot of D1-AA offers.”

Q: How do you think having that offensive background helps you on defense?

SMITH: “Ball skills. Ninth through eleventh grade I played receiver. I always was able to go high-point the ball. I knew when I went to defense I wanted the ball in my hand, I missed hav Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey ing the ball. It just made me play more hungry, wanting to be a playmaker.”

Q: How much are you hoping to show your punt return skills and show your value on special teams?

SMITH: “A lot. Rookies make their names on special teams their first few years so I am willing to do whatever it takes on special teams. Like I said, moving from offense to defense, I want that ball in my hand. Every time I get the ball in my hand I am trying to score.”

Q: Is returning the last thread of offense that you have?

SMITH: “Right, I am clinging on to it and don’t want them to take it away from me.”

Defensive Back Elliott Berry 

Q: What advice did Eric (Berry) have for you about all of this?

BERRY: “Stay sharp and be focused all the time.”

Q: What intrigued you to take this opportunity with the Chiefs as opposed to other teams in the league?

BERRY: “For one my brother’s here. That’s one thing that’s familiar. I’m j Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey ust a little bit more familiar with Kansas City than some other places.”

Q: Are you able to pick your brother’s brain with the playbook and ask him for advice?

BERRY: “We haven’t really been able to talk about the playbook a whole lot because everything’s been moving so fast. We just started yesterday. Outside of this we do talk a lot of football, we just don’t necessarily get too specific when we talk about schemes. It’s just football.”

Q: Did you learn anything about your brother that you didn’t know watching him go through his cancer treatments?

BERRY: “I knew he was always resilient, never really scared of anything. After that experience it kind of showed me how resilient he really, really was. That just kind of taught me if you put your mind to something you can do it.”

Q: What are you trying to cherish most about this opportunity and what do you want the coaches to see that maybe has not been clear for them yet?

BERRY: “That I’m here. I’m serious. I’m taking advantage of the opportunity that I have.”

Wide Receiver Byron Pringle 

Q: What has your experience been like this weekend?

PRINGLE: “It has been great. Being here with a great group of guys and being able to compete.”

Q: Is there anything you’ve had to get used to this weekend?

PRINGLE: “The tempo is different from Kansas State, along with verbiage with the play calling is more than I was used to at Kansas State. Other than that, I am catching on pretty well.”

Q: Was it the proximity that drew you to Kansas City? 

PRINGLE: “I feel like right as I got that call I was ready to come be a Kansas City Chiefs player and bring all my ability to this team. I’m ready to work.”

Q: What do you remember from Tremon Smith when you played Central Arkansas?

PRINGLE: “During that game, he came up to me after we threw the ball for a couple hundred yards on them and he said, ‘I thought you were a running team?’ And he also said Coach Snyder is the G.O.A.T. That’s what I remember from him.”

Q: Do you remember thinking he could be an NFL player when you played him?

PRINGLE: “Yes sir. He wasn’t the type of player that was going to let you get by just because he was at a smaller school. He was a hard-working player at Central Arkansas and he was a competitor. I knew he had a chance of making it to the NFL.”

Five Observati Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey ons from Day 3 of Chiefs Rookie Minicamp

News and notes from the final day of minicamp

The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up their three-day rookie minicamp Monday afternoon with a two-hour practice, and afterward, head coach Andy Reid had a chance to speak with the media. 

“It was great to have these kids out here working,” Reid explained. “I thought the effort was phenomenal. The retention from the first day to the second day was great. We were able to line up and function and have a camp that we got a little evaluation out of. 

“All these kids aren’t going to make it, obviously. But they sure gave a great effort.”

All in all, there were 68 players on the field over the past few days, which included the recent draft picks, college free agents who have already signed contracts, a number of tryout guys, and a handful of other eligible players who spent time with the team last year. 

“The draft picks did good,” Reid added. “I’ll leave it at that. The draft picks did a nice job. A couple of the free agents that we signed I thought did a good job, too. Without naming names, I don’t want to point guys out quite this early.”

While Monday’s practice was a bit shorter than the first two days, they were still in shorts and there wasn’t much contact allowed. 

That said, here are a few things that stood out on Monday:

1.         Tremon Smith made plays, again

Again, here’s the disclaimer that the guys are in shorts and there’s no contact allowed, but under those parameters, Chiefs’ sixth-round pick Tremon Smith—the cornerback out of Central Arkansas—stood out again on Monday. 

Smith (6’0”, 190 lbs), who was clocked with a 4.32 40-yard dash at his Pro Day, had a few nice pass breakups on Sunday working from the slot. 

Flash forward 24 hours during red zone teamwork on Monday, Smith once again showed that he can make plays when in tight quarters and coverage. He moved well and displayed the speed and quickness to stand out among a group of cornerbacks who made plays as a whole over the weekend.

