"We all know the first day of practice, guys are trying to catch their breath, get familiar with the surroundings," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said. "I just want to watch them move around athletically. I think we've done our due diligence in their ability to play the game of football. "Now, it's the first time we get to see them as Kansas City Chiefs."
The Chiefs will enter the weekend’s rookie minicamp with the 2015 NFL Draft class under contract. The Chiefs signed cornerback Marcus Peters, the team announced Friday evening.
While Nelson brings experience playing press-man and can play outside and inside, he projects to compete at the available nickel cornerback position left vacant by Chris Owens, whom the Chiefs allowed to leave via free agency in March.
The Chiefs also signed defensive lineman Charles Tuaau, an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M-Commerce, and released defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo and tight end Brandon Barden, bringing the team's overall roster total to 89 — one spot under the maximum roster size of 90.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs are friendly when it comes to undrafted free agents. Of the 53 players on the team’s Week 1 regular-season roster, 16 entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent.
Daniel is pricey for a backup, but the Chiefs will keep him around for at least one more year, indicating they either think a lot of him or not much of Murray, their fifth-round draft pick last year. Bray tore his ACL playing basketball early in the offseason and is rehabbing. It’s a stretch to think he can contribute in any meaningful way this season.
"We help players in their transitioning, whether it’s a free agent transitioning to this team or a draft pick transitioning from college," Stabler explained. "We also make players more aware of the situation they're in right now." When players come to visit Kansas City, either as draft prospects or as free agents, the player engagement staff is the one that greets them, shows them around and answers any questions they might have.