KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs are back in town Monday for the first day of the team’s off season program.
Video posted to the Chiefs official social media accounts showed players arriving at the training facility next to Arrowhead Stadium around 10 a.m.
Around 12:30 p.m., head coach Andy Reid spoke to the media along with a few current players.
“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us; we look forward to that. It seems like there is great energy in the room. I was able to address the guys and talk to them a little bit about high expectations going forward… and what we’re going to try and get accomplished for this off season,” Reid said.
Veteran defensive lineman Chris Jones spoke at the conference. He is excited for a new season and building team camaraderie.
“This is going to be my third year. I want to take the next step and be the leader of the defensive line group. You know, we’ve got a great group of guys with us. We added some new faces, so show those guys the ropes,” Jones said.
Jones has played for the Kansas City Chiefs since 2016. He played college football at Mississippi State University. He earned the title of AFC Defensive Player of the Week on September 17, 2017.
Veteran tight end Travis Kelce also spoke at the conference. He is eager to see the offense take on the field.
“It’s exciting. Right now if you look at just the offensive side of the ball, we’ve got talent everywhere. Even when I thought the tight end room couldn’t get any better, we picked up Jace Amaro and Tim Wright. Right now it’s looking as athletic of a room as I’ve been in, which is awesome to see cause coach Reid loves a threat of tight ends… it’s exciting to see where this offense can go,” Kelce said.
Kelce has played for the Kansas City Chiefs since 2013. He is a three-time Pro Bowler and a two-time All-Pro.
New wide receiver, Sammy Watkins, said the offense is a powerhouse. He said his strategy is to be aggressive on the field.
“There’s a lot of blocking that I do… having a DB closer, I can grab him and be physical, and look in his eyes. That’s kind of my game,” Watkins said.
Watkins signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on March 15, 2018. He previously played for the Buffalo Bills (2014-2016) and the Los Angeles Rams (2017).
You can replay the entire news conference in the above video player.