Pre-Season Practice Update – 8/24

From Arrowhead Stadium

The Chiefs opened the doors Wednesday evening, giving their fans a chance to watch practice. It was free. So was the parking.

Apparently Chiefs fans were less than impressed. The picture above is the west end zone seats about 45 minutes into the 2-plus hour practice. Actually, there were more folks there for a 15-minute autograph session at the start of the night. But once the chance for signatures was over, a lot of fans hit the road.

Too bad, because it was a good session for the Chiefs. Todd Haley had his players in full pads and there were several competitive sessions where there was some nice action.

Haley makes it plain he’s not worried about his offense and its development in the pre-season. If that’s true, then he won’t be concerned about what went down Wednesday evening.

Matt Cassel and the No. 1 unit had the ball at the 10-yard line, and they had four downs to score a touchdown. Play No. 1 had Cassel and WR Dwayne Bowe connecting on a pass that almost went for a TD. But Bowe was ruled out of bounds at the two-yard line.

The offense couldn’t dent the end zone on the next three plays. A Thomas Jones run came up short, Cassel threw away a pass when he could find nobody open and his throw to WR Jerheme Urban was incomplete on fourth down. There were a lot of those kinds of plays for the Chiefs offense during the practice.

One note on the injury front, and that was very limited participation by RB Jamaal Charles. It appeared he tweaked something in his left leg, because he did not take part in the second half of the workout. It was a similar situation with CB Brandon Flowers, who went through the position drills, but then went to the rehab area where he spent most of the night riding a stationary bike.

Other observations from the evening:

– Here’s the did not practice at all list: WR Jonathan Baldwin, C/G Darryl Harris, TE Jake O’Connell, OT Ryan O’Callaghan, LB Eric Bakhtiari, LB Gabe Miller and LB Brandon Siler. A torn Achilles tendon suffered on Tuesday ended Siler’s season.

– NT Anthony Toribio was dressed in full pads for practice and gingerly went through some of the position work, but then went to the rehab area. OT Jared Gaither was in full pads, but did not work in any of the team work in the main practice. It was only in the short developmental session afterwards that he actually handled some one-on-one pass protection.

– Missing from the field was OLB Pierre Walters. With Walters, Miller and Bakhtiari out, that left just four outside linebackers for the practice.

– There was a lot of scoring zone work in the practice. In the seven-on-seven drill, the offense ran 11 plays inside the 10-yard line and put the ball into the end zone five times. Cassel was 6 of 8 passing with 4 TDs, while Tyler Palko was 1 of 4 for 1 TD. It was a competitive period against the No. 1 base defense, including a pushing match between RB Jackie Battle and CB Javier Arenas.

– In an 11-on-11 session, FS Jon McGraw had a nice juggling interception of a Cassel pass intended for Bowe. Once McGraw finally secured the ball, he took off on a nice return.

– WR Keary Colbert had two big catches in the practice, including one when he got wide open after coming across the field. There was not a defensive player within 15 yards of him. That was a defensive mistake. But a few plays later, he hauled in a low throw from Cassel, catching it with his finger tips. He appeared to get his feet down in bounds for a good catch.

– Rookie C/G Rodney Hudson got work with the No. 1 offense at left guard, stepping in for starter Ryan Lilja.

– WR Zeke Markshausen needs to take advantage of every opportunity he comes across to make the team. That didn’t happen Wednesday, when he was back to return a punt and then did not catch the ball, allowing it to hit the ground. That’s a major special teams no-no and he heard about it from Steve Hoffman and Haley.

– While working the offense over 11 plays, both Cassel and Palko threw three screen passes that were all blown up. The catches by FB Le’Ron McClain, Charles and TE Leonard Pope all went for negative yardage on nice defensive plays by OLB Andy Studebaker, ILB Jovan Belcher and DE Wallace Gilberry.

– K Ryan Succop was 3-for-3 on FGs, hitting from 37, 42 and 47 yards. Todd Carter had a pair of attempts at 51 yards and missed both to the left.

– Somewhere between 30 and 35 players took part in a developmental practice after the main session was over. There was one-on-one work in pass protection and pass rush, and there was about a 10-play live scrimmage to cap it off.

– Here’s the No. 2 defense as it played Wednesday night: Dion Gales, Amon Gordon and Wallace Gilberry on the line, with Justin Houston, Justin Cole, Demorrio Williams and Cameron Sheffield at linebacker. In the secondary were Jalil Brown, Travis Daniels, Jon McGraw and Sabby Piscitelli.

– And just so you know, here was the No. 3 defense: Allen Bailey, Jerrell Powe and Brandon Bair up front. Because of the lack of bodies, Houston and Sheffield were in at OLB. Working at ILB were Cory Greenwood and Micah Johnson. In the secondary it was Quinten Lawrence, Demond Washington, Reshard Langford and Donald Washington.

– The No. 1 sub defense continues to lineup likes this: Allen Bailey and Wallace Gilberry up front, with Cameron Sheffield, Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali at LB. In the secondary are Brandon Flowers, Brandon Carr, Javier Arenas, Eric Berry, Kendrick Lewis and Jon McGraw.

– Plus, here’s the No. 1 sub defense: Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey on the line, with Justin Cole, Justin Houston and Andy Studebaker at linebacker. In the secondary are Quinten Lawrence, Travis Daniels, Jalil Brown, Donald Washington, Sabby Piscitelli and Jon McGraw.

– Working as punt returners Wednesday evening were Dexter McCluster, Javier Arenas, Jerheme Urban, Steve Breaston, Chandler Williams and Zeke Markshausen.

– Here’s the No. 1 punt return team in front of those returners: Reshard Langford, Jalil Brown, Jackie Battle, Eric Berry, Andy Studebaker, Justin Houston, Demorrio Williams, Justin Cole, Cory Greenwood and Brandon Carr.

– And the first punt team with P Dustin Colquitt has: Verran Tucker, Jackie Battle, Andy Studebaker, Justin Houston, Demorrio Williams, Justin Cole, Reshard Langford, Donald Washington, Javier Arenas and snapper Thomas Gafford.

3 Responses to “Pre-Season Practice Update – 8/24”

  • August 25, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Wouldn’t it be interesting to see the difference in attendance if the stadium was downtown or by the Speedway?

  • August 25, 2011  - el cid says:

    It was nice of the Chiefs to try to make some contact with their fans. When it is a secret about everything you do, fans are allowed to attend games and cheer but have no other ties to the team. Practices are tough to watch whether fan or players, so we will see what the Chiefs put on the field against the rams.

    Tenand6, how about if the Hunts built their own stadium in sted of Ja cty taxpayers? Does not matter now, it is what it is.

  • August 25, 2011  - David says:

    Didn’t go out there last night, because I’m going to see the team practice on Friday night. It’s called Preseason Game #3. Just sorry I’m paying $80 (plus parking) for the privilege.

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