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Mecole says he is not ‘afraid to work’

NFL veteran wide Sammy Watkins serving as mentor to Chiefs’ group of wide receivers

Training camp is ‘going to be hard,’ said rookie receiver Mecole Hardman. But, said Hardman, he was prepared to work and ‘you can’t be afraid to work.’ (Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs)

Special for The Star - ST. JOSEPH, Missouri  –  Mecole Hardman’s first week of National Football League training camp was an eventful one for him and his Kansas City Chiefs teammates, who came within one win from playing in the Super Bowl last season.

• For starters, wide receiver/kick returner Tyreek Hill is back in the fold after an uneventful last few months in his personal life.

• Tight end Travis Kelce is a welcome sight after undergoing successful ankle surgery. He is already going through drills.

• Holdout defensive tackle Chris Jones then came to terms as camp began with the Chiefs on a four-year contract worth an estimated $6.23 million.

Coming off a career season, Hill was cleared of all wrongdoing by law enforcement after an alleged assault case involving his three-year-old son.

“Cheetah” again is primed to shred opposing defenses with his blazing and elusive speed.

The Chiefs got a scare on the second day of camp when Hill was taken off on a cart after an apparent injury to his right leg.

Chiefs officials expect him back soon since it is not serious.

“Tyreek Hill has a quad contusion,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said after the Wednesday, July 31, drills.

The Chiefs are ratcheting things up after putting on pads for the first time on Monday, July 29.

The veterans reported July 26, after quarterbacks, rookies and injured players reported first, on July 23.

“There’s nothing like an Andy Reid football camp, I’ll tell you that,” said defensive end Frank Clark, who signed a whopping five-year, $104 million contract in the offseason, coming from the Seattle Seahawks. “It’s very competitive. The reps are high intensity, and we literally condition as we are practicing.”

Hill returns as the top receiver for 2018 NFL Player of the Year quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who amassed 5,097 passing yards and 50 touchdowns last season.

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