The Kansas City Chiefs returned to the practice field this morning for the first of two practices — their final two-a-day of training camp. As always, filing reports from River Falls are Josh Looney @ KCChiefs.com, Bob Gretz @ BobGretz.com & CBSSports.com and the staff at UWRF.
Tyler Thigpen once again sat out practice. With Todd Haley only wanting to use three QBs in games and Matt Guitierrez yet to see action, it appears Thigpen may sit through Friday’s game. Also sitting out today were Kolby Smith, Zach Thomas and Tavares Washington.
LS Thomas Gafford repped with the tight ends during individual drills. With fellow specialists Dustin Colquitt and Ryan Succop watching, Gafford didn’t disappoint on his first route. He caught the ball away from his body and turned upfield.
After he ran a crisp route, Haley praised Dwayne Bowe in front of the whole corps: “That’s the way to run a route right there, great job Bowe.”
Bernard Pollard left practice and headed off to the rehab zone. He was replaced in starting lineup by Mike Brown.
During the special teams session, the focus was punt return. Working at returning kicks were Maurice Leggett, Taurus Johnson, Rodney Wright, Bobby Engram and Dantrell Savage. Leggett and Johnson got the most work.
Once again, Barry Richardson worked with the first team at right tackle. The first team wide receivers were Devard Darling and Terrance Copper. Sean Ryan slotted in as the starting tight end.
Matt Cassel only had two deep balls during the 7-on-7 session, but both sailed over the intended target by a few yards. He did manage to connect with Bobby Engram on a touchdown. Engram made a leaping stab, bobbled the ball, got control of the ball and managed to keep both feet in bounds.