The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up their three-day rookie minicamp Monday afternoon with a two-hour practice, and afterward, head coach Andy Reid had a chance to speak with the media.
"It was great to have these kids out here working," Reid explained. "I thought the effort was phenomenal. The retention from the first day to the second day was great. We were able to line up and function and have a camp that we got a little evaluation out of.
"All these kids aren't going to make it, obviously. But they sure gave a great effort."
All in all, there were 68 players on the field over the past few days, which included the recent draft picks, college free agents who have already signed contracts, a number of tryout guys, and a handful of other eligible players who spent time with the team last year.
"The draft picks did good," Reid added. "I'll leave it at that. The draft picks did a nice job. A couple of the free agents that we signed I thought did a good job, too. Without naming names, I don't want to point guys out quite this early."
Rookie Mini Camp winds down on Monday.
While Monday's practice was a bit shorter than the first two days, they were still in shorts and there wasn't much contact allowed.
That said, here are a few things that stood out on Monday:
1. Tremon Smith made plays, again
Again, here's the disclaimer that the guys are in shorts and there's no contact allowed, but under those parameters, Chiefs' sixth-round pick Tremon Smith—the cornerback out of Central Arkansas—stood out again on Monday.
Smith (6'0", 190 lbs), who was clocked with a 4.32 40-yard dash at his Pro Day, had a few nice pass breakups on Sunday working from the slot.
Flash forward 24 hours during red zone teamwork on Monday, Smith once again showed that he can make plays when in tight quarters and coverage. He moved well and displayed the speed and quickness to stand out among a group of cornerbacks who made plays as a whole over the weekend.
If nothing else, it's an intriguing start for a player that seems to check all the necessary boxes in terms of length and athleticism.
2. Best play of the weekend
While Smith was consistently making plays, the single-best individual play from a cornerback over the weekend came from Michigan's Channing Stribling, who made a fantastic interception during the team period.
While in coverage in the front corner of the end zone, not more than 15 feet from where the media was standing, Stribling was able to get his left hand on a pass and after he deflected the ball from around the inside shoulder of his guy, he leapt for the ball and was able to get his hands underneath before it hit the ground.
If that doesn't make sense, picture a fantastic diving interception—that's what it looked like.
3. Two tight ends make plays on Monday
Both Nathan Marcus (Vanderbilt) and Jacquet McClendon (Indiana State) made fantastic contested catches in the end zone during red zone work.
Each had to show strength and athleticism to make their plays, which highlighted a competitive red zone period.
After a solid day on Sunday, receiver Gehrig Dieter made another fantastic catch in the back of the end zone on Monday—toe-tapping along the back line while securing the pass with a defender all over him. It was nice.
4. This was a dream for many of the guys
While most of these guys will never step foot on an NFL field beyond this minicamp, that shouldn't take away the fact that they were given an opportunity to do something over the past three days that most people will never experience, and something they'll remember their entire lives and tell their friends and family about for years to come.
Several players afterward said "it was a dream come true" to put on this attire and get on a football field and work with NFL coaches, and for some, their journey's will continue, but for most, this is the end of the line.
It's easy to lose perspective, but for the amount of time and effort these guys put in to even have this opportunity, that makes it all pretty special.
5. Armani Watts didn't practice again
For the second-straight day, Chiefs' fourth-round pick Armani Watts—the safety out of Texas A&M—stood off to the side and didn't practice.
"[Watts] got bumped on his shoulder, so nothing serious," Reid told the media after practice. "We held him out. He will be fine. It was a bruise is what it was, nothing other than that."