Todd Haley spoke with the media today following the Kansas City Chiefs rookie mini-camp. Here are the key points:
- Tyson Jackson and Alex Magee are athletic enough to be 3-4 defensive ends.
- Special Teams coach Steve Hoffman liked K Ryan Succop a lot. He will provide competition at the kicker spot.
- DB Donald Washington and WR Quinten Lawrence have special teams abilities.
- How will T Colin Brown's game translate from the spread to the NFL?
Here are some highlights from the mothership:
On Tyson Jackson:
“Yeah, again we had Tyson in here and interviewed him at the combine. We had him here for two days so I pretty much knew what he looked like. He actually lost a few pounds since we saw him which is good. I’m really excited about the player but, again, he’s got a long way to go understanding everything, conditioning-wise, all those things. But as far as two days out there I’m excited about the player.”
On Alex Magee:
“Yeah, that was one of the things that was a big positive on Magee. It was his versatility, that he had done both (tackle and end). It remains to be seen, but when we took him we believed he could play either position. We found value in that but he’s come in and been impressive so far athletically.”
On the kicking game:
“We want competition in as many positions as we can and the kicker was somebody that our special teams coach, Steve Hoffman, had gone and worked out and really liked. I don’t know you know much about him, but Coach Hoffman is one of the few special team coaches that is really a technical teacher. What he’s done for really the last 19 years is teach kickers and punters technique and actually works with them on mechanics."
On the return game:
“I’ve told everybody here that if you can be a better than average punt and kick returner you’ve got a very good chance to make this team because I don’t know if we have one right now. That’s a great opportunity for somebody, so that’s definitely an area that we went into the draft and off-season knowing that we needed to find somebody.”
Read the entire interview at the mothership.