Rookies Learn to Speak

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.  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:  “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.  I’ve  played against all of them.  I’ve adjusted pretty good so far.”

On how it feels to be wearing a Chiefs jersey: “It’s been good.  I’ve been putting that red jersey on, No. 94. I’ve felt like a Chief ever since then. 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.  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.  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 all that you’ve got. First 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.  We have a pretty good relationship going on … he’s a hard working, dedicated, talented individual.” 

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 up a new 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 some minor things that you have to adjust to, but for the most  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.  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’m  not worried about that at all.”

K Ryan Succop

Yes, the correct way to say his last name is “Suck-up.”  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.  He showed  me something in five minutes and it was probably one of the most helpful tips I’ve had as a kicker my whole career. That was pretty cool how much of a difference it made.  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.  It made a big difference.”

6 Responses to “Rookies Learn to Speak”

  • May 9, 2009  - RedandGoldRice says:

    I know in the past, with the Herm era, they allowed fans to come in and watch some vanilla practices. I hope something like that opportunity comes around again. I really REALLY need a football fix. NFLN just doesn’t quite cut it. Anyone heard about any public practices?

  • May 9, 2009  - deployed kc fan says:

    that was something i asked bob about. it would be nice to get hard knocks every year for our chiefs and the real die hard fans. your not alone nfln doesn’t cover chiefs enough

  • May 9, 2009  - Rip 'em a new one says:

    As fans, we have to realize that information on the Chiefs is going to be sparse and any leaks coming out via Bob or the other media is far better than what we got in the days of pre-internet.

  • May 9, 2009  - anonymous says:

    No way in hell would I allow anything like Hard Knocks into my training camp, if I were a Coach.

    These guys have enough to worry about, Veterans too! It benefits no one. They nor Haley need the added pressure.

    No mugging for the camera, it’s an unnecessary distraction.

    My Attitude….
    You boys can market yourselves on the field when the games matter, or, on your own time!

  • May 9, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    What’s in a name? Hopefully the next Ben Agajanian, Tommy Brooker, Jan Stenerud and Nick Lowery et al, where new PK Ryan is concerned.

    If he can do for a surname what a Wilt Chamberlain and Dan Marino did for jersey numeral #13 then the Chiefs are in like Flint, as in our man Succop.


  • May 9, 2009  - anonymous says:

    Right you are Rip ‘em a new one! I can remember vividly, the days of The “Chiefs Report”. Weekly during the season, and off season was even less frequent. I can’t recall how often, but I still have some packed away somewhere.

    I was pissed when they went exclusively, to an online forum.

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