Chiefs Training Camp Update 8/3: What You Need to Know from The Mothership
Monday marked the first day the players could wear full pads at practice, and they were excited
It was a "thud" day according to coach Andy Reid, which meant there was no tackling to the ground but there was "some good hitting" going on
Monday's injury report can be found HERE
After 30 minutes of practice outside, the team was forced to move indoors because of lightning
"My heart goes out to all of these fans that showed up here," Reid said after practice. "We've got these rules and regulations (regarding lightning). Bottom line is we had to come inside. We had to make sure both the players and fans were safe. But come tomorrow. Let's try it again and hopefully we'll be outside."
After practice, offensive linemen Ben Grubbs and Eric Kush, defensive lineman Mike Catapano, cornerback Marcus Peters and running back Knile Davis all spoke with the media.
What We Learned From Monday's Chiefs Media Availability from The Mothership
Monday's pratice marked the first time the team put the pads on all year.
"We've put the pads on," Reid said. "This is offense versus defense and here we go and we're rolling. Today was a thud day, so there wasn't any tackling to the ground today but there was a lot of good hitting. It was good live-up until tackling to the ground. That's how we worked it.
"I appreciate the competition, the way they did it, especially with the sudden change. Sometimes that can be a bit of a distraction, but we got in here, we knocked it out, and our equipment guys did a phenomenal job.
Sunday was Alumni Day at Chiefs Training Camp from The Mothership
"It's always nice to be invited back to training camp," Walter White, who played with the Chiefs from 1975 to 1979 said. "It's exciting to see the support for the team. It's always good to see fans, the weather is good and the environment is positive."
To start their day, the Chiefs alumni made their way to the practice fields where they watched the team work out from a tent with a view of both fields.
Keith Cash, a member of the Chiefs from 1992 to 1996, enjoyed the fact that so many fans showed up for the Chiefs.
"This is a pretty nice crowd," he said. "To have this many people on a Sunday is great."
2015-2016 Chiefs Cheerleader 16-Month Calendar is Now Available from The Mothership
The calendar runs from September 2015 to December 2016 and features the best shots of some of your favorite cheerleaders at the beautiful Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa in St. Lucia.
You can purchase the calendar both online and at Chiefs training camp.
Social Recap: Kenny Chesney Shatters Stadium Record at Arrowhead from The Mothership
A roundup of the past few days in Chiefs social media
Chiefs rookie Marcus Peters shines during Monday's practice from The Mothership
Chiefs rookie cornerback Marcus Peters didn't waste time announcing his presence Monday morning while filling in for cornerback Phillip Gaines.
Peters, who took over Gaines' spot with the first-team offense after Gaines tweaked his knee, intercepted an Alex Smith pass on the right sideline intended for tight end Travis Kelce during 11-on-11 drills.
The Chiefs are starved for interceptions after getting only six last season. On the first day of practice, that because the Chiefs were in pads resembled real football, Peters delivered half of last season's team total all by himself.
"Not a bad day," Peters said. "Not a bad day at all. I played fast. I made some plays on the ball. I've been having some chances to make some plays on the ball, but I couldn't capitalize on them.
"I feel I should be able to make these kinds of plays. That's what I do. Now it's time for me to do it on a consistent basis. I've got to come out tomorrow and do the same thing."
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is finally feeling healthy again from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
Jamaal Charles had holes in his shoes on the first day of training camp.
The Chiefs running back was trying out a new pair, and they apparently were a bit tight in the toes. So Charles made incisions on each shoe that allowed his big toe to poke though.
Entering his eighth year in the league, they might be the only holes in his game.
Charles is coming off his third consecutive 1,000-yard season, despite battling nagging injuries all year. He also had at least 35 receptions for the third straight year, even though he was the constant focus of opposing defenses on a team with few offensive weapons.
If a running back is going to carry his team for a period of years and be the focus of an opponent's defensive attention week in and week out, he'd better have a little bravado. There's no other way to get through that gauntlet.
That can help explain the now famous, or perhaps infamous, comment in which Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs recently compared himself to LeBron James.
Without believing in his ability, a player can't carry this rather heavy burden for as many years as Charles has. If he doesn't feel he is invincible, he simply can't be the player he is.
