The Kansas City Chiefs returned to the practice field this morning for the first of two practices today. As always, filing reports from River Falls are Josh Looney @ KCChiefs.com, Bob Gretz @ BobGretz.com & CBSSports.com and the staff at UWRF.
Sitting out practice today were Wade Smith, DaJuan Morgan, Kolby Smith, Tavares Washington, Zach Thomas and Jake O’Connell. The 74 players that did practice were once again in full pads. The Chiefs have yet to have a day of practice in which they were not in full pads at some point.
For the first time during training camp, the Chiefs are working on their onside kick coverage.
After drawing praise from Todd Haley yesterday, Amani Toomer made another two solid grabs this morning. The highlight was an outstanding catch in traffic on a well covered, deep crossing route.
The executive director of the Players Association, DeMaurice Smith, was on the field watching Chiefs practice today. One of Smith’s guests was former Chiefs safety Jason Belser.
Former Giants TE Mark Bavaro was also on campus and made his way onto the field to work with the tight ends. He will be assisting the team through the first preseason game this Saturday.
During the red zone 7-on-7 session, Matt Cassel threw three touchdowns. He connected twice with Terrance Copper and once with Devard Darling.
Red zone work continued for nearly 20 minutes, with the focus squarely on the passing game.
Practice wrapped up with a competitive 11-on-11 two minute session. The first team defense won the day’s first battle when Brandon Carr knocked down a pass in the end zone intended for Terrance Copper. During the second team’s run, Toomer made his third impressive catch of the day, coming down with a jump ball between two defenders.
Herb Taylor was working with the first team offense this morning at right tackle in place of Damion McIntosh, who left the practice field to work in the rehab zone.
Haley gave the team a surprise this morning when he cut practice short by 30 minutes. It was the shortest practice the Chiefs have had in the two weeks they have been in River Falls.
Even with the shorter practice, it didn’t stop Tyson Jackson from getting in extra work with defensive line coach Tim Krumrie. Jackson is making up for the time that he missed during his holdout.
Having a guy like Bavaro around these next few days is huge for a group of guys that have failed to have much consistency throughout camp. If anyone knows about playing the “right way”, it’s Bavaro. Hopefully his attitude will rub off not just on the tight ends, but the rest of the team as well.
Is it too early to give Toomer one of the starting jobs at wide receiver? He’s only been with this team a short while, but he’s impressed every step of the way. I was very slow coming around to his signing, but he has proven to this point that he definitely has something left in the tank. Bobby Engram might be getting a little nervous.
Love seeing Jackson continue with the extra work after practice. Instead of coming in and just busting his butt between whistles (or horns I guess in the case of training camp), Jackson is making sure he is up to speed with the other defensive linemen by the Saturday’s game kicks off.