The Kansas City Chiefs were back on the practice field this afternoon and this time without the rain. Today the information comes from Josh Looney @ KCChiefs.com and the staff at UWRF. Bob Gretz of CBSSports.com is in Canton for Derrick Thomas’ HOF induction.
DE Tyson Jackson made his camp debut with the Chiefs after ending his holdout. LB Wes Dacus was released to make room on the roster for Jackson. Sitting out the afternoon practice were DaJuan Morgan, Kolby Smith, Monty Beisel, Zach Thomas, Wade Smith, Demorrio Williams and Mike Vrabel.
The team opened practice in shoulder pads and helmets, just as they have for every second practice of two-a-days during training camp.
Jackson participated in full at every drill during practice. He quickly learned the training camp rule: jump off sides and you run. He was also learning plenty of other things as practice went along. D-line coach Tim Krumrie pulled Jackson to the side before the single sled drill to let him know just what was expected of him.
During the one-on-one session with WRs and DBs, Amani Toomer made a nice catch on a deep route.
Jackson began the 11-on-11 “team run” portion of practice with the first team defense, lining up opposite Glenn Dorsey.
Jamaal Charles broke free for two big runs. The first came on an inside hand off between C Rudy Niswanger and G Mike Goff. He busted through the hole and went untouched for 15 yards. Then he went off right tackle for another big gain. Later the offense shined with a great play-action pass by Matt Cassel. The session only lasted 12 plays, which drew boos from the crowd when the horn sounded.
CBs Travis Daniels and Ricardo Colclough both knocked passes down during the 11-on-11 session. But the defensive play of the session came when rookie CB Donald Washington broke up Tyler Thigpen’s last second heave to Jeff Webb in the endzone.
For the first time during training camp, Todd Haley gave his players a break. He let the team — except the QBs — take their shoulder pads off and finish practice just in their helmets.
During the 7-on-7 session, the defense took the spotlight back from the offense. Cassel attempted a pass to Bowe, who failed to come back for the ball. That allowed Brandon Carr to swat the ball out of the air. Later, Bernard Pollard took a Cassel interception to the house for a touchdown.
The offense ends the red zone portion of practice on a high note. Amani Toomer caught a ball in traffic for a touchdown.
Haley’s parents, Dick and Carolyn, watched practice from the sidelines. After practice, the Chiefs head coach pulled Larry Johnson to the side to personally introduce him to his parents. The four had a long conversation before Johnson left to meet the media.
So good to finally have Tyson Jackson in the fold. And I have to say, I’m a little surprised he jumped right in with the first team. He explained that he passed Haley’s conditioning test, but I have to believe in order to run with the starters immediately that he destroyed it. Now, if Zach Thomas and Mike Vrabel can get back into pads tomorrow we can see what the new look Chiefs defense actually looks like. I would have rather Jackson was here from the start to get with the program, but this past week of reps for Alex Magee were huge for him. This holdout may end up being a good thing for the defense if Jackson proves to be a quick study.