It was another busy week for the Kansas City Chiefs, both on and off the field.
That included mandatory Minicamp, which began on Tuesday.
With a young quarterback—particularly in a setting like OTAs where they’re trying to figure out what they can and can’t get away with—there are going to be good days, and there will be learning days.
For first-year starter and second-year player Patrick Mahomes, Tuesday’s practice was one of the good days.
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Following practice, defensive backs Kendall Fuller and David Amerson spoke with the media about the state of the Chiefs’ remade secondary.
“I think our [chemistry] is good. The main thing is that everyone is here, so I’ve had the chance just to be around the guys, and the more we work together on the field, the better off we’ll be,” Amerson said. “That chemistry is important because when you get to the season and there’s tough times or good times, you’re going through it all together.”
Minicamp continued on Wednesday with the annual “First Look” practice, which brought a handful of fans behind the scenes to see an offseason practice up close.
Among those lining up along the sideline were Red Coaters, suite holders, corporate partners and Season Ticket Members, many of whom won the opportunity through a Chiefs Kingdom Rewards (CKR) raffle.
It existed as a way of giving fans an exclusive glimpse of what to look forward to at Training Camp and during the upcoming season.
“We are constantly looking for ways to reward our Season Ticket Members, suite members and corporate partners for their loyalty to our team,” Chiefs’ Executive Vice President of Business Operations Tyler Epp said. “Having a behind-the-scenes look at practice is truly a unique experience and I’m glad we had the opportunity to share it with our fans.”
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Photo Gallery: Fans First Look
Kansas City Chiefs fans got their first look at the Chiefs in action at a live practice during Minicamp on Wednesday.
The fans were on hand to witness another productive day of practice.
Early in practice during an 11-on-11 team period, veteran quarterback Chad Henne rolled to his right and fired one off to the right and in the direction of rookie sixth-round pick Tremon Smith, who made a phenomenal contested catch to intercept the pass.
Smith leaped in the air and fully extended to pick off the pass—displaying an athleticism that fits with much of the optimism surrounding the tool-sy young cornerback.
One of those players was defensive tackle Chris Jones, who was recognized as a “player who deserves more hype” by the folks over at Pro Football Focus this week.
Speaking of recognition, tight end Travis Kelce earned a spot in the NFL Top 100 for a third-straight year on Monday.
Moving along to Day 3 of Minicamp, Head Coach Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes spoke to the media on Thursday afternoon.
Overall, Reid said he was pleased by what the team was able to do and the work they put in this offseason.
“I’m proud of the guys for the work they did this offseason,” Reid added. “We had great attendance and the effort was great. They get a few weeks off here. It’s important that they continue to condition and ramp it up for training camp, but I think we’ve got the right kind of guys to do that.”
Among the things that encouraged Reid throughout Organized Team Activities and Minicamp was the progress of Mahomes.
“We wanted to come in and make sure we challenged him,” Reid explained of Mahomes. “I thought he handled that very well. One of the big things for young kids is just the blitz game, so we put a big emphasis on that and tried to give him a lot of different looks there.
“(Chiefs’ Defensive Coordinator) Bob [Sutton] can do that. He’s got a pretty good package with blitzes. I thought [Mahomes] handled that very well, even better than I expected.”
It’s an area Mahomes also said he thought he handled well and he knows it’ll really help him when the season rolls around.
For a full transcript from Thursday’s presser, click here.
In other news, this week also marked the fifth-annual Chiefs Fantasy Camp, where nearly 100 fans got to experience a day in the life of a professional football player.
“I love Kansas City and I love what the Chiefs do in this community,” said former Chiefs running back and Fantasy Camp attendee Christian Okoye. “I’m always happy to come back and help contribute. When I played, I had such great fun playing here. The relationship I had with the fans was undeniable. I only played for the Chiefs - I didn’t play for any other team - so that relationship is very strong. It’s just a blessing.”
Speaking of the fans, the Chiefs released the 2018 Training Camp schedule this week.
Meanwhile, there was some exciting news over at Arrowhead Stadium this week as it turns out the venue may host World Cup matches in 2026.
A joint bid between the United States, Canada and Mexico earned the right to host the 2026 World Cup on Wednesday morning, with Arrowhead standing as one of 23 sites – 17 of which are in the United States - that could potentially host matches.
“This has been no small feat. It’s been months and months – almost years and years – of working together to be eligible for the next step in this process,” said Chiefs President Mark Donovan. “The vision of [Chiefs Founder] Lamar Hunt, the commitment of the Jackson County taxpayers and the support of the millions of fans that have walked through these walls have created an iconic venue that is internationally recognized. Because of that, we have the ability to bring events like this to this region and into this town.”
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