The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up their three-day rookie minicamp Sunday, but the offseason program is just beginning for the players that will stick around for the OTAs kicking off this week.
As the rookies are joined by the veterans, there were four players that seemed to catch the eye of head coach Andy Reid. And they varied from the top overall pick to an undrafted free agent.
Obviously all eyes will be on offensive tackle Eric Fisher this summer as he looks to make the transition from left tackle to the right side. Reid told reporters Sunday he liked what he’s seen so far.
“Eric, I thought he looked smooth. Every day he was a little bit better,” Reid said. “You saw him become more comfortable at that spot. You can tell his athletic abilities. He is smooth, he is a big man that can move and bend. You know, you and I, we’re big guys, sometimes it’s tough to bend, but he can do it and move.”
Fisher wasn’t the only draft pick to stand out during the weekend. Both of the Chiefs fifth-round picks seemed to make a good first impression with their new coaches.
LB Nico Johnson could have the inside track on a starting spot next to Derick Johnson and he’s gotten off to a good start.
“He was a good college player and it looked like he did some nice things out here. He’ll get in there and compete with Akeem (Jordan) and they’ll work it. Akeem, obviously, has the advantage over him with the experience, but Nico is a talented player.”
DB Sanders Commings also showed he might be able to contribute out of the gate.
“It was good to see Commings work at safety. He’d been predominantly a corner, but he had played a little bit of safety. It was nice to see the progress that he made as he went on. We feel like he can still play corner but he gives us the flexibility to play that free safety position. It looked like he handled that fairly easily.”
In addition to the Chiefs draft picks, there was an undrafted free agent that stood out. Even though he won’t have a chance to see the field even if he makes the roster, Reid liked what he saw.
“Tyler Bray had a nice day today; I think that is obvious. He made some nice throws down in the red zone. He has to continue to make progress, but he did some nice things.”
We’re going to see plenty of Fisher and Johnson even as the veterans come to town and the same could go for Commings, but it will be very interesting to see how many reps Bray is able to grab. After all, Alex Smith and his backup, Chase Daniel, are both going to need as many reps as possible to feel comfortable in Reid’s offense.