Mini-Camp Update 6/5 P.M.

From the Truman Sports Complex

The Chiefs got through their second mini-camp practice on Friday afternoon with the same 80 of 84 players taking part in the workout that were there for the morning session.

“If you go back a month and a half ago to the voluntary mini-camp, where we are now I think is night and day,” said head coach Todd Haley. “Physically, conditioning, strengthwise, we look like a different group of players for the most part.

“We have lost 338 pounds, which is a significant amount of weight.  A team loses 125 to 150 pounds in a year, that would be a good average for a team getting back into shape.  I’m happy with the way the team is starting to look and shape up.”

QB Brodie Croyle, DE Glenn Dorsey, DT Ron Edwards and RB Kolby Smith continued to rehab injuries and did not take part in the practice.

Some observations from the afternoon workout:

– The Chiefs worked on field goals during their special teams work.  Second-year man Connor Barth hit five of six, while rookie Ryan Succop was seven for seven.  The kicks were between 28 and 36 yards.

– When the first team offense hit the field, Devard Darling was working as the other receiver with Dwayne Bowe. 

– The three defensive line units were: Tyson Jackson, Tank Tyler and Alex Magee; Alfonso Boone, Derek Lokey and Bobby Greenwood; Wallace Gilberry, T.J. Jackson and Dion Gales.

– The Chiefs have 14 players working at linebacker, seven inside and seven outside.  Working at outside linebacker are Tamba Hali, Turk McBride, Andy Studebaker, Mike Vrabel, Monty Beisel, Pierre walters and Darrell Robertson.  Working inside were Zach Thomas, Derrick Johnson, Demorrio Willians, Corey Mays, Wes Dacus, Jovan Belcher and Corey Smith.

– The linebackers and safeties ran a coverage drill against the tight ends and running backs.  Derrick Johnson grabbed an interception with nice under coverage of Larry Johnson.  Hali was covering TE Tony Curtis and got a good push on him within five yards, but then lost him at the end of the route. FB Mike Cox ran over both Dacus and S Jarrad Page as they were trying to cover him. Curtis made a nice catch while sitting on his butt, after good coverage by McBride. Mays had a nice breakup of a pass to FB Jed Collins.

– When the team went to the seven-on-seven passing drill, S Bernard Pollard had a nice breakup of a long pass from QB Matt Cassel to Darling.  Derrick Johnson had a shot at another interception in coverage, but dropped the ball.  Mays had good coverage on a short route by RB Jamaal Charles.  A Cassel throw to WR Dwayne Bowe was high, but Bowe went up to get the ball, but then dropped  it on his way down.

– In the team work portion of practice, they ran 12 plays and the defense looked good.  CB Brandon Flowers broke up a pass for Bowe on a third-and-seven play.  The defense sent a blitz and Cassel ended up downing the ball with a quick throw.  RB Jackie Battle had a nice run against a defensive blitz, showing both power and speed.   RB Dantrell Savage had a nice run on a draw play.


13 Responses to “Mini-Camp Update 6/5 P.M.”

  • June 5, 2009  - alex k says:

    Go Succop go!!!! Keep it up!

    I really believe Turk makes a good transition, he moved well for a DE last year at high weight…they are in shape, and seem fired up, this is exciting.


  • June 5, 2009  - anonymous says:

    Gonna have to figure out a way to grt some “stick-em’ on Bowes hands.

    Impressed with Cox running over guys, but not that surprised to hear that Page was a victim.

    Pollard bustin up long passes is good. I said before that Pollard is a stud, Page has not stood out to me the way others seem to think.

    DJ making an interception was a nice change, the dropped one is par for the course.

    Good to hear that Succop has Barth’s ass so tight that he could pinch the mercury out of a thermometer.

    Little worrisome to me that DVD is lining up at the # 2 wide out??? I’m sure it’s just a temp thing.

    RB Jackie Battle had a nice run against a defensive blitz, showing both power and speed. RB Dantrell Savage had a nice run on a draw play is good to hear.

    Good Stuff!!


  • June 5, 2009  - Tenand6 says:

    Bob– What’s the prognosis for Dorsey? What is his injury and why is it taking so long to heal? For the amount of time he has been out, it sounds semi-serious.


  • June 5, 2009  - burnsomatic says:

    Bob-How do the D-ends converted into linbackers look in coverage, it seems to me that they would be a little slow?


  • June 5, 2009  - ED says:

    shocked to hear Darling being playing #2 receiver and now Mark Bradley. And has Succop missed a kick all summer everytime i hear his stats he’s either 7 of 7 or 5 out of 5. Also good to hear the defense is playing solid


  • June 5, 2009  - Scott says:

    anonymous says:

    “Good to hear that Succop has Barth’s ass so tight that he could pinch the mercury out of a thermometer.”

    Ha ha!!! Good one.

    Succop will be our kicker this year…I have little doubt.


  • June 5, 2009  - head cheif says:

    hell yeah bob thats what we wanna hear, sounds like our d is getting alot better but after reading that now im worried about our offense lol.


  • June 5, 2009  - Randy says:

    Succop can drill em on a practice field, but it remains to be seen in a game situation. He sounds very promising, though. Lookin forward to seeing him in the pre-season. Barth better step up his game.


  • June 6, 2009  - Brian says:

    I know that some on here are concerned about hearing about Darling playing at the #2 spot but honestly guys, I would not put too much stock into what you saw from our guys last year under Herm Edwards. First off, everyone was apparently poorly conditioned and let’s face it…Herm Edwards wasn’t exactly an X’s and O’s genius or anything. Our schemes were so plain and boring and vanilla, the only chance we had of winning last year was if we could get our opponents so bored that they would have a concentration lapse.


  • June 6, 2009  - Zach says:

    Thanks for the updates, Bob!


  • June 6, 2009  - Fansince93 says:

    Darling is a more explosive receiver than he gets credit for. I’m willing to be that he’ll have more of an impact this season than Bradley.

    Darling has more big play potential.

    On the O-line Goff was a huge pick up. He was under rated in San Diego and I think he’s a great addition and his presence will help who ever plays at RT.


  • June 6, 2009  - colby says:

    Even though Waters is here (which is a great thing) I still think it sounds like he wants to be traded and I wouldn’t be surprised if Pioli finds good value for him. Not sure that Darling is a better WR than Bradley, but Darling did manage to stay healthy last year, which was something he couldn’t do for four years in Baltimore. Maybe he’s ready to have a breakout year. God knows the Chiefs need more than a few guys to have a breakout year if they’re going to be close to competitive.

    So Herm had our guys so incredibly out of shape that they’ve lost nearly 200 pounds more than the “average” amount according to Haley?! Clark should sue Herm for some of his contract money! What a freaking joke!


  • June 6, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    “We have lost 338 pounds, which is a significant amount of weight.”

    - yes, it would have been really nice if Albert Haynesworth had become a Chief ‘check’, but you can find 22 guys to fill the void…any(where.)

    “A team loses 125 to 150 pounds in a year, that would be a good average for a team getting back into shape. I’m happy with the way the team is starting to look and shape up.”

    - is that including any 22 or just the biggest losers (management excluded, of course)

    :-)




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