ST. JOSEPH, MO – The last of Kansas City’s nine draft picks officially inked his contract Friday morning and made his training camp debut at Missouri Western State University. In his first official practice, the Chiefs didn’t waste any time getting third-round pick
In all, Houston missed six practices and four walkthroughs before arriving in camp.
“What Justin needs to be focused on is that he’s here now,” Head Coach Todd Haley said. “I’ve talked about the rookie learning curve, and he’s got his work cut out for him. And so do we, because we’ve got to give him a chance to succeed.”
Houston was an active participant in a number of team periods Friday afternoon. Despite the seven-day holdout, he’s starting on a clean slate with Haley and the rest of the Chiefs coaching staff.
“We had basically that talk, that we’ve got to get going, because as I say to all of them – I’m selfish, I want to win,” Haley said. “That’s what I care about, and we’ve got to do everything as coaches to give us the best chance to win.
“A bunch of those young guys, I would believe, are going to have to contribute for us to have a chance to continue to build this.”
The Chiefs now have 84 players under contract. New NFL rules allow clubs to roster 90 players during camp. Last year, the maximum number of players a team could carry was 80.
Piscitelli Eyes Preseason Opener
When asked if he knew who the Chiefs first preseason game was against, Piscatelli responded, “about 10 minutes after I signed.”
He was released by the Bucs in late November after playing sparingly throughout most of 2010. A second-round pick of Tampa in 2007, Piscitelli started 20 games for the Bucs from 2008-09.
“That was the past, I’m talking about the future,” said Piscitelli. “I’m excited to be here, I really am, and I’m excited to look for the future and play for the Kansas City Chiefs and I’ll do anything I can to help this team win. Whatever the coaches ask me, I’m here to do that and I’m excited.”
He Keeps Going
A year later, that streak is still active.
After a ninth-straight season of taking every snap, Wiegmann’s consecutive snaps total now sits at 10,141 straight. Not one to stand on personal accolades, Wiegmann admitted Friday that the streak is something he’s very proud of.
“I don’t know if it was a year or two ago, the offensive line coach said ‘we’re going to take you out’ and I’m like ‘I’m not coming out, sorry’ and it’s just what it is, it’s just a streak,” Wiegmann said. “I take pride in it, but it’s just a number.”
Wiegmann turned 38 years old just before the start of training camp and enters his 16th NFL season. He hasn’t missed a snap since opening the post-9/11 game against the N.Y. Giants in 2001. His consecutive snaps streak is the longest by any NFL offensive linemen.
“Kansas City has been good to me, I’ve always said that, and to finish my career here is the ultimate goal,” Wiegmann said. “I had the chance to go elsewhere, but this place has been good and winning’s happening here so it’s positive.”
Wiegmann has been working with the first-team offense at center.
Guard is a new position for Greenwood. Harris opened camp at left guard last season while filling in for Brian Waters.
- Barry Richardson left practice shortly before the conclusion of 11-v-11 period. Trainers originally tended to Richardson, but he would later leave the field under his own power. Ryan O’Callaghan took his place with the first team.
“Trust me Kendrick, this one is going to be fun!”
- Todd Haley to Kendrick Lewis before the start of a competitive third down period
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