Chiefs minicamp: Andy Reid talks Evan Mathis, Justin Houston


The Kansas City Chiefs have finished minicamp on Thursday afternoon, meaning we won’t see our guys until training camp begins in late July. After the final practice, head coach Andy Reid spoke the media and covered everything from why Sean Smith was absent on Thursday, to Eric Berry, Evan Mathis and Justin Houston.

Let’s look at some of the tweets from Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star,who were there and does a fantastic job covering the team. We will then wrap up afterwards:

Alright, so there is nothing new on the Berry front. Until he hears from his doctors and is ready to go public, this is not surprising. We all continue to hope and pray for his recovery.

Gray (torn ACL) and Harris (foot surgery) will hopefully be back in time for the beginning of training camp. While neither figures to be a huge part of the offense, Gray is a special teams ace and Harris will be the second tight end unless rookie James O’Shaughnessy can wrestle the job away from him.

Despite the John Clayton report that we covered here a few days ago, Reid says he isn’t pursuing free-agent guard Evan Mathis. I’ll continue to believe this is a smokescreen until he signs elsewhere. I could be wrong, but I think Kansas City would be interested in a two-time Pro Bowler.

The Houston comment has been the same with Reid every time he’s been asked about it. Reid has continued to show faith in both Houston and general manager John Dorsey. Ultimately, it would be a ridiculously bad look to let Houston walk, so he probably gets paid a massive contract before July 15. Stay tuned.

Smith wasn’t at practice today but apparently it isn’t health related. To this point, nothing to see here.

Also, and very sadly, we mourn the tragedy that took place in Charleston, S.C. on Wednesday night. Unfortunately and horrifyingly, nine people were killed by a gunman in a church, including a cousin of Sanders Commings, the third-year safety for the Chiefs.

Absolutely crushing. Our thoughts and prayers remain with all those afflicted by this senseless crime.