Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp: Grading the Rookies so Far

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Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp: Grading the Rookies so Far
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With a lockout-shortened NFL preseason, players have reporting to training camp are expected to be able to return to the speed of the NFL game. They are left with only a matter of weeks to prove themselves. For a player to make a roster, they will need to prove themselves early and show that they deserve a spot on the final team, a difficult feat after months without any professional practices or preparation.

For the 2011 rookie class, this task is even more difficult.

These players are expected to be able to prove that they can move to the pros with ease, and to make it past the roster cuts, these players almost have to arrive in training camp ready to go. While it may seem early to look at the play of these rookies, a week can make all the difference to the coaching staff making these decisions.

The Kansas City Chiefs have 23 rookies in training camp hoping to have a spot in the locker room when week one rolls around. While some rookies, such as wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin and Defensive End Allen Bailey, are guaranteed an NFL paycheck, others are forced to fight tooth and nail for one of the few remaining spots on the roster.

After two weeks of training camp, some rookies are able to stand out while others have been slow off of the starting blocks. Here are the grades they have earned thus far. While most of these players will be able to prove their abilities better in the preseason games, a lack of performance in the preseason drills could cost them a job come September.

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