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Camp Report: 8/22/11

Posted Aug 22, 2011

Darren Mickell stays solo, Steve Breaston increasing workload and Tyler Palko delivers circus TD pass

It was fairly evident that Terrell Pryor wouldn’t end up in Kansas City based off Todd Haley’s reaction during his Monday afternoon press conference.

When asked if anything was going on with the draft, Haley first responded, “The Draft?”

The question was then re-phrased, alerting Haley of the NFL’s Supplemental Draft that was going on at the exact same time as his press conference (as if he didn’t already know).

“Oh, yeah, that’s getting a lot of attention isn’t it? I can’t give away any secrets,” Haley said smiling.

And that comment in itself ended any speculation, as small or large as it was in various circles, of former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor being selected by the Chiefs. It was announced that Oakland ended up selecting Pryor in the third-round of the supplemental draft just a few hours later. The Raiders will give up a third-round pick in next year’s draft for Pryor’s rights.

A list of other teams that bid on Pryor was not made available by the NFL.

While Pryor can practice and play in the preseason, he is ineligible to play for the Raiders until Week Six because of an unserved five-game suspension at the NCAA level. Kansas City doesn’t play Oakland until Week Seven.

The last player (and the only player, for that matter) to be selected by the Chiefs via the Supplemental Draft is former Florida DE Darren Mickell. That was in 1992 when the Chiefs used a second-round pick to secure Mickell’s services.

Jared Gaither is the only Supplemental Draft alum currently on the Chiefs roster. The Ravens used a fifth-round pick to select him in 2007. Gaither had been declared academically ineligible at the University of Maryland earlier that summer.

Breaston’s Reps Increasing As Comfort Level Rises

Former Arizona Cardinals WR Steve Breaston highlighted the Chiefs 2011 free agency class. The first (reported) unrestricted free agent signee to agree to terms with Kansas City, Breaston has been eased into preseason action over his first month with the Chiefs.

First, Breaston was held out of the Chiefs preseason opener along with many other veterans who’d had just one week of practice under their belts because of new CBA rules. In last week’s game, Breaston made his preseason but played fewer snaps than many of the other receivers that appeared with the first-team offense.

“He’s coming off a little off-season work and he kind of falls into that group of you miss the whole off-season, some guys miss rehab, some guys miss lifting the way they might have lifted or trained and we’ve got a number of those guys that I think you just take it one day at a time,” Haley said.

Breaston dealt with knee issues throughout 2010.

“We don’t want to move too fast and I think you’ve got to keep a little more individualized plan for guys, even though we’re a pretty young team and I would resist doing that most of the time, but this year’s different,” Haley said. “You’ve got to plan for each guy to try to figure out how you best can be ready to go when the bell sounds.”

Breaston has been on the practice field every day since August 4th – the first day veterans signing new contracts were eligible to practice. Physically, he says he feels fine. It’s the mental side of the game that he’s continuing to work on.

“I feel good and I really feel like I’ve been progressing every week,” Breaston said. “I’m starting to get more and more reps. You don’t want to be on the field and not know anything because you aren’t’ reliable to your team. You’ve got a responsibility to know everything when you step onto the field.

“The coaches are doing a great job of keeping me up to speed and when I get out there, the plays I know I’m out there on the field for and doing a good job with them.”

This preseason, Breaston owns one catch for five yards. His lone reception came on Cassel’s final passing attempt against Baltimore and pushed the Chiefs into field goal range. Ryan Succop would miss the 49-yard attempt.

Practice Observations

Loads of competitive periods filled practice Monday afternoon. There were live periods and scrimmage-like settings. Intensity levels were high from both the players and coaches.

Throughout camp, when practices have been the most spirited, the defense has prevailed. That was the case on Monday as well.

Haley pitted the first-team offense against the first-team defense with a running clock, complete with coaches calling plays and different personnel running on and off the field. In the end, the first-team offense was able to convert just one first down and, in two series of work, Chiefs defenders were able to step-up on fourth down plays to force a turnover on downs.

The first big stop came when Eric Berry was able to push Dwayne Bowe out of bounds just shy of the sticks on a fourth-and-long snap. The second fourth-down defense came when Cassel rocketed a pass through Tony Moeaki’s hands on a short-yardage conversion attempt.

- CB Travis Daniels turned in the defensive play of the day by jumping to tip a deep pass intended for Dwayne Bowe. Daniels was running stride-for-stride with Bowe down the right sideline and, after he tipped the ball into the air, was able to dive forward to haul in the interception.

- One of the better plays of camp came via a scrambling Tyler Palko. After being flushed out of the pocket, Palko escaped pressure only to find more defenders coming his way. He stopped abruptly, jumped into the hair and floated a pass over LB Demorrio Williams to find TE Cody Slate. With defenders out of place, Slate was able to race into the end zone.

- Returning to practice today were T Branden Albert, OLB Tamba Hali and T Jared Gaither. Each left Sunday’s session after beginning the practice in full pads.

- Missing practice today were WR Jonathan Baldwin, OLB Eric Bahktiari, OL Darryl Harris, OLB Gabe Miller, T Ryan O’Callaghan, TE Jake O’Connell and NT Anthony Toribio. O’Connell is the only player of the seven who practiced Sunday.

- CB Brandon Flowers left Monday’s session early. He told reporters after practice that he would be fine.

- The Chiefs will switch up the practice routine Tuesday and Wednesday, practicing in the AM Tuesday and holding an evening practice for the Back to Football Bash Wednesday night inside Arrowhead Stadium.

- Due to fluid practice times, Chiefs LIVE! will air from 2-3 PM Tuesday afternoon.

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