“We think we’ve helped this team," Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said after the 2013 NFL Draft. "We think that the players we have selected and the ones we finished signing in free agency, I think you guys will appreciate their talents and them as people. I do have to thank the personal staff and coaching staff for all the hard, tireless work they have done to make this really come about. Like I have always said, this is a collective effort, as the process has gone on, I think we made us better, that’s all that counts. Now it’s off to minicamp and then training camp, now the fun starts.”
The fun for the rookies kicks off today, when the team's three-day minicamp begins.
While the on-field practice begins today, the players' arrival came on Thursday, when I stopped by the locker room and saw a lot of the rookies and the tryout players making their way into the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex.
The team's shuttle vans pulled up to the facility, carrying drafted rookies like RB
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid's entire staff, including Mitch Reynolds (football operations coordinator), BJ Stabler (player development assistant) and the rest of the crew led the rookies to each of the individual stations, where they completed physicals, including height, weight and body fat composition, were later fitted for equipment, before they organized their lockers.
The rookies' long day of travel ended with a meeting, dinner and later, lights out at the hotel.
This morning as I grabbed breakfast in the team cafeteria, the environment reminded me of sports camps during both high school and college, where guys from all over the country would be meeting, some for the first time, others having competed against each other at some point in their careers, each with playbook in hand, hoping to soon call KC home.
The players walked through the cafeteria line, where they had everything to pick from, including bacon, sausage, turkey sausage, pancakes, waffles, fruit, made-to-order omelets, oatmeal, grits and plenty of fluids. Moms need not worry; your sons are well fed and hydrated at One Arrowhead Drive.
As the players enjoyed their food, while studying their playbooks and chatting with other fellow rookies, the conversations were fairly similar per table. "What's your name? Where are you from? Where'd you play?" were among the most-popular questions.
What's ahead for the rookies are three days of minicamp practices, offering a platform where the guys will attempt to make a name for themselves. Before you know it, Monday will be here and the veteran players return for phase three of the team's offseason program.
10 intriguing stories I'm looking forward to seeing this weekend:
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* Everybody is wondering how RB Knile Davis will look, perform and feel during the three-day camp, hoping his NFL Scouting Combine performance (4.37-sec 40-yard dash) and his 2010 season, including his 1,322 rushing yards, are just signs of great things to come in KC.
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