A good portion of Thursday’s Chiefs practice involved red-zone work in 11-on-11 drills, but for the first time since the pads have come on they didn’t tackle to the ground.
Reid spoke after practice about the red zone offense and defense.
“I thought there were some good things on both sides,” Reid said. “They kind of traded back and forth. We did all 1-vs-1, 2-vs-2 [and] 3-vs-3 work, so I thought overall there were some good things. There are some things we need to work on both sides.”
The offensive line continues to see several different faces rotate through in different groups. Rookie
“Zach’s a tough kid,” Reid said. “Again, he’s young. He’s learning. But he sure is ahead of what you think a rookie would be ahead of.”
In regards to the offensive line as a whole, Reid said that nothing is settled and that there’s competition everywhere.
“They’re working through it,” Reid said. “We’re rotating guys in [and] giving everybody opportunities at different spot, and then we’ll come out with the five best guys and we’re rolling.”
“I’m very impressed with number 71 on our team (G Jeff Allen),” Hali said. “He’s able to play guard and he’s able to play tackle and I’m going against him and he’s stoned me a couple times. I’m very impressed with him.”
Talking with the media after practice, fullback
“This year we’re a lot further along,” Sherman said. “It wasn’t starting from square one during OTAs. We started from the basics, but then we could move a lot quicker, understanding our schemes and understanding what they want of us.
“And camp so far is definitely a little easier just because you’re not in the playbook going ‘What is going on?’ every single day. You’re taking steps forward in a quicker pace now than we were last year.”
Asked if he takes pride in blocking for Charles, Sherman was quick to answer.
“Oh, absolutely,” Sherman said. “I mean he’s one of the greatest running backs in the game right now and I think it’s just an awesome experience to be with him and watch him work on a day-to-day basis. He’s got one of the greatest work ethics around.”
The Chiefs return to practice Friday morning.
Sanders Commingsis having surgery Thursday (broken ankle)
- DBs David and
DeMarcus Van Dyke, WR Junior Hemingway, WR Mark Harrisonand RB Joe McKnightdid not practice and were working off to the side with a trainer
Eric Berryhad a sore ankle, “not an achilles tear or any of that,” per Andy Reid.
- WR AJ Jenkins had a slight hamstring
Marcus Cooperhad a slight hamstring
Mike Catapanowas out again today (sick with flu)