Watching A Lockout Practice

There were 45 men on the field Thursday morning when the Chiefs held the last of three practices that amounted to a players’ created mini-camp in this lockout summer.

It all went down at Bishop Miege High School in Roeland Park, the home of the Stags and their head football coach, former Chiefs center Tim Grunhard.

The players worked for 90 minutes and showed good timing as they were off the field just as it began to show lightning and the rain started. Just like the real workouts, the media was around to ask questions afterwards.

The players were in shorts and t-shirts and obviously there was extremely limited physical contact, with no tackling or anything close to that. As ILB Derrick Johnson said, it was a more mental practice than physical.

Here are some of the highlights:  

  • C Casey Wiegmann was on the field taking part in the work. He was unavailable afterwards, but it’s a pretty good indication that he plans to return for a 16th NFL season.
  • Among the players in the starting lineup from last year, 7 of the 22 were missing – LT Branden Albert, LG Brian Waters, RT Barry Richardson, NT Ron Edwards, OLB Mike Vrabel, OLB Tamba Hali and CB Brandon Carr. Of those seven, only Albert and Waters currently have contracts with the Chiefs; the others are free agents of various designations.
  • Other notable names not taking part – WR Chris Chambers, QB Brodie Croyle and LB Demorrio Williams. Croyle is a free agent.
  • Taking part in the work despite the fact they are currently without a contract with the Chiefs – or any other team for that matter – were TE Brad Cottam, FB Mike Cox, DE Wallace Gilberry, S Reshard Langford, LB Corey Mays, S Jon McGraw, C Rudy Niswanger, OT Ryan O’Callaghan, TE Leonard Pope, DL Shaun Smith and Wiegmann.
  • Whether done for the mini-camp or it’s a permanent move, but one-time WR Quentin Lawrence was working as a CB. There were enough bodies to go around, so it wasn’t like he was filling in for a shortage.
  • Among the team’s nine draft choices, five were on the field – WR Jonathan Baldwin (1st round), OL Rodney Hudson (2), LB Justin Houston (3), CB Jalil Brown (4) and QB Ricky Stanzi (5).

Right now, the Chiefs have 70 players listed on their various rosters from the end of last season, along with nine draft choices for a total of 79. That number is actually 78 since LB Mark Simoneau retired and got an injury settlement last fall, although the club still lists him on their roster.

Of that 78, there are 33 players without contracts, leaving 45 on the signed roster. So in some fashion the players can claim 100 percent participation.

But at 78 players, they had 58 percent of the roster on the field. Among the 22 starters, they had 68 percent of the opening lineup.

The camp was set up with QB Matt Cassel leading the way, with help from McGraw, Niswanger and ILB Derrick Johnson.

5 Responses to “Watching A Lockout Practice”

  • June 16, 2011  - Mike in MO says:

    The “practice” may not have amounted to much, but it was just great seeing the guys on the football field again.

  • June 16, 2011  - Mike says:

    I think this is a pretty awesome display by these Chiefs. I am very happy guys like Shaun Smith, Gilberry, McGraw and the like are there working out with the guys that have contracts. I think that says a lot about their desire to remain with the team. Go CHIEFS!!

    Man, this lockout/labor dispute crap can’t end soon enough..

  • June 17, 2011  - RINTINTINWHEREAREYOU says:

    Bobby G with the best coverage, again. Can’t wait till camps start up and we get the bob gretz practice reports.

  • June 17, 2011  - Justin says:


    I gotta say I have missed this type of report. Nice job. Let’s hope they get their act together and we get these the rest of the summer

  • June 17, 2011  - Jeff says:

    No word on any of the special team players? I’d like to think that Succop and Colquitt are getting better in the off season too. And Javier and Dex could definitely use the kick/punt return work.

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