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.Â 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 ToddÂ Haley. “Today was the best day.Â The conditioning aspect was pretty obvious to me.Â We slowed the pace down, we did things different than we normally will do it, and that’s frustrating as a coach, becauseÂ you want to show them the wayÂ you want a practice.
“But we were very clearÂ 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.Â All but two players will be able to return immediately: draft choice CB Donald Washington and rookie free agent LB Corey Smith.Â Â 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 frontÂ throughout the weekend was the 3-4 and had Tyson Jackson at LDE, Derek Lokey at NT and Alex Magee at RDE.Â Darrell Robertson was the strong side OLB, with Pierre Walters playing the weak side OLB.Â Jovan Belcher and Corey Smith were the inside linebackers.Â
- When the Chiefs went to a nickel defense,Â Lokey came out and was replaced by a cornerback.Â 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 choiceÂ Quentin Lawrence bobbled a throw on a slant pattern and it was picked off.Â 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.
- DraftÂ 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.Â They were very vocal throughout the workout.Â It’s a never ending drumbeat of calling for players, units and drills to be faster and quicker.Â 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.