Newly signed safety Steve Gregory was in uniform and took part in his first practice with the Chiefs at training camp on Friday.
Gregory, who spent six seasons at San Diego and the last two as a starter New England, was at home in Syracuse, where his wife, Rosanne, had just given birth to their first child, Avianna, when he got the call from the Chiefs. Gregory signed with the team on Thursday.
“I’ve been trying to stay in shape all summer just waiting for my number to be called,” said Gregory, 31, who was released by the Patriots last February. “You never want to be sitting on your couch when everyone else is at work. But I understand the business, I’ve been around it long enough to get those things.
“It didn’t make sense to me why I wasn’t with a team. I feel like I’ve been pretty productive and had a good year last year, but for whatever reason things happen the way they do. My whole career has kind of been a prove-yourself kind of thing, grind it out, and make everyone earn everything you do.”
Injuries to starting safety Eric Berry and Sanders Commings, and the free-agent departures of Kendrick Lewis and Quintin Demps spurred the Chiefs to pick up a veteran safety.