Training Camp: News & Notes 8/7 AM

MattCasselTrainingCamp1(photo via David Eulitt)

The Kansas City Chiefs were back on the practice field today again this morning despite a constant driving rain making things difficult for them.  Today the information comes from Josh Looney @ KCChiefs.com and the staff at UWRF.  Bob Gretz at CBSSports.com must be on his way to Canton for the Hall of Fame activities.

ESPN analyst John Clayton watched practice this morning, but didn’t seem to mind the rain.

“Does it get any better than this?  Sitting in the rain during a morning NFL practice?  I will take this any day over sitting indoors!”

Sitting out this morning were Zack Thomas, Monty Beisel, Demorrio Williams, Wes Dacus and DaJuan Morgan.  Tyson Jackson was not at practice, but is on the way to River Falls.

Even with the rain falling, Todd Haley ran all of the same drills as usual.

During an inside running session, Glenn Dorsey broke up a play in the backfield.

In the 7-on-7 red zone portion of practice, the defense was king.  Derrick Johnson and Brandon Carr both broke up passes.  Later, when Maurice Leggett picked off an inside hook route, the team literally did a rain dance to celebrate.

The receivers once again had trouble catching the ball.  Bobby Engram had the most problems.  He dropped three balls during three different drills: 1-on-0, 6-on-0 and his final drop came during 7-on-7.

WR Rodney Wright managed to stand out — as he has much of camp — by holding onto the ball.  During the 1-on-1 session, he put a great move on his defender and was wide open for an easy completion.

It was the theme of the day, but the offense also struggled during the 11-on-11 drill.  Jamaal Charles coughed up the ball, which was recovered by Corey Smith.  Later, Tyler Thigpen had the ball knocked out his hands while trying to scramble away from pressure.  The receivers only had one drop (Dwayne Bowe) during the session.

Even though the practice favored the defense due to the weather, Tyler Thigpen had a nice scramble on the last play of the day.  He was able to dive and get over the pylon for a touchdown.

Rain or shine, the receivers need to start holding onto the ball.  Bobby Engram is just flat out killing me.  He has always been a guy that could be counted on and now over this first week of camp the only thing that he’s been counted on for it seems are drops or slipping.  I still believe he can be the safety valve type option that Cassel will need when the season starts, but he’s going to have to turn it up here in a hurry.  To be fair though, other than Wright — who is an amazing story so far — the entire receiving corps has been a disappointment.  If they had been impressing then Amani Toomer isn’t a Chief right now.

Hopefully the weather clears up for the afternoon practice and maybe we’ll even get our first glimpse of Tyson Jackson.

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