ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Sammy Watkins gave the impression on the first day of the Kansas City Chiefs training camp on Thursday.
The veteran wide receiver is one of the newest options for first-start quarterback Patrick Mahomes II.
"The guy is an incredible talent, he really is," Travis Kelce said of Watkins. "He's a character of character, you can not say anything wrong about him, it was exciting to see him and work here because he's such a great athlete, and he makes you better every day."
Mahomes and Watkins teamed up to bring the biggest rejoicing of the day to the fans.
The quarterback dropped a 60-yard pass on a breezy post road to Watkins, who dragged the over-the-shoulder catch on the barrel for a simple notch. Mahomes said he quickly developed a relationship on the field with the newbie.
"He's a guy who will stay and get extra work, a guy who wants to do a great job," Mahomes said. "With people like that all over the team, it's easy to build chemistry and build that kind of deep ball, or if it's a quick pass or whatever it is."
Coach Andy Reid also praised Watkins's willingness to step up during training, whether it be tracks, where he is a decoy or to do extra reruns.
"I love Sammy's attitude and his work ethic," Reid said. "He does everything, he's a quiet guy, he does everything, I love the way he does it, he's a real professional."
For the first time in his career, Watkins comes into season healthy and with a full off season work. This helps him get used to Reid's West Coast offensive.
"I downplayed the games, but of course we have so much chemistry to do with the guys," Watkins said. "The offense is so bright you can not sleep on it, so we have to go over it every day and go through the installations."
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Kelce, accustomed to seeing double teams and braces frequently, sees Watkins adding chances for everyone involved.
"I think we will open everything to each other," Kelce said. "Pat has a pretty big arsenal to throw."
It also means that many players are happy, but Reid says that the group has a desire to win that keeps Egos in check.
"That's great, when we have the guys we have, they all understand there's a ball," Reid said. Sammy went out and ran some nice tracks where he did not get the ball, but he ran like he was getting it, he did not pull out at all, that's a great thing about this kind of talent to have. "
The Chiefs open the camp with only one injury problem that will hit a scheduled starter. Inside linebacker Reggie Ragland started the camp on the non-football injury list. He experienced a swollen knee after his flight to the training camp. Reid believes that the problem is not significant.
"He's in good shape, we'll calm down, take precaution, let it go, and he'll get out," Reid said. "I do not think it's something to go crazy about."
The Chiefs rely on Ragland as leaders in the newly-launched home defense, which includes cornerbacks Kendall Fuller and David Amerson, linebacker Anthony Hitchens and defensive player Xavier Williams.
These changes in defense, along with the addition of Watkins and the promotion of Mahomes, made Reid's face a smile.
"We have many new faces in new places," said Reid. "This part is exciting, the ability to teach, we do, we have a lot to teach as we go here."