From the Truman Sports Complex
The Chiefs made their locker room off-limits to the media this weekend during the team’s rookie mini-camp. But they did bring out a quartet of draft choices to speak at lunch time on Saturday.Â Here’s the highlights of what they had to say.
DE Tyson Jackson
Is there anything about making the move to the NFL that is intimidating:Â “I played in the SEC and I’ve pretty much experienced everything in the game, the fast guys going against Florida, the real strong guys going against at Auburn and Alabama and the guys with real good technique like Tennessee.Â I’veÂ played against all of them.Â I’ve adjusted pretty good so far.”
On how it feels to be wearing a Chiefs jersey: “It’s been good.Â I’ve been putting that red jersey on, No. 94. I’ve felt like a Chief ever since then.Â I saw Glenn (Dorsey) today and he said I was looking good in No. 94, so I’m really liking the situation.”
On adjusting to the Kansas City defense: “It’s pretty different.Â It’s more of a 3-4 role here, compared to the 4-3 at LSU. At the end of the day football is football.Â You’ve got to get down, put your hand in the dirt and you’ve got to attack an offensive lineman. Once I get adjusted and get acquainted with what’s going on around here, I’ll be OK.”
DE Alex Magee
On his expectations and what impression he wants to make in this mini-camp: “I think they expect basically the same out of all of us. Everybody has an equal opportunity coming into this weekend. Basically it’s just play to the best of your ability and give allÂ that you’ve got. FirstÂ impression is the most important, obviously I want to leave a good impression.”
On what he learned about Tyson Jackson from working out together leading up to the draft: “We’ve known each other for about 3 1/2 months.Â We have a pretty good relationship going on … he’s a hard working, dedicated, talented individual.”Â
OT Colin Brown
Toughest adjustments so far from Missouri to the Chiefs: “For the last three years I’ve known the offense in and out, so trying to pick upÂ a newÂ offense and remembering what to do and remembering to play faster. Everything comes at a faster pace.”
Adjusting from spread offense at Mizzou to Chiefs offense: “It’s not as bad as I had feared it would be. There are a lot of similarities. There are someÂ minor things that you have to adjust to, but for the mostÂ part it is pretty similar.
On whether playing one-hour from home is a good or bad thing:“In some parts I think it will be easier, because if I want to go home and see my Mom, it’s only a hour drive up there.Â I can also see where that possibly could run into a problem, but I don’t forsee that being a problem … this is where I wanted to be so I’mÂ not worried about that at all.”
K Ryan Succop
Yes, the correct way to say his last name is “Suck-up.”Â He thinks it’s an Irish or German name, not sure.
On working with special teams coach Steve Hoffman: “He came to work me out before the draft.Â He showedÂ me something in five minutes and it was probably one of the most helpfulÂ tips I’ve had as a kickerÂ my whole career. That was pretty cool how much of a difference it made.Â He’s been here with me two days working and I’ve got a whole lot of respect for him. I think he’s a really, really good coach … it was something that we were working on kickoffs and he just showed me a little different technique.Â It made a big difference.”