Reporting day for training camp is tomorrow, but a few players are already in St. Joseph getting a head start on training camp. A few of them, including Chris Owens, Dee Ford, and Eric Fisher, talked to the media after Tuesday’s practice. Here’s what they had to say.
(Note: Comments from AA are in italics.)
Q: Tell us a little bit about how practice has been so far. How do you think camp is going?
OWENS: “It’s going well. Day two and everything is going well. We just got to keep it up. It’s a grind, training camp is always a grind, but as football players we always cherish this time of year. We put in all the work now to be ready for the season.”
Q: What’s something you think you could bring to this secondary?
OWENS: “I bring a lot of attributes to this secondary, from my speed to my quickness. I’m just trying to do whatever the coaches want me to do. Whatever they ask me to do I’m going to do to the best of my ability.”
Q: How big of an opportunity do you see with Brandon Flowers leaving, and an opportunity really for all the cornerbacks and secondary to step up?
OWENS: “I don’t really look at it that way. I just come in and do my job, leave all the personal stuff to the GM and head coach.”
AA: Owens has a bit of an uphill battle because he does not fit the profile of a typical John Dorsey cornerback. However, the Chiefs do need some veteran leadership in the secondary as most of the projected roster will be first or second year players or do not have much starting experience in the NFL. Adding Owens to the mix with Eric Berry and Sean Smith could be useful.
Q: Aside from Alex Smith and maybe Chase Daniel you’re the old man at this camp.
OWENS: “You said that because of the beard, huh? I should have cut it. It’s my sixth year, but its football. I’ve been playing football since I was eight, so I love it. So if I can come out early, it’s just an advantage for me. I love playing the game”
Q: How are you making up for lost time that you didn’t get in the OTAs?
OWENS: I missed a couple practices, but its football and I love it. I’ll come out here a couple weeks early. I don’t care.
Q: What’d you think of Arrowhead when you played there?
OWENS: Man, that place gets loud! I’m happy I’m on the right side.
AA: Well played, Mr. Owens.