1) Unsigned draft picks
2) Who’s holding out
3) Brett Favre
Since item number three is irrelevant to the Chiefs and S
Who hasn’t signed?
Well, in the Chiefs case, the number of unsigned draft picks sits at six players. Yes, six players.
Thus far, only fifth-rounder
Even if agreements are in place and Sheffield is on the verge of signing his deal, Kansas City still has five players to sign from the first three rounds of the draft. Still, there is no reason to sound the alarm just yet. If batches of signings from previous seasons are any indication, first-round draftees are usually the only rookies who walk the line of reporting late to training camp.
Right now, there is nothing to report on the Chiefs first-round pick,
Yes, things are moving slowly across the league and it’s logical to think that first-rounders will remain at a standstill until significant progress is made with second-round picks. Some media outlets are already predicting an increase in training camp holdouts due to uncertainty surrounding the future labor situation of the league. Whether or not that line of thinking becomes a reality remains to be seen.
Inside Arrowhead, nothing appears much different compared to the feel of any other season at this time of year. In regards to contract talks, progress is always being made in behind the scenes, out of the public eye. Often times, one contract agreement helps to trigger another, leading to a flash flood of signings across the league.
The thought of first-round picks reporting late to camp almost always sends chills down the spine of a team’s respective fans. We’ve all been conditioned by football culture to believe that a late arrival to training camp correlates directly to an increased likelihood of rookie failure.
And why not?
Rookie learning curves, the correlation between injury rates and proper conditioning, and overall team chemistry are just a few of the many agenda items attacked at training camp. When a rookie reports to camp late and happens to struggle out of the gate, there's little hesitation in the blame being placed, at least from outside onlookers, on a lack of preparation severely impacted by camp tardiness.
While Chiefs GM Scott Pioli has been quiet regarding the signing status of the 2010 rookie class, quotes from top team executives are typically carbon copies of one another when discussing contract negotiations. A quick Google search for “important to be in training camp on time” turned in this recent quote from Lions GM Martin Mayhew regarding second overall pick Ndamukong Suh.
“The big thing is that Ndamukong knows it's his decision and he's expressed that to us and he's expressed his desire to be in camp on time. I think things are going in the right direction.''
Mayhew would go on to say, "It's critically important -- for every rookie to start, from day one, to be here. We expect him to be here and I think he expects to be here. It's early in the process but, right now, I feel good about it.''
Copy and paste. That sounds about right for all 32 teams.
But at the end of the year, when each of the 32 first-round picks have posted their rookie totals, how much did an on-time training camp arrival correlate to first-year success? I’ll let you be the judge of that.
Here are key statistics for each of the 32 first-round picks from the 2009 season, divided into three categories based on time of camp arrival:
2) Two-to-five days late
3) More than five days late
A one-day grace period was given to each player based off of the official veteran report date provided by each team in 2009. This way, players who may have missed the bus to camp, but signed on the first day of practices aren’t excluded from on-time reports.
*indicates selection to the NFL All-Rookie Team
On Time (19)
QB Matt Stafford (1st, DET) – April 29th
10 starts: 201-377-2,267, 13 TDs, 20 INTs
T Jason Smith (2nd, STL) – July 30th
8 games (5 starts)
*QB Mark Sanchez (5th, NYJ) – June 10th
15 starts: 196-364-2,444, 12 TDs, 20 INTs
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (7th, OAK) – July 30th
11 starts: 9-124, 1 TD
*LB Brian Orakpo (13th, WAS) – July 30th
16 starts: 50 tackles, 11.0 sacks, 1 FF
*LB Brian Cushing (15th, HOU) – August 1st
16 starts: 133 tackles, 4.0 sacks, 4 INTs, 2 FF
NFL Rookie of the Year
LB Larry English (16th, SD) – July 31st
16 games (2 starts): 32 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR
QB Josh Freeman (17th, TB) – July 30th
10 games (9 starts): 158-290-1,855, 10 TDs, 18 INTs
LB Robert Ayers (18th, DEN) – August 3rd
15 games (1 start): 18 tackles, 2 FR
*TE Brandon Pettigrew (20th, DET) – July 31st
11 starts: 30-346, 2 TDs
*C Alex Mack (21st, CLV) – July 25th
*T Michael Oher (23rd, BAL) – July 30th
DT Peria Jerry (24th, ATL) – July 30th
2 starts: 1 tackle
*DB Vontae Davis (25th, MIA) – July 31st
16 games (9 starts): 48 tackles, 4 INTs
*LB Clay Matthews (26th, GB) – July 30th
16 games (13 starts): 49 tackles, 10.0 sacks, 1 FF, 3 FR
RB Donald Brown (27th, IND) – August 2nd
11 games (1 start): 78-281, 3 TDs
C Eric Wood (28th, BUF) – July 29th
WR Hakeem Nicks (29th, NYG) – August 1st
14 games (6 starts): 47-790, 6 TDs
DT Ziggy Hood (32nd, PIT) – July 25th
16 games: 8 tackles, 1.0 sack, 1 FR
2-5 Days Late (4)
WR Jeremy Maclin (19th, PHI) – August 3rd
15 games (13 starts): 56-773, 4 TDs
*WR Percy Harvin (22nd, MIN) – August 2nd
15 games (8 starts): 60-790, 6 TDs
KOR: 42-1,156, 2 TDs
WR Kenny Britt (30th, TEN) – August 1st
16 games (6 starts): 42-701, 3 TDs
*RB Beanie Wells (31st, ARZ) –August 1st
16 games: 176-793, 7 TDs
More Than 5 Days Late (9)
16 games (14 starts): 31 tackles
LB Aaron Curry (4th, SEA) – August 8th
14 games (12 starts): 60 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 2 FF
T Andre Smith (6th, CIN) – August 30th
6 games (1 start)
T Eugene Monroe (8th, JAX) – August 14th
15 games (13 starts)
*NT B.J. Raji (9th, GB) – August 14th
14 games (1 start): 25 tackles, 1.0 sack
WR Michael Crabtree (10th, SF) – October 7th
11 starts: 48-625, 2 TDs
DE Aaron Maybin (11th, BUF) – August 21st
16 games: 16 tackles, 1 FF
*RB Knowshon Moreno (12th, DEN) – August 7th
16 games (9 starts): 247-947, 7 TDs
Rec: 28-213, 2 TDs
DB Malcolm Jenkins (14th, NO) – August 10th
14 games (6 starts): 47 tackles, 1 INT, 2 FF, 1 FR