Training Camp Report – August 6th

From St. Joseph, Missouri

The Chiefs had their last full practice of the week on Tuesday morning and very little of that time was spent on facing the Saints in the pre-season opener on Friday night in New Orleans.

What they did spend time on during a shortened session in hot and very muggy conditions was working on their own game as they used their sixth consecutive practice in pads to try and improve the offense, defense and kicking game.

“We got into the first game knowing that everybody is going to play,” said offensive coordinator Doug Pederson. “Keep it pretty simple, pretty basic so you can play fast and play loose. It’s about not thinking on the field, just go play. We want to be able to evaluate everybody, not only just the veterans, but the new people and the rookies as well.

“So we keep it vanilla so that everybody can play and play fast.”

The same figures to be true of the defense. They want to show just enough to make sure the offensive and defensive units are able to make process the new schemes that have been installed by Pederson and defensive coordinator Bob Sutton.

“I think the big thing on offense for us is let’s move the ball, let’s go down and get some points – that’s the goal,” said QB Alex Smith.

The Chiefs will go into the game light on the offensive line, especially at tackle where they had just four players for the two positions in practice on Tuesday. Geoff Schwartz was moved to left tackle with the No. 2 offensive line, after he played exclusively at left and right guard throughout the off-season program and training camp. The rest of the second unit of blockers had LG Matt Reynolds, C Eric Kush, RG Rokevious Watkins and RT Steven Baker. Ryan Durand got snaps at LG and rookie A.J. Hawkins stepped in for a few plays at center.

Here are some observations from Tuesday’s practice:

Running backs & wide receivers vs. linebackers & safeties

Good – On the first snap OLB Tamba Hali ran right through rookie RB Knile Davis . . . later, Davis came back and made LB Orie Lemon look bad while running a pass pattern . . . FB Anthony Sherman continued to do a good job picking up blitzing defenders in pass protection.

Not so good – In coverage, Hali could not handle TE Kevin Brock down the middle of the field . . . OLB Justin Houston was inconsistent in his pass coverage opportunities, as TE Travis Kelce beat him down the field, but came back and did a nice job in handling Kelce’s moves.

Wide receivers vs. secondary

Good – CB Brandon Flowers picked off a pass from QB Chase Daniel to WR Dwayne Bowe . . . WR Josh Bellamy made a nice double move to get separation from CB Vince Agnew . . . WR Jon Baldwin and CB Sean Smith traded advantage in a pair of one-on-one segments, as Baldwin went to the ground to catch the throw at a spot where Smith could not get access to the ball. Later, Smith was able to knock down a high throw for Baldwin.

Not so good – WR Jamar Newsome had trouble getting away from CB Kamaal McIlwain and was not a factor in his reps . . . CB Dunta Robinson broke up a throw to WR Donnie Avery, but did it by obviously holding the back of Avery’s jersey . . . WR Dexter McCluster and CB Jalil Brown split two reps, as Brown had trouble in coverage, but recovered to knock the ball down.

One-on-one pass rush/pass protection

Good – LG Jeff Allen had several nice battles, including one where he handled the quickness and power of NT Dontari Poe where he stopped the forward momentum and then forced him to the outside … OLB Tamba Hali was just about unstoppable for Branden Albert and Eric Fisher; the tackles had trouble even getting their hands on the quick and explosive linebacker.

Not so good – RT Eric Fisher was able to handle DE Allen Bailey and then Lane in pass protection, but he was badly beaten by OLBs Justin Houston and Tamba Hali on his other snaps. Hali pass rushing against Fisher often looks like a spider waiting to pounce on the fly that got trapped in its web . . . Bailey is part of the No. 1 sub-defense as a pass rusher, but he was very unimpressive against his teammates as he was handled by Fisher and G Ryan Durand.

Team work/offense vs. defense

Good – Smith came out in the final team work session and completed 4 straight passes to 4 different receivers . . . WR Dwayne Bowe made a nice catch in front of CB Brandon Flowers at the start … the Chiefs defense did a great job several times in blowing up attempted screen passes to the outside, both left and right . . . OLB Frank Zombo had a good day rushing the quarterback with the No. 2 defense, as he was able to get after Chase Daniel . . . QB Ricky Stanzi had a nice throw , as he found WR Frankie Hammond open on a nice throw while he was rolling to the right.

Not so good – There was another bad snap from rookie C Eric Kush and that put Daniel in a bad position . . . QB Tyler Bray had an interception when his pass was tipped and it fell into the hands of CB Greg Castillo.

Special teams

K Ryan Succop continued what has been an up and down camp. On Tuesday he had three chances at a 52-yard field goal, and was able to make just one. Another attempt hit the left upright and a third missed wide left. Succop has been working on kicking a lot of long field goals (45-plus yards) with mixed results.

– The No. 1 punt team lineup on Tuesday with returner Dexter McCluster were gunners Jalil Brown and Neiko Thorpe and across the front (from left to right) were Tysyn Hartman, WR Tyler Shoemaker, ILB Akeem Jordan, OLB Justin Houston, WR Terrance Copper, TE Travis Kelce, RB Shaun Draughn and S Quintin Demps.

One Response to “Training Camp Report – August 6th”

  • August 7, 2013  - jimmydee says:

    Yeah, I don’t expect too much Friday night. Like was stated…pretty simple, straight forward and nothing to get excited about. Lets just see who can handle the simple milk toast variety of play in the first game, AND WHO PLAYS FAST.

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