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The Kansas City Chiefs began their offseason conditioning program Monday Authentic Customized Broncos Jerseys , although the amount of work amounted to meetings and some informal, players-only time on the practice field.


Patrick Mahomes II has been doing all of that for months.

The second-year quarterback has assumed the starting role following the offseason trade of Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins, and he has embraced it with aplomb.

Mahomes had no problem summoning older, more experienced teammates for impromptu workouts at local high schools, and figures he threw passes to every running back, tight end and wide receiver on the roster at least once.

"There were great high schools around where I talked to the coaches and they let us use their fields," he said, "and I'd have four or five guys a day. They'd come out there and the good thing I have with my teammates is they want to work to get better, so it was easy to get them out there."

Most guys dropped in for a couple of workouts when they were in town for other business, though a few 鈥?such as star tight end Travis Kelce 鈥?spent the majority of his offseason in Kansas City.

"He just took control out there on the first day," Kelce said of his new QB. "That was the biggest thing, seeing he does have control of the room at a young age. He's not shy taking the lead."

Most quarterbacks around the league do similar offseason workouts with teammates, especially when there are new pieces in place. It takes time to establish the chemistry and timing required to run the modern spread offense, especially a system as complex and diverse as the one run by Andy Reid.

What makes Mahomes unique is precisely what Kelce said: His age. Mahomes won't turn 23 until mid-September, shortly after the season starts Youth Cleveland Browns Jerseys , making him one of the youngest players on the team.

That must be balanced by the fact that he also plays the most important position.

Yet it's not as if Mahomes is a rookie being asked to resurrect a floundering franchise. After he was chosen 10th overall he got to spend last season learning under Smith, and then dazzled in a Week 17 start at Denver when the Chiefs already had locked up their playoff seed.

Now he steps under center for the two-time defending AFC West champions, and with more talent around him than any Chiefs quarterback in recent history. He has the reigning NFL rushing leader in Kareem Hunt, Kelce, and a wide receiver group headlined by speedster Tyreek Hill that now includes downfield threat Sammy Watkins.

"He can throw the ball," Watkins said with a grin. "He led the whole process when we were running routes (Monday). He's going to be a great leader. Caught a couple balls, dropped a couple too, just by his arm strength. But it's going to be a fun time. I can't wait to master this offense."

The biggest challenge Mahomes could face is making sure everybody gets their touches.

In other words, making sure everybody stays happy.

But as numerous players filed through the Chiefs' practice facility on Monday, those with a vested interest in getting their hands on the ball said that won't be a problem. Kelce, Watkins and the rest of them gushed about the selflessness that exists in their new-look locker room.

"Guys don't have egos. I've met them, got to work with them," said wide receiver Chris Conley, who is coming back from a ruptured Achilles tendon. "I think we'll have great comraderies, and obviously there's one ball to go around http://www.cowboysauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jihad-ward-jersey , but we're going to make this offense run and shake."

The defense is another matter entirely.

There are questions just about everywhere after the release of veteran linebackers Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali, the trade of cornerback Marcus Peters and the release of safety Ron Parker.

Some of the spots have been shored up through free agency, including the signing of linebacker Anthony Hitchens, and the Chiefs are expected to fill others through next week's draft.

In the meantime, the guys already on the team have started their offseason work in earnest.

Even if a few of them have been at it for a while.

Michael Floyd made it clear that he's looking for a fresh start to what's left of his once-promising NFL career.


So the St. Paul, Minnesota, native, who floundered with his hometown Vikings last season, is now working on the opposite end the Mississippi River, trying to show Sean Payton and Co. why the New Orleans Saints were right to give him a look.

"I think I still have a lot to offer. I'm only 28," the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Floyd said Thursday, after his second practice with the Saints on Thursday. "I don't think I'm too old."

Saints coach Sean Payton described the signing as relatively low risk this early in camp, when rosters are at 90 players and the club has about a month to evaluate players before trimming its roster to the regular season maximum of 53.

"I think I know what he can be," Payton said. "That's the cool thing about coaching Adidas Corey Perry Jersey , is when you get somebody and you feel like you can make a difference."

Receivers coach Curtis Johnson added that the Saints' style of offense "allows guys like him to be productive," whether it be blocking on the edge for the Saints' strong running game or rising up in the end zone for a Drew Brees fade pass.

"He's a very physical player. I thought he caught the ball well today," Johnson said. "So, his size and his speed can really help us."

Floyd was a prominent receiver for Arizona early in his career. He had 1,041 yards and five touchdowns receiving in 2013 and no fewer than 841 yards in each of the two seasons after that. But his production 鈥?and the arc of his career 鈥?dipped considerably in 2016, a season marred by a drunken driving arrest and late-season release from the Cardinals.

New England snapped him up en route to a Super Bowl triumph that season, but Floyd's contributions to the Patriots' success were limited at best. In two regular season games, he caught four passes, including a 14-yard TD. He had one catch in New England's playoff opener 鈥攚hen he also had an interception bounce off his hands 鈥?and was scratched for the AFC title game and Super Bowl.

Last season, Floyd played in 11 games for the Vikings after serving a four-game suspension by the NFL for using a banned substance. He finished the regular season with only 10 catches for 78 yards.

In free agency, Floyd was not heavily sought after. He had a tryout with Baltimore but remained unsigned when training camps opened. He signed this week with New Orleans, which was looking to add receivers because of injuries to three young players at that position.

A handful of other teams had offered tryouts, but Floyd and his agent, Brian Murphy of Athletes First, decided to be selective about accepting such invitations.

"What we learned last year in Minnesota is that what appears to be good fit on the surface might not necessarily end up being ideal Adidas Brent Burns Jersey , and it's nobody's fault," Murphy told The Associated Press by phone. "We were very careful this year to pinpoint teams where we were confident Michael would have an opportunity to contribute."

Floyd said it was important to him to join a team with players he knew. The Saints roster includes linebacker Manti Teo, Floyd's former college teammate at Notre Dame. Floyd also was already acquainted with Saints running back Shane Vereen and right tackle Ryan Ramczyk, who also are represented by Athletes First.

"There's a lot of things that come into play when you're choosing to be on a team," Floyd said. "I chose Minnesota last year just because I know a whole bunch of guys on the team and I knew what they're about. And playing with (Vikings tight end) Kyle Rudolph in college, it's something that I think, in my life, that I wanted to be around guys that were close to me."

Why didn't his stint with the Vikings work out? It appeared Floyd preferred not to express any opinion about that when he smiled wryly and said, "I have no idea."

In New Orleans, Floyd said he sees "a great team, a great coach and guys that I've been knowing for a decade. It's always good to go on a team and have guys that you already know. It makes a lot of things more smooth."

Floyd also alluded to what he hopes will be a blossoming relationship with the prolific Brees.

"Having a (projected) Hall of Fame quarterback throwing you the ball 鈥?I think that makes a big difference," Floyd said.

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