The 6 Biggest Takeaways from Kansas City Chiefs Rookie Minicamp
The Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp came to a close on May 12, offering local loyalists a brief glimpse at the franchise's most recent batch of young-bloods. Six notable takeaways developed over the three-day orientation.
But by the third day, semblances of cohesion began to appear, and Reid was allowed to play the role of evaluator.
As the weekend unfolded, six on-field and off-field curiosities were addressed.
Jersey Numbers Revealed
Fans take an annual interest in learning the jersey numbers worn by their team's newcomers.
For the Chiefs, a number of rookies sided with tradition and chose their collegiate number, while a handful of others went the opposite route, whether by choice or requirement.
While the initial choices aren't etched in stone, Kansas City's 2013 draftees will likely don the same jersey numbers in the regular season.
Knile Davis Focused on Ball Security
Knile Davis' scouting report prompted two red flags—recurring injuries and fumbling issues.
But for Kansas City, eye-popping combine results and a stellar 2010 season triggered the green light to select him in the third round.
Davis is acutely aware of his flaws. As the minicamp progressed, he dedicated a significant portion of his time to correcting his problematic ball security. The rookie rusher pointed out that working with heavier footballs helped his effort, adding, "I’m trying to get the Trent Richardson and Tiki Barber (grip). I’m trying to get it up. So that’s what I worked on pretty much all day" (via FoxSportsKansasCity.com).
In the years to come, there will be no middle ground when reviewing Davis' value—his third-round selection will be labeled as an incontestable mistake or a prophetic steal.
Reid Impressed with Sanders Commings' Transition
As expected, fifth-round selection Sanders Commings began acclimating to his new position: free safety.
Commings' tangibles dwarf those of Kendrick Lewis, Kansas City's veteran starter. But given Lewis' edge in positional experience, Commings will enter training camp facing an uphill climb in order to secure the starting job. And the length of that climb depends solely on the rookie's ability to adapt and digest information.
So far, so good, according to Andy Reid:
It was good to see Commings work at safety. He had been predominantly a corner; he played a little bit of safety. But it was nice to see the progress that he made as he went on. We feel like he can still play corner, but he gives us the flexibility to play in that free safety position. It looked like he handled that fairly easy. (KCChiefs.com)
If Commings' initial pace remains consistent, he will seal what is arguably the defense's largest void. As a result, Kansas City would present one of the most talented and imposing secondaries in the league.
Tyler Bray Made a Lasting Impression
According to Bob Gretz, the offense often resembled a fluttered mess in the early stages of the three-day minicamp. Quarterback Tyler Bray oversaw a discombobulated unit, as he and his receivers failed to establish any kind of rapport.
However, the blatant disconnect gradually faded. By Day 2, Bray was torching the secondary with surgical precision, completing all 12 attempts throughout his first two series.
Andy Reid took notice. When asked whether any particular player's performance stood out, Bray was one of two names mentioned (Sanders Commings being the second).
Branden Albert Will Arrive on May 13
The Branden Albert saga—a tale of futile contract negotiations, speculative rookie replacements and hollow trade talks—will seemingly come full circle on May 13.
Andy Reid confirmed that the longtime left tackle will return to his stomping grounds, saying, "We had some great talks with Branden Albert, and he'll be in here on Monday" (via NFL.com).
Kansas City's head coach relayed that Albert is "very eager" to get the ball rolling and to begin training (via the Kansas City Star).
The sentiments mirrored those of Albert himself, who took to Instagram and expressed his relief just days before.
Eric Fisher Starts at Right Tackle
In the wake of the Branden Albert announcement, Andy Reid also verified that No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher will begin his pro career at right tackle, claiming, "Branden will play the left side, and Eric is going to play the right side" (via KCChiefs.com).
The affirmation comes as no surprise, as Kansas City failed to reach a trade agreement with the Miami Dolphins—which would have sent Albert to South Beach in exchange for an additional draft pick(s)—during the 2013 NFL draft.
Throughout the offseason, the veteran has vehemently protested any proposition involving him sliding to right tackle.
While the scenario relegates Fisher to a position of less importance, the opportunity will at least minimize the burden and dim the spotlight on his transition to the pros.
Last season, Reid's Philadelphia Eagles wilted due to a crippled and untrustworthy offensive line—he thoroughly grasps the value of line play.
This offseason, the Chiefs made a significant investment in acquiring Alex Smith. And they doubled down on that investment by retaining two renowned left tackles.
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