The Kansas City Chiefs completed their mandatory three-day mini-camp today. It was the team’s final practice of their offseason program. The next time they will be required to all be together is the opening of training camp in late July.
In 51/2 weeks the Chiefs will finally be able to put on their pads and hit one another. For head coach Romeo Crennel, that time can’t come soon enough.
“I saw some players improve as we went through this,” Crennel told KCChiefs.com. “Now we’ll put on the pads, and we’ll see what they really can do. It won’t be long. It’s five-and-a-half weeks until training camp. It’s all the way live, and it’s for real. They have to understand that and everybody has to put their best foot forward to give us the best chance.”
Even though the practices were limited to shorts and helmets,the buzz out of OTAs saw a few players drawing positive reviews. One of those players was WR Jonathan Baldwin.
“Last year, we didn’t have (an offseason program),” said Baldwin. “Being able to learn the offense and actually go out and run those routes with some coaching out there, it definitely helps a lot instead of when you just have a playbook and not being able to be coached up and you’re just going out there and running what you think that the coaches like. It’s definitely an advantage to be able to do these things and we all appreciate it a heck of a lot.”
Baldwin also likely benefited from the absence of WR Dwayne Bowe, who skipped the entire offseason program as he tries to secure a long-term contract. Bowe has received the franchise tag from the Chiefs but he has yet to sign it.
The key now will be for the players to continue to study their playbook and stay in shape until camp. Rookie first round pick Dontari Poe plans to do just that.
“I’ll be doing a lot of working out,” Poe said after Thursday’s practice. “Also a lot of staying out of trouble and that’s it; trying to keep reading this playbook just so I can know how everything is.”
In an act of kindness, many of KC’s players are going to hold off on skipping town Friday so they can go to Joplin, Missouri to assist in the building of five homes. The city is still struggling to re-build after being decimated by a tornado just over a year ago.
We’re about to enter the most boring part of the entire offseason, Addicts. But the good news is, once it is over, football will be back. AA will be here all along the way keeping you entertained with the usual dose of Chiefs news, views and theories.