Our old friend Field Yates wrote a story on the New England Patriots OTAs for ESPN Boston this week and he relied on his experience with the Kansas City Chiefs to talk about the importance of perfect attendance at these offseason workouts.
He should know because the 2010 Kansas City Chiefs (of which he was a part) had perfect attendance after their "momentum-building throttling" of the Denver Broncos (44-24) in the 2009 season finale.
What appeared to be a strong draft and free agency period created even more buzz, and it showed when we opened our OTAs with perfect attendance. Attendance remained perfect through the conclusion of OTAs, and that played a part in our team continuing the offseason with a strong training camp and subsequently three wins to open the year.
Back then, it was only technically perfect attendance, as it is today. Two years ago Jarrad Page hadn't signed his tender and didn't participate in the Chiefs offseason. This year, Dwayne Bowe hasn't signed his franchise tender and hasn't participated in the Chiefs offseason. He's the only player missing.
So it technically wasn't perfect attendance back then and it's technically not perfect attendance now, either. But of all the players under contract? Yeah, the Chiefs have perfect attendance. Bowe and first round pick Dontari Poe are the only two unsigned players to which the Chiefs have the rights.