Training Camp Practice Report – 7-29

From St. Joseph, Missouri

There were 59 players working on the field Friday afternoon as the Chiefs had their first practice of the 2011 training camp at Missouri Western State University. A nice crowd was watching on the two practice fields under cloud cover, but very humid conditions.

It was a time for Todd Haley and his staff revealed some of the changes with the team that have gone down over the last few months, even the last few days. None came as a surprise if you’ve been reading this site closely:

  • The shuffling of the offensive line began with last year’s RG Ryan Lilja, moving into the LG spot that was the home of Brian Waters for a decade. Jumping into the RG spot with the first unit was Jon Asamoah. With free agents missing at center and right tackle, working with the first team were Darryl Harris at center and former d-lineman, now RT Bobby Greenwood.
  • Dexter McCluster is now a RB, moving into the backfield from WR where he worked last year. McCluster was a back in his senior season at Mississippi.
  • Quinten Lawrence is now a CB, moving to defense from the offensive side where he’s been a wide receiver for the last two years. He also changed his uniform number, dropping No. 14 and now wearing No. 31. Early in his college career at McNeese State he played in the secondary.

Asamoah was thrilled with his chance to get into the starting lineup, and whether it’s at right guard, left guard or center, he doesn’t plan to leave.

“It’s good to get out there and feel the pressure that’s on your back when you are with the ones,” Asamoah said. “Last year, I knew from day one that I had a lot to learn behind Ryan Lilja and BW (Brian Waters), it feels good now to put some of that knowledge to work.”

McCluster had no problems with returning to the backfield.

“I just want to be in a position to make plays and if that’s at running back, fullback, in the slot, h-back, it doesn’t matter to me,” McCluster said. “No matter where they put me, I plan to contribute. I just take it as it comes.”

Here are some observations from the session:

– The No. 1 defense for this practice featured Tyson Jackson, Toribio and Glenn Dorsey upfront; Andy Studebaker, Jovan Belcher, Derrick Johnson and Pierre Walters at LB; Brandon Flowers and Javier Arenas on the corners and Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis at safety.

– The No. 2 defense lined up this way: Dion Gales and Brandon Bair at end, Jerrell Powe on the nose, Cameron Sheffield and Eric Bakhtiari at outside linebacker, with Demorrio Williams and Justin Cole inside. The cornerbacks were Jalil Brown and Quinten Lawrence, with Donald Washington and Ricky Price at safety.

– The No. 2 offensive line, from left to right: LT David Mims, LG Chris Harr, C Rodney Hudson, RG Mike Ingersoll and RT Butch Lewis.

– With Casey Wiegmann unable to practice until next Thursday, working t center were Harris, Asamoah and Hudson.

– As the only available fullback, rookie Shane Bannon got plenty of work in the Chiefs offense.

– With Tony Moeaki on the PUP list and not practicing and Leonard Pope unsigned, the starting TE was Jake O’Connell.

– When the WRs lined up to catch passes, the line to the left was led by Jerheme Urban, with Jonathan Baldwin, Jeremy Horne and Verran Tucker behind him. On the right side, it was Dwayne Bowe going first, with Chandler Williams and Josue Paul behind him.

– In the kicking game they worked on field goals and here’s the No. 1 FG unit on the first day of camp (from left to right): Studebaker, Lilja, Albert, Hudson, LS Thomas Gafford, Harris, Lewis, Asamoah and O’Connell.

– Working as returners at the end of practice were McCluster, Arenas, Lawrence, Urban, Tucker, Williams and Paul.

– Both rookie NT Jerrell Powe and WR Jeremy Horne had to take punishment runs for jumping offside during the team work portion.

7 Responses to “Training Camp Practice Report – 7-29”

  • July 29, 2011  - Jimbo says:

    Good Stuff Bob,
    Thanks for your efforts.
    Go Chiefs

  • July 29, 2011  - Blake says:

    Who looked like they stayed in good shape out there? Is Albert in good shape? Did anyone stand out?

  • July 30, 2011  - RW says:

    Great, great in-depth reporting from Bob Gretz. Well done. Keep up the superb work.

  • July 30, 2011  - ED says:

    I’m assuming our restricted and unrestricted free agents can’t practice until 08/04. But Bob coule you explain why? That’s a silly rule if you’re under contract shouldn’t you be able to practice?

  • July 30, 2011  - ChuckP says:

    How bad is Moeaki injured???? He is without a doubt a key man on the offensive side of the ball. Iam EXTREMELY impressed with this young man. He will go far if he can stay healthy.

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