Over the last month, Chiefs coach Andy Reid never explained the reasons for the three players’ absences — or for the absence of outside linebacker Dee Ford, who was also present Tuesday after missing the last five voluntary practices — other than to remind the practices were voluntary.
So it came as no surprise that Berry, Houston and Peters mainly leaned on that simple reasoning Tuesday while elaborating on the reasons for their nonattendance, though each also insisted they had faith in their home workout regiments.
Q: Once this week is over what are you going to be up to?
Peters: Oakland, California.
Q: Basically what you’ve been doing the past two weeks?
Q: You work out with any other players out there?
Peters: Oakland, California. That’s who I work out with. It doesn’t matter who is available, we’re out there getting it. Everybody got something to do. If not my high school then other high schools around Oakland and even the Pop Warner teams just working out.
“Y’all know who Eric is …,” said linebacker Justin Houston, a close friend, after Berry returned interceptions for a touchdown and the game-winning two-point conversion in December at Atlanta. “God’s working through him in a mighty way: He’s beaten cancer and came back playing like a maniac.”
On Tuesday, in the first of three mandatory minicamp practices, the Chiefs’ star inside linebacker went through warmups and individual drills with his teammates for the first time this offseason.
“It felt good to see him out there,” outside linebacker Justin Houston said. “I felt he could have been out there with us through the whole practice.
“I asked them what they wanted, got it, brought it back,” Berry said. “One of the guys asked me to pray for him, so I just prayed for him.”
He said he’s done the same thing numerous times in the past.
“If you feel like doing a good deed, don’t second guess it, just go ahead do it,” Berry said. “Sometimes I just feel like doing a good deed and I just do it, I don’t think about it twice. That’s it.”
Lynch worked with the first team throughout practice, starting with walk-thrus and continuing through team sessions. He took hand-offs and short passes out of the backfield, looking as agile and explosive as the Raiders hope he will be.
On another schedule entirely is Amari Cooper who looked downright dominant in practice. Derek Carr hooked up with him a couple times on deep passes. The first, he beat Sean Smith over the top for a long touchdown.
Poe wouldn't disclose his weight.
"I'm what they need me to be at this point," Poe said. "We'll just keep it right there."
Asked if he was buying dinner, a reference to his bonus, Poe said with a smile "I've got dinner for me. A slim dinner, yes."
Before starting his career in law enforcement, Bell was a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He left the NFL in 1991 after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs. He has a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Nebraska where he played college football.
“Andy Reid’s got his base offense that he’s going to make sure we run to a T,” Kelce said. “If things do get out of control and we need to have something to fall back on our fundamentals of the basic game plan is always a go-to for Andy. But then it can get as creative as all heck. You can’t really categorize a lot of the stuff we’re doing because, I don’t want to say we’re inventing it, but we’re putting pieces together that you typically wouldn’t see in a normal offense.”