A little rain wasn't going to stop the Kansas City Chiefs from practicing on Sunday morning, and for a while there, it would have to be considered more of a downpour than a drizzle.
So a lot of respect has to go out to all of the season ticket members and those in Chiefs Kingdom who stood through the rain in order to catch a glimpse of their favorite NFL team.
There was also plenty going on off the field as the Chiefs held a pancake breakfast for season ticket members before practice began. Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt stopped by the breakfast and spoke with fans, alongside President Mark Donovan and general manager John Dorsey.
"Alumni Day is just a time for the guys that you went to war with to get back together," former Chiefs running back Christian Okoye said. "I was always look forward to that— just seeing everyone come back because you don't get to see them throughout the year. It's that one time everybody comes back and you get to see them and remember the days that you played with them."
Okoye said that he hadn't been back to training camp since his playing days in 1992, more than 20 years ago. As he watched, he described how training camp isn't what it used to be.
Chiefs-Themed Corvette Highlights Annual Pancake Breakfast from Chiefs.com
Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt, team president Mark Donovan, general manager John Dorsey and Chiefs alumni were all readily available for fans to speak with Sunday morning, but instead, a car garnered most of the attention.
Of course, this wasn't an ordinary car.
This was a Chiefs-themed Corvette, or, as 12-year season ticket member Marty Bean, who rolled up in the vehicle, described it, a "Chiefs-vette."
The defensive star of the day was arguably Daniel Sorensen, who not only delivered the biggest hit of camp during the final 11-on-11 team session, but also followed it up with big hits on the next two plays. Davis broke outside on a running play — he showed great burst and good vision — and lowered his shoulder near the sideline when he saw Sorensen closing in. Sorensen proceeded to deliver a massive blow, which resulted in Davis lying flat on his back for several seconds before he was finally helped to his feet. Sorensen followed that up with a big hit on receiver Kashif Moore on a short route over the middle and another on a running play.
Analyzing the Chiefs' first preseason depth chart from The Kansas City Star
The Chiefs on Sunday released their first preseason depth chart, per NFL rules.
While there are some interesting developments, to be sure, it's worth noting that most depth charts are compiled by teams' public relations staff and don't always reflect what's happening on the field.
Good thing for you guys I've been at all 11 practices, so I can tell you whats really going on. Anyway, here's the depth chart, followed by some observations.
Chiefs think Alex Smith is having his best camp from Chiefs Digest
A sequence of three consecutive passes in practice on Saturday illustrate why his coaches believe quarterback Alex Smith is having the best training camp of his time with the Kansas City Chiefs.
In a red zone drill, with all the snaps coming from inside the 20-yard line, Smith fired three straight touchdown passes, and none was of the catch-and-run variety. Each was a throw into the end zone and placed where it needed to be, one a fade to tight end Ross Travis in the back corner, the next a toss in the back of the end zone that the 6-foot-7 Travis had to go up over 5-foot-11 cornerback Steven Nelson to get and finally a strike to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.
Chiefs hope rookie Eric Murray develops into a weapon at safety from The Kansas City Star
According to Chiefs scout Terry Delp, the 5-foot-11, 199-pounder was regarded as the toughest player on his college team — an usual title for a defensive back, to be sure — and a reason why the Chiefs believe Murray can make the transition from cornerback to safety, a position he's never played before.
"Yeah, I'll bang a little bit, I'll get up in there," Murray said. "I feel like when you tackle people, that gets me more into the game, mentally."
But while the Chiefs' like Murray's toughness and willingness to tackle, they also like his athleticism — he ran a 4.49 40-yard dash and posted a 39 1/2 -inch vertical — and coverage ability, which could make him a real weapon at safety, provided he takes to it.
Chiefs' Andy Mulumba hopes on-field success can help war-torn home from Chiefs Digest
Many NFL players play the game not for only themselves, but to build a better life for their family.
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Andy Mulumba is also playing for a country, in more ways than one.
Mulumba is the first NFL player born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in nearly a century, pursuing a dream made possible by his family, and hopes his success makes life better for people half a world away.
Rod Streater's football and charity quests are inspired by his mother from The Kansas City Star
After losing Darlene, Streater raised money for cancer research through the Rod Streater Foundation, which was founded in 2014 to inspire local youths and provide them with opportunities that promote a healthy lifestyle, a technology culture and the arts.
Bay Area kids were the beneficiaries, and Streater has brought the charity to Kansas City. Less than two months after signing with the Chiefs in March, Streater was in Gordon Parks Elementary working with students.
"I feel like every NFL player has a platform to give back," Streater said.
His familiarity with the offensive system is one reason Reid plans to use Foles in the Chiefs' preseason opener Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks at Arrowhead Stadium.
"Normally I try to get everybody in the game," Reid said. "I just have to make sure he's got it down. Everything he's doing right now is new to him for this team, obviously. There's a little bit of carryover, but we've put a lot of new stuff in since he's been with us."
Columbia's Trey Millard looks to make impression at fullback for Chiefs from The Kansas City Star
When they were teammates at Oklahoma, offensive lineman Donald Stephenson told fullback Trey Millard that he had a screw loose.
"Or two screws loose," Millard said. "But, he said, that's true of all good fullbacks."
Compliment accepted, from the former Chiefs player to the current one. Millard plays the position that has been up-tempoed and no-huddled out of many NFL offenses. But the Chiefs find use for the fullback, and Millard, who signed a futures contract with the team after last season, is looking for a place on the team.
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