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The Kansas City Chiefs are the first team in the AFC West to wrap of their offseason work. They had their mandatory minicamp this week and do not assemble again until they begin training camp in late July. The other three teams in the division have their mandatory minicamps next week.
Some highlights of the camp as it closes:
Kansas City coach Andy Reid is excited about undrafted free-agent, quarterback Tyler Bray. He was expected to go in the mid-rounds. But because of worries about his overall inconsistencies he went undrafted. Yet, Bray was strong this spring with the Chiefs. He has a very strong chance of sticking on the 53-man roster as the No. 3 quarterback, where he would start the process of a being a developmental player. “I’ll tell you, he did a nice job. He did a really nice job,” Reid told reporters in Kansas City on Thursday. “You never know until you get them here. He’s in a good room, so he’s got good examples around him as players. He’s got coaches that have played the game and the position in there. He’s embraced that and really focused in. The fact is that he did a nice job and improved every day. He was a bit like a sponge just taking everything in. I was impressed.”
Running back Jamaal Charles ran for 1,509 yards last season. Yet, he knows his job description is changing with Reid as his coach. Charles will still carry the ball often, but Reid likes getting his running backs involved in the passing game. “I know my role in my mind will be doing lots of stuff with the offense,” Charles said. “I’m like (Brian) Westbrook and (LeSean) McCoy as far as how I fit into (Reid’s) offense ... I definitely need to do more studying and knowing the scheme of the defense, especially playing a position like wide receiver. I have to go in there and try to read the defense. Last year, I didn’t have any catches out of the backfield. I feel like this year it will be more.”
New cornerback Sean Smith said most of the defensive backs will train together in the Miami area during the coming weeks.
The Kansas City Chiefs are the first team in the AFC West to wrap of their offseason work. They had their mandatory minicamp this week and do not assemble again until they begin training camp in late July.