Rookie Mini-Camp Update Sunday A.M.

From the Truman Sports Complex

The Chiefs wrapped up their rookie mini-camp on Sunday morning with a workout on the grass at their facility.  All 33 attendees took part before the camp ended and they were sent home.

“I thought it was a productive three days from the standpoint of getting these guys on our page,” said head coach Todd Haley. “Today was the best day.  The conditioning aspect was pretty obvious to me.  We slowed the pace down, we did things different than we normally will do it, and that’s frustrating as a coach, because  you want to show them the way you want a practice.

“But we were very clear  with them that we made some adjustments so we could get through practice.”

Rookies can return on May 16thand join the team’s strength and conditioning program, but only if their school’s spring term has been completed.  All but two players will be able to return immediately: draft choice CB Donald Washington and rookie free agent LB Corey Smith.  Ohio State and Cincinnati do not wrap up their spring terms until the middle of June, putting both of those guys at a disadvantage as they will miss conditioning work and most of the team’s OTA sessions.

Some observations from the Sunday morning practice:

-The first team defensive front throughout the weekend was the 3-4 and had Tyson Jackson at LDE, Derek Lokey at NT and Alex Magee at RDE.  Darrell Robertson was the strong side OLB, with Pierre Walters playing the weak side OLB.  Jovan Belcher and Corey Smith were the inside linebackers. 

- When the Chiefs went to a nickel defense,  Lokey came out and was replaced by a cornerback.  That had Jackson and Magee with their hands on the ground and Robertson and Walters standing up as ends.

- In one-on-one pass protection, Walters had a nice pass rush against draft choice Colin Brown.

- Draft choice  Quentin Lawrence bobbled a throw on a slant pattern and it was picked off.  When Lawrence did not run after the man with the interception, he got an earful from the head coach.

- Despite that, Lawrence did show the ability to snatch the ball out of the air when it’s thrown in his direction.

- Draft choice Jake O’Connell had a nice catch as he got deep into the secondary.

- Draft  choice RB Javaris Williams showed a little wiggle on a screen pass that opened the team work session.

- Just because it was the last practice of rookie mini-camp that didn’t mean the intensity level was turned down by Haley and his coaching staff.  They were very vocal throughout the workout.  It’s a never ending drumbeat of calling for players, units and drills to be faster and quicker.  If the pace was slowed by Haley and his staff, as he said, then the returning veteran players are in for quite a shock when it comes to OTA’s that begin on May 18th.

14 Responses to “Rookie Mini-Camp Update Sunday A.M.”

  • May 10, 2009  - anonymous says:

    Damn! He didn’t say who picked off the pass. Bates, Maybe?

  • May 10, 2009  - findthedr says:

    Tyson Jackson wasnt able to get by Colin Brown in 1 on 1′s yesterday. If he cant do it against a 5th rnd rookie, he is going to struggle against grizzled vets.

  • May 10, 2009  - anonymous says:

    Or maybe Brown Brown is better than anyone knows.

    Little early to be worrying about that.

  • May 10, 2009  - tm1946 says:

    To early to worry. I am more concerned we will junk earlier draft picks. Get the kids in and let them develope but mix in the 2-5 years guys.

  • May 10, 2009  - Blake says:


    Tyson Jackson’s job is to hold up blockers he isnt going to come in here and be a sackmaster, so dont worry about him not being able to get by Colin Brown.

  • May 10, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Or, perhaps Colin’s (conservatively) 6’7 335 lbs. was the where the why for…


  • May 10, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Or the why the where for. Or is it…

  • May 10, 2009  - alex k says:

    Please, Mcbride lit it up preseason, including against the vikes and Mckinnie…he was quoted bragging on hard knocks his rookie season…

    so far hes put zero pressure on the QB…regardless, Jackson and Magee are both the type of players Id want on my team, and we will see how they pan out, so far I love their attitudes, and work ethic…Magee has really impressed off the field thus far.

  • May 10, 2009  - head cheif says:

    rin tin tin
    what the hell r u talking about was that a riddle or what

  • May 10, 2009  - colby says:

    – Kelley Washington: Veteran Free-Agent WR Flashing the Most –
    Sun May 10, 2009 –from
    “ESPN reports for the second day in a row, WR Kelley Washington is still flashing the most ability of the three veteran tryout players trying out at Baltimore Ravens mini-camp this weekend. Washington, who played for the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots, made at least three notable catches Saturday in team drills against Baltimore’s defense. So far, he may have the inside track over tryout WR Jerry Porter and WR Tab Perry.”

    At the start of free agency, I figured Washington would be an ex-Pat that the Chiefs would bring in. After getting buried on the depth chart after signing with New England, Washington seemed to reinvent himself and became a very good special teams gunner. He’s got great size and is an above average athlete. We still seem to desperately need a WR to help ease the loss of Tony’s production. I’m wondering why we aren’t having more veteran WRs in for a look.

    Also, the Rams cut Pisa Tinoisimoa the other day. Perhaps he’s a LB we’ll look to bring in?

  • May 10, 2009  - Dave says:

    Bob, both Pro Football Weekly and the National Football post have made recent references to some of the Chiefs’ draft picks having “character” or “off-field” concerns.

    We’ve all heard that Donald Washington got suspended for a pair of games at OSU, but beyond that, nothing notable comes up regarding any of the Chiefs’ other picks. I believe PFW singled out Magee, but I’ve found nothing to support any notion that he may be a character risk.

    Can you elaborate any further on this topic? Which players are they referring to, or are they mistaken?

  • May 10, 2009  - jstiff says:

    oh come on.. they arent even in pads you cant be saying thats sad that tyson couldnt get by someone when they are dicking around pretty much in pads if you played football you would understand

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