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tk13
07-29-2006, 03:22 PM
I haven't seen any of these posted yet, might as well kick off our annual ritual...

http://www.uwrf.edu/chiefs/prev_updates?page=2&Files=07-29-06am.htm

Saturday, July 29, 2006, Morning
K.C. Chiefs Training Camp Daily Updates

The Chiefs took the field at 8:45 a.m., opening with special teams drills. The temperature read 78 degrees to open practice, much cooler than the exhausting temperatures yesterday. The humidity was still high at 79 percent, with a dew point of 72 percent. The winds were coming from the ESE at 8 mph., which countered the high humidity a bit.

Offense
The entire offensive core gathered on field three with the brawny offensive linemen using their power to attack the sleds while another group ran routes and patterns. Offensive coordinator Mike Solari's discontent with the hustle of the players could be easily overheard by the crowd when he assertively reminded the players: "Don't walk!"

During 7-on-7 drills, quarterback Trent Green worked primarily with wide receivers Eddie Kennison, Craphonso Thorpe, Jeris McIntyre, Sammie Parker, running backs Larry Johnson and Dee Brown, tight end Kris Wilson and fullback Ronnie Cruz, indicating some of the probable focal points of the offense this year.

Players absent from individual position work included tight ends Tony Gonzalez and Jason Dunn and guard Will Shields. All graced the field, but none practiced. The quarterbacks, punters and kickers worked on footwork and agility, while the wide receivers ran patterns to the left. Center Johnathan Ingram, guard Tyler Lenda, center Rudy Niswanger and guard Steve Franklin all coalesced to work on the sleds, while the rest of the offensive line practicing blocking schemes.

Quarterback coach Terry Shea provided advice for long snapper/tight end Kendall Gammon saying, "Split those defenders 83." Gammon showed off his catching skills today and his versatility at tight end with the absence of Gonzalez and Dunn.

During 11-on-11's quarterback Trent Green took a high percentage of the snaps again. He connected with tight end Robert Docherty and wide receiver Sammie Parker on a number of throws. Running back Larry Johnson was still finding the holes in the defense, proving that he will be the focus of the rushing attack once again this year. Kennison and Parker assumed the two starting wide receiver spots for the greater part of the drill. Following the drills, Green, pleased with the rotation, gave Kennison and Johnson high-fives.

Wide receiver Dante Hall made an impressive run on a reverse at the end of an 11-on-11 drill. Just before that quarterback Trent Green linked up with wide receiver Eddie Kennison on an out pattern.
The level of energy on the field escalated since yesterday, but the productivity of the back-up quarterbacks was not as evident. Quarterback Damon Huard was picked off by cornerback Julian Battle and one of quarterback Casey Printer's throws ended up the arms of safety Greg Wesley. Quarterback Brodie Croyle had a pass blocked by defensive end Clint Mitchell and had trouble finding his receivers.


Defense
The linebacker crew worked on drop back drills in which they backpedaled 10 yards, paused, and then ran forward to catch a ball thrown by linebacker coach Don Blackmon.

The secondary practiced on the tackling dummy where they worked for about 10 minutes. Cornerback Ty Law was absent but is expected to be in camp and practicing tomorrow. Safety William Bartee and corner Alphonso Hodge were away from their secondary unit and were working without pads with strength and conditioning coach Jeff Hurd.

Defensive lineman worded on tackling dummies most of practice. They were also challenged by a unique drill ran by line coach Tim Krumrie. Krumrie slid protective pads over his arms as players took turns coming at him and batting at the sleeves. End Tamba Hali and tackle James Reed showed immense efforts as they grunted their way through the drill. Reed has been a workhorse so far in camp.

In 11-on-11 drills the players seemed grittier than in the first practice. The offense opened with a hand-off to running back Larry Johnson and safety Greg Wesley made the stop. Wesley made his presence known shortly after when he intercepted quarterback Casey Printers' throw. The ball was tipped by cornerback Lenny Walls.

Few mistakes were made throughout the day. Rookie safety Jarrad Page made about the only error when he misjudged quarterback Trent Green's pass and dropped an easy interception.

