As the final dates of training camp descend like a NASA rocket launch, the expectations and interest of fans across the NFL truly takes off. So with our beloved Chiefs enjoying the last bits the off-season, we thought we'd take a closer look at some of the story lines we HOPE will emerge out of training camp from the outset:
Tyson Jackson and Alex Magee Sign Before Camp - Getting our new-look defensive line as much time together as possible should be a top priority for the new front office, so let's hope the agents involved make it a consideration as well. Early word is that Eugene Parker (Jackson's agent) is busy with Michael Crabtree's deal, but getting practice reps together on-field and working daily on Clancy Pendergast's schemes will make a big difference in readiness for the upcoming season.
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Brian Waters Publicly Endorses the New Regime - Of course, much has already been made of this and things are quiet for the most part. So as long as no one is making a fuss, we should be happy. But a veteran like Waters has been around enough to know the best thing he can do is actually to speak out and simply own his position as a veteran Pro Bowler and leader in the locker room. There won't be any trades this late in camp and Waters must learn to drink the Kool-Aid like everyone else and buy in fully. His silence is one level of support and going along with the program but a sincere public statement could go a long way with his teammates.
Todd Haley Continues to Prove Doubters Wrong - The OTAs brought a new level of respect from those of us who are leery of Todd Haley's emotional outbursts. He handled the team with class by demanding the most of his players yet also revealing a soft side by giving them days off. It was a solid mix that seemed veteran in its approach and it's something we hope continues with training camp.
Larry Johnson Shows Old Self - So far so good on the Johnson files this off-season. He's been a class act in the media and around the team and it seems like he's ready to have a strong season. With the loss of Tony Gonzalez, a new offense and quarterback, it's vital for Johnson to provide the stability he can bring to the offensive side to relieve the pressure on everyone else. A focused training camp will bring higher morale and expectations for the Chiefs this upcoming year.
What are some of the other stories you hope will emerge this off-season?