5 quotes from Chiefs rookie minicamp that stood out


The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs accomplished their three-day rookie minicamp over the weekend.

The workforce had digital media availability every day, with head coach Andy Reid and several other new gamers taking the (Zoom) podium. On this week’s episode of the Arrowhead Satisfaction Editors Present, John Dixon and I highlighted 5 quotes that stood out.

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Andy Reid on the significance of rookie minicamp

“I simply assume you wish to go into coaching camp with an understanding of the brand new stuff you’re capable of examine and experiment as coaches after which on the sector as gamers to make your self higher this subsequent yr. That’s what this did. This gave them a possibility now to hit Part Two with the veterans right here with an understanding, a base understanding of what’s happening. They’re going to need to strap it on when the veterans get in. It’s gone quick. We’re already 4 installs into it, and so they’re going to need to catch up and the variety of performs, they’ll need to catch up. However at the very least they’ve a basis. And I’d say the identical with the veterans after they’re capable of get on the sector. Now, they’ve completed this within the classroom now. Now it’s a possibility to stroll via it after which jog via it after which run it. These steps turn out to be essential if you go into coaching camp. It offers you a chance to be higher.”

There was a whole lot of league-wide chatter this yr concerning the significance of the offseason, contemplating the success of the 2020 season when it was all digital earlier than a ramp-up interval and the start of the common season. A number of groups’ gamers have dedicated to skipping voluntary exercises. I believe Reid used a query about rookie minicamp as a message to your complete league — groups want offseason packages to be higher ready for coaching camp and thus have higher high quality of play when the common season begins.

OL Creed Humphrey on his first have a look at the Chiefs’ playbook

“I’m excited concerning the playbook. There’s a whole lot of stuff that I like. Nice run schemes, nice passing performs, all the pieces like that. I’m excited to dive into it deep and actually get all the pieces down… [I’m hoping to show] that I’m coachable, that I’m going to take teaching properly. I’m going to work my butt off ensuring I’m doing the entire proper issues, displaying them that I’m a loyal man, I’m a team-first man and simply getting on the market and competing.”

Of all of the rookies, I see Humphrey as a prime candidate to land a day-one beginning place, as he ought to compete at middle with veteran candidates Austin Blythe and Nick Allegretti. Humphrey’s enthusiasm in studying Andy Reid’s playbook shall be key, as it could sometimes be thought of an impediment for newcomers.

LB Nick Bolton on speaking with veteran LB Anthony Hitchens

“Sure, I talked to Hitch (Anthony Hitchens), that’s certainly one of my guys. He was truly down there in Dallas once I was down there so texted with him fairly a bit, we talked quite a bit, so simply trying ahead to constructing that relationship.”

From the second Bolton was taken as Kansas Metropolis’s prime choose within the second spherical of the NFL Draft, it appeared as if the workforce’s personnel workers seen him because the MIKE linebacker-in-training. Like Tyrann Mathieu, Anthony Hitchens is a locker room chief, so it’s no shock that that they had already been in contact previous to Bolton’s rookie camp weekend.

WR Cornell Powell on going from a university program similar to Clemson to a professional workforce just like the Chiefs

“I come from a successful program and it is a successful program as properly, so I really feel like that transition goes to be clean. I do know what to anticipate. They count on championships and that’s the place I’m coming from being at Clemson. Then, being coached by coach (Dabo) Swinney, he’s a really God-fearing man, somebody who believes in household, ambiance and all about tradition, and being right here for the previous couple days I really feel the identical vibe. It’s all about tradition, it’s all concerning the little issues, shirts tucked in and simply doing all of the little issues, so it’s going to be nice. Then, going from Trevor (Lawrence) to Patrick Mahomes, it’s only a blessing. I couldn’t ask for something higher, I fell into the right scenario, so I’ve simply received to profit from each alternative that I get.”

It is likely to be a stretch to assume Powell will push Demarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman and Byron Pringle for a starter-level variety of snaps in 2021, however I believe that taking part in for a program like Clemson helps. As famous in my Powell writeup from this previous weekend, he’s coming off an eight-catch, 100-plus-yard, two-touchdown recreation within the Sugar Bowl. That’s as huge a stage because it will get on the faculty stage. And his luck within the gamers throwing him the ball doesn’t harm, both.

OL Trey Smith on making peace along with his fall to day three of the draft

“These three days have been fairly grueling, simply being fairly trustworthy with you. I’ve a sure customary, expectations that I’ve for myself and for my life, and never assembly that, I used to be disenchanted. However finally, God has a plan for me and my life and I believe proper now I’m at the most effective place I might truly be at. I’m tremendous excited to be right here, tremendous excited to get to work with (offensive line) coach (Andy) Heck on daily basis, so finally it ended up properly.”

Smith has admitted that he was not glad he fell within the NFL Draft resulting from attainable medical causes, nevertheless it appears he has already turned the web page to the silver lining of the expertise. That fall led him to Kansas Metropolis, the place he clearly believes he can excel as a professional participant. Smith initiatives to compete for a beginning inside function in 2022.

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