The Kansas City Chiefs have had a great start to their training camp, including a group of guys we weren’t necessarily expecting to hear about so early.

Coming into the season, the secondary needed help. The Chiefs lost Tyrann Mathieu, Charvarius Ward in free agency, and Rashad Fenton to injury (for now). Subsequently, the Chiefs looked to the draft for help.

Of course, there is so much optimism around the young group, especially with Trent McDuffie headlining the class. The other guys that were drafted later have potential as well.

And as hoped, they all had a great first day of camp, according to coach Andy Reid.

Chiefs’ young secondary ‘competed’ on day one

Per coach Reid, the Chiefs’ young secondary was quick to compete during the practice.

“I thought the young secondary players, I thought they did a good job today,” Reid said when asked about the young guys and their willingness to compete.

“I thought they got in there and competed, I like that. The catches that were made were contested, you had bodies close to bodies, I didn’t see the officials throwing a ton of flags which is good…”

To see a group as young as this one competing like this is obviously encouraging and it’s what the Chiefs need, right now. It’s also good when coach Reid singles you out because he doesn’t do that very often. Jaylen Watson, Deon Bush, and Joshua Williams are a few of the guys Reid was talking about.

Going against a guy like Patrick Mahomes, who is the best in the league, will only make you better as a young defense. The Chiefs are going to need this young core on defense for the next few years and even more so in 2022. Especially if they want to continue competing in the AFC.

And even though there is a very long way to go, it looks as if things are off to a great start.

You can watch Reid’s full presser, below:

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