Alex Smith has been relishing his chance to get on the field with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Even if it's April, and only for three days - all without pads.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has been itching for the moment ever since he learned of the trade that sent him to Kansas City. The Chiefs finished a voluntary, three-day minicamp Thursday, which is allowed for teams that underwent an offseason coaching change.

They've certainly been helpful for a team that also experienced a quarterback change.

Smith has been able to bore into the Chiefs' playbook, begin building chemistry with his wide receivers and offensive line, and get some hands-on work with coach Andy Reid and new offensive coordinator Doug Pederson.