Eric Berry didn't even allow a question about last season to be asked, before cutting off the inquiring mind. There's no way he was going to relive that nightmare.
Instead, the Pro Bowl safety spoke optimistically about what the Kansas City Chiefs can accomplish this season, under a new head coach. Berry thinks the pieces are in place for a quick turnaround from a 2-14 record a year ago, to a team with playoff aspirations.
Berry was among the veteran players who checked into training camp Thursday, on the campus of Missouri Western State University. They joined rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans who were able to get a head start since Monday.
So far the No. 1 overall pick in the draft is nowhere to be seen. Eric Fisher and the Chiefs have still not gotten a contract completed.
At Scanlon Hall, Defensive Tackle Anthony Toribio, was handing out bear hugs in the parking lot, as veterans started filing in. Owner Clark Hunt was at the morning practice.
One of the key guys in the rookie class is No. 57, Linebacker Nico Johnson out of Alabama. He may challenge for the starting inside linebacker job next to Derrick Johnson, but the rookie said first thing's first, he's got to learn all the new terminology in the Chiefs playbook.
"(It's pretty much) a different language, but I'm enjoying it," Nico Johnson said. "We haven't talked about it (the starting spot). The only thing is, they've been pushing me to be my best. That's the only thing I'm taking from that, just go out and do my best, and everything else will take care of itself. It really doesn't matter. As long as I'm playing the game I love, I can't complain."
Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Tony Moeaki and Donnie Avery did not practice Thursday morning. Head coach Andy Reid said he wanted to give those players a little rest, and get the younger players some more work.
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