Practice Report/Update – 10/6

From the Truman Sports Complex

All hands were on deck Thursday when the Chiefs held their second practice of the week in preparation for Sunday’s game in Indianapolis.

All 61 available bodies were dressed and were taking part in the workout during the media window. WR Terrence Copper was back after missing Wednesday’s practice with an illness.

Head coach Todd Haley was pleased with the workout.

“It was physical and good energy again; we had a bunch of guys running around feeling good,” Haley said of the practice in full pads. “I feel like we made progress. We’re just trying to get a little bit better every day.”

One player that has made progress in Haley’s view is his first-round draft choice, WR Jonathan Baldwin. In just his second full practice since breaking his thumb on August 16, the coach said he was better than he was the day before.

“I thought he had another real good practice,” Haley said of Baldwin. “I’ve been impressed by what he’s done here early on after being out as long as he was. He’s had two real good days and that’s encouraging to everybody.”

Will Baldwin play on Sunday?

“I don’t know that yet,” Haley said. “We are working through roster numbers each night. We’ve got to have the best 46 guys out there that give us the best chance to win in all areas, offense, defense and special teams. We’ll see.”

Baldwin and S Jon McGraw are the only other players on the injury report and both were full participants in the practice.

For the second day in a row Haley spent a lot of time with the quarterbacks and receivers as they worked on pass routes. He was especially vocal in his coaching of QB Matt Cassel to be louder and more forceful with some of his cadence and verbal commands.

From the Colts they had seven players that did not practice on Thursday. QB Peyton Manning is out with his neck problem. Also not practicing were OT Anthony Castonzo (ankle), G Ryan Diem (ankle), DT Drake Nevis (back), TE Brody Eldridge (knee), RB Joseph Addai (rest) and DE Robert Mathis (rest). Limited practice for DT Fili Moala (ankle), QB Kerry Collins (concussion) and LB Ernie Sims (knee). Full participants in practice were DE Dwight Freeney (abdominal), G Mike Pollak (arm) and G Joe Reitz (ankle).

2 Responses to “Practice Report/Update – 10/6”

  • October 6, 2011  - ED J says:

    Good to see Haley focusing on Cassel. If we’re going to win this season we’re going need him to step up. Bowe is best weapon on offense right now so we need to ride him like we did Charles last yr. Along with keeping Breaston and getting Baldwin involved. Pope is big target in redzone so love to see him get some looks down there. Overall Haley know his career in KC rest on Cassel having another solid season.

  • October 6, 2011  - Michael says:

    Good to hear Baldwin coming along. If he wasn’t Haley would say so. He needs to step up immensely. Get him into the colts game then have the two weeks to eval the performance. As much as I would like the win-less streak end in Indy, I would much rather bet the faders in their house.

    Sunday line-up predictions: mcgraw out, D Wash in. o’connel out, Baldwin in. Pope can handle all the TE duties and McClain be in for two tight plays. Also, Battle is the featured HB, more power and quickness. Let’s let the old man play coach for a while and give the youngsters an opportunity.


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