Chiefs’ vets begin OTA program on Tuesday

05/26/2014 4:20 PM

06/03/2014 10:17 AM

After three days of working with rookies, the Chiefs coaches will greet the veterans on Tuesday for the start of the voluntary, organized team activity portion of the off-season program.

The veterans have spent the past few weeks working on weight lifting, conditioning and meetings, but this will be the first time the entire squad has been on the practice field.

“I gave the veterans time off (Monday) and this past weekend,” head coach Andy Reid said, “so they'll all be showing up (Tuesday) ready to go."

First-round draft pick Dee Ford, an outside linebacker from Auburn, is eager to go against veteran NFL starters.

“It will be a different world,” Ford said. “I’m just trying to adapt to each situation and really learn.”

Duvernay-Tardif moves to guard

The Chiefs shifted sixth-round pick Laurent Duvernay-Tardif from right tackle to left guard during Monday’s practice. At one point, Duvernay-Tardif got an earful from line coach Andy Heck when he missed a block.

“We told him we were going to work both spots with him,” Reid said. “He’s probably more natural at the guard spot than the tackle spot, but we want to make sure he learns both.”

Harris shines at tight end

Tight end Demetrius Harris, a converted basketball player from Milwaukee-Wisconsin, had a solid weekend practicing with the rookies.

Harris, 6-7, 230, spent his rookie season on the Chiefs practice squad last year. He showed his basketball skills when beating rookie safety Daniel Sorensen for a jump ball in the end zone.

“This camp was great for him,” Reid said of Harris, one of several returnees from 2014 who participated with the rookies. “He played exceptionally well. He’s so big, and he’s worked so stinkin’ hard in that weight room. He’s been living in there this off-season and you can tell. You can tell he’s got stronger.”

Randy Covitz, rcovitz@kcstar.com

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