Training Camp Q&A: Todd Haley 8/4

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After the Chiefs only practice of the day at training camp, Todd Haley met with the media.  Here are the highlights:

On his two new players, Amani Toomer and Vince Redd:

“They were able to go through the meetings and actually got on the field and I think they both made a couple of plays each.  So, that was definitely a positive.”

What do you expect out of Toomer:

“We’re actually down a receiver from the numbers we wanted.  We had nine for most of camp, so we have been trying to make a decision if we wanted to bring someone else in.  As we’ve said, we’ll do anything to improve the competition and a guy of Armani’s caliber and what he’s done in the league fits that bill.  We worked him out and it looked like he had some gas left in the tank so we signed him.  I was excited to see him make a play and I thought the rest of the receivers actually picked it up a little bit.”

On the wide receivers as a group:

“It’s a work in progress.  I think that we have to eliminate drops, have to do a better job mentally in some of the areas, but today was a positive.  From what I could tell it looked like there was a little more focus and anytime you add a guy like I said of Armani’s ability and what he’s done in the league that will do nothing but help you.”

How far away is Glenn Dorsey:

“I think he’s probably pretty close.  He’ll probably need a few days to get into football shape because until you’re out there and actually going through the drills no matter how hard you’re working – and they’re working awfully hard – it’s still not football.  He’s going to need a couple of days of football, I think, but I think he didn’t look too bad for his first day out there.  Again, I didn’t look at the tape but I tried to keep an eye on him a little bit and he looked like he was moving around okay.”

On Derrick Johnson:

“Happy to get Derrick on the field finally and the play he made on the goal line was tremendous.  If you can run and hit like that, it’ll be a big help for the defense for sure.”

A couple of important players mentioned today.  Toomer isn’t here to sit and watch, and he certainly got his feet we quickly.  Bobby Engram seems destined for the slot position, so Toomer is going to be fighting for that No. 2 spot and if he wins that then the Chiefs will have transformed one of the youngest WR corps in the league to one of the oldest with Engram and Toomer.

On defense, we’ve talked about how important Johnson will be, but Dorsey could also have a huge impact if he can get himself together.  Clearly Haley wasn’t happy with the shape Dorsey showed up in and wanted to send him a message these first few days.  If last year’s first round pick received the message, he can give the defensive line a huge boost during the transition to the 3-4.  But if he isn’t going to play ball then Tyson Jackson (whenever he gets to River Falls) will have to be a quick study.

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