Johnson, Chiefs get busy with day 3 of OTAs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 29, 2014

Kansas City Chiefs veterans will take the field for organized training activities today at the Kansas City Hospital Field.

For the first two days, the Chiefs’ rookies and invited players went through reps in what’s called minicamp.

Andalusia native Nico Johnson is entering his second round of OTAs, this time with one year of football experience under his belt.

Johnson didn’t get to play much last season after suffering a preseason injury in the Chiefs’ game against Pittsburgh. However, he did get to play some on special teams and in the last game of the regular season when he netted seven tackles.

Nico will once again be competing with Akeem Jordan for a spot at the inside linebacker’s position.

Derrick Johnson, who was picked in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft, said the team put in a new “defensive” system for the rookies. Johnson tallied 107 tackles for the Chiefs last season, including 4.5 sacks.

“It’s the same system and it’s still fairly new to us,” Derrick said on “You never know what (Chiefs defensive coordinator) Bob (Sutton) has up his sleeves. He brings a lot of blitzes.”

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said it was good to see the boys go through the minicamp so well.

“I appreciate their effort and diligence in a short period of time,” Reid said.

Reid said he gave the veterans some time off. They will be back to OTAs starting today.