With the Chiefs 2016 Rookie Minicamp in the books, many fans are looking ahead to the first of the Organized Team Activities that take place at the end of the month.
For the most part, minicamp is now largely forgotten. With the exception of the draft picks and a few players that managed to stand out in the three day tryout, this will be the last we hear of most of these players. Former Citadel wide receiver Brandon Eakins hopes to be one of those few that we do see again this offseason.
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Eakins comes from a small school that isn’t known for producing NFL talent or for being a place where wide receivers can stand out. The Citadel is a military college that runs just about as pure a triple option as you could ever expect to find. In 2015, the team completed just 56 passes all season long on only 108 attempts. Needless to say, there wasn’t a lot of hype for wide receivers coming out of the small school in Charleston, South Carolina.
As far as an individual performance, his numbers don’t leap off the page (which is to be expected give what I just told you about the team), but he did lead the Bulldogs in receptions, yards, and touchdowns last year. He also had an impressive showing as a blocker and in Special Teams, generally a pair of traits that can help a young wide receiver grab that last spot on a roster.
As a Citadel graduate myself, it’s a rarity that I ever see players from my alma mater make it to the NFL. And it has been a complete blank as far as seeing any in the “red and gold” of the Kansas City Chiefs.
So when I saw that the team had given Brandon a tryout, I knew I had to reach out to him. This past week, I sat down with the hopeful wide receiver to talk about his experience over the past several months.
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