The pace of practice seemed to be much more upbeat compared to Friday. Practice concluded and everyone left with a good feeling, as players seemed to pick up the energy.


Special Teams
Coffee must have been the drink of choice at breakfast this morning for both the players and coaches. The entire faction, fully caffeinated and energized, stepped up the intensity performing much more solidly than yesterday. Special teams coach Mike Priefer jumpstarted his unit by commanding the players to "get off the block" and "compete a little bit." Formations and drills seemed to be a mirror image of yesterday's warm-up with the addition of three-point stances. Though air was cooler than yesterday, linebacker Boomer Grigsby showed off this midriff during the entire special teams session.


Coach Herm Edwards

Coach Herm Edwards spoke of how he planned to take care of players in the heat, especially when the team practices in full pads in the afternoon. "Guys we put on the sidelines today are the guys that are practicing in the afternoon," said Edwards. "We have to protect the players, especially when they are older. I don't think I have to worry about guys like (guard) Will Shields practicing."

Edwards expected corner Ty Law to be in camp tomorrow.

Guard Brian Waters was mangled in a crowd during 11-on-11's, and the trainers rushed the field. He sprained an ankle. Edwards said the ankle will be looked at and x-rayed at the hospital.

Deberg_1990
07-29-2006, 03:31 PM
, tight end Kris Wilson and fullback Ronnie Cruz, indicating some of the probable focal points of the offense this year.



Yes! The Chiefs are finally going to unleash the Kris Wilson attack this year!!

Count Zarth
07-29-2006, 03:34 PM
Coffee!

milkman
07-29-2006, 03:37 PM
I can't wait to see some posts from posters here who actually have an idea what football looks like.

These people writing for the TC site are useless.

Count Zarth
07-29-2006, 03:39 PM
WPI has some TC reports up. :D

Bowser
07-29-2006, 03:39 PM
Hope Waters' injury isn't serious.

tk13
07-29-2006, 03:48 PM
I can't wait to see some posts from posters here who actually have an idea what football looks like.

These people writing for the TC site are useless.
It's not perfect but I'm glad they do it. Not every team even gets stuff like this. At least you can find out who stood out and such, who the coaches yelled at, blah blah blah.

milkman
07-29-2006, 03:52 PM
It's not perfect but I'm glad they do it. Not every team even gets stuff like this. At least you can find out who stood out and such, who the coaches yelled at, blah blah blah.

The problem is, these people have no clue.

They are the reason for all the Jesse Haynes, Ted White type hype over the years.

beer bacon
07-29-2006, 03:55 PM
The problem is, these people have no clue.

They are the reason for all the Jesse Haynes, Ted White type hype over the years.

They may be a reason, but they aren't the reason.

tk13
07-29-2006, 04:01 PM
The problem is, these people have no clue.

They are the reason for all the Jesse Haynes, Ted White type hype over the years.
Eh... that's part of it, but I also think it's fans watching the 2nd half of preseason games. That's how Scanlon, J.J. Moses, etc, etc became icons...

Mr. Laz
07-29-2006, 04:02 PM
<a href="http://chiefsplanet.com">WPI</a> has some TC reports up. :D
he said people that KNOW football

Bowser
07-29-2006, 04:03 PM
Eh... that's part of it, but I also think it's fans watching the 2nd half of preseason games. That's how Scanlon, J.J. Moses, etc, etc became icons...

So do we have to kneel and kiss the ring when we meet said individuals?

Count Zarth
07-29-2006, 04:03 PM
Our beat writers know the game. Especially Mike Campbell.

booger
07-29-2006, 04:05 PM
Those blogs aren't free though, are they?

Mr. Laz
07-29-2006, 04:07 PM
Our beat writers know the game. Especially Mike Campbell.
:whackit:

milkman
07-29-2006, 04:11 PM
They may be a reason, but they aren't the reason.

I embellished to make a point.

The point being that these people wouldn't know a standout player if they were tackled, run over, or hit in the face by a thrown football by one.

