"The entire locker room is hungry. Expectations are high," Smith said, "and I think that's a good thing. The fun thing now is that we'll put the pads on and get to playing real football."
Shaky quarterback play was a big reason the Chiefs had one of the lowliest offenses in the league, and why the team went 2-14 to match the worst in franchise history.
Smith, a former No. 1 overall pick from the University of Utah, has said that he felt like he lost his job in San Francisco without doing anything wrong, and that it's only made him hungrier to succeed with Kansas City.
"It's a fresh start," he said. "It's a fresh beginning for everybody."
Around the league
Colts • Running back Ahmad Bradshaw will not be available to practice when the team reports to training camp this weekend. The team placed Bradshaw on the physically unable to perform list. He spent the previous six seasons with the New York Giants and is trying to return from January surgery on his right foot.
Raiders • Oakland signed fourth-round pick quarterback Tyler Wilson to a contract. Wilson was selected 112th overall in April out of Arkansas.
Jaguars • Coach Gus Bradley announced that running back Maurice Jones-Drew has been cleared by team doctors to start practice with his teammates on Friday. Jones-Drew suffered a fracture of his left foot, later diagnosed as a Lisfranc injury, on the first play from scrimmage against Oakland on Oct. 21.
Cowboys • Defensive end Anthony Spencer is having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and could miss the rest of training camp. Spencer hyperextended the knee in offseason workouts and said he aggravated the injury in the conditioning test before training camp.
Broncos • Denver saved $3.5 million with the release of linebacker Joe Mays, who lost his starting job and then broke his left leg last season.
Buccaneers • Tampa Bay signed running back Peyton Hillis to a one-year contract. Last year Hillis played for Kansas City Chiefs, rushing for 309 yards and 1 TD.