Training Camp Practice Report – 8/10

From St. Joseph, Missouri

It was a balmy Wednesday evening at Spratt Stadium as the Chiefs closed out their second week of training camp here at Missouri Western State University. Todd Haley put his team through a 2¼-hour practice on the artificial turf with a nice crowd in excess of 1,000 folks looking on.

They got quite a show as this one qualified as a real practice. The Chiefs were in pads and there was contact throughout the night, especially between the offensive and defensive lines. The intensity level was higher than in any practice this summer in the Joe.

Some observations and information from practice:

– The pass protection/pass rush segment was the best of camp so far, as the matchups featured the battles everyone wanted to see. LT Branden Albert and OLB Tamba Hali probably had 10 snaps against each other and it was great viewing. Albert actually may have had a slight edge in the face-to-face meeting. He certainly did a good job with Hali’s never stopped motor. Over on the other side, a couple of rookies in Allen Bailey and Justin Houston spent a lot of time battling against Barry Richardson and Ryan O’Callaghan. The edge went to the rookie, as both OTs had trouble dealing with Houston’s speed. Rookie LB Gabe Miller was again impressive and made some of the young tackles look bad.

– But the pass rush of the night belonged to DE Wallace Gilberry. He came flying out of his three-point stance and ran right through rookie OT Butch Lewis. I swear Gilberry went between the 7 and the 9 on the front of Lewis’ jersey and out the back. What power?

–In the 9-on-7 run offense/run defense drill, the No. 1 defense shut down the No. 1 offense, but the No. 2 offense was able to hit a couple of nice runs with Thomas Jones against the No. 2 defense.

– The wide receivers and defensive back continued to produce some interesting battles. Dwayne Bowe and Brandon Flowers went against each other a half-dozen times with some very good hand-to-hand combat. Bowe had four catches, while Flowers knocked down a pair of throws.

– The star for the receivers against the secondary was Steve Breaston. He made a pair of remarkable catches in the end zone, falling to the ground and in the face of very good coverage from Travis Daniels and Javier Arenas.

– Not only did rookie WR Jonathan Baldwin drop a very catchable pass, he tipped the ball in the air and SS Eric Berry had it in his hands for an interception. But Berry dropped it as well.

– Ryan Succop was six of six on his field goals, including a 51-yard FG without blockers or rushers. His other five kicks came with 22 players on the field and they were good from 39 yards and in.

– The punt team worked at length on punting from deep in their end zone. Dustin Colquitt did a good job of getting the ball off despite the pressure.

– Late in practice, Matt Cassel overthrew a wide open Dexter McCluster and the ball was picked off by rookie CB Jalil Brown.

– FB Tervaris Johnson (right knee), DE Glenn Dorsey (left knee), WR Jonathan Baldwin (right hamstring) and TE Tony Moeaki (right knee) were all part of the practice, all getting repetitions at different amounts. The only player not working was FB Mike Cox, who had his left ankle heavily taped.

– Working in the position drill with the wide receivers was the newly signed Kerry Colbert. He was wearing No. 84. Colbert hasn’t played in the NFL since 2008 and his most recent on-field action was in the UFL in 2009.

– Not on the field was K Todd Carter, who the Chiefs claimed on waivers from the St. Louis Rams on Wednesday. Carter has one-game of NFL experience, kicking last year for Carolina.

– In attendance was Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt.

– In the morning walkthrough, the Chiefs went through drills for handling onside kicks.

2 Responses to “Training Camp Practice Report – 8/10”

  • August 11, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Gabe Miller is fun to watch. When he was drafted, no one could find him in the draft books. It’s easy to see why Pioli didn’t want to take the chance that another team would draft him. He’s too good to put on the Practice Squad.

    Wallace Gilberry is practicing with the intensity of Hali and getting similar results.

    Houston and Sheffield look good, too. Haley said Scott Pioli was the best at finding and drafting linebackers. That appears to be a fact.

    Allen Bailey is a load. He’s going to be a force on passing downs and maybe effective against the run. It appears the Chiefs may have a legitimate pass rush this year. That has been a major weakness (as we all know) and it looks like Pioli may have made progress in that area— if practice means anything.

    Our running backs and receivers are better than I can ever remember and I’m an old guy. We’ll be cutting guys who can play.

    The coaches seem to interact very well.

    If we can stay healthy— and Haley seems to have as good a plan as any on this issue— the Chiefs will compete in every game. It’s a brutal schedule, but we’re getting close to having “the right 53″ to be competitive again.

  • August 11, 2011  - Jimbo says:

    Great reporting from both of you. Thanks

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