KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs kicked off their mandatory minicamp on Tuesday without two of their key cogs in Chris Jones and Tyreek Hill.

With all the talk outside of the Chiefs about who isn’t with the time, cornerback Kendall Fuller said the players are focusing on themselves.

Other than Jones’ absence, the rest of the team is confident in their development so far this offseason.

For right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, the offseason has been a way to get back in the swing of things. Duvernay-Tardif had a leg injury that prevented him from playing at the end of last season.

“It’s good to be back out there with the guys and work out, work on my stuff,” Duvernay-Tardif said. “So far it’s been pretty good to get back in the swing of things and get back into the rhythm of good cadence and technique and working out with the guys.”

Fuller also had suffered an injury last season, and he said he joked with himself that this was the first time he was able to put his pads on by himself. He said he also has enjoyed working with new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo since coming back for the offseason.

“I love him. Just that fire, he wants to compete,” Fuller said. “He wants to see everybody get better, see everybody do well. On the field of course, but also off the field he wants to see guys mature, see them do good off the field and for sure he asks a lot of us on the field and pushes us and motivates us every single day.”

Fuller and linebacker Anthony Hitchens said Spagnuolo’s defensive scheme is simple and easy to learn.

“It’s simple,” Hitchens said. “It’s good for a lot of players, good for a lot of coaches. You know exactly who’s right and who’s wrong.”

The biggest question on everybody’s minds, though, is if and when Jones will be back, be it for the start of training camp or mid-preseason.

Caldwell returns to Chiefs camp

After earning a shot at rookie minicamp following a local tryout this spring, former Northwest Missouri State and Missouri Western running back Josh Caldwell is back in the red and gold this week.

Caldwell is one of six players who were originally tryouts to earn an invite to mandatory minicamp in Kansas City.

Caldwell is listed as a fullback and wearing No. 43.

The camp will go through Thursday at the team’s practice facility.

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