Mitch Mathews is the Kansas City Chiefs’ tallest and heaviest receiver, and he specializes in a skill that might be lacking among Chiefs receivers. Mathews caught BYU’s game-winning touchdown against Nebraska last year.
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.
With the focus on him and the rest of the rookies in the first few days of Chiefs training camp, third-round pick KeiVarae Russell compared himself to a sponge, soaking in knowledge on how to play cornerback in the NFL. He has played corner, nickel corner, and is learning the safety positions. His goal is just to play somewhere on the field for the Chiefs this year.
With a long list of events set for Chiefs training camp, which starts in late July and runs through mid-August, fans will get plenty of opportunities to meet and interact with their favorite players in St. Joseph.
Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs rookie wide receiver who pleaded guilty to domestic abuse by strangulation before his 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shortly after he stepped in front of the media Tuesday to kick off the start of the Chiefs' 2016 training camp, Chiefs coach Andy Reid took a moment to recognize former coach Dennis Green, who died on July 21 at the age of 67.
On Wednesday, the Chiefs announced gameday cash parking will increase to $40 this season, a change the Chiefs categorize as an effort to encourage fans to purchase advanced passes, offered for $30 instead.