Chiefs Practice Report – August 22

From the Truman Sports Complex

Andy Reid put his team through the last practice of the week on a muggy Thursday afternoon at their facility. Just ahead is a trip to Pittsburgh on Friday and then pre-season game No. 3 on Saturday against the Steelers at Heinz Field.

It was a shorter practice than most, about 90 to 100 minutes as they prepared for facing the Steelers. A lot of the session was dedicated to working against the Pittsburgh offense and defense as the coaching staff game planned more for this game than the previous pre-season games.

Reid would not get pinned down after practice about how much time his starters would see on Saturday.

“We’ll see how it goes and how it all plays out,” Reid said. “I’ve done different things over the years. We’ll get a feel for the game and go from there.”

The normal plan for most teams in most pre-seasons is the starters will come out of the locker room at half-time and get a few snaps in, before giving way to the guys scrambling to make the roster. There may be more mixing and matching of players from different levels just to get individual players extra snaps.

Only 2 players among the 90-man roster did not take part in at least some of Thursday’s practice. OL Donald Stephenson (shoulder) and TE Travis Kelce (bruised knee) worked on rehab. DB Sanders Commings trying to come back from a clavicle injury, worked with the secondary in position drills, but then went to the rehab area. WR Dexter McCluster battled the flu bug that’s gone through the team this week, but was able to practice.

Everyone else was working, including S Quintin Demps, who missed time earlier this week because of that same flu.

A couple of players coming off injuries did not get many snaps in practice – CB Dunta Robinson (shoulder) and WR Tyler Shoemaker. RT Eric Fisher appeared to be a full-go as he took the bulk of the snaps on Thursday.

Other than the addition of WR Donnie Avery, the starting offense looked as it has in previous games. The No. 1 defense fielded all the same players, and when they went to the sub-package it was S Husain Abdullah coming on the field in place of Robinson.

When the starters are off the field, young safeties Malcolm Bronson, Bradley McDougald and Otha Foster look like they will get the opportunity for snaps with the No. 2 defense, ahead of veterans Abdullah, Demps and Tysyn Hartman.

9 Responses to “Chiefs Practice Report – August 22”

  • August 22, 2013  - R W says:

    Can the regular season please begin? These interminable pre-season scenarios seem to get more meaningless and boring each year. In fact, why have them at all?

    College and HS teams tee it up without the ‘warm up’ games. More moving the dust around until it’s playing for keeps.

  • August 22, 2013  - jimmydee says:

    RW, it’s simple, and I’m surprised you don’t know this. High school and college teams don’t have to cut players to a minimum, and salary cap issues are not important at HS and college. I would agree that four MAY be too many, but certainly at least three are imperative.

  • August 22, 2013  - el cid says:

    Fellows, just follow the money. Sometimes I think owners would arm the players if it brought in a few more bucks. Lousy thing to say, I know, but the NFL is big, BIG business.

  • August 22, 2013  - ChuckXX says:

    I have a tendency to think like R W but for completely different reasons. Common sense and “logic” will tell you the more “full contact” you have the more likely of injuries. Thats why I say 4 preseason games are way too many and all it does is get key guys injured before the “real games” begin. If you recall from 2 years ago Moeaki got knocked out for the entire season in a friggin preseason game.

  • August 22, 2013  - txchief says:

    The NFL teams can have full contact scrimmages on their own dime. They need to just go to 18 regular season games and keep the season ticket prices the same.

  • August 23, 2013  - KC The Truth says:

    Here is a tip whiners. In the past there were 6 preseason games. 6!!! here you are bitchin about 4. They need to evaluate, and make decisions on cost and effect.

  • August 23, 2013  - Ernie Barney says:

    A NFL news blurb on NFL channel said the league was considering options of 18, 17 games or remaining with 16. I would assume the CBA would dictate how that is handled. An odd number of games means some lucky team gets a regular season game and another team would get 3 preseason games? Based on how attendance looks around the league for preseason games and the fact that the NFL is pushing to get fans back into stadiums and away from their big screens at home it would seem to me that an increase in regular season games might be forthcoming. Thoughts?

  • August 23, 2013  - el cid says:

    Gives me a headache. I suggest the Chiefs play 10 home games and plays in the Superbowl every year. So much easier to deal with.

  • August 23, 2013  - Niblick says:

    The schedule seems to be at an impasse. The player’s association don’t want an 18 game schedule with two pre-season games. The owners want at least 20 games so they will have the revenue from ten home games, whether it comes from regular season or pre-season. Unless one side gives in, I guess we are stuck with four pre-season games which the fans don’t want.

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