The Kansas City Chiefs resumed their voluntary OTAs today and Bob Gretz was there — as always — to get the scoop.
There were 82 players in attendance, including fourth-round draft choice CB Donald Washington, who was making his first on-field appearance since the team’s rookie mini-camp in early May. Missing were DE Alfonso Boone and of course OL Brian Waters and LB Mike Vrabel. DT Ron Edwards returned to practice from the rehab field, leaving just QB Brodie Croyle and RB Kolby Smith in the rehab work.
Matt Cassel ran the two-minute drill with the No. 1 offense, The situation was 1st and 10 at their 45-yard line, with 50 seconds to play, one timeout and needing a touchdown to win. Cassel hit his first two throws, go WR Devard Darling and Dwayne Bowe, picking up 30 yards. But after downing the ball he threw two incompletions. Finally on fourth down with five seconds to play, Cassel’s pass into the end zone was picked off by S Bernard Pollard.
Good pass defense was turned in on several plays by CB Brandon Flowers, rookie LB Pierre Walters and S DaJuan Morgan, who knocked a completion out of the hands of TE Jake O’Connell. CB Maurice Leggett had his hands on two different passes, but couldn’t grab the interceptions. DE Wallace Gilberry showed a pass rush in team work, flushing Thigpen out of the pocket.
In the seven-on-seven, TE Sean Ryan and Bowe both had nice catches, while WRs Jeff Webb and Bobby Engram dropped passes they should have caught.
Good to see Washington make his full squad OTA debut for the Chiefs! He’ll have to hustle like hell to catch up with the rest of the group, but something tells me that Todd Haley isn’t going to let anything get in the way of this kid being ready to go for training camp. We haven’t heard from many of the lesser known guys, so I love see guys like Walters and Gilberry stand out, even if the team hasn’t put on pads yet. For all the joking we do about how there is open competition (Cassel/Thigpen anyone?), there are a ton of jobs still open and I am waiting for one of these young kids that no one has ever heard of to jump up and snag a starting spot away from a veteran. And of course what would a Chiefs practice be without a couple dropped passes? Make sure you shoot over and check out the entire rundown on the day’s practice from Gretz. Great stuff.