Heartland Health Practice Report: Night Practice

Posted Aug 3, 2011

3,300 fans attended Wednesday night's practice at Spratt Stadium

ST. JOSEPH, MO – The Chiefs went under the lights for the first time of training camp Wednesday evening, holding a tour-hour practice in front of 3,300 fans. Todd Haley had his team in shoulder pads and helmets for the first hour before removing the shells for 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work.

Haley has slowly eased the Chiefs into pads through the first week of camp.

“I’m feeling good physically,” RB Thomas Jones said. “I think Todd’s doing a great job, the coaching staff is taking care of us making sure we that we’re getting the work we need to get done, guys are responding really well to the workouts, [and] guys are excited to be here, we’re really happy.”

Practicing under the lights also gave players reprieve from a heat wave that has seen heat indexes top the 100 degree mark multiple times.

“The first time under the lights is pretty good,” RB Jamaal Charles said. “Having the young guys learning a new experience that we’re going to be playing Monday Night Football and it’s a good experience for not just the people who played here last year but it was good for everybody.”

Observations Under The Lights

- The NFL officials were on hand for the first time of training camp. Referee Ed Hochuli (#85) was joined by umpire Richard Hall (#49), back judge Don Carey (#126) and line judge Adrian Hill (#29). Hochuli and Co. will be in St. Joseph through Saturday’s Family Fun Day scrimmage.

- FB Tervaris Johnson practiced for the first time since last year’s night practice at Spratt Stadium. He was carted off the field with a knee injury that night. Johnson began camp on the PUP list alongside Tony Moeaki. Moeaki continues to work on the sidelines with the Chiefs strength and conditioning staff.

- Chiefs veterans ineligible to practice were all on hand, watching the night practice from the sidelines. The CBA is expected to be finalized tomorrow, allowing the league year to begin and veteran free agent signees to practice.

- The Chiefs worked on kickoff coverage for the first time under new NFL rules that place the football on the 35-yard line. The Chiefs took an old-school approach to the kick with defenders lining up in three-point stances across the 30-yard line (kickoffs were placed on the 30-yard line last season with players eligible to line up 10 yards behind the football).

- WR Jonathan Baldwin made a nice adjustment on a strike thrown by Tyler Palko during one-on-one work against the DBs. Baldwin began the go-route looking over his inside shoulder, but adjusted to make the catch over his outside shoulder.

- Later, Baldwin turned in the first TD of the evening on a crossing pattern in the back of the end zone. Matt Cassel hit the rookie in stride.

- Verran Tucker hauled in a TD catch during Red Zone 7-on-7 work that looked very similar to this catch last season against Oakland.

- LB Cory Greenwood showed nice foot speed, manning up with Jamaal Charles out of the backfield and batting down a pass incomplete.

- TE Cody Slate was the only player to record multiple TD receptions in 7-on-7.  He notched two, but dropped a third. Slate was a camp casualty last year, but re-signed with the practice squad late last season.

- CB Javier Arenas recorded the lone turnover of the night, picking off Matt Cassel after Eric Berry deflected the pass backward.

Photo Of The Night


WR Verran Tucker hauls in a TD catch during 7-on-7 drills

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