So it is with Charles.
Chiefs' first full pads practice interrupted by Mother Nature from Chiefs Digest
Less than an hour into the work, head coach Andy Reid cleared the field, sending his players, staff and helpers into the indoor practice facility. While it was not raining, and lightning had not been seen, the skies to the north and northwest were very dark and thunder could be heard.
The Chiefs have a lightning detector on the field when they practice and when it went off, indicating nearby electrical charges, Reid changed venues. Lightning never was apparent on the MWSU campus and there was only a brief shower.
The Kansas City Chiefs take the next step in their development at training camp Monday, and it's a big one. They'll put on the pads for practice for the first time this year.
Finally the game gets physical for the Chiefs.
"That's the best part about the game," linebacker Tamba Hali said. "I love it, and if you don't like that then this is not the sport for you."
All eyes on $101 million man as Chiefs' Houston gets to work from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
The massive linebacker with the sweat-drenched biceps insists he never took a day off this offseason, even if he never showed up for one of the Kansas City Chiefs' workouts.
Early in training camp, it's easy to believe him.
With his familiar No. 50 stretched across his broad shoulders, Justin Houston has wasted no time in terrorizing quarterbacks again -- even if they happen to be his own teammates. While the Chiefs worked out in only shells during the first couple of days, and hitting the QB is always taboo this time of year, more than once Houston could have easily leveled the boom.
"I just made sure about being busy at all times," said Houston, who often posted videos of his offseason workouts on social media while his representatives worked on a long-term contract.
Chiefs roll with same starting five on offensive line for third straight day from Chiefs Digest
Chiefs coach Andy Reid mixed and matched offensive linemen throughout organized team activities and mandatory minicamp in an attempt to find the best five players.
But the Chiefs may have found - or at least are on the way to identifying - the top group if the first three days of training camp are an indication.
Left tackle Eric Fisher, left guard Ben Grubbs, center Eric Kush, right guard Jeff Allen and right tackle Donald Stephenson have been mainstays with the first-team offense.
There's time between now and the start of the regular season for the Chiefs to make one or more changes to their starting line. But a backup will have to make a move in order for the Chiefs to shuffle their lineup.
"It is for today," coach Andy Reid said when asked if the current lineup is the one the Chiefs will go with. "But there's still competition everywhere. We have three groups that are going. It's a little higher intensity than what you had during the offseason. We set different groups but if you play and you do good and the other guy doesn't do good, you get moved up. It's that simple."
Chiefs add WR depth with signing of L'Damian Washington from Chiefs Digest
Washington's arrival bolster's depth with Junior Hemingway (hip) and Chris Conley (knee) missing time in training camp with injuries.
The 6-4, 205-pound Washington broke out his senior season at Missouri in 2013 with 50 catches for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns, finishing his collegiate career with 100 catches for 1,735 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Wilson caught 16 passes last year, 12 in those last four games.
More importantly, Wilson averaged a team-leading 16.3 yards per catch, an impressive statistic on a team that otherwise struggled to get long pass plays.
That end-of-season playing time helped the Chiefs believe Wilson belonged. But it also helped Wilson believe that too.
Ford and Dezman Moses would have combined for a sack if the Chiefs had been tackling. He later got to the quarterback by flattening offensive tackle Jarrod Pughsley with a strong pass rush move. Hammond had two leaping catches. One led quarterback Alex Smith, apparently thinking the pass would go incomplete, to pump his fist in celebration.
Former Jayhawks DB Kevin Short takes unusual path to Chiefs from Chiefs Digest
The 6-2, 185-pound Short may have fallen off the radar for a lot of people, but the Chiefs apparently kept a close eye on him, resulting in Short signing a free-agent deal after going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Supplemental Draft.
Short, a native of Florissant, Mo., now finds himself in Chiefs training camp, where he lined up with the third-team defense on Monday.
Short's road from junior college to the NFL has been bumpy, especially since he never suited up for a Division I program, even though he was on the roster for one.
Catapano returns to Chiefs with renewed purpose from The KC Star via The Wichita Eagle
Catapano's was no ordinary injury or recovery process. At last year's camp, Catapano missed the first couple of weeks, returned briefly and was out again, this time for good.
