The Kansas City Chiefs take the field for the first and only mandatory minicamp of the offseason. The Chiefs practices to this point have been voluntary and some players haven’t shown up. It now becomes mandatory as the Chiefs can levy up to $80,000 in fines for missing all three days of this minicamp, which runs Tuesday through Thursday. Alex Smith will talk to the media after practice on Tuesday, various players on Wednesday and then Andy Reid on Thursday.
Our pre-minicamp questions ...
Who the heck will show up?
We assume everyone since it’s mandatory but Chiefs star players like Eric Berry, Justin Houston, Marcus Peters and Dee Ford have missed all or some of the voluntary practices to this point. They could be on the hook for big fines if they skip this. I doubt that they will, though.
How are the Chiefs handling the loss of Jeremy Maclin?
We’re expecting Tyreek Hill to be the main one to replace him. I want to see where the others line up too. Who else rises up a notch because of his release?
Is the Demarcus Robinson hype real?
Andy Reid said he has had a good offseason. He could be a factor in the Chiefs offense this year. We know basically nothing about him on offense as he didn’t play offense last year.
Did Eric Berry stay in shape?
We can answer this one. YES.
Can Tyler Bray realistically be the Chiefs No. 2 quarterback?
I want to know if Patrick Mahomes continues to be the No. 3 in snaps this offseason. The later we get here the more I doubt the Chiefs will bring in a veteran backup and relegate Mahomes to the bench all season.
Who will the Chiefs No. 2 tight end be?
Travis Kelce is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery so someone could step up. Demetrius Harris was in that spot last year. Gavin Escobar was added this offseason.
Who is the No. 2 corner?
It wouldn’t be an offseason article if I didn’t mention the Chiefs No. 2 corner.