If nothing else, it’s an intriguing start for a player that seems to check all the necessary boxes in terms of length and athleticism.

2.         Best play of the weekend

While Smith was consistently making plays, the single-best individual play from a cornerback over the weekend came from Michigan’s Channing Stribling, who made a fantastic interception during the team period. 

While in coverage in the front corner of the end zone, not more than 15 feet from where the media was standing, Stribling was able to get his left hand on a pass and after he deflected the ball from around the inside shoulder of his guy, he leapt for the ball and was able to get his hands underneath before it hit the ground. 

If that doesn’t make sense, picture a fantastic diving interception—that’s what it looked like. 

3.         Two tight ends make plays on Monday

Both Nathan Marcus (Vanderbilt) and Jacquet McClendon (Indiana State) made fantastic contested catches in the end zone during red zone work.

Each had to show strength and athleticism to make their plays, which highlighted a competitive red zone period. 

After a solid day on Sunday, receiver Gehrig Dieter made another fantastic catch in the back of the end zone on Monday—toe-tapping along the back line while securing the pass with a defender all over him. It was nice.

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While most of these guys will never step foot on an NFL field beyond this minicamp, that shouldn’t take away the fact that they were given an opportunity to do something over the past three days that most people will never experience, and something they’ll remember their entire lives and tell their friends and family about for years to come.

Several players afterward said “it was a dream come true” to put on this attire and get on a football field and work with NFL coaches, and for some, their journey’s will continue, but for most, this is the end of the line.

It’s easy to lose perspective, but for the amount of time and effort these guys put in to even have this opportunity, that makes it all pretty special.

5.         Armani Watts didn’t practice again

For the second-straight day, Chiefs’ fourth-round pick Armani Watts—the safety out of Texas A&M—stood off to the side and didn’t practice. 

“[Watts] got bumped on his shoulder, so nothing serious,” Reid told the media after practice. “We held him out. He will be fine. It was a bruise is w Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey hat it was, nothing other than that.”

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A roundup of what the Chiefs have been up to on social media

It was another busy week for the Kansas City Chiefs, from a high school Hall of Fame induction to some charitable efforts in the community.

Here’s what the Chiefs were up to on social media over the last few days.

Travis Kelce was inducted into his high school’s Hall of Fame over the weekend (and his mom was proud)

Kelce (and a few friends) stuck around to catch a Cavaliers playoff game while they were in town

Tyreek Hill wasn’t about the buzzer beater at the end of the game

Elsewhere, Robert Golden had some exciting news to share

Still new to town, Golden embarked on a Kansas City rite of passage earlier this week

And the people have spoken

Tanoh Kpassagnon helped run a Play 60 clinic for a handful of local kids on Tuesday

Lucky to be an inspiration and be inspired by the youth at the same time.  #chiefs #chiefskingdom #play60

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In other philanthropic news, Charcandrick West wants you to know that May is Arthritis Awareness Month 

Local product Xavier Williams participated in the Grandview “Harry’s Hay Days” parade over the weekend

Wanted to thank the city of Grandview for allowing to be one of the judges for the Hay Day parade this past weekend had a great time being back in my high school town

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Finally, Chris Conley had all the feels after seeing the new Avengers movie

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A look at our content on Chiefs.com over the past week

Monday

The Kansas City Chiefs bolstered their defense last weekend with five of their six selections in the 2018 NFL Draft. Here’s a detailed breakdown of Kansas City’s draft class.

10 Observations on the Kansas City Chiefs’ 2018 Draft

The first five picks of the draft for the Chiefs came on the defensive side of the ball—showing a desire to get more young talent on that side of the ball.

And not just younger, Veach has also consistently talked about adding players who bring a certain edge and mindset to the defense.  Based on the evaluations of all the players the Chiefs selected—that seems to be the case.

“If you sit there at 54, you’re not going to get this guy,” Veach explained of the decision to move up and take Speaks. “You have to affect the quarterback. You can’t go out there and p Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey lay 7‐on‐7, and we looked at it as the last opportunity to get a guy that can affect the quarterback.

“That’s why we did what we did and went up and got him.”

For more observations from the Chiefs’ draft, click here.

Several of the experts from around the league had a thing or two to say about each of the Chiefs’ six picks.

Upon Further Review: Reactions to the Chiefs’ 2018 Draft Class

Each of Kansas City’s draftees made their mark in college statistically, from the traditional measures to the advanced metrics.   

Six Standout Stats to Know from Chiefs’ 2018 Draft Class

Breeland Speaks (Pick No. 46 overall) – Ranked fifth among defensive linemen in 2018 NFL Draft in PRP (pass-rush productivity) at 11.3, per Pro Football Focus.

