Tuesday P.M. Practice Report

From the Truman Sports Complex

Was Tuesday afternoon’s Chiefs practice a moment when the status of DE Tyson Jackson changed?

It sure seemed that way as the Chiefs went through a two-hour workout at their facility, the second practice of the day for Todd Haley’s team.

In all previous practices, Jackson ran with the first-team defense. That was not the case Tuesday afternoon. There were moments when Jackson was with the first unit, but other times he was replaced by DE Wallace Gilberry.

Where it really became visible was when the Chiefs defense was doing scout team work for the Chiefs offense. That’s not normally a chore that falls to the starters, and it did not for DE Glenn Dorsey, NT Ron Edwards, or Gilberry. But Jackson was out there. In one drill, he stayed out there even though the other guys on the defensive line changed twice.

Remember a single practice is but a snapshot in time and does not qualify as an entire movie. This may have been just some coaching experimentation, or the like.

But when a recent No. 1 draft choice who has been a starter is working with the scout team, something is up. Head coach Todd Haley and the players were unavailable following the P.M. practice but they will speak on Wednesday.

Some other observations from practice:

– RT Ryan O’Callaghan, CB Maurice Leggett and G Darryl Harris were out of the afternoon practice. Leggett has not yet been seen around the Chiefs facility after his neck injury and overnight stay in Tampa last Saturday. O’Callaghan was injured Tuesday morning.

– Tuesday’s practices proved tough on the No. 1 offensive line. RT Ryan O’Callaghan left the morning workout with a lower right leg injury. In the afternoon, LG Brian Waters and LT Branden Albert limped off the field after plays. Both returned to finish out the session.

– In the Tuesday afternoon practice, Haley had his team working on preparing for their opponent on Friday night, the Philadelphia Eagles. While the Chiefs have not prepared a game plan, they have set up some situations they want to see on both offense and defense.

– Maybe it was an attempt by the offense to help their defensive mates pick up a few more takeaways, but it seemed that QB Tyler Palko’s throws landed in the hands of ILB Jovan Belcher more often than his receivers. Belcher caught two and dropped another one.

– Haley went back to his roots early in practice, working with the wide receivers in the position drills. He rifled a series of hard, short passes at them as they ran a box pattern. Then he had them working on downfield blocking.

– RB Kestahn Moore was back taking running plays in the afternoon practice and showed no after effects from the injury that kept him out for several days of practice. Moore had one nice run where he broke into the secondary and put a move on a defensive back.

– With Michael Vick working some Wildcat offensive plays for Philadelphia, the Chiefs had the perfect guy to simulate him in practice – rookie WR/RB Dexter McCluster. Not even Vick is quicker than the much younger McCluster.

– The No. 1 offense went against the No. 1 defense to finish off practice and in three plays QB Matt Cassel was able to complete just one pass, throwing low to WR Chris Chambers, who may have trapped the ball. CB Brandon Flowers broke up a throw to WR Dwayne Bowe and LB Mike Vrabel knocked down a throw.

– The No. 1 kickoff coverage team with K Ryan Succop is – CB Travis Daniels, WR Quinten Lawrence, LB Jovan Belcher, FB Tim Castille, RB Jackie Battle, WR Terrance Copper, LB David Heron, LB Andy Studebaker, CB Javier Arenas and SS Eric Berry.

12 Responses to “Tuesday P.M. Practice Report”

  • August 24, 2010  - Michael says:

    hmmm…I was just saying in Bob’s 1 to 81 column that maybe they should try rotating Jackson. Maybe that’s what they’re going to do. Or, maybe they’re just trying things out, or giving him some incentive? Intersting…I do like the rotation idea, though.

  • August 24, 2010  - Graig says:

    At least we got a good kicker in the ’09 draft.

  • August 24, 2010  - JB says:

    hmmmm. Michel Vick, so I’m thinkin’ the Chiefs should have the Dog Justice defense where the guy that snaps that pr*cks ACL gets a bonus……

  • August 25, 2010  - Edward says:

    Motivation. Haley I thinks feel this guy is not pushing hard enough. He’s trying wake him up. Wouldn’t be a bad move rotating him and Gilberry especially if Gilberry proves effective against the run and pass.

  • August 25, 2010  - KC_Guy says:

    Not motivation. Bad performance. Continued. For what reason ever. Simple as that. Ryan Sims pt.II is looming.

  • August 25, 2010  - Michael says:

    Well, I know we all want Jackson to succeed, so lets just hope the KC coaches can get the guy headed in the right direction. He’s just starting his year 2 in the NFL.

  • August 25, 2010  - Tim says:

    Jackson can’t get off a block to cover two gaps. He can’t disengage to save his soul. His feet are not quick enough either. He may be the profile size for the position, but his motor doesn’t fire on all cylinders – seemingly ever. He was pretty bad in the Tampa game. Of course, its no different than last year. The hand drills with the Tae Kwon Do guy obviously have been of no help that we’ve seen so far. I’d rather trade contracts with Washington for Haynesworth. We may be on the hook for incrementally more money, but at least he can play. I hope Pioli & Company have learned their lesson to look A LOT more carefully at LSU players.

  • August 25, 2010  - JohnNdallas says:

    Every time I watch Jackson play, it looks like he’s auditioning for a shot at “Dancing with the Stars”. Guy gets NO! Zero penetration! Hand slappin out the beat to pattie cake ain’t gonna get it done.

    Sit him Coach!

  • August 25, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    What a disappointment! Even if this ia a move to “motivate” him, that is a problem in itself! You should NEVER have to “motivate” a #3 overrall pick! I say motivation or not, Gilberry deserves the shot and i jut hope they really give him a shot! I have faith in pioli/haley, but that first draft class ain’t lookin any better! They may have hit a homerun on the 2nd one!

  • August 25, 2010  - jim says:

    I’m inclined to believe that Gilberry is just flat out beating Jackson.

    I’m also inclined to feel that the 1st draft class of the Haley/Pioli regime was done on the fly, without their scouting people, etc., in place until just before the draft. Point in case, look at the preceived success the ’10 draft class when all of these parts had been in place for a full year. I’m not an apologist for anyone, but their first year was put together piece meal, out of necessity and timing.

    Just sayin——

  • August 25, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    jim- i would agree with that.

  • August 25, 2010  - Tim says:

    Jim – I would agree with that too. Pioli may have come to KC with info he had on the draft up to that point, but that’s it. There were still a lot of gaps that clearly weren’t filled in for whatever reason.

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