“There is a positive energy about this whole group,” Haley said. “I continually remind them that they don’t really know anything right now. They don’t know what they don’t know.
“We don’t care how you got here. Once you are here you are just another helmet with a piece of tape on it and we are going to try to figure out if you can help us win.”
All of the team’s draft choices and college free agents were on the field. The Chiefs do not release the names of their tryout players, but the lone quarterback was Bill Stull (above) out of Pittsburgh. During his five seasons with the Panthers, Stull threw for 5,252 yards, 32 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions.
The seven first-year players that took part were: RB Kestahn Moore, WR Chandler Williams, OT Jermail Porter, DE Bobby Greenwood, CB Jackie Bates, S Reshard Langford and S Ricky Price. All seven were with the Chiefs in ‘09 on the roster or practice squad. Only Price was active for any game day action last year.
“It’s a real benefit for those guys,” Haley said. “They haven’t played a lot. They’ve been around the team some, but they get the chance to have a head start.”
Jake Locker (right)/Washington, 6-3, 226 pounds. One unknown NFL GM called Locker a bigger version of Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young. He’s got the numbers to show that might not be far off.
During his time with the Huskies he’s thrown for 5,374 yards and run for 1,554 yards in 28 games. Last year, he threw for 2,800 yards with 21 TDs and 11 INTs, while running for 388 yards and seven TDs.
He was starter in ‘08 opening the first four games, but his season ended when he broke his thumb. One extra item in the Locker dossier: he’s been drafted twice by major league baseball teams and last year, he signed a six-year rights agreement with the Los Angeles Angels. In fact, Locker is technically a walk-on at Washington since the Angels are paying his tuition.
Here’s another example of what kind of athlete Locker is: in high school he returned three kickoffs, all for touchdowns, with an average return of 88.3 yards.
The Kansas City Chiefs opened up their rookie orientation mini-camp this weekend, and for these college players who may have been getting by on superior athleticism and skill for the last 10 years, it’s time to go to work.
A total of 33 players are taking part in the mini-camp, including the team’s seven 2010 draft picks, 11 undrafted rookie free agents, seven first-year players, and eight more players on hand for tryouts without contracts. The first-year players (non-rookies) spent at least part of last season on the Chiefs practice squad.
When Eric Berry took the practice field for the Kansas City Chiefs this week, he began the final phase of living up to his idol’s legacy.
It’s hard to imagine Berry – an All-American deemed a surefire NFL star – held a player in such a high regard not that long ago.
Yet he did just that.
While at Tennessee, Berry never hid his admiration for former Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor, who was killed by intruders in his home on Nov. 27, 2007.
“I loved the way he played the game,” Berry said.