Justin Houston, Eric Berry, Marcus Peters show up at minicamp

Jan 15, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston (50) and safety Eric Berry (29) during the first half in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Steelers won 18-16. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 15, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston (50) and safety Eric Berry (29) during the first half in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Steelers won 18-16. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Kansas City Chiefs’ best defenders are back at mandatory minicamp after missing organized team activities over the last few weeks.

For anyone who was concerned that some of the Kansas City Chiefs best players weren’t going to show up when it counted, you can relax now. Justin Houston, Eric Berry and Marcus Peters were all in attendance at the team’s mandatory minicamp on Tuesday after missing parts of OTAs (organized team activities) earlier this month.

The trio form the core of a defense that has the potential to be the NFL’s best and help propel another playoff run despite this offseason largely being about setting the future of the offense in place.

Of particular interest this week will be seeing Houston get back to work after dealing with nagging injuries and making only 16 starts over the last two seasons. If he can stay healthy for the Chiefs in 2017, the Chiefs will have a fearsome pass rush and his presence alone frees everyone up to perform at a higher level than without him. Houston had 4 sacks and 21 total tackles in only five games played last season, showing he’s still got the same fierce approach as before.

Berry and Peters will help form the core of a special secondary, and fans will be anxious to see Berry suiting up after signing a long-term extension this offseason that will likely allow him to retire as a Kansas City Chief.