Chiefs news for 26 July 2020
The Kansas City Chiefs did not waste any time after learning that starting right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif had decided to opt out for the 2020 regular season. One day after the news broke, the Chiefs signed free agent offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele to a one-year contract, per Terez Paylor of Yahoo Sports.
Chiefs officially sign entire 2020 draft class | ChiefsWire
The Kansas City Chiefs have announced that they’ve signed their entire rookie draft class, a group that includes LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Mississippi State LB Willie Gay Jr., TCU OT Lucas Niang, Louisiana Tech CB L’Jarius Sneed, Michigan DE Mike Danna and Tulane CB BoPete Keyes.
“You love that guys have the goals; they want to be in Kansas City for a long time and they want to win championships – they don’t want to be average,” said Mahomes. “They want to be great every single year. But I think other than that, you know these guys and how they’re talking, other than just the quotes, they’re talking about the day-to-day process, they’re talking about how hard it is to be on the top, to get to the Super Bowl. If you look at our season this last season, we had a lot of adversity, a lot of ups and downs in the regular season and in the playoffs. I think the guys have that mindset, they have those long-term goals, they know that they’re going to have to go out there every single day and prove that, they’re going to have to go out there with the mindset to be great every single day. If they go through that process every single day, they’ll never have any regrets at the end of your career.”
“I’m a huge Larry Duvernay-Tardif fan,” Reid told reporters. “I also was raised by a doctor. So I understand the dedication that it takes to be a doctor. We’re all blessed to have doctors in our lives. They’re givers, they not takers. They’re givers and they’re healers. So they want the best for you. So Larry has that quality, and you’re seeing it to the utmost here. I just think it’s tremendous dedication to his profession, what his future’s gonna be, and mainly to the people that he gets to help.
“So my heart goes out to him. I had a great talk with him, great visit with him. His players support him. The veteran players support him, and the coaches support him. We understand when football’s over this is gonna be one of the greatest doctors ever.”
“[I] respect his decision,” Mahomes said to media on a Saturday conference call, via NFL.com. “He’s a guy that’s been on those front lines working with the people that are suffering from COVID day to day and putting in all that time and all that work. He understands it and his decision was he wanted to stay there. He wanted keep helping in that capacity and I know it was difficult for him, but you respect the decision for him to kinda put his thoughts aside and kinda do what he thought was best to help out his community and the world as he sees it.”
Mahomes said he’s comfortable everything has been reasonably done to protect him and the other Chiefs players, citing the requirements of wearing a mask and social distancing to plexiglass partitions between lockers,
“It’s better than I thought coming in,” Mahomes said. “That’s kind of put my mind at ease, knowing that I’m going to be put in the best possible situation given this time.“