Chiefs news for 10 August 2020
“My first impression is that he’s a hard worker,” Mahomes said. “I think that’s the first thing that you could see from Day 1. He’s always wanting to learn more, he’s wanting to get in every single rep that they let him in. He’s someone that has gotten better every single day. I’m excited to have him, adapt him, and involve him more and more in the offense. And as learns more, he’ll be able to progress and have more success.”
“When the Royals were bought last year by [John Sherman], I wanted to be a part of it. It took a little bit of time. These things take time. So it took almost a year to get the language right and doing it at the right time with everything going on in the world. But we were able to do it and they were able to let me join in with them and be a part of something that’s going to be long-term.”
“He’s all-in with [Kansas City and] he loves baseball,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “It’s a match. I’ve joked with him that he can’t play both [sports], but he can be a part-owner of one and play the other, his two loves.”
“We’ll have to see how and when [Juan Thornhill is able to return to practice],” Reid said. “He is doing well at this time. Once we get into that phase where we’re moving him around — the trainers are moving him around a little bit more — we’ll be able to tell. But he’s not ready, obviously, right now.”
“I’d say the same thing,” Reid said of Rankin. “I mean, they’re all making good progress, it’s just a matter of when they can come back. As they ramp them up — the trainers — we’ll see. But neither one is ready to go right now.”
“I think I’ve made enough money,” Watkins said, per Adam Teicher of ESPN. “I’d love more money but as far as being smart and [staying] on this team, knowing you’ve got to pay Pat [Mahomes], you’ve got to pay Chris [Jones], there’s a lot of guys you’ve got to pay. So for me to take a contract like I did was a blessing. … This is my happy place, so why not take a smaller contract and come out and play with the guys I’ve been playing with?”
“Very important to stay,” Watkins said. “For what we did in winning the Super Bowl and the type of team and coaches we have, the organization, why wouldn’t I stay? I’m a guy that’s been in the league going on seven years and I’ve been on teams that were not so good and were not winning.
“We’re here from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.,” Osemele said. “We’re around each other all the time on the practice field, sharing music, just hanging out and lifting weights. That’s how we’re building chemistry right now.”
“[Schwartz and Fisher are] two of the most technically sound, like two of the most technically sound guys I’ve seen play,” Osemele said of his new teammates at tackle. “I’ve been around the game for a while and I’d say they’re high up there. In terms of their technique, they’re very consistent. That’s something that I definitely need to work on at that type of level, so that’s something I can learn from them. I think what I bring to it is the physicality of the finish, the aggression.”
Last year, it seemed like most of us were enamored with how good running back Darwin Thompson looked in the preseason, but it never seemed to translate to live game success for him during his rookie campaign. We’re not ready to call him a bust, for sure, but he was disappointing relative to preseason expectations set a season ago.
Another player who looked to be a turning a corner in the 2019 preseason was defensive end Breeland Speaks. It looked like his emphasis on getting in shape, coupled with the new system implemented by defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, was going to pay off for the second-round pick. A season-ending injury kept him from playing the regular season, so he’s a player worth keeping an eye on over the next month.