From Truman Sports Complex
There were 83 players on the field for the Chiefs first OTA session Monday morning.
“We are trying to integrate some football as rookies and veterans are together for the first time,” said Todd Haley. “I thought we got off to a decent start.Â We had 83 players on the field which I think is excellent given that the OTA’s are voluntary.Â We had nice weather, so we were all able to be outside.”
The only players on the roster missing from the workout were LG Brian Waters, OLB Mike Vrabel and fourth-round draft choice Donald Washington.Â Waters and Vrabel have not been at the team’s facilities at all thisÂ off-season, whileÂ Washington isÂ not allowed to attend under NFL rules because Ohio State’s spring term does not end until the second week of June.
“This is allÂ voluntary so let’s try to focus on the 83 guys that are here and working hard,” said Haley. “We would like everybody here. Those that were not here were not a surprise to us, so I feel comfortable with where we are at with those guys.”
Veteran Wade Smith stepped into Waters spot at LG with the first-team offense, while Tamba Hali and Monty Beisel worked at the OLB spots with the first defense.
“The big guys started to look like a little bit of a group right now,” Haley said after watching his offensive and defensive line work. “Whether they can get it done is another story, but today was a good start.Â It looked guys had an idea of what was going on.”
QB Matt Cassel enjoyed getting his first extended on field work with the rest of the Chiefs offense.
“Everybody is working hard and it’s fun to be out here and do what we do for a living,” Cassel said. “We’ve had a lot of hard work up to this point, but mainly it’s been in the weight room.Â Now, it’s fun to get on the field and work on some timing. Everything is not sharpÂ right now, but that’s what we are working on.”Â
The players had two shifts before they got onto the practice field.Â There was a 75-minute strength and conditioning session and then a 75-minute session in the classroom with position coaches.Â Everything is fast and moves at a very quickÂ tempo, something the players have noticed.
“He’s coming out and getting after us with some great enthusiasm, ” Cassel said of Haley’s approach to the off-season. “He’s coming out with an attitude and he’s teaching everyone involved that we have to go out there with an attitude, that we expect to win and play hard for 60 minutes.”
There were a handful of players who did not take part as they rehab from injury: QB Brodie Croyle, CB Maurice Leggett, TE Tony Davis, LB TurkÂ McBride, DT Tank Tyler, DE Glenn Dorsey, OLB Brian Johnston and RB Kolby Smith.
Observations from the workout:
- The No. 1 offense lined up this way: Dwayne Bowe and Mark Bradley were at WR, Brad Cottam at TE, Mike Cox and Larry Johnson in the backfield with Cassel and the offensive front from left to right of Branden Albert, Smith, Rudy Niswanger, Mike Goff and Damion McIntosh.
- The No. 1 defense lined up this way: Tyson Jackson, Ron Edwards and Alex Magee along the defensive line, although Dorsey worked with the No. 1 unit at RDE when they did their pre-practice walkthrough segment.Â At strong OLB spot was Monty Beisel with Hali work at the weak OLB.Â Inside it was Derrick Johnson and Zach Thomas.Â LCB was Brandon Carr, RCB was Brandon Flowers with Jarrad Page and Bernard Pollard at safety.
- The No. 2 offensive line went like this from left to right: Herb Taylor, Edwin Harrison, Eric Ghiaciuc, Tavares Washington and Barry Richardson.
- The No. 2 defense lined up this way: Alfonso Boone, Derek Lokey and Bobby Greenwood, with OLB Darrell Robertson and Andy Studebaker with inside backers Demorrio Williams and Corey Mays.Â On the corners were Travis Daniels and Ricardo Colclough, with Jon McGraw and DaJuan Morgan at safety.
- Working at OLB were Hali, McBride, Studebaker, Beisel, Robertson, JohnstonÂ and Walters.
- Working at ILB were Johnson, Thomas, Mays, Williams, Wes Dacus, Jovan Belcher and Corey Smith.
- When the squads came together for the seven-on-seven passing drills, Bowe dropped the first two passes thrown his way,
- The No. 1 pick draft choice had a nice pass defense as he knocked a pass out of the sky with his hand at the line of scrimmage.