When ESPN Louis Riddick is tweeting something about the Kansas City Chiefs, it deserves special attention. The man who coined the nickname “Ferrari” of Patrick Mahomes was the professional personnel director of the Philadelphia Eagles from 2010 to 2012, the same time that a promising scout named Brett Veach was in the building.
Riddick tweeted about three rookies after the Chiefs’ mandatory minicamp Thursday afternoon. To tweets!
Oh… and watch out for Duke rookie 5th TE Noah Gray. They like it. A lot.
– Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) June 17, 2021
- Let’s put that aside – Credo Humphrey, despite being a rookie, is the favorite to start at the center position over veteran signing Austin Blythe. When the Chiefs first acquired Joe Thuney in free agency, they floated him as being able to switch from left guard to center. All of that chatter came to an end once Kansas City selected Humphrey with the No. 63 pick overall.
- A sixth round pick in 2021, Trey Smith Already starting to give me L’Jarius Sneed vibes until a third day flight. The door had to open first, Kyle Long starting camp as the favorite to start on the right. But once Long suffered a leg injury that cost him the entire offseason, it turned into an open battle. Smith should be in the game with Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Nick Allegretti among others, but Riddick writes his name makes me think it shouldn’t come as a surprise if he starts training camp with the first team at right guard.
We also can’t forget the words of offensive line coach Andy Heck regarding Smith in early June: “I think Trey has a starting guard in his future – how fast that will come, that would be hard to predict. He has all the physical and mental tools you are looking for and he loves football. It is an indispensable quality. He loves football, he loves competition and he is an extremely physical person. These things jump out at you when you watch a tape of him. Now how fast can he learn our system, learn our techniques, really calm things out there at that guard position? We’ll see, but he’s definitely off to a good start and he’s working really hard on it. ”
- And finally, Noah Gray, which Riddick mentioned that the chefs “like a lot”. While waiting for an injury, this is a tight piece you can fit into the Chiefs’ 53-player roster – the Chiefs will keep three ends tight, and that will be Travis Kelce, returning veterans Blake Bell and Gray. Gray’s athleticism compared to Kelce’s, and the Chiefs’ narrow room should be as strong as it has long been with Gray’s dynamic second player and Bell’s blocking ability. Welcome to the fold, 12 and maybe even 13 staff (two and three tight end sets).