Training Camp Practice Report – 7/31

From St. Joseph, Missouri

The Chiefs worked under the lights inside Spratt Stadium on the campus of Missouri Western State University and drew a nice crowd for the 2-hour practice.

Head coach Romeo Crennel had his team in full pads as they worked on the artificial surface. Crennel has promised a normal session and that’s what the Chiefs produced with no special add-ons with the crowd watching and hoping for some good football fireworks.

Missing from the action as a precaution were RB Jamaal Charles and TE Tony Moeaki. Also out were WR Junior Hemingway (groin), along with newly signOLB Edgar Jones and OT Ray Willis. They are both serving their acclimation periods before they are allowed to don the pads.

Several players really stood out during the workout. On defense it was OLB Andy Studebaker and DE Ropati Pitoitua who turned up the intensity. Not sure what they had for dinner, but both were unstoppable on the pass rush and Studebaker was leading the charge against the run. On offense, QB Matt Cassel looked good, LG Ryan Lilja looked very good, RB Cyrus Gray showed some moves and a couple of the wide receivers made some nice catches, topped by Steve Breaston and Jon Baldwin.

During practice both CB Brandon Flowers and DE Glenn Dorsey got nicked. It looked like both were ankle or foot or lower leg. Spearheaded went back in, while Flowers walked off the field but did get a cart ride to the pocket room.

Here’s a look at what happened in the team’s third practice in pads during this camp: …Read More!

Chiefs Sign Another Veteran OT

From St. Joseph, Missouri

With Tony Ugoh headed home, the Chiefs again dipped into a rather shallow talent pool among veteran offensive line types and on Tuesday signed OT Ray Willis (right).

Like several of the street free agents he signed last season, GM Scott Pioli decided to go with a blocker who hasn’t played in an NFL game since the 2009 season. That’s when Willis was a 16-game starter for Seattle at RT. The last game he played was the ’09 season finale played on January 3, 2010. He did not play in the 2010 season because of a knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery in August and he was placed on the injured reserve list. He became a free agent and was signed by two teams during the 2011 season (Miami and New Orleans) but did not play a snap. Earlier this season he was signed by the New York Jets on May 29 and released on June 28.

The 6-6, 304-pound product of Florida State spent five seasons with Seattle after being a fourth-round selection of the Seahawks in the 2005 NFL Draft. In those five seasons (2005-09), Willis played in 44 games with 26 starts. He made 23 of those starts at right tackle and three at right guard. He was known primarily for his ability to block for the running game.

At Florida State, Willis started 35 games for the Seminoles playing alongside Alex Barron, a first-round selection in’05 by St. Louis.

He’s a native of Angleton, Texas, which also happens to be the birthplace of Chiefs secondary coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Thomas. The difference between their dates of birth is 39 years. Willis will be 30 years old on August 13.

Willis will wear No. 64.

The Chiefs also announced they had waived FB Taylor Gentry.

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