The Kansas City Chiefs will hit the field today to begin their mandatory three-day mini-camp today.
This is the only mandatory non-training camp practice the Chiefs will have all season. All players under contract must attend or they will be subject to heavy fines. That means WR Dwayne Bowe, who has been extended a franchise tender but has not signed it, will not be penalized for sitting out these practices.
Frankly, not much is going to change today. The Chiefs have had nearly perfect attendance at their voluntary OTA practices this offseason. Some players have missed a practice here and there but only for illness/personal reasons. As coach Romeo Crennel told KCChiefs.com, the practices will be pretty much a continuation of what the team has already been doing at OTAs.
“It’s the same deal,” Crennel said. “We can have an extended walk-through. The length of time that you can have with them on the field gets extended, but part of it has to be a walk-through.”
The Chiefs still aren’t allowed to have fill contact and there is a set amount of time they are allowed to be on the field each day.
“There is a two hour max of the on-field up-tempo,” Crennel said. “You can complement what you use there with the walk-through. So, usually you’re looking at an hour walk-through and an hour of up-tempo. But everything is in shorts. The walk-through, no helmets are allowed. You can have helmets on in your up-tempo.”
You have to believe the coaches are itching to see what the players will look like once they finally put on the pads. Unfortunately, per the new CBA, they won’t be able to do that until training camp officially starts. The rules say the Chiefs can start camp 15-days before their first preseason game which would be July 26th.