"The most popular, by far, is always the shoes," said Wright, who spoke to the media Wednesday as the Chiefs' equipment staff loaded up a truck full of equipment only feet behind him. "Shoes are the thing."
It doesn't matter if it's a regular tennis shoe used for walk-throughs, or a cleat used for the grass fields they practice on in camp, Wright says players demand options, and the Chiefs — who pack approximately 1,200 shoes, or six pairs per player — are more than willing to oblige.
"We start early for that reason," said head equipment manager Allen Wright. "Hopefully we can get up there, get to Missouri Western, get it unloaded and get headed back here before right in the heart of the heat, but there's a little thought process put to it."
Workers began giving Spratt Stadium a Kansas City Chiefs make over Thursday morning, and that same evening St. Joseph community partners shared their excitement during the 2016 Training Camp Kick-Off
At Clay-Chalkville High School, the Darrin Reaves Foundation is staging its second Elite Skills Academy this Friday and Saturday, July 22-23. Reaves, the former Cougar and UAB star, is a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. The camp for ages 8 and up is free and runs from 9-11:30 a.m. each day. Lunch will be served. Players must bring their own cleats. Register online at TheDarrinReavesFoundation.com. Space is limited.
An assistant under former Eagles head coach Andy Reid the past seven seasons, Pederson saw those teams benefit from physical training camps in the heat of summer late in the season. Reid, now with the Kansas City Chiefs, is 9-4 in December and January over the past three seasons as his team has become one of the most well-conditioned groups in the NFL.
"If people recognize that you're with the Chiefs, they're so positive. They're very thankful. I know personally, they've come up to me saying thank you for being here. Keep coming back. That really means a lot and we are really appreciative of that and it helps us get through some of the dog days of summer," Donovan said.
An injury-plagued offensive line was part of the reason the Broncos were victimized by Kahlil Mack, but that issue has since been addressed this offseason with the signings of former Kansas City Chiefs tackle Donald Stephenson and former Seattle Seahawks tackle Russell Okung. So the question becomes, how many sacks will Khalil Mack have against Denver this year?
ESPN ranked the prospects for each of the NFL’s 32 teams over the 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons based on several factors, including the quality of the overall roster, quarterback, coaching, the draft, and the front office. The Chiefs are a respectable 11th, their strength according to this ranking being Reid’s coaching ability.
Governor Jay Nixon is expected to pick one of the three sometime in the coming weeks. County legislators last week had nominated businessman Bill Brown as well as business owner and former Kansas City Chiefs player Deron Cherry, a member of the commission whose term was to have run through last Friday. But two legislators were absent last week, so nominations were held open for a week.
During Doug Pederson’s one season playing for the Eagles and four seasons as an assistant coach under Andy Reid, he prepared this week for training camp at Lehigh University. That’s where the Eagles spent every summer with Reid as coach, and Reid also brought the Chiefs on the road while Pederson was offensive coordinator in Kansas City. But Pederson’s first training camp as head coach will begin next week at the Eagles’ training facility in South Philadelphia. Camp moved to Philadelphia when Chip Kelly became head coach in 2013, and Pederson decided to keep camp local after conversations with the front office during the winter.
The athlete's father said Henderson has also had two tryouts for the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, and that he has been invited again for another tryout once the Olympics have concluded.