ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Chiefs rookies and quarterbacks reported to the start of training camp on Monday with one glaring exception.
Offensive tackle Eric Fisher, the first overall pick in the NFL Draft, remains unsigned and cannot participate in any camp activities at Missouri Western until he reaches an agreement with the club.
The rookies and quarterbacks, and selected veterans, will be on the field Tuesday and Wednesday before the full team reports on Thursday and takes the field on Friday.
Five of the first six and 17 of the 32 NFL first-round picks have signed, but Chiefs general manager John Dorsey wasn’t frustrated that a deal has not been struck with Fisher, who is projected to be the club’s starting right tackle.
“Right now we’re still talking, and that’s where we are,” Dorsey said Monday. “It’s the business side of it, and it’s kind of what you do with this thing. Training camp hasn’t even got here yet.”
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said he was encouraged by the fact Dorsey and Fisher’s agent, Joel Segal, were communicating.
“I’ve been through enough of these for a number of years,” said Reid, “and the most important thing is there is talking taking place. I understand how these things go. I don’t worry too much about it. I try to concentrate on the guys who are here.
“But as long as there is communication going on, it will get done.”
The Chiefs’ first-round pick in 2012, nose tackle Dontari Poe, did not sign until the day the Chiefs reported.
Smith arrives for first camp — Forgive Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith if he feels like one of the rookies he joined for the opening of training camp on Monday afternoon.
Smith, who spent his first seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, has never left home for training camp. The 49ers are one of the 20 NFL teams that train at their year-round facility.
“Camp is camp,” said Smith, who checked in at Missouri Western State University straight from playing in the American Century Golf Championship at South Lake Tahoe, Nev. “But this is my first time going away for camp.”
Smith was eager to get on the field Tuesday, even though it will be with about 40 rookies and first-year players, most of whom will not crack the 53-man roster.
“I think it’s great,” Smith said, “because we’ve had six weeks off, and as far as the quarterbacks go, we can work out and we can throw to receivers, but you can’t really simulate seven-on-seven or 11 on 11, so it’s a few days of work to get back into things, so when the rest of the guys, we’re already hitting the ground running.”
Smith, who led the 49ers to the NFC championship game in 2011 and started nine games for San Francisco’s Super Bowl team a year ago, has a short-term goal for his first season with the Chiefs.
“Win the first game,” he said. “I’m not looking beyond that. Set your sights on Jacksonville. That’s it.”
Though the Chiefs went 2-14 last season, Smith is aware expectations are high for the club after it hired Andy Reid as head coach and acquired Smith as the starting quarterback.
“Every team in the NFL has positive expectations right now,” Smith said. “Every single one. It’s no different anywhere. Everyone is coming into camp. It’s a fresh start, it’s a new beginning for everybody. It’s what teams are going to put in the work and take the steps necessary to get better and start winning games.”
Smith was encouraged by what he saw during the Chiefs’ offseason workouts and mini-camp and hopes it carries over into training camp and beyond.
“I thought it was an extremely hungry group,” Smith said. “I think the entire locker room is hungry. Expectations are high, and those are good things. The fun part now is we get the pads on and we’ll get to real football.”