ST. JOSEPH, MO – The next time the Chiefs take the field, it will be at Arrowhead Stadium.
Training camp breaks from Missouri Western State University for 72 hours as the Chiefs head some 60 miles south on I-29 to ready for preseason’s opening kick. Head Coach Todd Haley will take his team through a walkthrough inside Arrowhead Stadium Thursday before kicking off against Tampa Bay at 7:00 PM Friday night.
In preparation for Friday’s game, Haley put the Chiefs through a full-padded practice that featured the first live takedown period of camp. The session consisted of two offensive series with some of the Chiefs younger players.
“It really felt great, it was the first time hitting in a while,” rookie LB
Over 7,000 fans turned out to watch the workout under the lights at Spratt Stadium.
The Chiefs first-team offensive and defensive units removed shoulder pads before beginning their competitive 11-v-11 period.
“Yeah, the ones took the pads off today and we weren’t banging that much so maybe we’ll play the whole game,” Cassel joked.
In a more serious tone, Cassel did say that he’s preparing to play in Friday’s opener.
“That’s up to Coach Haley,” Chiefs quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn said after practice. “I can’t imagine we’d risk a lot, but all of that’s up to coach. He’s got a plan and we’ll stick with that plan. You’re going to see all three quarterbacks; I can at least tell you that.”
Haley plans to go over specific details regarding Friday’s play-time structure with his staff on Thursday.
Colbert Makes Chiefs Debut
The Chiefs announced the signing of veteran WR Keary Colbert minutes before practice began. He wore #84 and participated in individual drills as well as one-on-one work against the defensive backs.
For Colbert, it’s been a long road back to the NFL.
The veteran wide receiver was completely out of football last season, serving as a graduate assistant coach under Lane Kiffin at USC. Colbert was a standout for the Trojans in the early 2000s.
Last year’s coaching experience re-ignited the competitive flame and pushed Colbert to make another NFL push this season. He was last with the Detroit Lions during training camp in 2009, but has not appeared in an NFL game since 2008.
A former second-round pick of the Panthers in 2004, Colbert’s finest season came as a rookie when he turned in 47 catches for 754 yards with five TDs. He owns 49 career starts.
Despite the layoff, Colbert was impressive in his Chiefs debut. He caught his first pass as a Chief over Quinten Lawrence for a red zone touchdown in one-on-one drills and followed that up with a nice catch against
Chiefs Add Kickoff Specialist
The Chiefs are going to give a look to a kickoff specialist after all. Along with announcing Colbert’s signing, Kansas City also revealed they’d been awarded K Todd Carter off waivers from St. Louis.
Carter is known for his powerful leg, previously serving as a kickoff specialist for veteran John Kasey in Carolina last season. It will be interesting to see what he can do with new kickoff rules moving the football to the 35-yard line. With Kansas City’s 90-man roster not yet full, it’s worth a look.
“We’re kind of feeling our way through that,” Haley said of the Chiefs approach to new kickoff rules. “We don’t want to make any decisions until we get through a couple of these games and really see what they look like.”
Carter was not at practice Wednesday night.
Most noteworthy about Carter is that he played at the same high school (Carman-Ainsworth in Flint, Michigan) and university (Grand Valley State) as Chiefs CB
Live Period Breakdown
We waited nearly two weeks for the first live period of camp and it finally came Wednesday night. The six-play period featured two three-and-outs forced by the defense. Here’s a run-down…
3) Palko sacked again on a double dog blitz, this time by Erick Bakhtiari.
2) Shane Bannon stuffed for a loss by Quinten Lawrence.
3) Stanzi just misses connecting with
- Cassel ended 11-v-11 work on what looked like a TD pass to McCluster. Instant replay from Chiefs photographer Steve Sanders showed McCluster’s right foot landing out of bounds (see picture below).
“Look at the former wide receiver putting his nose in the butter!”
- Voice of the Chiefs Mitch Holthus after CB Quinten Lawrence tackled FB Shane Bannon in the live period.
Photo of the Day
Dexter McCluster just missed the end zone on the final play of practice