Training Camp Practice Report – 7/30

From St. Joseph, Missouri

It was more mental than physical Saturday afternoon for the Chiefs.

Under sunny skies and humid conditions, Todd Haley put his team through a 2½-hour session at Missouri Western State University. The pace was somewhere in between a regular practice and a walkthrough and there was considerable time spent on sorting through plays, fundamentals and situational football. It was certainly a much slower pace than Friday’s first camp practice.

Haley tested his team’s concentration by going into a situation drill where the offense tries to draw the defense offside on fourth down and short. The offense was successful just once, as DE Glenn Dorsey jumped the line of scrimmage.

First-round draft choice WR Jonathan Baldwin suffered the first injury of his NFL career. On a quick slant pattern, QB Matt Cassel threw a rocket-like pass that bounced off Baldwin’s hands. He returned to the huddle grabbing at his left hand, as trainers worked on him. They seemed to be concentrating on his left thumb. Baldwin did not go back into practice.

Here are a few observations from an afternoon where there was not a great deal done on the physical side:

– TE Tony Moeaki and RB Tervaris Johnson were both in the rehab area getting their right knees stronger.

– That let 59 players to participate in the work, as the free agents signed were not available. That was true for the two players signed on Saturday: NT Kelly Gregg and WR Zeke Markshausen.

– Rookie free agent Lucas Patterson has switched sides. On Friday he was working with the defensive line – his college position – but on Saturday he was practicing with the offensive line.

– The last 10 minutes of practice was devoted to team work, with the offense trying to come out from deep in their territory. On one of the very first plays, CB Brandon Flowers picked off a pass from Matt Cassel to WR Jerheme Urban and returned it for a score.

– In the same drill, ILB Demorrio Williams had good coverage on TE Charlie Gantt and knocked down a throw that Cassel tried to force in.

– QB Tyler Palko has been taking most of the snaps with the No. 2 offense and he and Gantt hooked up on a nice deep ball with ILB Jovan Belcher covering the tight end. Later, rookie QB Ricky Stanzi connected with WR Verran Tucker on a long completion.

– Young TEs Gantt and Cody Slate, along with rookie FB Shane Bannon were having problems with the mental side of the offense, especially with all the movement, motion and shifts that goes with those two positions.

– Rookie G Chris Harr made it two days in a row for losing his lunch on the practice field. Saturday’s event was not nearly as big or messy as Friday, so progress was made, and you know coaches are all about progress.

6 Responses to “Training Camp Practice Report – 7/30”

  • July 30, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Our character-challenged #3 pick has no excuse not to be at practice. Big red flag?

  • July 31, 2011  - pookie says:

    hey bob what’s the scoop on justin houston? money or a silly agent or does pioli want him to have a clause about any future trouble with the law?

    If it’s a family situation or something serious like that of course that’s personal and no questions excusable.

    maybe i’m making too much out of it.

  • July 31, 2011  - KC_Guy says:

    Harr slimming down to TE??
    If he continues this way he won’t have any weight issues …

  • July 31, 2011  - el cid says:

    I do not believe anyone will EVER hear what the problem is, even if he does not sign or ever play football again. The Chiefs do not talk and in this case, fine by me.

    As for Harr, must be a high character kid. He is to darned small for the OL and to change positions in the NFL is hard, Hali is a fine athlete and did it but Harr??

  • July 31, 2011  - TDKC says:

    ahh progress. The “biggest loser” method might kill this kid.

  • August 4, 2011  - KCchiefsFan says:

    Reports from Chiefs’ first practice Friday noted that Chris Harr hurled. Don’t read too much into it — that happens fairly often. Harr is a 6’6 310lb. offensive lineman. He was a left tackle in College; he is currently playing LG and RG in training camp.
    Bill Muir has been interested in him for quite some time now.

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