Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, along with the other signal callers and rookies, arrived to training camp earlier than the rest of the team. Most veterans would not like to show up at camp before everyone else, especially since it is the most dreadful part of the season. However, Smith embraces it, as he is excited for his new opportunity.
“I like it,” Smith said, according to KCChiefs.com. “I’ve done it a couple times now; I think it’s great because you’ve got six weeks off and as far as a quarterback goes, we can work out and go throw to receivers but, we can’t really assimilate 7-on-7; you can’t really assimilate 11-on-11, so, it’s a few days of work to kind of get back into things, so when the rest of the guys get here, we’re already hitting the ground running.”
The Chiefs have to be excited about Smith’s attitude to do everything he can to prepare himself for the start of the regular season. There is no question he is going to make the most of what Kansas City has to offer, which includes being a team leader and making sure everyone is on the same page when camp begins later this week.
Smith cannot wait to get the team together and start working hard. Ever since he returned from organized team activities, he has had this great feeling for what lies ahead for the 2013 season.
“I think it is an extremely hungry group,” Smith told KCChiefs.com. “I think this entire locker room is hungry. The expectations are high and that is a good thing. I think the fun part now will be putting the pads on and getting to real football. The offseason has all the rules and regulations and we’re pretty limited, so now it’ll be nice to put the pads on.”
It will be interesting to see how the players react to Smith’s veteran leadership right out of the gate. Also, even though he has the starting job pretty much in the bag, it will be interesting to see how he treats every snap in training camp.