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Chiefs Camp: Veteran Mentors 2 Rookies after practice [WATCH]

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After the Kansas City Chiefs suspended practice on Friday, July 29, certain players stayed on the field for extra work.

On the defensive line, two rookie pass rushers joined veteran Frank Clark, who was pushed into a leadership role in 2022. They were first-round draft pick George Karlaftis – no surprise – who is always keen to learn and improve, and Nigerian-born international prospect Kehinde Oginni Hassan.

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The video of Clark and the young couple was shared by KC Sports Network on Twitter and showed the vet how he put Karlaftis and Oginni through a technical exercise.

Although their draft status could not be more different, Karlaftis and Oginni have something in common – both learned the game of football later than most prospects. Hailing from Greece and Nigeria, both didn’t grow up with the sport like most NFL athletes, and both are considered real talents.

Sure, Karlaftis has sky-high expectations compared to Oginni, but they’re both still learning the nuances of the game and it’s nice to see a seven-year-old pro taking the time to help a few prospects who have a lot of potential.

Chiefs Kingdom fans praised Clark’s move – who hasn’t always garnered the greatest support on social media.

“The true,” wrote a fanand another applauded the “veteran leadership”.

“That’s why the Chiefs were willing to keep Frank Clark with them.” Arrowhead Report’s Zack Eisen commented. “He’s been fighting his way through injuries and other issues[s] throughout his time in KC. He could use his time to work on himself, but he’s trying to help his young teammates instead. Kudos to Frank.”

Of course, some weren’t so kind and KC Sports Network’s Kent Swanson let her hear it with a brave answer. “Frank Clark (who has had a good NFL career despite some lingering issues) spends every day with rookies helping them develop and you all have jokes. Not here at all. It’s stupid. He knows how to be successful and these young people are lucky. It’s disrespectful,” the author replied.

Of all the retweets, Swanson’s message seemed to be the most popular, with over 500 likes already. Rest assured, Clark isn’t doing this for the fanfare either way – he’s just paying it up front.

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On the defensive end, linebacker Willie Gay Jr. has drawn reporters’ attention every day for the first week here.

“In 7-on-7, LB Willie Gay shot at a ball and took a nice hit [pass break-up] at a Patrick Mahomes ball intended for JuJu Smith-Schuster,” informed Pete Sweeney from Arrowhead Pride on July 28th. “I’m seeing more and more of that athleticism from Gay. This Gay and Nick Bolton tandem is going to be fun.”

The Athletic’s Nate Taylor added that Gay “demonstrated his speed and instincts” during practice. He followed that by catching Mahomes today (July 29). video proof by KSHB41 and Aaron Ladd.

Elijah Lee has also made his presence felt at Linebacker, moving into the third starting role with rookie Leo Chenal. Sweeney was referring to him as the “current” leader for the job after taking a fumble from WR Justin Watson.

Though Bolton appears to possess the all-important green dot for defense, Juan Thornhill has proven himself as the vocal leader of the backend.

Sweeney submitted: “In all seriousness, [defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo] was asked [Justin] Reid’s leadership, and he brought up Thornhill himself: “The guy who’s stepped up is Juan Thornhill. I’m speaking from a communications standpoint out here and running the show. He kind of took it upon himself.’”

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The Athletic’s Nate Taylor added that Gay “demonstrated his speed and instincts” during practice. He followed that by catching Mahomes today (July 29). video proof by KSHB41 and Aaron Ladd.



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