The Kansas City Chiefs continue on in the third phase of the offseason program, which includes some more 11-on-11 drills but still no live contact. The Chiefs wrapped up their first week of OTAs, which included all the rookies and veterans.
Let's take a look at what we learned from the first week of Chiefs OTAs.
Offseason workouts begin:
May 27-29, June 3-5, June 10-13
Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19
We looked at the best Chiefs position battles right now.
Brandon Flowers and Justin Houston did not show up to the first week of OTAs. For Houston, the speculation is that it's related to his contract, which has one year remaining on it. No word on why Flowers is out but some are wondering about his future with the team at this point. He's still working out and Marcus Cooper is replacing him.
Andy Reid addressed the absence of Flowers and Houston.
Alex Smith's contract talks are still a thing. Mrs. Smith even chimed in.
Eric Fisher is not participating with his offseason shoulder injury. Donald Stephenson, presumed to be the starting right tackle, has taken his place for now on the left side while J'Marcus Webb and tryout player Ryan McKee saw time at right tackle.
Travis Kelce is another one who isn't out there. See the full list of players not participating here.
Junior Hemingway is getting the first look at slot receiver.
At right guard, Rishaw Johnson and Jeff Linkenbach have been splitting reps.
Andy Reid talked about LeBron James.
Jamaal Charles ... still really good.
Dee Ford has gotten some first team snaps with Houston out.
Some Chiefs got new numbers, including Sean Smith who went from No. 27 to No. 21 (Dunta Robinson's old number) and Dee Ford who is now wearing No. 55, the college number of Derrick Thomas.
Reid tidbit on Weston Dressler: "I like his quickness. I like him in the slot…you can see he’s got a real feel in there."— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) May 29, 2014
@HerbieTeope, @adamteicher and I agree: none of us have seen DT Vance Walker with the first team. Bailey & Catapano been getting reps though— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) May 29, 2014
Again, I know you guys are saying "prove it" but Bowe is looking good out here. LOTS of contested catches.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) May 29, 2014
Demetrius Harris continues to see time at TE with the first teamers and is making the most of his opportunities. #Chiefs— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) May 29, 2014
QB Aaron Murray was absent from practice to attend NFL's rookie symposium. Knile Davis missed practice 1 day last year 4 same reason— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) May 28, 2014