The Kansas City Chiefs returned to the practice field this afternoon for their only session of the day. Filing reports from Kansas City are Josh Looney @ KCChiefs.com and Bob Gretz @ BobGretz.com & CBSSports.com.
Participating in their first practice since being acquired from the Miami Dolphins yesterday were OL Andy Alleman and Ike Ndukwe. Larry Johnson returned to the practice field after missing yesterday’s afternoon session. The only players that missed practice today were Zach Thomas and Kolby Smith.
Alleman and Ndukwe spent most of the team portion of practice talking over plays with the assistant offensive line coach. Alleman worked at right guard, while Ndukwe saw action at right tackle.
Both Rudy Niswawnger and Eric Ghiaciuc saw time with the first team offense. G Wade Smith took some reps at center with the second team.
Dwayne Bowe started the team period running with the first team offense opposite Devard Darling.
The offense struggled once again today. In a 13-play blitz period, Chiefs quarterbacks were 7 of 13 with several potential interceptions dropped by the defense.
Two of the more impressive plays during the blitz session were delivered by Andy Studebaker and Tyson Jackson. Both players stayed home on separate bootlegs.
Mike Vrabel blew up a screen in the backfield when he dropped Jamaal Charles to the ground after Charles was carrying out a fake hand-off to set up the screen.
Brian Waters had the hit of the day when he collided with Corey Mays on a screen pass.
Rookie tight end Jake O’Connell was carted off the field after he injured his left leg.
Maurice Leggett had his second interception in as many days when he took a red zone pass in 7-on-7 back for a touchdown.
Practice concluded with a spirited two-minute drill. During the final portion of the session, Matt Cassel led the offense to a winning field goal. He hit 4 of 6 on the possession, including a nice third down completion on the sidelines against the blitz.
Ugh…the tight ends can’t stay healthy on this team. And it’s odd because almost across the board the Chiefs have been very lucky when it comes to injuries. When you start practice with 2 of 80 players sitting out, you know things are going well. But for some reason the tight ends are the one group that can’t stay healthy for any stretch of time. O’Connell has had some very impressive plays this camp, so hopefully he can get back on the field sooner rather than later.
Some very interesting moves on the offensive line. Ghiaciuc working with the first team doesn’t surprise me, I assumed he would get a chance there when he was signed in the offseason. Ndukwe getting time at right tackle is a bit curious. Clearly Todd Haley and Scott Pioli are looking for an answer on that side, but I haven’t read anywhere that Ndukwe has seen time at right tackle since his first season at Northwestern. If he gets any snaps this weekend, my eyes will be on him to see how he matches up with Barry Richardson and Damion McIntosh.