Basileus777
07-29-2006, 04:20 PM
Gammon showed off his catching skills today and his versatility at tight end with the absence of Gonzalez and Dunn.

I'm speechless. :rolleyes:

Deberg_1990
07-29-2006, 04:27 PM
Eh... that's part of it, but I also think it's fans watching the 2nd half of preseason games. That's how Scanlon, J.J. Moses, etc, etc became icons...

Ive said it before many times....Preseason for most established teams like this team mean absolutely nothing. There are maybe only 2 positions on this team thst are undecided. I wish there were only 2 pre-season games but i guess thats the NFL for you. Its all about the $$$. For the life of me i cant understand why the fans and media overhype this pre-season crap? I guess its just a case of everyone being football starved for 6 months.

Zebedee DuBois
07-29-2006, 04:31 PM
ehh.....I kind of enjoy reading these reports from the non-football immersed. It adds a freshness to the reading. I certainly won't take their reports as gospel, but then again, how can anyone take what they see in a drill and translate it into some tangible fact for the actual season.

I would buy each of the RF writers a :BLVD: and maybe two for the cute ones.

milkman
07-29-2006, 04:44 PM
Ive said it before many times....Preseason for most established teams like this team mean absolutely nothing. There are maybe only 2 positions on this team thst are undecided. I wish there were only 2 pre-season games but i guess thats the NFL for you. Its all about the $$$. For the life of me i cant understand why the fans and media overhype this pre-season crap? I guess its just a case of everyone being football starved for 6 months.

Two OT positions, two DT positions, Hali v. Hicks, and Pollard v. Knight and/or Wesley.

That's six posiions that are undecided.

Then there's B/U RB, Walls v. Sapp at nickel, the 3rd/4th WR, and Cruz establishing himself at FB.

This team isn't settled at all.

There's a lot to be decided in TC and preseason.

booger
07-29-2006, 04:52 PM
Two OT positions, two DT positions, Hali v. Hicks, and Pollard v. Knight and/or Wesley.

That's six posiions that are undecided.

Then there's B/U RB, Walls v. Sapp at nickel, the 3rd/4th WR, and Cruz establishing himself at FB.

This team isn't settled at all.

There's a lot to be decided in TC and preseason.

Yep. And there's alot more than that IMO. Even with Roaf retiring I think we have some interesting battles at OL as far as backups.

Cro and Webb are mentioned as the 4th WR behind EK, Parker, and Hall. Seeing the offseason Q/A's with Green though, he mentioned Jeris McIntyre more than the other 2. Plus the fact I hope they carry 5 instead of 4.

I could see either Hicks and or Browning getting cut with the competition along the DLine.

Overall i think we have a good group of competition from rookie fa's and draft picks to vets that only got 1 yr contracts. From top to bottom i think this is the best group of talent and potential we've had in a while.

Deberg_1990
07-29-2006, 05:06 PM
Two OT positions, two DT positions, Hali v. Hicks, and Pollard v. Knight and/or Wesley.

That's six posiions that are undecided.

Then there's B/U RB, Walls v. Sapp at nickel, the 3rd/4th WR, and Cruz establishing himself at FB.

This team isn't settled at all.

There's a lot to be decided in TC and preseason.

Oh come on. Ill give you the two OT positions, but the rest are probably wrapped up for the most part whether the staff admits it or not. Id be willing to bet we will see Sapp at nickel, Cruz at FB, Hicks and Sims along the D Line and Wesley and Knight again. At least to start the season.

Count Zarth
07-29-2006, 05:08 PM
Lenny Walls is your nickel corner.

HemiEd
07-29-2006, 06:02 PM
Great read, I know it was not flawless but it kind of gets this old man jacked that they are actually getting the season on the way for real.

Chiefnj
07-29-2006, 06:44 PM
Undecided positions for starters is LT, RT, LDT, RDT, LDE.

Then there are some important backup positions up for grab - nickle back, QB, 4th WR.

crispystl420
07-29-2006, 07:04 PM
Lenny Walls is your nickel corner.

Gun loves Sapp.