Training Camp Practice Report – 8/15

From St. Joseph, Missouri

A group of 14 military men and women from Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster joined the Chiefs for their Monday afternoon practice under dark and stormy skies at Missouri Western State University.

They didn’t just watch the session, they became part of it. Head coach Todd Haley brought them onto the field at the beginning of practice and introduced them to the team. Then, a number of them rode the seven-man blocking sled that the offense uses to start their drills every practice. A couple of the others were holding tackling shields and helped form a gauntlet for the offensive skill position players to run through. There were some interesting collisions in that one as smaller players like RB Dexter McCluster and WR Zeke Markshausen took some pretty good shots from the soldiers.

At the end of practice, they joined the Chiefs for their final huddle and then collected autographs and pictures from players and coaches. It’s all part of a USO promotion in association with Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, who was at Missouri Western on Monday. A group of military personnel will be at the St. Louis Rams practice on Tuesday in Earth City with King.

As for the players, it was another active practice for the Chiefs, as they wore pads and kept them on through the entire workout. On Sunday, Haley called for one play of full-contact football in a goal line situation. On Monday, he ended up with three, including a touchdown leap by RB Thomas Jones where it looked like he got 10-feet off the ground going over the right side of the offensive line behind RG Jon Asamoah and RT Barry Richardson.

The other two plays were interesting as well. On the first snap, a 1st-and-goal situation from the 3-yard line, RB Jamaal Charles ran wide right trying to reach the pylon at the goal line. But LB Derrick Johnson showed his speed and ran Charles down and pushed him out of bounds at the 1-yard line. The other play featured the No. 2 offense and defense. QB Tyler Palko scrambled to his left under pass rush pressure from DE Allen Bailey. As Bailey was chasing, FB Shane Bannon pealed back and caught the defensive end with a blind-side block that was perfectly legal and created quite a collision. Palko ended up running out of bounds.

Here are some other notes and observations from Monday afternoon, as the Chiefs practiced on the field at Spratt Stadium because of wet conditions:

– There was a good session in the red zone for the receivers and defensive backs, as they battled inside the short field for position and the football. WR Jerheme Urban ran a great route and beat CB Brandon Flowers to the back corner of the end zone … Urban came back later and beat CB Quinten Lawrence on another nice pattern … SS Eric Berry did a great job in coverage on WR Verran Tucker, not allowing the pass to get past his hands … Rookie WR Jonathan Baldwin and rookie CB Jalil Brown had a couple of nice battles; Brown is big enough that he can push back on Baldwin … WR Steve Breaston beat Flowers on an inside move were he outmuscled him for the ball.

– Baldwin later dropped a pass that hit him right in the chest as he was turning to run before getting his hands on the ball.

- In the red zone and facing a blitz at the three-yard line, QB Tyler Palko tried to dump the ball off across the middle but it was picked off by FS Kendrick Lewis. A bad decision by the quarterback.

– Palko had another pass intercepted, this one by CB Travis Daniels when WR Verran Tucker did not make an adjustment on a pass route and never turned to receive the ball.

– DE Wallace Gilberry continues to be darn near unstoppable for the Chiefs offensive line. He saw some time Monday with the No. 1 defense as Glenn Dorsey continues to recover from his left knee injury. Gilberry just about ran over LT Branden Albert at one point.

– Not participating in Monday afternoon’s practice were NT Anthony Toribio (left knee) and OLB Eric Bakhtiari (head trauma). Both were not seen on the field at any point.

– Add G Darryl Harris and G/T Chris Harr to the injury report, as both players had to be helped off the field in Monday’s practice. Harris appeared to have a right knee injury, something he has battled throughout college and pro seasons. He did not return to the session. Harr’s injury was not immediately apparent, but he was doubled over in pain after coming off a running play.

– TE Leonard Pope made a juggling catch down the middle of the field, as the ball bounced off his hands twice before he was able to pull it in.

– Here’s the No. 1 kick return team – the front line has Donald Washington, Cameron Sheffield, Cory Greenwood, Demorrio Williams and Reshard Langford. In the second row wedge are Jackie Battle, Andy Studebaker, Darry Harris and Jake O’Connell. Back to receive kickoffs were Javier Arenas, Dexter McCluster, Terrance Copper, Quinten Lawrence, Verran Tucker and Zeke Markshausen.

3 Responses to “Training Camp Practice Report – 8/15”

  • August 16, 2011  - bhive01 says:

    “Baldwin later dropped a pass that hit him right in the chest as he was turning to run before getting his hands on the ball.”

    Come on Baldwin… Make those corners look bad, not yourself.

  • August 16, 2011  - Michael says:

    I think KC needs to pick up a veteran offensive guard because Harris seems to be injury prone. If he can’t shake that, they will need someone. They could slide Butch Lewis over there with Greenwood, Ingersoll and Harr, and see if one of those guys can be ready by September, but I’d rather see a veteran. This is where someone like Niswanger, now with the Lions, was good to have around. I’m sure they could find someone out there to fit, though.

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