The Kansas City Chiefs returned to the practice field this morning after their second loss of the preseason. Filing reports from Kansas City are Josh Looney @ KCChiefs.com and Bob Gretz @ BobGretz.com & CBSSports.com.
Tyler Thigpen and G Tavares Washington returned to practice after missing all of last week’s sessions. Sitting out this morning were Kolby Smith and Zach Thomas.
For the first time since he joined the Chiefs during training camp, Tyson Jackson is working with the No. 1 defense. He took the place of Alfonso Boone at LDE.
Barry Richardson continued to take reps with the first team offense at right tackle.
Terrance Copper and Devard Darling lined up as the starting wide receivers.
The second team offensive line (left to right): Herb Taylor, Darryl Harris, Wade Smith, Tavares Washington and Damion McIntosh.
Todd Haley kept a watchful eye on the nose tackles during the inside run drills, commenting on each player after each snap, both positive and constructive.
Maurice Leggett pulled double-duty on the punt team. He took reps as return man and running gunner on the coverage unit. Working alongside Leggett returning kicks were Dantrell Savage and Rodney Wright.
Leggett also was right in the middle of the 11-on-11 session, picking off a deflected pass from Matt Gutierrez.
During the situation period, the Chiefs worked on a quick kick out of a field goal formation. Ryan Succop had one of his punts roll to the goal line and the other went out of bounds around the eight-yard line.
During the goal line portion of practice, the defense pulled Larry Johnson down on the first play and forced a fumble by Kolby Smith on the second. On the third, Johnson went up-and-over a pile of defenders to stretch the ball across the goal line. The football came loose and the defense labeled it a fumble while the offense called it a touchdown. Too close to call.
With roster spots starting to be — slowly — sorted out, good to see only two players missing from practice. With as well as Matt Gutierrez played on Friday you had to know Thigpen wouldn’t be on the sidelines much longer. He is looking more and more like a long shot to make the roster and that’s a shame. I still think he’s the best option to backup Matt Cassel.
The only thing I can figure from Richardson still running with the first team offense at right tackle is due to a lack of other options. The right side of the line as a whole got blown up against the Vikings, but I saw Richardson on his backside more than once. The problem is there aren’t any better options currently on the roster. For a while I thought Herb Taylor could be the player to line up opposite Branden Albert, but Haley and Scott Pioli clearly disagree.