PRP is number based on a formula that combines sacks, hits and hurries, and averages them out with the total number of snaps played  Marco Estrada Canada Day Jersey to come up with a number that reflects how many snaps in passing situations on average it takes for player to affect the opposing quarterback.

For more stats on the Chiefs’ newest players, click here.

The architect of the Chiefs’ draft plans, General Manager Brett Veach, was happy with Kansas City’s selections but emphasized that the work is far from over.

Brett Veach is “Excited” about Chiefs’ Current Roster, But Won’t Ever Be Content

Veach spoke about how he feels about the roster right now:

“I’m excited about the roster…I don’t think again ever as an evaluator, you’re ever happy or keep your eyes closed. If there are opportunities to get our depth better or to acquire players that will help us, we’ll do that. We did that in August last year and if something happens during the course of training camp where we can make a deal or do something with the team that will help us, I think we’ll pursue that.

“Happy? Yes. Content? No. That’d be the best way of saying it.”

For more on Veach’s thoughts following the draft, click here.

Tuesday

The Chiefs’ final draft selection, Kahlil McKenzie, was a defensive tackle in college but will make the switch to offensive guard in Kansas City.

Chiefs’ Selection of Kahlil McKenzie May Be Most Intriguing from 2018 Draft Class

It’s a move that both McKenzie and the Chiefs are excited about.

The Chiefs ultimately believed in their evaluation enough to use both of their seventh-round picks (No. 233 and No. 243) to move up to the sixth round (No. 198 overall) to select McKenzie, who said he’s ready to make the transition.

“I just prefer to play football,” McKenzie said of the move to guard. “They’re going to get the absolute best out of me. I think I can come in and dominate that position.”

Check out the rest of the story here.

In other news, the Chiefs Ambassadors announced the date of the inaugural Chiefs Legends Youth Football Camp on Tuesday. Kids between the ages of 8-14 are invited to sign up for an afternoon of on and off-field instruction from a handful of former Chiefs on June 20.

Ambassadors and Will Shields to Host Chiefs Legends Youth Football Camp at Arrowhead

Click here to sign up for the event.

Wednesday

One constant in the Chiefs’ draft classes over the years has been the presence of players that competed in the annual Senior Bowl. The postseason all-star game, which takes place at the end of January in Mobile, Alabama, attracts some of the top draft-eligible prospects in the country and has produced a handful of current Chiefs.

Chiefs Continue to Find Value in Players Who Compete in Senior Bowl

Over the past six years, the Chiefs have drafted at least one player who competed in the Senior Bowl every year, and 10 players in total.

Last year, two of the Chiefs’ first three picks competed at the Senior Bowl and were both small-school guys—running back Kareem Hunt (Toledo) and linebacker Tanoh Kpassagnon (Villanova).

After leading the league in rushing last year, Hunt was awarded the Senior Bowl Rookie of the Year Award this offseason.

Click here to read the rest of the story.

One of those players, linebacker Tanoh Kpassagnon, was joined by seven of his teammates earlier this week for a Play 60 clinic.

Chiefs’ Linebackers Coach Up a Local Youth Team as Part of a Play 60 Clinic

“It’s always fun to work out with the kids,” Reggie Ragland said. “They take it out of you – I’m breathing pretty hard right now – but it’s a lot of fun.”

That combination of thrill and exercise is the goal of the NFL’s Play 60 initiative, which encourages young people to stay active for at least one hour of every day.

“Once you start being active and you see how you feel after workouts, your body feels that much better and you’re going to live a longer and healthier life,” Anthony Hitchens said. “Even when I’m done playing football, I’ll still stay active.”

Friday

The Chiefs made a handful of additions on Friday with the signing of 14 undrafted free agents.

Meet  Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey the Kansas City Chiefs’ 14 Undrafted Rookie Free Agents for 2018

Beyond those 14 signings, the Chiefs also invited several players to Kansas City this weekend for a tryout. In total, 68 players are participating in rookie minicamp this year.

Chiefs Rookie Minicamp: 68 Players Set to Participate, Plus Other Important Info

Considering all but five of these guys have ever seen a Chiefs’ playbook, these practices generally run a little slower with a lot more teaching taking place by the coaching staff between reps. That said, there’s always a few players who stand out and give us a glimpse of what we can only hope to see once the pads come on at training camp.

The biggest area these players can impress coaches and personnel guys is their ability to retain a lot of information being thrown at them in a short amount of time.

Click here for the rest of the story.

Saturday

Those 68 players hit the field on Saturday for the first day of rookie minicamp.

Five Observations from Day 1 of Chiefs Rookie Minicamp

Following practice, Head Coach Andy Reid and a handful of the Chiefs’ rookies spoke with the media. For a full transcript of what was said, click here.