ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - The players are back on the field once again. Newcomers are starting to get a feel for this Chiefs organization and the fast pace of practice before the veterans arrive.
One veteran who was on the field Tuesday is Eric Fisher. He's coming back from shoulder surgery and a sports hernia. He said getting back out there feels great, and he's ready to make an impact with the Chiefs.
"It's all about doing your job and blocking everything else out," Fisher said. "I'm glad to be back in my old position, but I never really lost strength. I've been in there working, and when you can't bench, there's other things you can do. That's what I was doing. You have to correct your mistakes. I think I honestly can carry more weight. Obviously, it's a little bit of an adjustment. I've probably put on 20 pounds, but I felt good out there today."
On the other side of the ball, since taking over as defensive coordinator, there's no question Bob Sutton has plenty of weapons at his disposal.
This season will be no different as the Chiefs acquire cornerback Chris Owens.
And when you take that type of leadership and mix it with the newcomers like first round draft pick Dee Ford, things will be very exciting in 2014.
"The game of football, I've learned in my six years, is that you always got to prove yourself," Owens said. "You have to come out here and be a rookie. You have to prove yourself. That's the approach I'm taking. Anytime you come to practice you have to prove yourself on the field, no matter who you are."
"I think what they want to see from any rookie is maturity you know," rookie linebacker Ford said. "Growing from OTAs and mini camps to the break and then to now, you grow."
The countdown begins as Ford said he's looking forward to Thursday and getting out on the field with Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali.
Meanwhile he's learning as much as he can to be a part of this dynamic defense.