The Kansas City Chiefs returned to the practice field this morning the first of two sessions today, but were forced to move inside due to severe weather. Filing reports from Kansas City are Josh Looney @ KCChiefs.com and Bob Gretz @ BobGretz.com & CBSSports.com.
Missing from the practice field today were Zach Thomas, Kolby Smith and Jake O’Connell. O’Connell did his work in the rehab zone wearing a boot on his left foot.
Damion McIntosh worked with the second team at left tackle after starting on the right side earlier in camp. He also took reserve reps at right tackle.
New OL Andy Alleman and Ike Ndukwe took their reps with the second team offense at right guard and right tackle, respectfully.
The starting wide receivers continue to be Devard Darling and Dwayne Bowe.
After practicing 15 minutes in a downpour, Chiefs coach Todd Haley called a halt to the outside work and moved the team inside. As the Chiefs were leaving the field, the rain went from heavy to torrential.
Just before practice was moved inside, Chiefs defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast pulled Bernard Pollard from a drill. Pollard was upset and yelled at Pendergast. He then made a plea to Haley, who eventually waved him away.
Darling made a nice catch on a corner route that Jarrad Page undercut and tipped. Darling made the catch with his momentum moving out of bounds, but got both of his feet down in bounds.
Ashley Lelie showed off his speed, getting loose on a deep ball down the left sideline.
During the blitz period, Bowe three of Cassel’s first four throws.
Practice ended with a team drill that had the offense backed up to their own end zone.
On the first play, Larry Johnson ran for what looked like a five yard gain. Then he suddenly burst out of the pile for a big gain. Cassel turned to Haley and asked if the drill was over. Haley thought about it for a few seconds and set the drill back up as 2nd and 5 from the five yard line.
On 3rd and 5 on the same series, Cassel hit Jamaal Charles on a swing pass that went for huge yardage. Cassel ran after Charles with his hand in the air and gave him a chest bump at the 50 yard line.
The practices where the offense has had more highlights than the defense have been few and far between, but that’s exactly what we’re looking at today.
As we talked about this morning, Charles needs to hold onto the ball so he can get out on the field. Because he showed on the play with Cassel why he is the Chiefs best home run threat. He has the ability to take the ball to the house every time he touches the ball, something that has been absent from Kansas City for quite some time.
There is still one very important game to play this Saturday, but can we now officially end the “Bowe watch”?