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Report: Vast majority of Chiefs players report for Phase Two of OTAs

Very few Chiefs players appear to be taking part in the NFLPA’s boycott of voluntary team activities.

NFL: JUN 07 Chiefs OTA Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Over the weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs — along with most of the rest of the NFL’s teams — conducted their three-day rookie minicamp, bringing in their six drafted rookies, eight undrafted rookie free agents, five unsigned rookies invited for tryouts and 10 younger players from the Chiefs’ roster — all of the latter with less than two years of experience in the league.

On Monday, Kansas City opened the next part of their offseason: Phase Two. Under modified NFL protocols for this season, this voluntary one-week program consists of virtual meetings, and may also include on-field drills with coaches at a “teaching pace” — but there can be no live contact.

According to a report from the Kansas City Star’s Herbie Teope, the voluntary program opened with excellent attendance.

In a normal offseason, we might see 90% attendance at a voluntary offseason program as a bad thing. While we could see a few players miss voluntary activities because they are in contract negotiations, nine players sitting out would raise eyebrows.

But in this particular offseason — in which the NFL Players’ Association has organized an attempt at boycotting these voluntary team activities — that’s a good number. The last we knew, players from 19 teams — not including Chiefs players — had issued statements supporting the boycott, which the players’ union says is to protect its members from potential exposure to the coronavirus.

While Chiefs players — as a group — haven’t weighed in on the boycott publicly, individual players might decide to support it by sitting out the voluntary portions of the offseason. But based on Teope’s report, it appears that very few individual Chiefs players are doing so.

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