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The "Sharpest" Training Camp in Four Years Concluded on Thursday

The Chiefs finished up training camp in St. Joseph, Missouri, on Thursday

Over the past three weeks, the Kansas City Chiefs took to the Mosaic Life Care Fields at Missouri Western State University for training camp on 15 separate occasions, nine of which were in pads, to prepare for the 2016 regular season.

After the 15th and final practice of camp on Thursday morning, head coach Andy Reid spoke highly of the work his team put in over this period of time, stating that while it was the sharpest and best camp he's had during his tenure in Kansas City thus far, that was to be expected.

"It was the sharpest, but again, it should be the sharpest having been together four years now," Reid explained. "You expect it to continue the longer you're around. They've done it and they know the offense, defense and special teams.

"They started off sharp and finished sharp. Do we have room to improve and things that we need to get straight before we play? Absolutely."

For veteran quarterback Alex Smith, the return to Kansas City now that camp has concluded means the season is almost here.


"It's a little bit of a change in mindset," Smith explained. "You realize the regular season is around the corner and will be here. You see just how fast it is and how quick this goes."

The Chiefs host the San Diego Chargers in the first game of the regular season at Arrowhead Stadium in just 24 days on Sunday, September 11.

"It's bittersweet," Derrick Johnson, the veteran linebacker, explained of the end of camp. "It's a time where you [build] camaraderie with your teammates – on and off the field – but it's time to go home now and that's a good thing to lie in your own bed.

"We definitely got a lot of work done here – got a lot more to do. We still have another second preseason game, so we're still early in this process, but we're getting better – that's the best part."

The Chiefs will travel to Los Angeles, California, to take on the newly relocated Rams on Saturday night for the second preseason game for both teams.

The game is set to kick off at 8 p.m. CT at the historic Los Angeles Coliseum and can be seen locally on KCTV5 or nationally on NFL Network (picked up in progress).

It's the next step in the process in moving towards a season that's full of plenty of optimism after three straight winning seasons and the first playoff win in more than two decades.

The bar is even higher now.

"We're a pretty good team," Johnson added. "I've been here for 12 years and I know a good team, and this is definitely a good team.

"This year isn't going to be any different – we expect to win."

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2016 Training Camp Content



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