The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up their third day of mandatory minicamp Thursday. Head coach Andy Reid said he thought it was a good camp and that the team was productive in their sessions.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes said the success of the camp is due to everybody stepping up despite team members missing.
“Coach Reid did not hold back at all. We were putting in new plays every day,” Mahomes said. “For us, keep evolving, keep mastering our craft; I think we had a good little camp.”
Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones’ absence was notable, but Reid said the team is in open communication with Jones.
Not missing, however, was former Northwest Missouri State and Missouri Western running back Josh Caldwell. He announced via Twitter on Thursday that he signed a deal with the Chiefs. From a local tryout to rookie and full team minicamp, Caldwell will be given the chance to compete at training camp in St. Joseph.
With plenty of other new players joining the squad, Reid said the camp helped the team form a foundation to build upon later on when the season starts. He said these next few weeks the team should rest, but still stay alert.
“Don’t come back on crutches,” Reid said.
Concerning the offensive side of the ball, Reid said tight ends Travis Kelce and Deon Yelder should heal from their injuries in time to make their return for training camp.
Additionally, offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz recently signed a contract extension with the Chiefs. Reid said the decision to do so was simple.
“You appreciate doing something for a guy like that who’s never missed a snap,” he said. “He’s a great professional and loves playing the game and does it the right way.”
Schwartz said it has been an awesome three years so far playing for the Chiefs.
“It means a lot. There’s only so many things that they can actually do to show how much they appreciate you and obviously contracts are really the main way that the teams can do it,” Schwartz said.
Mahomes said even though the Chiefs squad has a break this summer, he reminded his team that they will not be going backward when the time for training camp comes.
“Going out there, there are no days where you take steps back. I feel like when you see everyone immersed in that culture, you see guys step up better and play better than they have before,” Mahomes said.