"Camp is camp," said Smith, who checked in at Missouri Western State University straight from playing in the American Century Golf Championship at Stateline, Nev. "But this is my first time going away for camp."
Smith was eager to get on the field Tuesday, even though it will be with about 40 rookies, first-year players and selected veterans coming off injuries, most of whom will not crack the 53-man roster.
Check-In Day For Chiefs QBs And Rookies from The Mothership
Once training camp begins on Friday, each practice will be followed later by Chiefs Live!, including highlights from the day, plus in-depth reviews of training camp position battles. Chiefs Live! will also include one-on one-interviews with the players, right as they step off the field.
In addition to Live!, we will be gathering elements for our show, Full-Contact, and updating Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. continuously. Below are just a few snapshots of what the players and coaches will see upon arriving today and when heading to the practice fields.
Chiefs QBs, Rookies Report, Embrace Extra Reps from The Mothership
As for members of the 2013 rookie draft class, Chiefs LB
Nico Johnsonshared what he plans to bring to the team, during his first season.
"Letting everybody know that this is a new season," Johnson said. "It's up for grabs. The Super Bowl is up for grabs, and if we want to go after it, then we have a chance to do that. Taking advantage of the opportunity and everybody being held accountable to do their job, I think that's what I can help bring. I've been through it, been through the downs, been through the ups, so that's what I can bring."
"Right now we're still talking, and that's where we are," Dorsey said Monday. "It's the business side of it, and it's kind of what you do with this thing. Training camp hasn't even got here yet."
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said he was encouraged by the fact Dorsey and Fisher's agent, Joel Segal, were communicating.
Their three biggest problems last year, in no particular order: a) limp head coach, b) incompetent quarterbacks, and c) embarrassing in-fighting and obsession with irrelevant details that had nothing to do with winning football games.
In response, the Chiefs a) hired the most accomplished coach available, b) traded for the best quarterback available, and c) put that accomplished coach with a personnel man who has both an excellent resume and a tremendous working relationship with said accomplished coach.
So, sure. There should be optimism. But it might be worth a moment - as the Chiefs (sort of) open training camp Tuesday - to pause for a little inventory.
Chiefs Hire New Player Engagement Assistant from The Mothership
The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Monday changes in the club's Player Engagement Department. Chiefs Vice President of Administration Kirsten Krug will oversee the department with the assistance of newly-promoted Manager of Player Engagement B.J. Stabler. Krug and Stabler appointed Rahman Anjorin as the club's new Player Engagement Assistant to aid in the department's daily responsibilities.
The department's mission is to optimize the personal and professional growth of the club's players and staff members through guidance and support before, during and after their NFL careers.
2013 Flag Warriors Announced from The Mothership
You see them run across the field when the Chiefs score; they keep the crowd loud and proud as they hoist the team colors and run end zone-to-end zone at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs Flag Warriors are relied on to help keep the Chiefs Kingdom pumped up and cheering loud for their team.
"These guys have what it takes to keep Arrowhead Stadium on their feet," Stephanie Judah, Director of Chiefs Cheerleading and also oversees the Chiefs Flag Warriors. "We had a group of men audition for the 2013 Flag Warriors last week and it was exciting to see the participants' enthusiasm."
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Chiefs Alter Player Engagement Staff from The Associated Press via FOX Sports
The Kansas City Chiefs have restructured their player engagement department less than a year after one of their players was involved in a murder-suicide near Arrowhead stadium.
Kirsten Krug, the Chiefs' vice president of administration, will oversee the department. She will work alongside B.J. Stabler, who has experience in crisis management.
Chiefs Tickets Going Cheap from Kansas City Business Journal
A study by VividSeats showed the average price of tickets at Arrowhead Stadium for the Kansas City Chiefs upcoming season is $124. That's the fifth lowest in the league.
Chiefs Trickle Into Reid's First Camp from The Associated Press via The Springfield News-Leader
The Kansas City Chiefs began arriving on the campus of Missouri Western for their first training camp under coach Andy Reid on Monday, toting into the dorms everything from flat-screen TVs to box fans to combat the heat and humidity.
Rookies and quarterbacks were due in ahead of the full squad, which will begin practice in earnest on Friday. But absent from the trail of players trickling in was Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft and the presumptive starter at right tackle.
