Training Camp Practice Report – 8/17

From St. Joseph, Missouri

Under partly sunny skies and humid conditions, the Chiefs went through their final practice of training camp at Missouri Western State University on Wednesday afternoon.

It was another high intensity practice, although it did not reach the same intensity level of practices from Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. It was also a day when injuries at offensive tackle may have undrafted rookie free agent Butch Lewis in the starting lineup on Friday against Baltimore.

More on that subject coming up.

At the end of practice, the offense worked against the defense and it was live, full-contact football.

On the first play RB Jamaal Charles went at left guard and was snowed under by the first team defense. QB Matt Cassel stood there, sticking his arms out and if to say “WTF.” Apparently coordinator Bill Muir and QB coach Jim Zorn said something as well, because before the next snap, Haley blew his whistle to stop the play. While specifically looking at his offensive coaches, he reminded the whole team that he called for a live, full tackle session.

So that’s how things came to a conclusion for the Chiefs 2011 stay at Missouri Western State University. In a training camp that had very little hitting, the last segment had enough hitting that it ticked off some of the offensive guys.

But then they weren’t very happy as it was another defense that was dominated by the defense. The No. 1 unit was flying around and making plays, led by inside linebacker Derrick Johnson who had another impressive practice.

Now, the story at offensive tackle was not good on Wednesday. Not practicing on Wednesday were Jared Gaither and Ryan O’Callaghan. No official word on Gaither, but it appears to be a right knee problem. O’Callaghan’s problem is not known. Late in the team work portion of practice, RT Barry Richardson hobbled off the field with what appeared to be cramps. He did not return and was later taken to the locker room in the back of a cart, still apparently cramping.

That leaves the next man in line at right tackle as Lewis, undrafted out of Southern Cal, who has shown some moments of ability, but far more moments when he’s been overwhelmed. It will be interesting to see how fast Richardson and O’Callaghan can heal their problems. It’s a good bet all three Chiefs quarterbacks will be watching intently.

WR Jonathan Baldwin was not on the field for the morning walkthrough or afternoon practice. As usual, the Chiefs provided no information on his absence, but he was with the team and practice Tuesday afternoon. Early in camp he did battle a pulled hamstring.

Veteran players were able to leave campus after dinner, while the rookies will stay in the dorms on Wednesday night, before heading to KCI on Thursday for the charter flight to BWI.

Here are some observations and information from Wednesday’s morning and afternoon sessions:

– Along with Baldwin, other players not on the field Wednesday were: G Darryl Harris (right knee), NT Anthony Toribio (left knee) and OLB Eric Bakhtiari (head trauma).

– Another almost-fight broke out between WR Terrance Copper and CB Travis Daniels, and it appeared that Copper threw at least one punch. They were quickly separated. No question it’s time to break camp as patience levels continue to drop.

– Because of the game being 48 hours away and the Chiefs won’t practice on Thursday, there was a lot of time devoted to special teams on Wednesday afternoon. K Ryan Succop was 2 for 2 on his FG attempts, while Todd Carter missed both of his wide right.

– However, later in a kickoff drill Carter hit the left upright on his kickoff – a kick that was still at least 10-feet in the air after going 75 yards. Now that’s a leg.

– While Carter was a bit wild with his kickoffs, Succop did a nice job directionally kicking and trying to get hang time kicks, rather than touch backs.

– Here’s how the No. 1 sub-defense lined up on Wednesday: Allen Bailey and Wallace Gilberry along the DL, with Cameron Sheffield, Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali as linebackers. In the secondary were Brandon Flowers, Brandon Cobb, Javier Arenas, Travis Daniels, Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis. Later at LB, Justin Houston worked in for Sheffield, Justin Cole for Johnson and Andy Studebaker for Hali.

– Here’s the No.1 punt return team, with Javier Arenas was back for returns. Also on the field with him were Brandon Carr, Reshard Langford, Jake O’Connell, Jackie Battle, Eric Berry, Andy Studebaker, Cory Greenwood, Cameron Sheffield, Demorrio Williams and Jalil Brown.

– The No. 1 kickoff team with Ryan Succop was Eric Berry, Cory Greenwood, Andy Studebaker, Demorrio Williams, Jackie Battle, Reshard Langford, Terrance Copper, Cameron Sheffield, Quinten Lawrence and Ricky Price.

– QB Tyler Palko got through is first practice of the week without throwing an interception. The only pick was thrown by Cassel, as FS Kendrick Lewis jumped an out pattern throw to WR Dwayne Bowe and went pick six.

– Palko and WR Steve Breaston connected on a nice bomb down the left sideline. The veteran Breaston was able to push off and get separation from defensive back Demon Washington by giving him a nudge across his lower back. It was a very subtle veteran-type move.

– Cassel and WR Jerheme Urban connected on a long post pattern, beating CB Brandon Carr, who had good coverage.

– Rookie QB Ricky Stanzi got in a nice throw as well, hitting WR Keary Colbert on a crossing pattern over the middle that required a great pass route and then a very accurate throw.

– Rookie OLB Justin Houston did a good job of staying at home on his edge when the offense ran an end-around with WR Terrance Copper. Houston bottled it up for no gain.

– On the next to last play of practice, Houston ran a twist game with the defensive end and came clean up the middle for a sack on Palko.

4 Responses to “Training Camp Practice Report – 8/17”

  • August 17, 2011  - aPauled says:

    Sounds like the D is getting cranked up and will be ready to play Friday. Love the attitude.

  • August 17, 2011  - Josh says:

    Do we have enough of an O-Line to even show up on Friday? Last week was pitiable. I know these games don’t count, but they ought to mean something for the kids trying to make the cut. Bob, at what point should the veteran leadership convey a semblance of urgency to the rookies and undrafted free agents in the preseason?

  • August 18, 2011  - ChuckP says:

    When you start reading about all the injuries already and they’ve only played one game it makes you wonder how they are ever going to get thru 19 more games.

  • August 18, 2011  - Gobo says:

    “Brandon Cobb”?

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