The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up their three-day rookie minicamp on Sunday and it was an overall good camp for the new guys. First pick Eric Fisher reportedly was as good as advertised in his first weekend in Chiefs gear and guys like QB Tyler Bray were impressive. There was plenty to learn in three days as the coaching staff threw a lot at the rookies. C Eric Kush admitted there can be a ton learned in just three days. Head coach Andy Reid hinted at the idea of keeping some of the rookie free agents since not all players can be retained for the next phase of the offseason program.
“Yeah, I think we will, but I have to get with Dorse (John Dorsey) and see,” said Reid. “But he had his guys out here, the three days, evaluating them and watching tape. He is meeting with them now, so I will see where that goes.”
Rookie free agents always seem to stand out in every offseason. There are always a few who go unnoticed and undrafted and make their way onto an NFL squad. The Chiefs hope they can find a few diamonds in the rough. As mentioned earlier, Tyler Bray had a nice camp and had the attention of coach Reid.
“Tyler Bray had a nice day today; I think that is obvious. He made some nice throws down in the red zone. He has to continue to make progress, but he did some nice things.”
The former Tennessee Vol has the opportunity to knock Ricky Stanzi off the roster and become the third QB on this team. You can’t also rule out the possibility of Bray overcoming Chase Daniel for the backup spot as well. The coaching staff will make sure the best players who compete and are tough football players will be on the 53-man roster come September and they will earn their spot on the depth chart. Fifth round pick CB Sanders Commings also received high praise from his head coach.
“It was good to see Commings work at safety. He played a little bit of corner but was primarily at safety. It was nice to see the progress he made as he went on. We feel like he can still play corner but that gives us the flexibility to play that free safety position.”
With safety Kendrick Lewis status still up in the air after shoulder surgery, the Chiefs have clearly made depth in the secondary a priority this offseason. The additions of Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson to go along with Commings gives the defensive coaching staff a lot of flexibility at corner and safety.
It was a good weekend at rookie minicamp. We even received news that LT Branden Albert will be back at practice this week to resume his duties on the left side of the line. The next phase of the offseason are the organized team activities (OTA’s) where the veterans will return to the field and get their first look at the rookies. Big strides are being made towards the 2013 season.
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