From St. Joseph, Missouri
The Chiefs were under the lights in front of a nice crowd Wednesday night at Missouri Western’s Spratt Stadium.
And, it was probably the first practice that resembled the way these sessions went in the past. The players were in shoulder pads for more than half the practice and there was a lot of nice one-on-one competition between the lines and the receivers and defensive backs. It felt more like football.
Here are some observations:
– RB Tervaris Johnson was off the PUP list and practicing with the team. He had been rehabbing the right knee he injured in last year’s camp. TE Tony Moeaki with his own sore right knee remains on the rehab team.
– Working in the practice were recently signed DBs Javes Lewis and Mario Russell, along with WR Chris Manno. The DBs were wearing No. 38 and 41, while Manno wore No. 17.
– QB Matt Cassel struggled in the seven-on-seven drill, as he completed just four of 12 passes in the red zone. Cassel threw some away, and he was also high and wide with a couple other passes. Two balls were dropped. It was pretty ugly until he found TE Cody Slate for a pair of TD passes near the end of the drill.
– RB Thomas Jones showed some fresh legs during the workout, as he accelerated through the hole on several plays and really strung together some nice plays.
– When the WRs and DBs went one-on-one, Dwayne Bowe made Brandon Flowers look like a rookie, beating him inside once and outside the next time they went face-to-face. Bowe also had a very nice catch against Eric Berry.
– WR Jonathan Baldwin had several nice catches, but he also dropped one pass that was right in his hands. Baldwin made a nice catch at the back of the end zone on one play, beating Donald Washington to the spot.
– CB Javier Arenas had a good night, knocking own a couple of passes and grabbing a tipped Cassel pass for an INT.
– In the absence of Moeaki, TE Jake O’Connell had a nice night as he made several tough catches at the back corner of the end zone and getting the official TD call from the real NFL officials who were working the practice.
– It was a rookie’ nightmare β the Chief offense was 1st-and-goal from the 5-yrd line when big tackle avid Mims was flagged for a false start. What came next was a five-minute lecture from the head coach on mental mistakes in the red zone. Mims is likely to have nightmares about the moment Wednesday night.
The Chiefs are back to their regular schedule on Thursday, with a morning walkthrough and then an afternoon practice.