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Chiefs rookie minicamp starts today

For the team’s rookie players, their NFL careers begin on Friday.

NFL: MAY 07 Chiefs Rookie Camp Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Last weekend, the Indianapolis Colts, Las Vegas Raiders and New York Jets held their rookie minicamps.

From Friday through Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs — and the rest of the NFL’s teams — will hold theirs, kicking off the NFL’s seven-week rookie development program. Under the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), these minicamps are the only weekend activities allowed during each team’s offseason program.

On Thursday, the team announced it had signed all of the players it selected during the 2021 NFL Draft — and also announced the signing of eight undrafted rookie players. Here are the 14 rookies who are now on the roster:

  • Nick Bolton • LB • Missouri
  • Creed Humphrey • C • Okahoma
  • Joshua Kaindoh • DE • Florida State
  • Noah Gray • TE • Duke
  • Cornell Powell • WR • Clemson
  • Trey Smith • G • Tennessee
  • Zayne Anderson • LB • BYU
  • Dicaprio Bootle • CB • Nebraska
  • Shane Buechele • QB • SMU
  • Marlon Character • LB • Louisville
  • Riley Cole • LB • South Alabama
  • Malik Herring • LB • Georgia
  • Devon Key • S • Western Kentucky
  • Jaylon McClain-Sapp • DB • Marshall

There’s a good chance that at least half of these players will not make the team’s final roster in September. But for now, the sky is the limit for all of them.

Just as in 2020, press access to offseason team activities is more limited than in previous seasons. But we do expect to have virtual media sessions with drafted rookies on both Friday and Saturday — and with head coach Andy Reid and a number of undrafted rookies on Sunday.