Here are some thoughts of Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel after Tuesday’s minicamp session:
On franchised receiver Dwayne Bowe not attending the camp: “Well, you like to have your good players with you because every year you have to develop a new team chemistry, so he’s missing this opportunity to grow and develop with his teammates. There is nothing that I can do about that. It’s just the nature of the beast that we’re dealing with. I think that he will be here eventually. When he gets here, we’ll have to try to catch him up, and he’ll have to work at it to get up to speed. Then we’ll see if he can help us at that time.”
My take: Bowe will be the team’s best receiver when he shows up. And he will show up. He is not bypassing nearly $10 million this year just because he doesn’t have a long-term contract. This will be a non-story soon enough.
On quarterbacks Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi continuing to rotate behind starter Matt Cassel: “We’ve been still rotating them. We’re still in the process of looking at both, the second and the third and trying to get them some work. It’s still a rotation.”
My take: This will be a race all training camp and in the preseason. I think Quinn has the edge right now, but Stanzi has improved and he can take the job away from Quinn with a strong preseason.
On first-round pick, defensive tackle Dontari Poe, showing up at the minicamp without a contract: “It says he wants to make the team. That’s what that says. They will get it done eventually because of the new structure in camp and things like that, but I think that he wants to learn the system and show what his abilities are so that when he does get signed he can fall right into place.”
My take: Rookies who are unsigned routinely attend minicamps. Poe is a smart guy. He’s not going to rock the boat. I expect him to be signed and ready to vie for a starting job once training camp rolls around.