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C-Mac
08-10-2005, 08:06 AM
RIVER FALLS WRAP: Day 13
Aug 09, 2005, 2:15:43 PM


By Brad Kuhbander


News and Notes:
- After a regular AM practice session on Tuesday, practice will be taking a different approach on Tuesday afternoon. The Chiefs will use their next four practice sessions to replicate a regular season week of preparation for a Sunday opponent. Kansas City plays its first preseason game this Friday at Minnesota.

- P Dustin Colquitt spent a lot of time around the Pittsburgh Steelers during his dad’s punting career for them. On Monday afternoon the younger Colquitt was reunited with Hall of Fame QB Terry Bradshaw, who led the Steelers to four Super Bowl victories. Colquitt’s father, Craig and Bradshaw played eight seasons together for Pittsburgh, including the team’s Super Bowl XIII and XIV titles. Bradshaw was in town to tape “10 yards with Terry” segments for FOX’s NFL Sunday pregame show. Before boarding a private plane to attend Vikings camp in Mankato, MN, Bradshaw spoke with the elder Colquitt via phone.

- Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Kay Barnes visited camp on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. She made the trek to River Falls with her son to watch the Chiefs practice before heading home.

Play Of The Day:
LB Derrick Johnson continues to show flashes of why he was drafted in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. On Tuesday morning, he dashed in front of a pass thrown by QB James Kilian. The defense was in a cover two zone and Johnson was nearly 20 Yards downfield when he picked off the pass.

“When you can move like he can move there are no limitations to what he can do,” head coach Dick Vermeil said. “He can catch up to the football as it travels. I don’t know if he can run faster than the football’s flying but he can get there. That’s why he was the number one pick and why I can say he’s got tremendous athletic talent and skill.

Position Analysis: Cornerbacks
The “island” is a tough place to play in the NFL and the Chiefs made a key acquisition to solidify the cornerback position in 2005. Kansas City acquired the services of two-time Pro Bowler Patrick Surtain from Miami on draft day.

Surtain owns 108 games (82 starts) of NFL experience and he has become one of the best in the league at creating interceptions. Since becoming a full-time starter in 2000, the Southern Mississippi product has intercepted 25 passes, a total topped only by safeties Darren Sharper (31) and Tony Parrish (26) during that time period. He has returned two of his 29 pickoffs for touchdowns and has added 398 tackles (314 solo).

On the other side of the defense, CB Eric Warfield has started 63 of the past 64 games for the Chiefs, producing four INTs each of the past four seasons. CB Dexter McCleon is currently working with the first unit defense at the cornerback position opposite Surtain in anticipation of Warfield missing the season’s first four regular season games.

The Chiefs added veteran CBs Ashley Ambrose and Dewayne Washington as free agents this off-season. Between the two veterans they own over 367 games of NFL experience and will provide leadership. They are battling with second-year pro CB Benny Sapp to serve as the club’s third cornerback. Rookies CB Alphonoso Hodge (D5b-05) and CB Justin Perkins provide depth.

Training Campfire Stories: Today’s 15th anniversary story from River Falls takes a look back at the era of QB Joe Montana and RB Marcus Allen. The two Hall of Famers brought incredible crowds to the small NCAA Division III campus. The duo was often forced to call an audible when they traveled about between facilities.

At training camp the players have four options on their mode transportation. They can walk, ride a bike, drive their vehicles or ride the shuttle back and forth to practice. Allen and Montana had to take a different route to meetings and practice virtually every day. It is even rumored that they occasionally took a detour through the woods and to reach the back entrance to the locker room without being detected.

C-Mac
08-10-2005, 12:26 PM
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