With quarterbacks, rookies and a few other players available, the Kansas City Chiefs ran their first practice of training camp on Saturday morning.
After the first group of players reported on Friday, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that 30 players were in camp for the three light sessions that will be conducted before the rest of the 90-man roster reports on Monday. According to friend-of-the-site Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest, a total of 28 players were on the field for the first practice.
A total of 28 players were on the field today for the first day of Chiefs training camp with quarterbacks, rookies and returning injured players. Juan Thornhill, Deandre Baker and Taco Charlton took part. Armani Watts (foot) and Malik Herring (knee) were not on the field.— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) July 24, 2021
Kansas City Star Chiefs beat reporter Sam McDowell said that both cornerback DeAndre Baker and safety Juan Thornhill participated in seven-on-seven drills.
Deandre Baker and Juan Thornhill among the 28 players who did on-field work today. Baker and Thornhill both participated in 7 on 7 drills.— Sam McDowell (@SamMcDowell11) July 24, 2021
Baker suffered a broken leg at the end of 2020’s regular season — and on Friday, we first learned that Thornhill was working through an injury. It’s good news that both were back on the field. The same goes for Charlton, who missed much of 2020 with a fractured ankle.
The other big story in the first wave of news from Saturday’s practice is a new feature of the fields the Chiefs use at Missouri Western State University: a new hill at one end.
New feature at Chiefs training camp: a new hill installed on the far fields for viewing practice. Should eliminate some of the crowding on the hill on the other end near the tents. pic.twitter.com/UhtgBQ1xOp— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) July 24, 2021
Stay tuned. Shortly, we’ll have full coverage of the in-person press conference — the first the Chiefs have conducted in more than a year — that took place after practice concluded.