Chiefs Training Camp Practice #5 – 7/25

From St. Joseph, Missouri

The Chiefs got one step closer to actually having a real football practice as they got through a two-hour-plus session Friday morning at Missouri Western State University.

That’s to say it was another training camp practice without full pads, so there was little in the way of physical contact. Such are the labor rules these days that the veterans get three days to acclimate to football before they use their shoulder pads and go about actually practicing in the same manner the game is played.

The defense hasn’t had a chance to show much due to the lack of physical play. The offensive line is still punching at air and practice dummies, not defensive linemen. The running game hasn’t had the opportunity to really show its stuff as the offensive line can only steer the defenders, not hit them. All that will come to an end on Saturday, when the pads go on and the practices look more like football.

But that doesn’t mean there can’t be improvement and goals accomplished in the building of the 2014 Chiefs. Here is what we saw and heard under mostly cloudy skies, with occasional bursts of sunshine that sent the temperature and humidity soaring:

– Attendance/injury report: Friday participation was the same as Thursday with tight end Sean McGrath (personal issue), running back Joe McKnight (knee), guard Rokevious Watkins (back), safety Sanders Commings (foot) and cornerback David Van Dyke (hamstring) not taking part. The Chiefs had no update on McGrath and his status.

– Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe took a hit on his right ankle/foot when he got tangled up on a play against cornerback Chris Owens. Bowe got up limping, but never left the field, going right back to the huddle and running in the next play. After practice he indicated there were no problems.

– Defensively, the linebackers and defensive backs spent a lot of their walkthrough segments working on pass coverage, not only in nickel situations, but in the base defense. The coaches must feel that rookie outside linebacker Dee Ford can handle some of the coverage duties, because he was dropping on quite a few plays, rather than rushing the passer.

– Offensively, the coaches keep installing more of the offense and the difference between now and this time last year is very obvious. They are showing more combinations of personnel, along with more motion and shifting. Remember plays that are run in July doesn’t guarantee they’ll be used in September, but they’ve had several formations with running backs Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis and rookie De’Anthony Thomas on the field together. They are still experimenting and developing but one thing Andy Reid (and all coaches) loves is speed. Those three on the field at the same time is about as fast an offensive attack as the Chiefs have shown in many years.

– Also on offense, they continue to push the pace and use the no huddle. Last year they showed a lot of no huddle during the OTAs and mini-camps, but then in the pre-season and regular season they rarely used the scheme. It appears there may be more of a commitment to getting some no huddle sets this season. In passing drills like seven-on-seven, all four quarterbacks had moments when they went without huddling.

– On special teams, they worked on the punt team and also free kick situations. For those keeping score at home, the No. 1 punt team was punter Dustin Colquitt, snapper Thomas Gafford, up-back protector Cyrus Gray, flyers Junior Hemingway and Ron Parker, and blockers Anthony Sherman, Frank Zombo, Josh Martin, Joe Mays, James-Michael Johnson and Husain Abdullah. Remember: participation in the kicking game is often a player’s ticket to the 53-man roster.

– Tight end Travis Kelce is just learning how to deep snap and with backup snapper McGrath not on the field, he’s been put into the fire. As expected, he’s been inconsistent. His first snap to Colquitt in punt formation went so high over the punter’s head that LeBron James couldn’t have snagged the ball. The next snap forced Colquitt to move to his left, but he got the punt off. By the end of the drill, Colquitt said Kelce’s snaps were right where they should have been.

– Kelce may have had the catch of the day, as he did a nice job getting both hands out in front of him on the run to grab a Chase Daniel pass, splitting the coverage. In a game it could have been a big play.

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  • July 26, 2014  - Tenand6 says:

    “…they’ve had several formations with running backs Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis and rookie De’Anthony Thomas on the field together.”

    I was hoping for this. We now have the threat of a run with outstanding receivers on the field.

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