The problem as initially described as a non-football illness. Truth was, nobody was precisely sure what was ailing Catapano.
Finally, the diagnosis was revealed to be a gastrointestinal virus. While doctors were studying that issue, another was discovered. Catapano also had suffered a concussion. What would have been the second NFL season for Catapano, a seventh-round draft selection from Princeton, was over.
But Catapano's dedication to reshaping his 6-foot-4, 270-pound body was beginning.
He understood his rare affliction came with a rare opportunity.
Chiefs Football Still Tugs at Carl Peterson from Warpaint Illustrated
Sure the Chiefs didn't win a Super Bowl under his watch but Peterson's vision single handedly rebuilt the franchise from the ground up. Today, the Chiefs are one of the most popular teams in the NFL.
As he told reporters today, the traditions he reestablished at Arrowhead stadium, were the perfect cathedral for the best fans in the NFL. Though Peterson did say he misses certain aspects of the NFL, others not so much.
Chiefs CB Commings gets reps in the sock game from The St. Joseph News-Press
Sports and fashion have gone hand-in-hand from Walt Frazier in the 1970s to postgame outfits drawing headlines.
Now, Kansas City's third-year safety Sander Commings is trying to leave his foot print in the sock market.
Commings is the co-founder of Young Hearted Socks, a company that produces fun, athletic sock that brings out the personality of wearer.
Monday evening, the Chiefs partnered with ESPN to host an exclusive screening of "Delaney," a 30 for 30 short film. Appropriately, enough, the film was screened at the Hank Stram Theater at the Chiefs training complex. The film will be viewed by a select group of community partners, including season ticket holders, corporate partners, and suite holders.
In an effort to expand the excitement of "Red Thursday" throughout the Chiefs Kingdom in 2015, the club announced Monday that it will be taking the celebration on the road to Omaha, Nebraska. This marks the first time the team will specifically target fans from another market within the Kingdom during the annual season kickoff.
"We are thrilled to be taking the excitement and tradition of our Red Thursday celebration to Omaha this year," Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. "We have outstanding partners in Coca-Cola and Hy-Vee, as well as the cooperation of the Mayor and City of Omaha who are helping activate and expand this program."
A Charger cheers for a Chief from The San Diego Union-Tribune
"I think he's faster, more fit, stronger than he was before he had that, uh, situation," Flowers said. "I'm just looking at him and thinking, 'That guy is a maniac.' "
Flowers predicted the comeback, told everyone Berry would plow through treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma, forecast that Berry would return for the 2015 season. "Any guy that played with Eric Berry," he said, "none of them counted him out."
After his playing days as an offensive lineman for BYU football, Andy Reid, head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, has gone on to have a remarkable career as a coach. In his first 14 years as an NFL head coach, Reid guided the Philadelphia Eagles to five NFC championship games and once advanced to the Super Bowl. In his first two seasons as the head guy in Kansas City, Reid has led the team to an impressive 20-12 after taking over a team that went 2-14 the year before he got there. I caught up with Coach Reid recently, and this is what he had to say.
At his athletic complex, 68 Inside Sports, he spoke with reporters Monday wearing a jersey he described as his resume. It lists all of the places he's played football, the championships he won and the accolades he picked up on the way.
He said he has finished his induction speech, though there's still a little polishing work to do on it.
"You can go over it in your mind as many ways as you want to, and then you start actually writing it down and changing it up and different things," Shields said. "It starts with just a lot of thoughts and then you just go from there."
One week ago, the Royals were dominating Kansas City's sports headlines.
The Boys in Blue were riding roughshod over the American League, and in the hunt for some big-time trade-deadline roster additions.
Kansas City was in the grip of "Royals fever."
The Chiefs seemed a near afterthought. More than one KC sports fans was heard to remark that this year's training camp didn't seem like as big a deal as in years past.
Day-one changed that.
Head Coach Andy Reid announced that Safety Eric Berry was being evaluated for a possible return to football.
Not a return to good healty after battling cancer. A return to football.
That woke up Chiefs fans, and attracted national headlines.