And just like that — Andy Reid’s 10th training camp as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs is in the books. Speaking to the media on Thursday morning, Reid confirmed that the team accomplished everything they were looking to do in St. Joseph.
“I challenged the guys, which I think was important,” said Reid. “The bonding becomes important — you bond when you’ve got to do something tough. They answered the bell every day. I appreciate the effort that went into it. I know some of them were hurting, but they got up and they pushed through. That foundation will pay off for them down the road here.”
The Chiefs had turnover at significant leadership positions this offseason, trading star wide receiver Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins and allowing another star — safety Tyrann Mathieu — to join the New Orleans Saints in free agency.
Specifically on the offensive side, this meant new faces — such as wideouts JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling — playing important roles.
“We have a lot of versatile receivers,” said quarterback Patrick Mahomes. “We got some guys that are really fast that can still go up and make catches. I think you saw that with Watson in the end zone [Wednesday] — and two days ago, Marquez in between two defenders, going up and high-pointing the ball. When you have guys that are big who can still run fast and stretch the field…