Quotes From Day One Of Kansas City Chiefs Rookie Minicamp: Dee Ford, Aaron Murray And De’Anthony Thomas

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Day one of rookie minicamp means we get to here from some of the Chiefs’ draft picks for the first time since they were drafted. Here’s what Dee Ford, Aaron Murray, and De’Anthony Thomas had to say about the start of their professional careers.

DEE FORD

Q: What kind of relief is it to have your contract out of the way?

FORD: “I just want to play football. I’m excited about the opportunity to get to play here. Now I’m officially a Chief.”

Q: Do you think you’ll fit in the way you did in Auburn’s defense?

FORD: “Yeah. I’m going to rush the passer. I am dropping in coverage and they’re doing a great job teaching me. I’m learning the system. It’s becoming second nature. They’re going to beat it into my brain, so I’ll get it. I fit perfectly in the system playing behind Justin (Houston) and Tamba (Hali), and I can come in and make some plays.”

Q: How exciting was it to be a part of an organized drill

FORD: “It was good. It’s football. This is what I came here to do. I just want to put who I am out on the field and see what they have and improve from here.”

Q: What are you thinking when you rush the passer?

FORD: “I don’t know. I just go. I don’t really think. I just react. You get a plan, you just work it and trust it.”

Q: You had an interception on the first team play. How was that?

FORD: “It was great. Teamwork, got batted the ball to me. I just reacted off of that. It was fun.”

Q: Where is your comfort level now after being here for a while?

FORD: “I give it a C. There is always room for improvement. I don’t want to feel like I’ve arrived. I want to stay grounded and just learn. You can never learn too much. You always have to stay at the C. There’s always room for improvement.”

Q: Why did you change your number?

FORD: “The opportunity presented itself. I’d play at any number, but of course 55 came available. This is Derrick Thomas’ college number. It’s all good. I’m not trying to be Derrick Thomas, but he’s a guy that definitely inspired me. The opportunity presented itself, so I took it.”

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  • Jacob

    It’s unfortunate that DAT didn’t address whether or not he’s ready to contribute to the team.

    • Phillip Maxwell

      Lol!

  • mnelson52

    DAT just made his 1st rookie mistake. That statement was dumb. He’s never been in Reid’s complicated system, he doesn’t know his teammates, he is building no chemistry, and says there will be no setbacks at all. Even the vets know how important it is to show up when they already know a lot more than the rookies.

    • superman_25_58

      DAT will be just fine and won’t have much of a set back as long as he continues to work out, study his film and playbooks. Remember he has played in Chip Kelleys fast paced offense in college which translated to the NFL pretty well considering the Eagles went to the playoffs in Chips first year as a NFL head coach. This kid is a play maker plain and simple.

  • Andy

    I must have missed why DAT will miss OTA. Someone enlighten me please

  • Jim Harper

    I am a little put off that Murray is getting so much attention when he was just a 5th round pick. I am not ready to kick AS11 to the curb and hand the keys to the kingdom to Murray, and it bothers me that Alex has not gotten his well deserved extension.

  • PunjabiPete

    No offense to you at all, Ben, but these articles seem to follow a very tight script:

    Reporter: What do you think about *injury, position change, anything, really*
    Player: I’m just here to put in work and contribute, and go out and compete, and something something Playbook
    Reporter: *slightly more probing question*
    Player: *laughs* Yeah, I just use that as a way to get better, you can never be too humble, just get out there and put it all on the field.
    Reporter: * Asks about the time player killed 15 clowns outside a biker bar in Odessa, Mo.*
    Player: I just put it all in God’s hands and show up ready to play; wherever coach puts me I’m ready to go

    -aaaaaand scene.