Chiefs training camp largely looks the same every year. The years change, but the stories and priorities don’t. But grinding through the Groundhog Day nature of training camp is essential. The way to do that is to embrace it, not reject it.
Comebacks like Wednesday are why the Royals won the last two pennants. But they are highly unlikely to make the playoffs again this year, which is putting the front office in an interesting spot. The executives who run the Royals are particularly hesitant to trade away players, even when other clubs might.
Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs rookie wide receiver who pleaded guilty to domestic abuse by strangulation before his controversial fifth-round draft selection this year, has drawn raves from his coaches and teammates this summer. They repeatedly praised his speed during organized team activities, and that continued Wednesday as the Chiefs conducted the first of three training-camp practices with only rookies and selected veterans.
Rookie Raul A. Mondesi recorded his first two big-league hits Wednesday, his 21st birthday. The first sparked a four-run burst in the seventh inning. The Royals improved to 49-51 after a forgettable homestand.
Chiefs receiver Mike Williams, who missed organized team activities this spring because of a hamstring injury, was anxious Wednesday to see if he still had the skills he displayed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers several years ago, before injuries and an NFL suspension derailed his career.
Interim Missouri athletic director Wren Baker, who took over two weeks ago when Mack Rhoades abruptly left for Baylor, is expected to be hired as North Texas’ new athletic director by the end of the week.
The team has plans to improve the flow of vehicles into the Truman Sports Complex. The Chiefs are hoping that fans will purchase advanced parking passes, which cost $30 per game. Tailgate accessories will also be limited to an 8-foot area behind each parking space.
Defensive back Phillip Gaines missed most of last season because of a torn ACL. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Gaines will have the first crack at the No. 2 corner job. Gaines said he has full confidence in his knee.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid has exchanged texts with safety Eric Berry this summer, but he could not shed any light on whether his star safety will report to training camp with the rest of the veterans on Friday.