The Kansas City Chiefs players were back on the field Tuesday as the team kicked off a three-day voluntary minicamp. While every team in the league is forced to use the word “voluntary”, all are expected to attend.
Naturally it’s news when a player doesn’t attend and that’s no different with the Chiefs and franchise left tackle Branden Albert. The veteran was the only player not in attendance, as rumors of potential trades swirl.
Head coach Andy Reid briefly touched on Albert’s absence.
“I understand the business,” Reid said, according to The Star. “But we don’t really concentrate on the guys that aren’t here. We concentrate on the guys that are.”
It’s a stock answer, but in it points to why Albert staying home isn’t a big deal. Sure, we’d all like to see the starting left tackle in the building learning Reid’s offense. However, as Reid points out, he’s concentrating on the players that are lining up.
That means the team will get a longer look at guys like Donald Stephenson in Albert’s spot and both Jeff Allen and Geoff Schwartz on the ride side. Meanwhile, getting Allen time at tackle (where he played at Illinois) gives Schwartz reps at guard when he would normally be standing on the sidelines.
As the Chiefs go through the draft next week and free agency immediately after, it’s huge for Reid and GM John Dorsey to have as much intel on their current roster as possible. Albert’s absence is giving them more tape on Schwartz, which could impact what they do when they are debating late round picks and free agents.