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Kansas City Chiefs Notes, Quotes 2009-05-15

Kansas City Chiefs Notes, Quotes 2009-05-15
--In the team's three-day rookie minicamp the Chiefs' coaching staff exposed the young defenders only to the 3-4 scheme, with No. 1 pick Tyson Jackson playing left defensive end and third-round choice Alex Magee at right defensive end.

"I'm really excited about the player," head coach Todd Haley said of Jackson. "But again, he's got a long way to go in understanding everything, conditioning-wise, all those things."

Of Magee he said: "He's come in and been impressive so far athletically."

--All but two of the Chiefs' rookies will be back with the team starting on May 18 when the club holds the first of a dozen OTA sessions.

The only rookies that will miss the early work are fourth-round choice CB Donald Washington from Ohio State and undrafted free agent LB Corey Smith out of Cincinnati.

Under NFL rules, rookies cannot be at the team's facilities full-time until after the spring semester at their college closes. Both Ohio State and Cincinnati have spring terms that run into the second week of June.

"That's a disadvantage for them," said Haley. "They'll have to work very hard to catch up."

--When Haley spoke to his rookies and first-year players at the team's minicamp in early May, he tried to hit two points: There were a lot of opportunities available with the Chiefs and, secondly, they are going to have to do a lot of work to take advantage of those opportunities.

"They will be 28 workouts behind (the veterans) when they come onto campus so they need to understand the severity of their situation," Haley said. "Just to give themselves an equal chance to compete they can't waste a day. When they go back to school they have to be working out and once they get here they have to have to put the pedal to the metal. If they don't, they are not going to have an equal chance to compete because they are already behind. It is an important situation to understand."

--There was nothing about his first taste of NFL life that intimidated Jackson when he took part in the Chiefs' rookie minicamp.

"No, it is not intimidating; it is just change like all things," Jackson said. "I played in the SEC and I've pretty much experienced everything in the game, the fast guys going against Florida, the real strong guys going against at Auburn and Alabama and the guys with real good technique like Tennessee. I've played against all of them. I've adjusted pretty good so far ... but I know I need to step up my game much more. I can't continue to play the college game in the NFL."

--PK Ryan Succop was looking forward to his weekend in Newport Beach, California in June where he'll be honored as Mr. Irrelevant, the last man picked in the 2009 NFL Draft. Haley has talked with Succop about the event and wants to make sure his young kicker doesn't forget his standing. "It's a worry because Mr. Irrelevant has become such a big thing that we just kind of reminded him that he was the last pick in the draft," Haley said. "He has his work cut out for him making this team."

The coach thinks his young kicker has the right personality to succeed.

"I like his demeanor," Haley said. "That was one of the things that Coach (Steve) Hoffman really liked about him. He is a pretty calm, level headed guy. At that position and with the pressure that ends up being on those kickers that's a big item. He carries himself well."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think you spell it out to them pretty clearly and what I'm preaching is there is not going to be a lot of gray area around here. We're going to tell them what we want done and how we want it done. Then we hold them accountable to that. That's part of coaching." -- Chiefs head coach Todd Haley.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 15, 2009

Alfonso Boone Name: Alfonso Boone
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Age: 32
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