Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/24/13
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Optimism reins supreme as the Andy Reid-led Kansas City Chiefs begin training camp in St. Joseph, Missouri, this week. Out is the laid back, easy does it approach of Chiefs' camp of old. In is the new fast paced, information explained, practice and repeat philosophies of Reid and GM John Dorsey.Quarterbacks and rookies reported to camp on Monday, July 22nd, and veterans report on Thursday, July 25th. Reid’s offense will be the most interesting aspect of Chief’s training camp. Picking up the motion offense that he has ran consistently in Philadelphia will have the Chiefs' running backs spending much of the their time catching passes from newly acquired quarterback Alex Smith, and then heading to the sidelines to catch more passes from jug machines.Running back Jamaal Charles, as long as he can stay healthy, will catch the most passes he ever has this season. Much like former Eagles backs LeSean McCoy and Brian Westbrook; Charles will see many screen passes thrown his way. Charles also has explosive running ability; he will be a very productive scorer in the 2013 season. He has the potential to be the top running back in the league.With Alex Smith, the Chiefs have a much better touch pass option at quarterback. In 10 games last year Smith had a 104.1 passer rating. Compare that with Matt Cassell’s nine-game passer rating of 66.1 and the Chiefs should be in a much better situation at quarterback. Also consider that the Kansas City Chiefs as a whole have been running a 1950s-style offense for the last two years, in an effort to protect Cassel from hurting himself and the team. Reid should get the team back on track with the rest of the league. Even after 13 years in the league, he is still a creative offensive mind.As camp starts at Missouri Western State college, all rookies arrive first and Andy Reid has been positive at what he has seen from them so far. “The rookies have done well at retaining what was taught in the rookie camps we held earlier in the summer," Reid said. Rookie tight end Travis Kelce has been making a lot of noise early on in rookie camp. Reid said he reminds him of Jeremy Shockey. The former University of Cincinnati tight end has been very versatile and his ability to run after the catch has been noted. Unfortunately first round overall pick Eric Fisher has yet to sign with Chiefs, however this is not uncommon with very high draft picks. The Chiefs hope to finalize something soon with the left tackle. Rookie defensive back Sanders Cummings also broke his collarbone on the first day of camp and was the first casualty of the new season. Cummings is supposed to be out for six to 12 weeks.The Chiefs are motivated and ready to start a fresh season on a positive note. Much of the team’s success this year will depend on how much and how fast the players can pick up the new offensive and defensive systems. Training camp will help level the playing field of those players who can and can not.  
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