The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up their first day of training camp in pads with a second practice session. There were 9 players missing from the first practice of the day, but that number grew in the afternoon.
There were 11 players out of the practice work. That’s the nine who missed the first practice plus LB Derrick Johnson and G Edwin Harrison, both injured in the AM activities. Johnson worked on the field with the rehab team, but Harrison was in the training room receiving treatment. During the practice G Darryl Harris went out with a right leg problem of some type and DE Alex Magee had his upper right leg re-wrapped during the workout and was limited from that point forward.
Some of the players on the field may have wished they were on the sidelines, as the drops continued to plague the Chiefs receivers.
Dwayne Bowe had the first dropped ball of the day in an 11-0 drill. It turned out to be a trend for the remainder of practice. TE Brad Cottam had two drops in a row when running routes against air about 20 minutes later. Rookie WR Quinten Lawrence had a drop in one-on-one drills. Wide receiver Mark Bradley had a drop in the 7-on-7 drills.
Later during a drill involving both offensive and defensive linemen, center Eric Ghiaciuc pushed defensive tackle Tank Tyler over. The crowd, including both offensive and defensive players, let out some “oooh’s” after the play. Ghiaciuc offered to help Tyler up, but Tyler declined the hand and sprinted back to complete the drill. The offensive line was looking strong again when tackle Cameron Goldberg knocked linebacker Tamba Hali over pretty handily. Hali got back up and continued to battle toward the “quarterback.”
A couple of the WRs showed the coaches — and the fans watching — that they could make some spectacular plays as well.
Devard Darling made a stumbling sideline catch during 11-on-11 that got some “ooh’s” and “ahh’s” from the crowd. Later, Terrance Copper got drilled as he was coming across the middle and still managed to hold on to the ball.
The offense quickly turned things back the other way when Jamaal Charles coughed up the first fumble of training camp. Head coach Todd Haley made the entire team take run. When they returned, Haley let the players know they needed to turn it up.
“We don’t go through the motions! If you want to go through the motions you’ll be (freaking) 2-14 again!”
Amen, Mr. Haley. There shouldn’t be any player, at any point in training camp that goes through the motions. These guys will learn quickly they need to give 100% effort, 100% of the time or there will be hell to pay.
Even though it was one small play in one of the first drills, it’s great to see the much maligned Eric Ghiaciuc making a play. I like Rudy Niswanger, but I’m intrigued to see how Ghiaciuc can perform with some actual coaching instead of the mess that is Cincinnati. Another guy that could be fun to watch is undrafted free agent OT Cameron Goldberg. Again, I realize it’s not a big deal to stand out in a drill on the first day of practice, but at the same time it’s never a bad thing to make sure a new coaching staff knows your name.
The only other thing of note from today was the continued dropsies across the team. It’s one thing if a few guys fighting for a roster spot drop the ball, since they are fringe players for a reason. But when it’s Bowe, Bradley, Lawrence and Cottam leading the way, that’s something to worry about. Luckily, there’s a whole lot of time left in River Falls and nothing is determined on the first day of practice. It sure would be nice to have the team go through a practice — during OTAs, Training Camp or just a day at the jugs machine — without drops being an issue.