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8/9 Camp Recap: Alumni Watch Chiefs Back at Practice

Posted Aug 9, 2014

The Chiefs returned to practice for the first time since their 41-39 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

As former Chiefs greats signed autographs for fans, current Chiefs players were back on the field in full pads working on their technique, something defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said has been the focus since the beginning.

“From the first time we talked to them we said, ‘Camp is all about technique,’” Sutton said. “You need to hone your technique because that’s what’s going to ultimately allow you to be successful out there on those 16 Sundays, Mondays or Thursdays.”

Coach Sutton talked about the versatility needed to play along the defensive line right now, specifically mentioning veteran Vance Walker working in different spots.

“Vance (Walker), we had to move out to big end—he’s played inside,” Sutton said. “And that’s part of this camp too. We got to develop some depth here and some games we don’t take as many D-linemen in the game so somebody has got to be able to play multiple positions.”



“From the first time we talked to them we said, ‘Camp is all about technique,’” Sutton said. “You need to hone your technique because that’s what’s going to ultimately allow you to be successful out there on those 16 Sundays, Mondays or Thursdays.”

Coach Sutton talked about the versatility needed to play along the defensive line right now, specifically mentioning veteran Vance Walker working in different spots.

“Vance (Walker), we had to move out to big end—he’s played inside,” Sutton said. “And that’s part of this camp too. We got to develop some depth here and some games we don’t take as many D-linemen in the game so somebody has got to be able to play multiple positions.”One of the biggest takeaways from the Chiefs win over the Bengals last Thursday was the success on special teams.

Special teams coach Dave Toub spoke with the media after practice about his thoughts on Thursday’s game.

“Really good start,” Toub said. “I was really happy with the way everything played out. The kickers were 100 percent, returners did a good job fielding the ball [and we did] a really good job covering kicks. A couple small little breakdowns but nothing major we can learn from.”

Toub touched on one of the biggest plays from the game in rookie De’Anthony Thomas’ electrifying punt return for a touchdown.

“He went in there and he showed a lot of courage and those are the things we wanted to see,” Toub said. “He showed a lot of courage catching the ball, took a good hit and still held onto the ball, didn’t go down [and] kept his balance. Once he gets into the open field you can see how dangerous he is. It was good to see.”

It wasn’t just the returners that Toub was pleased with after the game.

Josh Martin played a great game—a really good job blocking,” Toub said. “(Daniel) Sorensen did a good job on blocking. Nico Johnson played well—he’s off to a good start. Those are a couple guys that jump at me now.”



Other notes from practice:
• Left tackle Eric Fisher participated in 1-on-1 OL/DL drills for first time of training camp
• Wide Receiver Kyle Williams made a great catch early in practice along the sidelines and kept both feet in bounds
• Rookie kicker Cairo Santos hit a 63-yard field goal before team work

Practice bits:
• Did not practice: DL Kyle Love (ankle), DL Kona Schwenke (shoulder), DL Mike DeVito (hand), WR Donnie Avery (personal), K Ryan Succop (groin)
• Left practice early: WR Albert Wilson (ankle)
• Chiefs waived LB Dezman Moses and signed LB Devan Walker

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