From River Falls, Wisconsin
There were some butterflies for Todd Haley as he led the first training camp practice in his tenure as head coach.
“I forgot to blow the whistleÂ a couple of times,” Haley said. “When you are an assistant, they don’t let you have a whistle. Only the head coach. I missed a couple, I’ve got to
“That’s one (practice) down, one day of semi-controlled chaos.”
Haley was having a little fun with the chaos comment. The workout was very much like any other first-day practice around NFL training camps. The Chiefs were in full pads and they actually had a live hitting session when they worked on goal line offense and defense. Haley liked the way the team practiced.
“We had to get on them a little bit about making sure they get from drill to drill quickly, but otherwise it was a good morning,” Haley said.
The head coach also proved to be intolerant of mental mistakes, as he made both DE Alex Magee and DT DerekÂ Lokey run 200 yards (up and down the length of the field once) as punishment for jumping offsides in a pass rush-pass protection drill.
There were two apparent injuries during the workout, as ILB Derrick Johnson left with what lookedÂ like a pulled hamstring and G Edwin Harrison went down with an injury to his lower right leg.
There were nine players missing from the workout because they’ve not yet passed the team physical. On the PUP List are RB Kolby Smith, DE Glenn Dorsey and TE Jake O’Connell. Smith is coming off a knee injury and surgery from last season. Dorsey is battling a left shin problem and O’Connell appeared to have a calf injury.
On the NFI List the ChiefsÂ placed LB Brian Waters, RG Mike Goff, RT DamionÂ McIntosh, DT Ron Edwards, DE Dion Gales and LB Demorrio Williams.Â Haley would not address the non-practicing players but it’s a good bet those guysÂ on the NFI are the ones who failed to complete the conditioning testÂ in the required time on Friday moring.
Here’s some highlights from the morning session:
- The Chiefs ran about seven or eight plays in a live goal-line segment. Everybody was allowed to be hit but the quarterback. On the first play, RB Larry Johnson jumped outside and beat LB Zach Thomas to the pylon for a nice touchdown. Later, L.J. got dragged down in the backfield on a run right by DT Derek Lokey, who had a great tackle. RB Jamaal Charles tried the inside andÂ there was great controversy on whetherÂ he crossed the goal line or not. No ruling was ever given, but Charles took several big shotsÂ inside on the play. Â The drill ended with QB Tyler Thigpen throwing a TD pass to TE Tony Curtis.
- Rookie free agent LB Jovan Belcher showed up several times with big hits, once in the run-oriented nine-on-seven drill and then again in team work when he hit RB Javarris Williams in the backfield and forced a fumble.
- With Goff, Waters and McIntosh out of the No. 1 offensive line, filling their spots were Herb Taylor at RT, wade Smith at LG and Tavares Washington at RG.
- When D.J. went down, Monty Beisel took his spot with the No. 1 defense.
- Here’s how the No. 1 defense lined up: Alfonso Boone, Tank Tyler and Alex Magee across the front, with Beisel and Zach Thomas at inside linebacker and then Mike Vrabel and Tamba Hali at OLB. The secondary was the Brandons (Flowers and Carr) on the corners with Jarrad Page and Bernard Pollard at the safety spots.
- Rookie WR Quinten Lawrence flashed his speed during the one-on-ones when he blew past CB Maurice Leggett on a deep post. Leggett is one of the fastest players on the team. QB Matt Cassel’s throw was too long for Lawrence to make the catch.
- Second-year man Barry Richardson worked at both right tackle and left guard during the pass protection drill. When he moved inside he didn’t do a bad job against Magee.
- In a pass rush drill OLB Mike Vrabel ran past Richardson at RT two of the three times he rushed. Richardson snuffedÂ his inside move on the third snap.
- Also in the pass rush drill, OLB Turk McBride and LT Branden Albert locked up in a good battle, with McBride getting a slight edge on this day.
- After practice there were 12 different players catching kicks off the jugs machine as the Chiefs continue to search for kick and punt returners. They were: RBs Charles, Williams, JackieÂ Battle and Dantrell Savage; WRs Lawrence, Terrance Copper, Taurus Johnson and Rodney Wright and DBs Leggett, Donald Washington, Jackie Battle and Londen Fryar.
– The safeties spent extra time after practice working with assistant coach Ronnie Bradford. It appeared they were working on keys to help them with that fine line between run support and dropping in coverage.
- K Ryan Succop hit six of eight kicks, missing wide left and one was blocked. It was impossible to tellÂ the distance, but he made his last kick, which appeared to be close to 50 yards and did it in very windy conditions.
NOTES: Weather conditions were perfect for a football practice, with cloudy skies, a nice breeze and temperatures in the lower 60s, with no humidity … threeÂ of the four Hunt siblings attended the practice: Lamar Jr., Clark and Daniel … a big contingent of national media was there,Â including Alex Marvez from Foxsports.com, Don Banks of SI.com and Nancy Gay of AOL.com … after practice theÂ running backs signedÂ autographs forÂ the crowd.