The Kansas City Chiefs made additions to both sides of the ball on Thursday, officially signing offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor and defensive end Charles Omenihu.
Here are a few things that stood out from Thursday's introductory press conferences.
1. Taylor expressed his excitement to be joining the Chiefs.
When asked about his experience with free agency, Taylor explained why he ultimately chose to sign with the Chiefs.
"My agent told me about the possibility of the Chiefs wanting to get me," said Taylor. "Once the negotiation process happened, I just felt like it was a great opportunity – an opportunity that I couldn't pass up, so I went with it."
2. Taylor, who primarily played right tackle for Jacksonville, explained that he feels comfortable potentially making the switch to left tackle in Kansas City.
"Yes, I was definitely told about the left tackle position, but I feel like I'm definitely athletic enough to make the switch over," Taylor said. "I'm very, very versatile, so I feel like I can go out and make the switch pretty seamless…If you're athletic enough and you trust your feet and you've got great coaching as well, which I know that's [the case] here, I feel like the transition will be pretty good."
Taylor then went on to explain that while he feels comfortable moving to left tackle, he's ready and willing to play wherever he's needed.
"At the end of the day, if they need me to switch over and play other positions, I'm open to doing it," Taylor said. "I'm just here to try and help this team win championships."
3. Omenihu spoke about his ability to do it all on the defensive line.
"Looking at me as a player or profile, I can rush inside, I can rush outside, I can rush over the center – whatever you need me to do, I've shown that I can do it throughout my career," Omenihu said. "What I think I bring to the table is a guy [who can be versatile]."
Omenihu is listed as a defensive end, but his ability to rush inside or outside will surely be a great fit for this Chiefs defense.
4. Omenihu also shared his thoughts on joining Kansas City.
"It's a first-class organization. It's a team that's about winning, it executes at a high clip, it's well coached and it has very good players – so, all positives," Omenihu said. "I know guys that play here and that I've played with before in college and in the league, and it's the same thing. [They say it's] high class, there's execution at the highest level, it's a player-led team, and an organization that makes the players feel welcomed. Players can be themselves and that's all, as a player, that you can ask for."
5. Lastly, Omenihu succinctly expressed his excitement to be joining the defending Super Bowl champions.
"You end up signing with the defending Super Bowl champions, can't be too mad about that," Omenihu said while a smile.
Both Omenihu and Taylor – who are each only 25 years old – will now have an opportunity to help Kansas City defend its world title.