From the Truman Sports Complex
Andy Reid opened the Chiefs 2015 Rookie Mini-Camp on Saturday with 67 guys running around in shorts. Just how many “players” are actually in that group remains to be seen.
There were all nine draft choices, 13 undrafted free agents, five street free agents and 40 tryout players working inside and outside at the Chiefs facility.
“This is just the first install day, putting the training wheels on,” said first-round draft choice Marcus Peters. “It’s just getting us ready to go out and practice.”
The biggest part of the three-day camp for the players are the playbooks dropped on them for Reid’s offense and defense. This is the basics of how the Chiefs do things, but it’s vital for all involved that the young players pick up the vibe as quickly as possible.
“Initially, when you look at the totality of it, it can be overwhelming,” third-round draft choice Chris Conley said of the Chiefs offensive playbook. “It’s something you have to break down into smaller pieces. Once you do that, you can start to look at concepts, you start to look at personnel groupings, and the way you want them.”
The team roster listed 69 players on a pre-camp roster, but two were not on the field. First-year offensive tackle Curtis Feigt did not practice because of a hip problem. Tryout offensive tackle Kelvin Palmer is expected to be on the field Sunday. These are the players on the Chiefs roster. Each one is designated as (DC) draft choice, (CFA) undrafted college free agent, (FA) first-year street free agents and (T) tryout players:
Quarterbacks (4) â€“ Chris Bonner, Colorado State-Pueblo (T); Cody Sokol, Louisiana Tech (T); Michael Strauss, Richmond (T); Bo Wallace, Mississippi (T).
Running backs (7) â€“ Malcom Agnew, Southern Illinois (T); FB Alex Deleon, Florida Atlantic (T); FB Manasseh Garner, Pitt (CFA), Keshawn Hill, Sam Houston State (T), FB Jimmay Mundine, Kansas (T); Ricky Seale, Stanford (T), FB Logan Winkles, North Carolina State (T).
Wide receivers (9) â€“ Da’Ron Brown, Northern Illinois (DC); Chris Conley, Georgia (DC); Kenny Cook, Gardner Webb (CFA); Tello Luckett, Harding (CFA); Mark Roberts, Lamar (T); Jeret Smith, McMurry (T); Arthur Williams, Maine (T); Ed Williams, Fort Hays State (T); Fred Williams, St. Cloud State (FA).
Tight ends (5) â€“ Steven Borden, Kentucky (T); James O’Shaughnessy, Illinois State (DC); Ernest Pettway, Villanova (CFA); Adam Schiltz, Emporia State (FA); Westlee Tonga, Utah (T).
Offensive line (12) â€“ T Curtis Feigt, West Virginia (FA); C Garrett Frye, Georgia Southern (CFA); G Chris Grisbhy, Oklahoma State (T); C Vince Kowalski, Villanova (T); C Dallas Lewallen, Wisconsin (T); C Melvin Meggs, South Alabama (T); C Mitch Morse, Missouri (DC); C Daniel Munyer, Colorado; T Kevin Palmer, Baylor (T); G Jamal Price, New Mexico (T); T Jake Silas, Buffalo (T); T Charles Sweeton, Tennessee-Martin (CFA).
Defensive line (8) â€“ DT James Castleman, Oklahoma State (T); DT Jasper Coleman, William & Mary (T); DE Billy Dobbs, Troy (T); DL David Irving, Iowa State (CFA); DT Mauola Malaga, Alcorn State (T); DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Southern Mississippi (DC); DT Tonga Takai, Montana (T); DT Charles Tuaau, Texas A&M-Commerce (CFA).
Linebackers (7) â€“ ILB D.J. Alexander, Oregon State (DC); ILB Michael Doctor, Oregon State (T); OLB Sage Harold, James Madison (CFA); OLB Paul Hazel, Western Michigan (T), ILB Justin March, Akron (CFA), OLB Art Norman, North Carolina State (T); ILB Ramik Wilson, Georgia (DC).
Defensive backs (11) â€“ CB De’Vante Bausby, Pittsburg State (CFA); CB Justin Cox, Mississippi State (CFA); S Justin Halley, Florida International (T); CB Aaron Hester, UCLA (FA); CB Travis Manning, NW Missouri State (T); CB Steven Nelson, Oregon State (DC); CB Deji Olatoye, North Carolina A&T (FA); CB Kenneth Perry, UNLV (T): CB Marcus Peters, Washington (DC); S Alan Turner, Arkansas (T); S Ty Zimmerman, Oregon State (T).
Special teams (6) â€“ K Vincenzo D’Amato, California (T); LS Adam East, Vanderbilt (CFA); LS James Edmiston, Colorado Mesa (T); K Sam Ficken, Penn State (T); P Trevor Pardula, Kansas (T); LS James Winchester, Oklahoma (1).