Training Camp: News & Notes 8/11


The Kansas City Chiefs returned to the practice field this afternoon.  Filing reports from practice are Josh Looney @, Bob Gretz @ & and the staff at UWRF.

Jamaal Charles, Monty Beisel and Demorrio Williams returned to practice.  Beisel had missed five days, Charles two while Williams was making his training camp debut.  Sitting out today’s session were Kolby Smith, Zach Thomas, Wade Smith, Tavares Washington and DaJuan Morgan.  With the returning players, the Chiefs had 75 active bodies for today’s practice, the most all camp.

Ryan Succop had another perfect practice going 4-for-4, hitting from 36, 37, 40 and 44.

The offense began the 11-on-11 session very vocal after the defense turned in an impressive performance against them yesterday.  Today was a much more competitive session, but the defense managed to keep the offense out of the end zone with the help of two batted balls by Alfonso Boone and one by Tyson Jackson at the line of scrimmage.

Beisel got a sack and Haley was not happy that rookie WR Quinten Lawrence had decided not to block anybody on the play.  Lawrence was in a type of H-back role, having gone in motion and not in a pass route.  He heard it good from the head coach.

Branden Albert left the practice field with a trainer, but returned soon after to complete practice.

For the first time since he was claimed on waivers last week, LB Vince Redd drew attention with his practice performance.  Working with the No. 2 defense, Redd showed a good pass rush coming off the left corner.

It was another tough day for Dwayne Bowe.  In the individual position segment, the receivers run a four-cone drill.  The cones are set up in a box pattern, about five yards apart.  The receiver runs around those cones and has to catch a pass on each side, and the throws are coming in hot.  When Bowe succeeded in catching all four of his passes, he slammed the ball down, flung off his helmet and posed as if he’d just scored the winning TD pass.  On the next drill, two coaches were welding bags and hitting receivers as they tried to catch the ball.  In six chances, Bowe did not have a successful catch.  He was the only receiver who didn’t catch at least one pass.

The team have a “move the field” session with the offense charging towards the end zone from the 50.  The offense made some nice plays on their way down the field capped off by a 35-yard TD from Tyler Thigpen to Bowe.

While the team was working on late game defensive situations, Todd Haley tricked the defense.  After an incomplete pass, Haley turned to the defense with his hands in the form of a “T,” signaling for them to call a timeout.  The entire defense immediately erupted in calls for a timeout.  Haley then yelled at them for trying to call a timeout after an incomplete pass.

After practice, Brian Waters lead the linemen through extra conditioning on their own.  At one point, 10 minutes after the post-practice team huddle had broken up, there were still 29 players on the field doing something.

Well, it doesn’t look like Bowe will be making it out of Haley’s doghouse anytime soon.  It’s one thing to make the circus catch, but you can’t go o for forever in these drills that measure your ability to catch the ball in traffic.

Another guy that’s been in the doghouse, Demorrio Williams is doing what he can to finally break out.  A backup player that isn’t on the field isn’t going to make the team and Williams knows that.  The question now is if the week he missed already bought his ticket out of town.

Yesterday, I mentioned Haley’s dry humor when talking about needing the punter and kicker on the field for a field goal attempt.  Then today he has a little fun with the team — a situational brain teaser if you will — while proving a point.

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