Kansas City Chiefs’ Andy Reid pleased with rookie minicamp effort. Up next: OTAs

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The Kansas City Chiefs on Monday wrapped up a three-day rookie minicamp.

All 10 of the Chiefs’ draft picks were among the 73 players, which included 40 tryouts, present for the activities, which consisted of classroom and on-field work.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid came away pleased with the overall effort, adding a compliment to general manager Brett Veach for ensuring the roster was filled.

“It was great to get everyone in here, these young guys in here,” Reid said. “Brett did a nice job of supplying us two deep for every position, at least, and we were able to get some good team work in.”

Throughout the past three days, the players sat through multiple hours of meetings, received playbooks and instructions, and got a taste of life at the professional level.

Standards and expectations from coaches to players were also passed along, and Reid said he and coaches staff look for retention, specifically how players incorporate what is taught in the classroom environment to the field.

And everything about the rookie minicamp provides a strong base for players before the upcoming voluntary organized team activities, which kick off May 25.

“It’s a good foundation for the young guys that are coming back,” Reid said. “Not everybody is making the team, obviously, that was out here.

“The ones that are coming back at least in a week, they’ll be able to hit the ground running, know the snap count. I mean, you’re down to the basics: snap count, how to get in the huddle, what the coverages are, fronts. It’s good.”

Rookie cornerback Joshua Williams, the Chiefs’ fourth-round pick, appreciated the education process.

“The coaches, the whole staff really do a good job of just making sure you’re kind of getting the hang of everything,” he said. “Know where things are, knowing what your resources are, just understanding how to get better, how to make yourself a professional.”

Rookie safety Nazeeh Johnson, one of three Chiefs’ seventh-round picks, agreed.

“It’s just good to be here and living in the now, taking advantage of my opportunities,” he said.

Williams, Johnson, the entire Chiefs’ 2022 draft class and undrafted free agents will apply the lessons learned from rookie minicamp when they join their veteran teammates in a few weeks in Phase III of the offseason workout program.

Full-contact practices remain off limits during OTAs, but the Chiefs will conduct 7-on-7, 9-on-9 and 11-on-11 team drills through June’s mandatory three-day minicamp.

And for the members of the 2022 NFL draft class, the rookie minicamp provided a chance to grow.

“I felt like this weekend was a huge learning experience and I think I got better,” Williams said.

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Wide receiver Skyy Moore, one of the Chiefs’ two second-round picks, was limited during the three-day rookie minicamp, often observing the on-field work off off to the side.

Reid, however, appeared optimistic that Moore will be ready for OTAs.

“We’ll be ready to go when he gets back,” Reid said. “That’s where we’re at.”

Reid also believes tight end Jody Fortson, who has been on the mend from a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered in Week 6 of the 2021 regular season, could return during OTAs.

“We’ll just have to see how that goes,” Reid said. “If not, training camp. He’s done very well with his rehab.”