Training Camp Report – August 4

From St. Joseph, Missouri

Kicker Ryan Succop has been getting some extra attention in training camp so far from assistant special teams coach Kevin O’Dea.

Succop was on the cusp of a career season when he suddenly had trouble in the last few games of the season. He made 25 of 28 field goals or 89.3 percent. He finished up making just 3 of his last 6 FG attempts, missing from 27, 33 and 43 yards.

Thus, he finished with 28 of 34 field goals or 82.4 percent.

“It’s a mental thing with him,” said special teams coordinator Dave Toub. “It’s definitely not physical. He is doing a lot better. Kevin is working really closely with Ryan and I believe he’s (O’Dea) the best in the league.

“I really think they’re making strides and going in the right direction mentally. He had a great day today. We put him in tough situations yesterday as well and I think he kicked 5 field goals and three of them were 48 yards or more. He’s moving in the right direction.

“He’s getting to that point where he’s building that confidence.”

More observations from Sunday’s practice at Missouri Western State University:

– Although he’s struggled at times with his completion percentage, No. 2 QB Chase Daniel does a great job of ball handling, something that a lot of quarterbacks have forgotten how to do. He’s very good at fakes, play actions and misdirection plays designed to get the defense flowing one way, while the ball goes the other.

– The interior offensive linemen worked against the inside linebackers in a blocking drill. Among the linemen Jeff Allen and newly signed Rokevious Watkins were the most productive players. Allen battled both Akeem Jordan and Nico Johnson and controlled each man in the run game. Watkins did a nice job handling smaller linebackers Chad Kilgore (230 pounds) and Darin Drakeford (240 pounds). Defensively, Derrick Johnson was very good in dealing with blockers, especially RG Jon Asamoah and rookie A.J. Hawkins.

– Nico Johnson is getting more snaps with the No. 1 defense next to Derrick Johnson, as the battle with Akeem Jordan is heating up. Johnson is showing up more and more with penetration on run defense and either making the tackle or pushing the runner to go wider than he wanted.

– Working in some short yardage and goal line situations, the offense struggled at times to gain any momentum. QB Alex Smith connected with WR Dexter McCluster for a short TD throw and he then hit TE Anthony Fasano in the back of the end zone for a score. Daniel also made a nice fake and lofted a ball to RB Knile Davis in the end zone.

– Here’s the No. 1 FG/PAT team for the Chiefs with Succop kicking, P Dustin Colquitt holding and Thomas Gafford snapping. From left to right the blockers are TE Tony Moeaki, C Rodney Hudson, LT Branden Albert, G Matt Reynolds, Gafford, RG Jon Asamoah, RT Eric Fisher, LG Jeff Allen and Fasano.

– In the 7-on-7 passing drill CB Sean Smith picked off a short throw from Smith intended for WR Donnie Avery. Later, S Tysyn Hartman intercepted a Daniel throw. Moeaki made a nice catch, digging out a low throw by Smith. QB Ricky Stanzi made a nice throw deep to WR Josh Bellamy, while Davis dropped a very catchable ball thrown by Smith.

– On the 1-on-1 pass protection/pass rush front, Fisher was a bit more competitive on the right side, but he still had major problems with OLB Tamba Hali. DE Austen Lane is one of the most violent pass rushers on the field, as his quickness and angular frame have him firing off the snap and getting inside blockers before they can adjust to his body.

– OLB Justin Houston went down in a team period when he was sandwiched between two offensive linemen. Houston struggled to get up and Andy Reid stopped the action for a moment and talked with his offensive line as Houston caught his breath. He walked off the field without assistance at the end of practice.

– Rookie C Eric Kush had another bad snap in team work, firing a shotgun exchange with Daniel far to his right and nearly over his head. Daniel had to jump to knock the ball down.

– This was the No. 1 sub-defense on Sunday: DE Allen Bailey and NT Dontari Poe, LBs Houston, Hali and Derrick Johnson and defensive backs CB Brandon Flowers, S Eric Berry, S Kendrick Lewis, S Quintin Demps, CB Dunta Robinson and CB Sean Smith

– The No. 2 sub-defense lined up this way: DL Austen Lane and Marcus Dixon, linebackers Frank Zombo, Nico Johnson and Edgar Jones and defensive backs CB Jalil Brown, CB Vince Agnew, S Tysyn Hartman, Demps, S Bradley McDougald and CB Neiko Thorpe.

2 Responses to “Training Camp Report – August 4”

  • August 5, 2013  - KC_Guy says:

    What happened to Catapano? No mention of him after some obviously pretty impressive first days in camp.

  • August 5, 2013  - Niblick says:

    This DL Austen Lane has been a pleasant surprise. He seems to be putting pressure on the QBs frequently. It looks like he has a good chance to make the team as a backup DL. We’ll see how it he looks in game action.

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