Players Arrive in St. Joseph

Posted Jul 29, 2010

The Chiefs checked into their new training camp home on Thursday evening.

It was move-in day at Chiefs training camp on Thursday evening. Some players came with nothing but a duffel bag filled with clothes. Other players, like 15-year veteran Casey Wiegmann, came with a rolling barrel (literally) full of various living necessities.

“Not as much as this,” Wiegmann said when asked what he brought to his first NFL training camp. “Now that you’ve been in for a while, you’ve got more stuff and you know what to bring in and what to leave at home. We’re here for a while, so I’m going to make it comfortable."

Regardless of what each player brought to camp, excitement and a bit of anxiety filled their air at player check-in. Everyone, however, is ready to officially kick off the start to 2010.

“This is what we do for a living.” QB Matt Cassel said. “This is what it’s all about. We are excited; I’m Super excited. We are excited about Year Two and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

For some, the worst part is over – head coach Todd Haley’s infamous conditioning test. The annual drill was held back at the Chiefs Training Facility on Thursday morning, before the players packed and reported to training camp in St. Joseph. Though the majority of players chose to remain mum about who passed and who didn’t, everyone is going to have to deal with a much different climate in the first year of training camp moving back to Missouri.

Luckily for the Chiefs, it looks like a cold front is pulling through the area over the next 10 days with temperatures expected to top out in the high 80s to low 90s. However, the Chiefs former training camp home of River Falls, Wisconsin forecasts temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s.

“The heat is the heat,” Cassel said. “We’ve been doing it all off-season and the guys have adjusted well. You just have to take care of yourself – get in the cold tub and make sure that you are drinking enough. I’m sure that coach will take care of us and that we’ll talk a lot about that.”

“I don’t think it will bother us,” Brian Waters added. “We’ll get accustomed to it.”

Awaiting the squad on Friday evening is the first formal team meeting of training camp inside the brand new, state-of-the-art Griffon Indoor Complex.

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