David LeGree showed signs of fatigue in the closing minutes of Chiefs Rookie Minicamp Sunday afternoon. His passes lacked the spiral from earlier in the weekend and he missed receiving targets high on multiple throws.
Afterwards, LeGree was hard on himself for the way he finished the weekend.
“Being the only quarterback out here, you don’t get a chance to throw and then come out,” LeGree said. “You’re throwing every throw. That’s my fault. I have to be better than that. There’s no excuse, especially not in this league, so I have to do better on that.”
LeGree’s arm got plenty of work as the only quarterback of the three-day camp and Chiefs coaches were mindful of the heavy workload when evaluating his performance.
“He did show a very strong arm,” Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel said. “I thought to his credit, being the only quarterback in camp and having to learn all the offense and expecting him to learn where everybody was supposed to line up and what they’re supposed to do, I thought he did a good job with it.
“There’s room for improvement in his game, and I think he understands that and realizes that. We’re going to talk about it and evaluate him just like we’re going to evaluate the others and make a determination about whether we want to bring him back or not.”
If anything, LeGree proved he was healthy and that his surgically-repaired throwing shoulder could withstand an intense test.
LeGree participated in minicamp six months after undergoing shoulder surgery that put an end to his senior season at Hampton after seven games. He completed 61.6% of his passes for 1,636 yards with 10 TDs and four INTs before the injury.
“I started throwing full speed about four weeks ago,” LeGree said. “It’s been a lot of just getting back to it, grinding out, rehabbing every day, every night, falling asleep with ice on. I feel good. It feels good to be out here. It feels good to be throwing a football again and putting a helmet back on, especially after ending your season with shoulder surgery.”
Of the 10 tryout players the Chiefs invited to minicamp, only LeGree was asked back for a third day of evaluation.
Being the only quarterback in camp, the decision to extend LeGree’s tryout might have come purely out of necessity, but it also provided valuable one-on-one time with quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn.
LeGree, who began his college career at Syracuse before transferring to Hampton, spent the weekend with Zorn’s undivided attention.
“I’ve been in the big school atmosphere, but you never have coaching like Jim Zorn’s coaching and NFL coaching,” LeGree said. “It’s just a great experience. Whatever happens next, happens next.”
Up next for the Chiefs is a discussion of whether or not they’ll extend a contract offer to LeGree.
Kansas City currently has seven roster slots available on its 90-man roster and would prefer to bring four quarterbacks to training camp, but no decision had been made when LeGree exited the team’s practice facility Sunday afternoon.
“There’s room for improvement in his game, and I think he understands that and realizes that,” Crennel said. “We’re going to talk about it and evaluate him just like we’re going to evaluate the others and make a determination about whether we want to bring him back or not.”
The Chiefs haven’t entered a training camp with four quarterbacks since 2009, but the expansion of offseason rosters by 10 players allows NFL teams more room to carry undrafted prospects.
“As a tryout guy, it’s a good experience to be out here and to get repetition and NFL coaching,” LeGree said. “What happens next, I’m not too sure about that yet.”