A former member of the Kansas City Chiefs continues to make his mark on the team, despite no longer physically being in the locker room.
A pair of Chiefs rookies along the offensive line reported for their first training camp on Friday. During the break between mandatory minicamp and training camp, both Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith attended the annual OL Masterminds summit. This multi-day offensive line event is put on by Eagles RT Lane Johnson and private OL coach Duke Manyweather, uniting offensive linemen with a common goal toward improving the position.
“There’s a ton of good NFL players that go to that, so when I got the invite I was excited,” Humphrey told reporters on Friday. “You know, I worked with Duke Manyweather, he’s the one that puts it on. I worked with him during draft prep, so he let me come in. It was great to hear from everyone.”
While Humphrey and Smith were at the summit, they had a chance to meet a player who had been crucial to the success of their new team over the past several years. That player was none other than former Chiefs RT Mitchell Schwartz, who was in attendance to help provide demonstrations to the players at the summit.
“Mitchell Schwartz was there,” Humphrey said. “It was good to hear from him and kind of pick his brain a little bit. It was a really good experience.”
Humphrey got a chance to learn from Schwartz, picking his brain about some of the things that helped make him one of the most dominant tackles in the league for many years.
“Just different techniques that he used,” Humphrey said of his conversation with Schwartz. “How he took care of his body throughout the season and things like that. Really just things to help me throughout my first year.”
Smith also had a chance to talk with Schwartz. If the veteran tackle wasn’t released by Kansas City this offseason, these two players likely would have been playing next to each other in the trenches.
“I actually had a chance to speak with him briefly,” Smith said. “I just asked him for some tips during training camp. So it was awesome finally getting to meet him.”
Smith’s conversation with Schwartz seemed to center less around football and more around prep for his first NFL training camp.
“Just basic stuff like bring a bed pad, bring a comforter, things like that,” Smith said with a chuckle. “It gets a little chilly in the dorm.”
That’s not to say that Smith didn’t learn anything tangible and useful from Schwartz. This marked Smith’s second OL Masterminds summit. Each time that he’s attended he’s learned something new that he’s been able to add to his repertoire. This year was no different for either of the Chiefs’ rookie offensive linemen.
“Every time you come out of there, you learn a different tidbit, a different thing that you can add to your toolbox,” Smith said. “So, it’s an excellent event. Duke (Manyweather) has been doing it for a lot of years. I really enjoyed it. Creed (Humphrey) and I got a lot out of it.”
Pre-training camp 53-man roster projection for Chiefs
View 11 items