The Chiefs are starting their training camp soon in St. Joseph on the 28th of next month. Last season the camp was held elsewhere, while the team was dealing with covid and doing almost everything virtually. Now, it’s back at Missouri Western State University, where it should be.
Obviously, the camp doesn’t start for nearly another month, but that’s okay. The team has been deep in the playoffs every year for the last three, so they can use all the rest.
However, there are a few players who have had some rest and time off. The two players who opted out of last season and are on the team this year will need this training camp more than most of the other players.
LDT, Niang Need To Have Good Camp For Chiefs
Last season, lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif decided to opt-out amid all the covid situations uprising. However, his situation is a little different. “LDT,” as we call him, has his medical license, with a doctorate in medicine and a master’s in surgery. So last season, the 30-year-old lineman wanted to help differently. He opted out and began using his education to help fight covid.
LDT has missed a whole year of football, and no one can fault him. Even Canton, Ohio, has his scrubs hanging in the Hall of Fame. However, now it’s time to get back to football for him, something he has not done in a while.
People forget just how good LDT was playing in 2019 during the team’s super bowl run. He was a key piece to the running attack Kansas City displayed with Williams, and he was a massive part of Mahomes and that big third down play.
As for Lucas Niang, no one needs this camp more than he. The Chiefs last year’s third-rounder did not play a single snap for Kansas City and still has not. After the draft, Niang informed the Chiefs that he would be opting out of the 2020 season, but he would be back.
Technically, Niang is still a rookie and will get just as many reps as the newbies. The former TCU lineman has great potential and will finally be able to showcase it in camp. Not to mention, Niang is coming back at a time where the lineman is needed more than ever before. If all goes well in training camp, we could see Niang have an amazing season.
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