(ST. JOSEPH) The Kansas City Chiefs opened the fifth year of Training Camp in St. Joseph with their first practice at Missouri Western on Monday morning.
Rookies got their first chance to work with the coaching staff and full stable of quarterbacks at their summer home. It marked the first of three closed morning practices before the veterans move in on Wednesday.
"It’s weird being the oldest guy with Alex (Smith)," backup quarterback Chase Daniel said. "We’re the two oldest guys out here so just trying to take a leadership role and improve each and every day. I thought it was a good day out here today, getting better, getting in the swing of things, getting our drops down. We just need to keep improving.”
Injured players were also present, one of which being tight end Travis Kelce. The 2013 second-round draft pick played just one game last year before a knee injury wiped out the rest of his season.
“It was tough just because I couldn’t be out there with the team," he said. "The fact that we went 9-0 the first 9 games, it was easier than if we were losing. But at the same time, I’m a guy that just wants to go compete. So it was pretty tough for me."
The Chiefs have question marks at the tight end position heading into this season as projected starter Anthony Fasano also missed eight games a year ago. Kelce intends to be on solution in an offense that will need pass catchers.
“I contribute with my effort and overall athleticism. Just being able to go out there and be accountable for every single play and for every single guy on this team. “
Fans can attend practice for the first time on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.