Chiefs news: Isiah Pacheco slims down, Harrison Butker out, DT tryout and more

Let's round up the latest Chiefs news in case you missed the first day of mandatory minicamp.
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Let's round up the latest Chiefs news in case you missed the first day of mandatory minicamp.

The Kansas CIty Chiefs came together for the first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday for three days of practices, film study, 7-on-7 reps, positional drills, and more. There are still limits on contact, but teams can at least get a good look at rookies or new faces alongside returnees in order to get a sense of how the roster looks on the field.

Here's a quick rundown of some of the more important developments from the Chiefs first day together at minicamp.

Isiah Pacheco has slimmed down

Don't look now but Isiah Pacheco is looking svelte.

These days, Pacheco says he's down to 207 pounds and that's down 10 pounds or so from when he first came into the league. Last year, he was also dealing with shoulder surgeries in a single year but this year, he's feeling and looking great.

"I came in around 216 out of the combine. That was combine weight. Other than that, when I’m on the field, I like to play at around 210 or 208 and stay a little loose and flexible," said Pacheco on Tuesday to reporters.

Pacheco has become a better pass catcher in the last year, and his violent running style has kept him dangerous in the ground game. As he gains experience and things slow even further, he might take a major leap forward as a vital offensive cog after being able to enjoy a healthy offseason for the first time.

Harrison Butker among players missing

The Chiefs were missing three players from minicamp's first day: offensive lineman Joe Thuney, defensive end BJ Thompson, and kicker Harrison Butker.

Thuney continues to sit out with a pectoral muscle injury that requires significant time to rest and heal. Thompson suffered a seizure last week that forced the cancellation of Thursday's practice and he was just released from the hospital. As for Butker, the team said he's out with an illness.

We're not sure of any details here, but here's hoping there's nothing more than this going behind the scenes and that Butker feels better soon.

Who is Jackson Cravens?

The Chiefs welcomed a new face to the mix at defensive tackle at the first day of mandatory minicamp and he might be sticking around beyond these few days if the coaches like what they see. That's because Jackson Cravens is a product of BYU in town to try out for the Chiefs while the rest of the roster prepares for the season ahead.

The Chiefs are likely going to turn over a few more stones before all is said and done at defensive tackle given the state of the position. That was also before Isaiah Buggs got into legal trouble recently for animal cruelty allegations—although he has denied those accusations.

Back to Cravens, he's a familiar face for Chiefs rookie tackle Kingsley Suamataia after going against each other in practice for the last couple of years for the Cougars. He's an older prospect who transferred from Utah to Boise State to BYU who had 24 total tackles last year, including 4 for a loss, and 3 pass deflections.

It's a longshot, but you can never have enough names at hand in case of injury and the Chiefs are checking out their options along the defensive interior.