Chiefs Super Fans Show Up To Camp from FOX4KC
The Chiefs players who reported to camp on Monday showed up seemingly well prepared for the next month: TVs, pillows, game consoles - the basics and must-have's to get by. But it was a small group of fans who made them feel most welcome.
"Sup man, How you doing?" asked one of the rookies to the handful of fans waiting outside the Missouri Western State University Dorms.
The recreation areas at the college have been converted into massive film study rooms and office space for coaches. The dorm rooms that normally hold two students will hold a single player each.
"It's usually two per room during the school year but for the chiefs we pushed the beds together to make them a little bigger because these are some big guys and make it one person per room," said Kurt McGuffin, director of athletics at Missouri Western.
Reality Of Training Camp: Living In A Dorm from FOX4KC
Tucked into a corner on Missouri Western State University's campus sits a 300 bed brick building - boasting views of a Missouri hay field, a parking lot and a small pond. And for the next three weeks, that's where 85 Kansas City Chiefs players will call home.
"They have a comfy bed, hopefully, and a place to hang some clothes."
A college dorm providing the basics - a twin bed, small closet and corner desk.
Chiefs Camp Begins This Week In St. Joseph from StJoeChannel.com
This week brings a lot of excitement for Chiefs fans.
Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp returns to Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph with the arrival of quarterbacks and rookies on Monday.
Fans have numerous opportunities to catch a glimpse of the players in action between July 26 and August 14.
Fan Information For Chiefs Training Camp In St. Joe from MissouriNet
In anticipation of extreme heat, MWSU and the Chiefs have provided the following accommodations;
- Misting Tent - The Chiefs will provide a misting tent for fans to cool down during practices.
- Mosaic Life Care EMS - The official sponsor of Chiefs Training Camp, Mosaic Life Care, will have EMS personnel on hand at each practice to attend to fans needing assistance.
- Hydration - Water will be provided compliments of the Western Institute located in the MWSU tent upon entrance into to the main camp area.
Fans are allowed to bring in one sealed bottle of water to the training camp sight.
Area Business Look For Boost During Chiefs Training Camp from StJoeChannel.com
Instead of sitting in the heat to watch afternoon practices, the morning sessions are open to the public, which may mean those from out of town will stick around a little longer.
"People who want to come to training camp will probably come the night before and stay, and then we're also planning on trying to get those people to stay an extra night by offering some packages and special rates," said Whitaker.
Players To Be Blood-Tested In Camp For HGH from USA Today
The population study will be used to determine what a "normal" HGH level is for an NFL player as negotiations continue on several other issues, including discipline for those caught with increased HGH levels, before testing is implemented across the league.
"I don't think it's a big issue," said Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz. "The testing is just to establish baselines. We agreed to testing in the CBA and this is the first step in that process."
"Me and Tamba Hali from the Kansas City Chiefs, we linked up. He's just an all-around good dude. He heard some records, believed in the talent that I bring to the table, the artistry that I bring to the table, and we just linked up. It was just the perfect marriage after that. That's what it is," said Gillie of the star Linebacker's label. "One thing about my man, every thing that he do, he like to do to a certain level. As well as myself." He continued, "Me and Tamba, we was like one and the same. It's just that his money is like 400 times longer than mines. We can do it on a real different level."
Pioli Talks Offset Language In Rookie Deals from ProFootballTalk
"I would find that very hard to believe, that Clark is demanding that the Chiefs or that anybody in the organization takes a stance," Pioli said. "I can say this emphatically. My four years in [Kansas City], he let us negotiate things the way we wanted to. At times the way we did it wasn't popular with agents or it wasn't popular in the agent community or with players, but ownership always allowed us to do business the way that we believed was right."
I'm really anxious to see what Andy Reid is going to be able to do with the Kansas City Chiefs. I liken him to a modern-day version of Marty Schottenheimer, the kind of guy who can produce an instant winner when dropped into a chaotic situation.
Despite a 2-14 record, the Chiefs were loaded with talent last year, as evidenced by their six Pro Bowl participants. Now they have a coach who is going to be able to bring it all together, as well as a quarterback (Alex Smith) who has shown he can thrive with the right guidance.