The Kansas City Chiefs resumed their voluntary OTAs today and Bob Gretz was there to get the scoop.
There were 81 of the 85 roster players on the field for the OTA. Missing were LB Brian Waters and OLB Mike Vrabel, thus keeping intact their string of not taking part in anything this off-season that hasn’t been mandatory. Also missing was the recently married TE Tony Curtis and rookie CB Donald Washington who is expected later this week once classes are over at Ohio State.
The players rehabbing remained the same: Brodie Croyle, Kolby Smith, Glenn Dorsey and Ron Edwards.
Along the defensive line, the guy who is leading that group right now is veteran Alfonso Boone. During a team passing segment of practice he broke up a screen pass for Tyler Thigpen to Dantrell Savage in the backfield.
Matt Cassel got the most work among the quarterbacks and was 15 of 18 in the portions of practice where he threw against a defense. He did have one pass picked off by Derrick Johnson when he jumped an inside route by Brad Cottam for what would likely have been a pick six. It was hard to tell if it was a great play by Johnson or a bad route by Cottam.
The quarterbacks were on the move today as both Cassel and Thigpen had multiple throws on short bootlegs to the left and right. Thigpen and WR Rodney Wright combined on a nice throw and catch.
New OLB Tamba Hali read a running play in the teamwork portion of practice and almost grabbed the hand off from Cassel to Jackie Battle. It was one of the better defensive plays of the offseason. Also on defense, Jon McGraw, DaJuan Morgan and rookie LB Jovan Belcher all knocked down passes in coverage.
In the teamwork session, Larry Johnson had a nice run off right guard, hitting the hole quickly and accelerating to the second level of the defense.
Well, at least Vrabel and Waters are consistent. I don’t want to go crazy, but it’s still disappointing to me that every player isn’t involved in these sessions. As for the players that did show up, it’s good to see Derrick Johnson pick off Cassel for what would have been a pick six. For all the additions this season at linebacker, Johnson is the key for me if they are going to be successful as a unit. And speaking of linebackers, Hali reading a play from his new position and busting it up is a good sign for him as they move towards training camp. Some great notes in there as Bob Gretz continues his stellar reporting, so jump over to his site for the full story.