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<div id= »content_id »>Even the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs is excited to see what Patrick Mahomes II can do.Clark Hunt doesn’t seem worried about putting too much pressure on his young quarterback Youth Harold Landry Jersey , either.
The chairman and most visible face of the ownership family said after Saturday’s training camp session at Missouri Western State University that he’s looking forward to seeing Mahomes under center when the Chiefs open their preseason schedule Thursday night against Houston.
He’s is eager for what the second-year pro can do for seasons to come, too.
« There’s a lot of excitement here in Kansas City and really around the country about Patrick. He is a young man with a lot of skills, has a very high ceiling, » Hunt said. « He’s going through the process in learning what it means to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. That learning process will continue during the preseason and I’m sure once we get to the regular season. »
Mahomes is taking over on a full-time basis from Alex Smith, who was traded to Washington despite the best year of his career. And the fact that Kansas City is pinning its hopes on its first homegrown quarterback in a generation has energized an already fervent fan base.
Season-ticket sales are robust, and there were about 6,000 fans at practice on Saturday.
« It’s very exciting for the franchise from a long-term perspective, » Hunt said. « If you can develop your own quarterback who can play at the top of the league, you can create an opportunity over the course of a decade to win a championship, and that’s what we hope Patrick does for us. »
No pressure, kid.
Hunt has also noticed what many others have this offseason: Chiefs coach Andy Reid has an extra bounce in his step, a byproduct of the fun he’s having working with a new, young quarterback.
« I know that’s a hard thing to imagine when you’re talking about Andy, » Hunt said in his annual training camp availability Authentic Ryan McDonagh Jersey , « but truthfully he seems energized. And that goes all the way back to the preseason, the chance to take a quarterback and mold him, something he’s had a lot of success at. »
In other news, Hunt declined to discuss the dispute between the league and its players when it comes to protesting during the national anthem. « There’s really nothing to report, » Hunt said. « Until the league tells us what the policy is, there’s nothing really to talk about. »
Hunt did say he’s spoken to the Chiefs individually and collectively about social justice initiatives, and that the organization was willing to provide human resources and financial resources to help players make a difference with causes that they care about.
« That’s not something new for the Chiefs. It’s something that’s been going on here in Kansas City since my dad brought the team here in 1963, » Hunt said. « I’ve challenged the players to go out there and make a difference, and there’s so many that have a great heart and want to spend the time. »
Hunt also said the Chiefs are content with using Missouri Western as their training camp base, even though the majority of NFL franchises now hold camp at their usual practice facility.
Hunt and Reid both like the old-school idea of team-building that occurs at camp, even though it’s only an hours’ drive from Kansas City. Missouri Western has also built and improved its facilities to the point they rival most major colleges and professional franchises.
He also praised the work done by general manager Brett Veach, who has made several controversial moves since taking over last year. Among them was dealing talented but temperamental cornerback Marcus Peters to the Rams, a clear attempt at improving the clubhouse culture.
« One thing we really care about as a franchise is the culture and character of the team, » Hunt said. « That’s something very important to Brett. As he brought in players in free agency and the draft Authentic Hayden Hurst Jersey , he made sure those players would be positive contributors to the character of the football team. »
NOTES: OLs Cam Erving (knee) and Eric Fisher (shoulder) did not practice, nor did LBs Reggie Ragland (knee) and Anthony Hitchens (hamstring). None of the injuries to the four starters is thought to be serious. … CB Keith Reaser (quad), LB Tanoh Kpassagnon (heel) and FS Leon McQuay (hamstring) were limited in practice. It’s unclear if any will play in the preseason opener.
Antonio Callaway didn’t take long to run into trouble with the Browns.The fourth-round draft pick and wide receiver from Florida, who arrived in Cleveland with a history of issues while in college, was cited early Sunday morning for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license.
According to a report by police in Strongsville, Ohio, Callaway was pulled over in his car after he failed to yield to on oncoming traffic. Police found a « small amount » of marijuana and cited Callaway, who was stopped on a day off for Cleveland’s players at training camp.
To make matters worse, Callaway didn’t inform the Browns of his legal matter.
« I am surprised at this, » coach Hue Jackson said following Tuesday’s practice. « He has been great. We have had no slipups, no issues. This is a young player, who obviously made a bad decision or bad choice. I have to find out. Believe me, when we find out more of the facts, I will tell you straight out Craig Smith Jersey , exactly what it is when I know. »
The Browns selected Callaway in this year’s draft despite his checkered past. He was suspended last season for involvement in a credit card fraud case, and he provided a diluted urine sample at the NFL combine in February.
That offense caused teams to stay away from him, not the Browns.
In April, general manager John Dorsey said the team had « done extensive background » checks on Callaway. At the time, Dorsey, who joined the Browns in December, felt assured that Jackson and receivers coach Adam Henry would be able to mold him and keep him out of trouble.
« I’m still confident in that, » Jackson said. « I think what John said is absolutely right and I support him 100 percent. We’ve been fortunate over the last couple of years where we haven’t had things crop up.
« I truly believe in our process and how we go about it and how we talk about things. So, again, this is something I’m glad is happening now so we can deal with it and move forward. I think our locker room understands how we handle business. This young man will definitely understand how we handle business, too. »
Jackson said he wants to learn more about Callaway’s situation before commenting on whether the team will discipline the 21-year-old. Jackson said he has spoken to Callaway « quite a bit » about his behavior.
« This is surprising to me, » he said. « He is a young guy. Here is something that had happened and we have to deal with it. To understand it first, before I talk about consequences or anything, is important. »
Callaway was already in Stage 1 of the league’s abuse program because of his diluted sample. He could be subject to a fine because of this infraction.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Adidas David Pastrnak Jersey , « The matter will be reviewed under the NFL-NFLPA substances of abuse policy. »
Callaway’s off the field problems at Florida were extensive.
In 2017, he was cited for marijuana possession as a passenger in a car driven by a known felon. Callaway pleaded no contest to possession of drug paraphernalia and was fined.
A year earlier, he was accused of sexual assault, prompting the university to suspend him while the incident was investigated. Callaway eventually was found not responsible during a student code of conduct hearing, but he acknowledged under oath he was high on marijuana at the time of the alleged assault.
Callaway’s driving infraction came hours before the Browns traded disappointing wide receiver Corey Coleman to Buffalo. That move caused the team to elevate Callaway, who has had an impressive training camp, into the starting lineup before Thursday’s exhibition opener at the New York Giants.
The Browns released a statement saying they were aware of Callaway’s citation and « are in the process of gathering more information and will comment further at the appropriate time. »
And while they’re dealing with Callaway, the Browns are still waiting for former All-Pro Josh Gordon, who is away from the team to deal with health issues. Gordon has been suspended multiple times by the NFL for violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.
Jackson said he still doesn’t know when Gordon will return.
« Josh is still doing what he needs to do, » Jackson said. « And again, he will be back at some point in time. »
Because of Gordon’s situation and the lack of experienced receiving depth, the Browns have also considered signing free agent receiver Dez Bryant, the former Pro Bowler released earlier this year by Dallas.
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