The Kansas City Chiefs opened their last round of practices before this weekend’s mandatory mini-camp and Bob Gretz reports that Brian Waters and Mike Vrabel once again were absent.
The Chiefs had OTA session No. 5 on Monday morning and 82 of the team’s 85 players were on the field working in the 90-minute session. Missing were G Brian Waters, LB Mike Vrabel and rookie CB Donald Washington, who cannot attend until Ohio State finishes its spring semester.
On the field working out, but not participating in the team portion of practice were QB Brodie Croyle, DL Glenn Dorsey, RB Kolby Smith and WR Mark Bradley. DT Ron Edwards also did not participate in the team work. With Edwards and Dorsey not taking part, Tank Tyler went with the first team defense at nose tackle and rookie Alex Magee was the starter at right defensive end.
RB Larry Johnson and OLB Tamba Hali who missed OTA No. 4 right before Memorial Day were back on the field and working with the first-team offense and defense.
Here are a few other observations from the workout:
– In the red zone seven-on-seven passing drill, Tyler Thigpen threw the ball well, making some quick decisions and delivering the ball with power. He hit WR Rodney Wright for a nice TD pass as Wright beat CB Maurice Leggett.
– The kickers were very active on field goals throughout the practice and while we couldn’t chart every kick, rookie Ryan Succop looked like he was having a good day. He was six-for-six from 43 yards away with a nice cross breeze coming from his right to left. He then hit a 51-yarder. Connor Barth hit an upright from close in on one of his FG attempts and went three of four from 43 yards, missing wide right.
– RB Jackie Battle got some snaps with the No. 2 offense ahead of RB Jamaal Charles. Battle looked good on several runs.
– RB Larry Johnson was back at work and had several nice runs as well, including a sweep to the right side where LT Branden Albert pulled and led the charge.
I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but every player outside of Washington (who the league will not let attend) should be at these practices. With these sessions still being voluntary the real story will be if Waters and Vrabel show up for the mandatory mini-camp that starts Friday. It’s good to see LJ back on the field and making plays. I think the training camp battle for the kicker’s spot will be fun to watch… I can’t believe I just typed that. There’s no reason to worry about Jamaal Charles getting jumped by Jackie Battle on the depth chart since it’s just practice (practice?!)… Right?