(ST. JOSEPH) This marks the third year a new head coach will lead the Kansas City Chiefs for training camp in St. Joseph.
Andy Reid, along with general manager John Dorsey, bring maybe the biggest buzz to Missouri Western yet. They, along with other pieces, began their stay on campus Monday.
Rookies, quarterbacks, and first-year players arrived this afternoon, three days before the rest of the team.
"I just think it's great practice," running back Knile Davis said. "Just getting us ready, getting our minds right because it's going to be a long season."
"It's about business right now," linebacker Nico Johnson said. "I didn't realize the season was right around the corner so fast. I'm just taking the bull by the horns and running with it."
A full three days of practice, walkthroughs and meetings will get the fresh faces acclimated to camp and the campus before the fans start filing in on Friday.
The first taste of a summer in St. Joe is a homecoming away from home for players like Northwest graduate Chad Kilgore and Bethany native Brad Madison.
"It's great to be closer to home," Kilgore said "I feel a little more comfortable in this scene. I can't wait to get started this week."
For others, like QB Alex Smith, it's their first camp on the road of their career.
"Camp is camp," he said. "You can't really simulate 7-on-7 or 11-on-11. It's a few days of work to get back into things so, when the rest of the guys get here, we're already hitting the ground running."
Number one overall draft pick Eric Fisher did not arrive Monday as the team is still working out contract details for the rookie.
Several injured veterans, including TE Tony Moeaki, WR Donnie Averay, and RB Shaun Draughn have made it to camp after passing phyiscals.
Reid said he isn't focused on the Fisher situation and made it clear what he expects from camp.
"It's going to be a physical camp," he said. "It's going to be a challenge for them. I mentioned to the players before they left: they've got to come back and be ready to go. That's what this games about. It's a tough game and tough guys play it."
The team begins their first closed practice at MWSU Tuesday at 8:45 a.m.