The Kansas City Chiefs returned to the practice field this afternoon in River Falls. Filing reports from practice are Josh Looney @ KCChiefs.com, Bob Gretz @ BobGretz.com & CBSSports.com and the staff at UWRF.
Jake O’Connell returned to practice today after. Sitting out were Wade Smith, Kolby Smith, Zach Thomas, Tavares Washington and DaJuan Morgan.
The Chiefs practiced in shells, making today the first time during this year’s camp where they haven’t worn pads for at least one practice.
Todd Haley spent the early portion of practice running through each of the special teams units. Rodney Wright and Quinten Lawrence were returning kicks.
The No. 1 defense that will line up against the Texans is DEs Glenn Dorsey and Alfonso Boone, NT Ron Edwards, ILBs Corey Mays and Derrick Johnson, OLBs Mike Vrabel and Tamba Hali, CBs Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr and Ss Bernard Pollard and Jarrad Page.
The No. 1 offense that will line up against the Texans is WRs Devard Darling and Terrance Copper, TE Sean Ryan, RB Larry Johnson, FB Mike Cox, QB Matt Cassel and across the offensive line from left to right Branden Albert, Brian Waters, Rudy Niswanger, Mike Goff and Damion McIntosh. At RT Herb Taylor continues to get some work with the No. 1 unit, as does TE Brad Cottam.
During the goal-line session of practice, TE Sean Ryan dominated with three straight touchdowns.
The defense showed they could make plays too in the red zone, as Derrick Johnson made an impressive juggling interception on the goal line of a tipped pass.
After a few periods of walk-thrus, the slowed tempo continued into the first few segments of the team period. Apparently it shouldn’t have, because Haley got after the players to up the tempo.
There isn’t much you can get out of a walk-thru, so there wasn’t a lot of information to be had this afternoon.
We did get a glimpse of the starting units and even if it’s due to injury, congratulations to Corey Mays. He was a guy that coming into camp was probably at best a special teamer and now he’s going into the first game as a starter. No surprises the rest of the way, unless you consider Boone over Tyson Jackson one, though Bob Gretz noted that Jackson had some time with the first time as well.
On the offense, good to see Taylor get some run with the first team. I really think he could end up being the starter at RT opposite Albert.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some football already!