Training Camp: News & Notes 8/1 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs finally got into pads during day 2 of training camp.  First round pick Tyson Jackson was still absent, but he wasn’t the only one missing practice.  That list included several presumed starters and grew by a couple as the morning went on.

There were nine players missing from the workout because they’ve not yet passed the team physical.  On the PUP List are RB Kolby Smith, DE Glenn Dorsey and TE Jake O’Connell.  Smith is coming off a knee injury and surgery from last season.  Dorsey is battling a left shin problem and O’Connell appeared to have a calf injury.

On the non-football injury list the Chiefs  placed LB Brian Waters, RG Mike Goff, RT Damion McIntosh, DT Ron Edwards, DE Dion Gales and LB Demorrio Williams.  Haley would not address the non-practicing players but it’s a good bet those guys  are the ones who failed to complete the conditioning test in the required time on Friday morning.

There were two apparent injuries during the workout, as LB Derrick Johnson left with what looked  like a pulled hamstring and G Edwin Harrison went down with an injury to his lower right leg.

Those that did practice ran a handful of goal-line plays.  Everybody was allowed to be hit but the quarterback.  On the first play, RB Larry Johnson jumped outside and beat LB Zach Thomas to the pylon for a nice touchdown.  Later, LJ got dragged down in the backfield on a run right by DT Derek Lokey, who had a great tackle.  RB Jamaal Charles tried the inside and there was great controversy on whether  he crossed the goal line or not.  No ruling was ever given, but Charles took several big shots  inside on the play.   The drill ended with QB Tyler Thigpen throwing a TD pass to TE Tony Curtis.

Also standing out this morning was RFA LB Jovan Belcher, he showed up several times with big hits, once in the run-oriented nine-on-seven drill and then again in team work when he hit RB Javarris Williams in the backfield and forced a fumble.

Rookie WR Quinten Lawrence also impressed.  He flahsed his speed during the one-on-ones when he blew past CB Maurice Leggett on a deep post.  Leggett is one of the fastest players on the team.  QB Matt Cassel’s throw was too long for Lawrence to make the catch.

During a 7-on-7 drill, utilizing the running game, DE Alfonso Boone, DT Tank Tyler and LBs Tamba Hali, Mike Vrabel, Monty Beise and Zach Thomas all saw time with the first-string.  Rounding out the 7-on-7 first-string was rookie DE Alex Magee.

During the 7-on-7 passing drill, linebacker Weston Dacus had an interception off Tyler Thigpen as well as a ball that he was able to knock down, also from Thigpen. CB Travis Daniels showed good coverage on Lawrence as the ball sailed through the rookie’s hands.  Earlier, Daniels had a good defensive cover on WR Devard Darling.  Darling was also stopped well by CB Ricardo Colclough earlier in the drill.

My eyes are directly on the rookies, so it’s great to see Belcher and Lawrence impress literally from day one.  The only other real news of note from the day is the injury to Derrick Johnson.  He is the man that, to me, will make the Chiefs defense go this year and it’s hard to gauge just how much it will hurt the transition to the 3-4 if he ends up missing a significant amount of time.

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