The Kansas City Chiefs made a flurry of transactions following rookie minicamp. They signed center Austin Reiter, guard Chris Glaser, and wide receiver Gary Jennings, and cut quarterback Anthony Gordon, running back Brenden Knox, offensive tackle Gene Pryor, and defensive tackle Darius Stills, according to the NFL’s personnel notice on May 10.
Jennings was one of six players that were waived by Kansas City on May 5. Reiter was waived the following day. But both players find themselves back on the roster following rookie minicamp, which took place from May 7 to May 9.
Glaser was the only player among the 40 players that tried out for Kansas City at minicamp to earn a contract.
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Chiefs Set to Have Strong Competition at WR
Among the positions to shine the most at Kansas City’s rookie minicamp were the wide receivers.
“Many receivers looked good in camp, but it seemed that [D’ionte] Smith, Andrew Boston (Incarnate Wood) and Mathew Sexton (Eastern Michigan) had very good camps,” Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest wrote on May 9.
The strong play of the receivers at minicamp foreshadows a fierce competition amongst the receivers when training camp is underway in July.
First-year players such as (but not limited to) Boston, Smith, Sexton, Justyn Ross, and Skyy Moore will compete with veterans such as JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Corey Coleman, and Josh Gordon to make the 53-man roster next season. The only guarantee in the receiver room to make the 2022 regular-season roster is Mecole Hardman, who is in the final year of his rookie deal with Kansas City. So despite being a lock, Hardman needs to play at a high level in 2022 if he wants to be valued in free agency next offseason.
Having many young, talented bodies in the receiver room, along with many positions on the roster, is appreciated by head coach Andy Reid.
“It was great. It was great getting everybody in here, these young guys in here. (General manager) Brett [Veach] did a nice job of supplying us with two deep for every position at least. We were able to get some good team work in,” Reid said during his press conference on May 9, the final day of Chiefs rookie minicamp.
“I think it’s a good foundation for the young guys that are coming back. Not everybody is making the team, obviously, that’s out here, but the ones that are coming back in a week will at least be able to hit the ground running, know the snap count, right? You’re down to the basics. Snap count, how to get into the huddle, what the coverages are, fronts, so it’s good.”
What’s Next for Chiefs?
With rookie minicamp officially over, next up on Kansas City’s offseason schedule is organized teams activities (OTAs), which go from May 25 to May 26. After a three-day break, the team will meet again for more OTAs from May 31 to June 2. The last set of OTAs for the defending AFC West champions will be from June 7 to June 10.
After OTAs, the last time the Chiefs meet before summer break will be for mandatory minicamp from June 14 to June 16.