The Kansas City Chiefs returned to the practice field this afternoon in full pads. As always, filing reports from River Falls are Josh Looney @ KCChiefs.com, Bob Gretz @ BobGretz.com & CBSSports.com and the staff at UWRF.
After missing a portion of practice yesterday with a shoulder injury, Devard Darling was back in full pads today. Sitting out today were Tyler Thigpen, Tavares Washington, Kolby Smith and Zach Thomas.
The team worked a lot on the play-action passing game during the first period. The best play was when Matt Cassel sold a naked bootleg and ran free for a huge chunk of yardage. During the same session, Tamba Hali and Mike Vrabel both logged sacks.
During the kick return portion of practice, RBs Jackie Battle, Jamaal Charles and Javarris Williams took equal reps.
Turning in another solid day, Ryan Succop was 3 for 3 on field goal attempts. He hit from 34, 37 and 39 yards all into a strong wind.
Dwayne Bowe didn’t start with the first team today, but he ended up getting some run with the first offense during 11-on-11. Bowe was one of several wide receivers rotating in with the top unit. Cassel hit Bowe for a post their first play together.
LB Vince Redd recorded a sack on Brodie Croyle.
Barry Richardson continues to work with the first team offense at right tackle.
During 7-on-7, Brandon Flowers picked off one of the few passes from Cassel on the day. The offense rebounded when Dantrell Savage had a nice cutback run, drawing cheers.
Running with the first team, Bowe made a nice catch and drew praise from Haley. The wide receiver adjusted his body to shield the defender on a quick slant for a goal line touchdown.
Brodie Croyle was pulled in favor of Matt Gutierrez after he fumbled a snap and then botched a pass play.
Monty Beisel made a huge hit inside the five yard line on Rodney Wright’s shallow crossing route.
Situational work finished with a 52-yard hurry up field goal into the wind by Succop. The rookie even got a low-five from Haley on his way off the field.
During the competitive team portion of practice, the running backs took over. With the offense back up against it’s own goal line, Larry Johnson broke a run up the middle for 15+ yards and then Jamaal Charles busted one on the outside for over 40 yards.
If Tyler Thigpen plans on fighting for his roster spot Friday night against Minnesota, he better get back on the practice field.
Great to see Charles out there working on returning kicks. Battle and Williams are interesting options, but I still think Charles is the one man currently on the roster that could be an impact player in the return game.
I wonder if Bowe showing up with the first team will calm some nerves among the media and fans alike. Listen, as long as shows up and does things the way Todd Haley wants, Bowe will always be on the field with Cassel. It’s not quantum physics… Show up, play hard, play smart and he will be the Chiefs No. 1 wide receiver.
Is there anything else to say about Succop? He continues to hit almost every kick he attempts in camp and then of course there are those 50+ yarders into the wind to serve as the cherry on top.