Chiefs news for June 15, 2022
Good morning, AG!
Today in Chiefs history, Ed Podolak retired in 1978. Also, Ed once did this:
Mandatory Minicamp Is Starting | chiefswire
The Chiefs added a familiar face in the backfield on Monday, re-signing RB Jerick McKinnon to the 90-man offseason roster. There was already a logjam of players competing at this position, with players like Ronald Jones, Derrick Gore, Isiah Pacheco, Jerrion Ealy and Tayon Fleet-Davis all fighting for spots on the roster. Really, the only player with any job security is Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and that’s probably only due to his contract. McKinnon’s addition should give fans a little pause. Late last season into the playoffs, McKinnon was taking snaps as the team’s starter. How exactly will the repetitions shake out with him back in the fold?
Here’s one reason Chiefs’ JuJu Smith-Schuster says he’s excited to play for Andy Reid | Kansas City Star
“I always say that (Reid) gives me the Coach Tomlin vibe, that Coach Tomlin is the defensive-minded guy. He loves like … he just controls that defensive part. And I come here, and Andy Reid coaches the offense,” Smith-Schuster said Tuesday. “He’s in there, he’s up there, telling us what to do. And as a head coach, it’s different versus the (offensive coordinator) doing it.”
Everything you need to know about Chiefs mandatory minicamp | chiefswire
The biggest difference between these three practice days and OTAs is that they are no longer considered voluntary. All 90 players on the offseason roster will be expected to attend unless they are granted leave by the team.
NFL teams can elect to fine players for unexcused absences from mandatory minicamp. The Chiefs can impose a maximum of $15,515 for the first missed day, $31,030 for the second and $46,540 for the third. They can fine players up to $93,085 total for missing all three days of practice. Teams aren’t required to enforce these fines or even the maximum amount per day, but they’re within their rights to do so if they choose.
49ers TE George Kittle talks about who has the better QB, him or Chiefs TE Travis Kelce | chiefswire
Kelce and Kittle aren’t shy outside the playing field as they are consistently in the public eye. Kittle will be appearing as a guest on Tuesday’s all-new episode of “Cold As Balls” from LOL Network, created and hosted by actor/comedian Kevin Hart. This episode featured an uncomfortable conversation for Kittle as he was asked if Kelce had the better quarterback between the two All-Pro tight ends.
In a snippet of the latest episode, Kittle gives the politically correct answer. “I think I have a great quarterback,” he said. “Patrick Mahomes is really good at football.”
George Karlaftis sharpening skills vs. Chiefs’ offense in mandatory minicamp
“I’ll never come close in practice to Patrick Mahomes,” Karlaftis said through laughter. “Yeah, I’ll never come close to him.”
It’s good to know that Karlaftis knows the quarterback is off-limits during practice. At the same time, it’s also good to see him having those successful repetitions despite being unable to hit the quarterback.
While the rookie continues to take full advantage of all his opportunities, he seems more in tune with the pace of practice than he was during rookie minicamp. That said, he’s quite anxious to put the shoulder pads on a get to playing full speed.