May 12, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid watches drills during the rookie minicamp at the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
The Kansas City Chiefs concluded their three-day rookie minicamp yesterday. The group was made up of rookies the team has signed, either through the draft or as free agents and a group of rookie free agents in town on a tryout basis.
Most of those rookie free agents will be given a pat on the back and be sent on their way. Still, some of them may have done enough over the last three days to have earned a shot at going to camp with the Chiefs.
Head coach Andy Reid told reporters on Sunday that there are a couple of players he might like to bring back, as long as he can get permission from GM John Dorsey.
“Yeah, I think we will, but I have to get with Dorse [John Dorsey] and see,”said Reid. “But he had his guys out here, the three days, evaluating them and watching tape. He is meeting with them now, so I will see where that goes.”
Though only have three days to evaluate some of these players presents its challenges, Reid told the media that the Chiefs approached every player the same way.
“Well, really you get two walkthroughs and you get three practices,” said Reid. “You want to do the best you can. We gave the kids a lot of reps. You do the best you can off of film study and how they take your coaching that you are able to give them. Our coaches, it doesn’t matter whether you were the first pick or a college free agent, we don’t care, we are going to coach them all the same. We have a chance to see how they pick it up and them we make our decision. Does that mean that the kids that you let go don’t have a chance? No, some of them are going to have an opportunity somewhere else, but you do the best you can.”
Every season, there are a few unknown rookie free agents that end up making NFL teams. It will be interesting to see if any of the guys the Chiefs decide to bring back stick around come September.