From the Truman Sports Complex
Practice No. 4 went down Saturday afternoon, as the Chiefs wrapped up Day No. 2 of their three-day mini-camp.Â I’m going to betÂ head coach ToddÂ Haley wasn’t very happy with his offense when thisÂ one was over.
The team got on the field earlier than expected because their annual meeting with NFL Security was over quicker than scheduled.Â Somebody mustÂ have forgotten to tell the offensive side, because they were out of synch and out of sorts throughout the session.Â
In the seven-on-seven passing drill, the football was on the ground more than it was in receivers hands.Â CBs Maurice Leggett and Ricardo Colclough both had interceptions.Â It was the second time on the day that Leggett had picked off QB Matt Cassel.Â There were several other near interceptions, a handful of droppedÂ passes and what seemed like plenty of mental mistakes from the offense.
Things got worse in the teamwork portion of the practice.Â The Chiefs ran 12 plays and only three gainedÂ more than a fewÂ yards.Â There were two near interceptions by the defense, which twice snuffed out screen passes behind the line of scrimmage.Â The last play of teamwork and the practiceÂ ended with a shotgun snap from C Rudy Niswanger sailing over the head of Cassel.
There were 83 players on the field for the afternoon session; LB Monty Beisel was missing again as he was attending the wedding of his brother.Â Absent from the afternoon session was TE Tony Curtis, who was getting married Saturday evening.Â Congratulations to Curtis!
From that group, 79 took part in the practice work, as the rehab brigade continued on another field.Â It’s no picnic on the sidelines during practice for the injured.Â Those who are far enough along in their rehab to be able to move about are put through extensive drills by the strength and conditioning coaches.Â Sometimes, it looks like they are getting more work in than the guys who are actually practicing.
Some other observations from the afternoon session:
– On special teams, the club worked on field goal situations including what he defense should do after a blocked FG goes across the line of scrimmage or stays behind the line.Â The defense also worked on reacting to fake field goals.
– Kickers Connor Barth and Ryan Succop were both four-for-four on FGs from 32, 39, 43 and 45 yards.Â That was a pretty good effort given that there was a strong wind out of the southeast blowing into the practice fields.Â It was at the kickers back, but blowing from left to right.
– The Chiefs worked more on throwing the ball in this session than running.Â RB Larry Johnson ran several very nice routes, including one where he badly beat S Jarrad Page.Â But Johnson couldn’t pull down the high throw.Â Â RB Dantrell Savage got behind LB Corey Mays with a burst of speed on a long pass that was overthrown. WR Rodney Wright had a nice play, beating CB Brandon Flowers on a deep ball.Â FB Jed Collins made a realÂ nice catch down field.
– VeteranÂ RG Mike Goff again schooled No. 1 pick DE Tyson Jackson in the one-on-one pass protection drill, easily handling the younger player on three consecutive snaps.Â But third-round pick Alex Magee hadÂ three nice pass rushes going againstÂ LG Wade Smith.Â Things were different later whenÂ Magee went head-to-headÂ against Brian Waters.