The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up their second day of minicamp Wednesday afternoon with a back-and-forth practice that included standout plays from both sides of the ball.
Here are five things that stood out Wednesday afternoon:
1. It was the Chiefs “First Look” practice
It’s become an annual tradition that one day of minicamp is opened up for select Season Ticket Members, corporate partners, and suite holders.
That was once again the case on Wednesday.
After practice, the group was given the opportunity to hear from Chiefs’ head coach Andy Reid, general manager Brett Veach, and a handful of others.
The Chiefs will have just one more practice on Thursday before they’re off until training camp in late-July.
2. Mahomes to Watkins is becoming a thing
It’s been a consistent sight throughout offseason workouts but the connection between second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes and free agent receiver Sammy Watkins is real, and it was once again on display Wednesday afternoon.
Midway through practice, Mahomes fired a ball in Watkins’ direction and the uber-talented crew at 65tpt productions got the shot for your viewing pleasure.
There hasn’t been a shortage of discussion this offseason surrounding the ceiling of the Chiefs’ offense, which features those two players along with an All-Pro tight end in Travis Kelce, the league’s reigning rushing champion in Kareem Hunt, and the league’s most dynamic playmaker in Tyreek Hill, and a plethora of other playmakers as well.
After practice, Chiefs’ veteran receiver Chris Conley said that Watkins is picking up the offense “as fast as anyone I’ve seen,” which is saying something. And veteran cornerback Steve Nelson said he saw Watkins at the facility over the weekend working out on his own—just putting in some extra time.
If Mahomes and Watkins can continue to develop the way we’ve seen over the past few weeks, the most optimistic Chiefs’ fans of what this could be could be proven correct.
3. Chiefs’ rookie sixth-round pick Tremon Smith picks one off
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.
4. Kendall Fuller and Eric Murray got involved in the interception game
While working against tight end Travis Kelce on the left side of the offense during a team period, cornerback Kendall Fuller hopped in front of an intermediate curl attempt from Mahomes and dove to make the interception.
It was a great example of instincts and reading the route to break on the ball in the way that he did, and it fits with what all of his coaches and teammates have been saying about him since he first arrived.
Fuller has been impressing those he works with and around every day.
Late in practice during a two-minute drill, third-year safety Eric Murray also had an interception off Mahomes on what was a fourth-down play.
5. A couple of new Chiefs don’t practice on Wednesday
There were six players who didn’t practice for the Chiefs on Tuesday. They were De’Anthony Thomas, Mitch Morse, Byron Pringle, Dee Liner, Kareem Hunt and Terrance Smith.
Players and coaches put in work on the first day of Chiefs Minicamp
On Wednesday, there were a couple of new players added to that list—cornerback Makinton Dorleant, and rookie linebacker Dorian O’Daniel both didn’t practice as well.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid is slated to talk after Thursday’s final practice, which would be the time we’d get any kind of an update on those guys.