Through organized team activities and mandatory minicamp, Nicolas has been getting tips from Houston and Hali. Both veteran linebackers have been sidelined through the Chiefs' practices so far, but they are helping him learn everything from hand movements to angles to the ball.
"These guys just have it down like a book," Nicolas said. "To these guys, it's actually their craft, and they just really know how to break it down from A to Z, things that you really couldn't see. And it's stuff I didn't even know about."
Moeaki was attending minicamp on a try out basis along with a few other veterans, but with the team's attempts to bolster the tight end position this offseason, Moeaki made the most sense. Since the Bears only had 89 players signed to their roster, no corresponding move was necessary.
The Chiefs also have Dee Ford dealing with tendinitis in his knee, a situation that caused the third-year pro to miss Wednesday’s practice and part of Thursday’s workout. Coach Andy Reid, however, didn’t appear too concerned about Ford. "He’ll be fine," Reid said Thursday. "Once we get back to camp, I don’t think it will be a big deal."
Bray opened OTAs as the No. 2 quarterback, and Murray seized the role for a few practices, but over the past week, Bray reclaimed the No. 2 snaps heading into training camp.
The battle isn't close to being over, however, as Reid said all of them is need to show what they can do when training camp starts.
Reid said wide receiver Kenny Cook underwent surgery Thursday to repair a torn quadriceps, which Cook suffered during Tuesday’s practice. "We’ll just see how he does with that," Reid said.
The Chiefs tweaked the roster Thursday with a series of moves in the hours after the mandatory minicamp. The Chiefs signed wide receiver Seantavius Jones and safety Akeem Davis, according to Thursday’s NFL Transactions report.
Though Houston won’t be ready for the start of training camp, he isn’t necessarily behind schedule for a possible return. Shortly after Houston’s surgery in mid-February, the Chiefs gave a best-case scenario for his return of six months. That would be mid-August, or about the time the Chiefs are wrapping up at camp.
Asked what he needed to prove to his coaches at training camp if he's to win the No. 2 quarterback spot for the Kansas City Chiefs, Tyler Bray did a nice job of boiling it down to the essential. "I need to show," he said, "that I can think like coach Reid."