The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up rookie minicamp with their final practice of three Monday morning.
“It was great to have these kids out here working,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said in a press conference after practice. “I thought the effort was phenomenal. Actually, the retention from the first day to the second day was great. We were able to line up and function and have a camp that we could get a little evaluation out of and so, we appreciated the effort. All of these kids aren’t going to make it, obviously, but they sure gave a great effort.”
The camp featured 68 players, made up of team’s six draft picks, 14 undrafted signees and 43 tryout players. The Chiefs’ fourth-round selection, safety Armani Watts, was held out of practice Sunday and Monday.
“Watts got just bumped on his shoulder,” Reid said. “It’s nothing serious. We held him out. He’ll be fine. It was a bruise is what it was. Nothing other than that.”
When asked about player performance, Reid highlighted the draft picks and “a couple free agents” among those who did a good job.
“I liked the effort and I liked that the effort was going in the right direction,” Reid said. “Sometimes you can go fast, but you’re running into each other. That wasn’t the case. The guys were doing what we asked them to do, doing it fast, they retained from day one to day two to day three, which was important.”
The Chiefs graded every single exercise throughout the three-day minicamp.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s a drill, routes versus air, team periods, it doesn’t matter,” Reid said. “We grade them every play and put it all in a pod there.”
The rookies will now get away from the facility for a week before draft picks, undrafted free agents and those tryout players that made the team return for phase two beginning on Monday, May 14.
Chiefs OTAs (phase three) begin on May 22—that also marks the next time we’ll hear from the Reid and Chiefs players as the offseason rolls along.
Three undrafted signees—quarterback Chase Litton, offensive lineman Devondre Seymour and defensive back Arrion Springs—also spoke to the media after practice.
Litton on having the opportunity to learn from Mike Kafka, who the Chiefs promoted to quarterbacks coach ahead of the ‘18 season
“I’ve loved it,” Litton said. “He’s taught me so much in the short three days I’ve been here, so I can’t wait to learn more ... techniques, fundamentals. At the end of the day, it’s football. But besides learning the playbook and the verbiage and all that, fundamentals. Staying down, always staying loaded, and coach Reid was saying the same thing.”
Seymour on what he thought of Breeland Speaks and Derrick Nnadi
“I give credit to those guys,” Seymour said. “They put in hard work. They’re wonderful players and great competition.”
Springs on whether minicamp felt faster than what he had been used to in college
“Not really,” he said. “I mean I went against De’Anthony Thomas in college. It’s kind of the same, for now, I guess.”