Eight draft picks, 15 college free agents, five first-year veterans and 10 tryout players make up the 38-man roster for this weekend’s Chiefs Rookie Minicamp.
Practices begin Friday at the team’s training facility and run through Sunday afternoon. Helmets will be worn and the offense will line up against the defense, but no contact is permitted.
Minicamp is not open to the public, but media will be allowed to cover practice sessions on Friday and Sunday. Rookies may stay in Kansas City and join veterans in the offseason workout program beginning on Monday as long as their college semester has concluded.
Under center this weekend will be former Hampton QB David LeGree, who is one of the 10 players invited to camp on a tryout basis.
The Chiefs currently have seven roster spots open before reaching their 90-man training camp limit, making it possible some of the tryout players will be offered contracts following camp.
Also in town on a tryout is former University of Missouri TE Martin Rucker.
Rucker, a St. Joseph native, is one of two tryout players owning previous NFL game experience. He is a former fourth-round pick of the Browns and has appeared in 12 career games with Cleveland (2008), Dallas (2010) and Jacksonville (2011). Rucker owns two career receptions for 17 yards.
Veteran free agent LB Leon Williams, a former fourth-round pick of the Browns when Romeo Crennel was serving as Cleveland’s head coach, was also invited to camp on a tryout basis. Williams has seen action in 57 games (12 starts), recording 154 career tackles and 5.0 career sacks.
Williams was out of football last season, but played in 11 games with the Cowboys in 2010.
Rookie minicamp also permits first-year veterans with no pension credits (less than three games on the 53-man roster or injured reserve in a single season) to participate.
First-year players practicing this weekend include RB
Chiefs 2012 Rookie Minicamp Roster
|RUNNING BACKS (5)|
|WIDE RECEIVERS (6)|
|TIGHT ENDS (2)|
|OFFENSIVE LINE (7)|
|77||Luke Patterson||OL||6-4||295||24||Texas A&M||FA-12|
|DEFENSIVE LINE (3)|
|60||DL||6-5||285||22||San Diego St.||D7-12|
|DEFENSIVE BACKS (7)|
|45||Dominique Ellis||DB||5-11||195||22||S. Carolina St.||Tryout|
|20||Jason Cunningham||K||6-1||180||22||Montana St.||Tryout|