ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs opened training camp at Missouri Western State University on Monday with the start of a three-day rookie camp. Some observations:
Thirty-five players, including a handful of select veterans, participated. Quarterbacks Alex Smith and Chase Daniel, wide receivers A.J. Jenkins and Kyle Williams, tight end Travis Kelce and cornerback Chris Owens were among the veterans who participated. Each of the six draft picks participated, including first-round linebacker Dee Ford.
A shortage of players at certain positions forced the Chiefs into mostly individual drills. The Chiefs had only three offensive linemen and two defensive linemen on hand. Coaches had to fill in as the tackles when the Chiefs lined up as a full offense.
If you're looking for a long shot to make the regular-season roster, you can do worse than wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. Hammond was one of the stars of practice. He twice beat cornerback Brandon Jones cleanly to catch deep passes. He also laid out to make a nifty catch of a pass from Daniel.
The Chiefs will begin full-squad training camp on Thursday without running back Joe McKnight and defensive back David Van Dyke. McKnight (knee) and Van Dyke (hamstring) will begin on the physically unable to participate list. McKnight is a candidate to make the regular-season roster. With a strong showing both out of the backfield and as a kick returner, McKnight could win a spot as a backup to Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis.