In like a lion out like a lamb.
The Chiefs closed the door on training camp in St. Joseph Thursday afternoon with a helmets-only practice featuring lots of carded plays. The slower paced practice was a stark contrast to the way Kansas City opened training camp back on July 30th.
“It’s only been three weeks?” WR
Kansas City will break camp tomorrow morning, travel to Tampa Bay, and resume workouts at the Chiefs Training Facility on Monday morning. If you missed open practices in St. Joseph, you still have one chance left to catch a Chiefs practice in 2010.
Next Wednesday, August 25th, the Chiefs will hold an open practice at The New Arrowhead to coincide with the grand opening of the Hall of Honor Presented by Time Warner Cable. The event is free to the public and will offer much more than just a practice session on the field.
As for the action at Chiefs camp today, the most newsworthy items came from Todd Haley’s pre-practice press conference in relation to Saturday night’s game in Tampa Bay.
Extended Action for Starters
Few starters lingered past the middle of the second quarter in last Friday’s preseason opener. Some were done well before the first quarter expired. All are expected to get a little more time this Saturday night.
“I would, for the most part, expect a little more (play-time) out of them,” Haley said. “I’m not putting a number on it, but we have to get these guys ready to play.”
A year ago,
We’ll see if playing the entire first-half is the standard on Saturday night. Either way, starters are expected to be on the field for longer periods of time this weekend.
“You have to go out here in the second (game) and put a little more emphasis on things that you didn’t do in the first game,” OLB
Greenwood to Stay; Stull to Play?
One day after the Chiefs had gotten down to just 10 active bodies on the offensive line, DE
“Bobby is officially a meat and potatoes guy,” Haley said. “This is a good, hard working kid that cares and does things the way that we want them done.”
Haley left the door open for Greenwood eventually returning to the defensive side of the football, but he won’t be going back-and-forth in the time being.
“I think that it’s a good thing for me,” Greenwood said after practice. “Whatever it takes for me to get on this team, I’ll take that opportunity.”
As for newly signed QB
“I think that there is a good chance of (Stull) playing,” Haley said.
QB Brodie Croyle
This list has remained consistent over the past few days of training camp. None of the above players
have taken more than a handful of team snaps this week, clouding their chances for play-time on Saturday night.
- Turning in the Play of the Day in a “routes on air” drill doesn’t normally happen, but WR
Lance Longmade today the exception. In a drill with no defenders present, Long ran his route along with other receivers, ends and running backs. Each player is thrown a football, sometimes putting five footballs in the air at the same time. A mix-up occurred and two passes were thrown in Long’s direction, but Long hauled in both of them within a second of one another. Long also had two nice catches during portions of practice where defenders actually covered him.
- After a very active night practice, CB
Brandon Carrshowed up again today with a few nice pass breakups in the end zone.
- Mike Vrabel knows how to compete, even during the slower times of practice. In Red Zone 7-on-7 work, Vrabel was encouraging the first-team defense to try and go through the entire period by keeping the offense out of the end zone. They almost did too, had it not been for a TD pass by Cassel on the final play that the first-teamers ran.
Tyler Palkogot hot in Red Zone 7-on-7, connecting on four of five attempts with four TDs. He rattled off three consecutive TDs to start the period (two to TE Tony Moeakiand one to Long) before being picked off by CB Mike Richardsonin the back of the end zone. Palko came back on his final snap to find Verran Tuckerfor his fourth TD throw of the period.
John Russellnabbed an INT during team period and later got into a small scuffle with T Colin Brown.
- QB Bill Stull and C Lemuel Jean-Pierre had some difficulty with exchanges throughout the practice. The two may pair for some snaps together on Saturday night.