The Chiefs unofficially turned out the lights on their first training camp in St. Joseph Wednesday night. Though one practice still remains at Missouri Western on Thursday afternoon, a special send-off event/night practice was held inside Spratt Stadium to show appreciation for a training camp debut that has been nothing but first-class.
“I want to thank everyone at Missouri Western for helping to bring training camp back to where it belongs,” Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt said amongst loud applause. “It’s been a great experience for our organization and I hope that it has been a great experience for our fans.
“Everyone has made us feel so at home,” Hunt continued. “We, in turn, look forward to welcoming you to The New Arrowhead later next week.”
Many of the players shared similar thoughts to Hunt as they signed autographs for fans before and after practice.
“I’ve had camp at home for the past several seasons in San Diego, but we didn’t have fans there because of sewage problems,” WR
Chambers also said that the fan environment in St. Joe served as a motivation factor for players as they pushed through high temperatures during the dog days of summer.
“Anytime that you play in front of a bunch of people, you want to show your skills,” Chambers said. “You want to come out here and get noticed for working extremely hard. That’s what we do and it kind of prepares us for the games, especially for some of the young guys playing at a totally different level.
“To have the fans support us the way that they did was outstanding,” Chambers continued. “I just hope it carries into the season with our new stadium.”
In addition to a load of ticket giveaways (which the fans appropriately booed when the words “Broncos” and “Raiders” were mentioned) and Chiefs Cheerleader performances, the Chiefs held a two-plus hour practice as well.
Here are some nuggets from Wednesday’s night session…
No surprises here. This is the same crew that was on the bikes for Wednesday’s AM practice.
- The practice was not a scrimmage, but rather workout in shells (helmets and shoulder pads). Haley had the team running through carded third-down plays, “Mayday” or “Clock” situations, field goal formation, punt coverage and other team drills such as 7-on-7 and inside run.
- Rookie OLB
Cameron Sheffieldhas shown a nose for finding the football this training camp (especially under the lights at Spratt Stadium). Tonight he made a nice read and recognition to blow up a screen pass. It was a pretty impressive play to see a rookie make. Matt Casselplaced a perfectly thrown pass to TE Tony Moeakidown the right seam for a big gain past S Donald Washington. It was a great catch in-stride; something that we saw a lot of from Moeaki during OTAs and mini-camp practice sessions.
Jerheme Urbangot loose on a slant for long TD when the defense was caught in an all-out dog (max blitz) Ryan Succopwas three-of-three on his field goal tries, connecting on attempts from 37, 41 and 51 yards respectively. He knocked all three through while Haley waved a towel in distraction near holder Dustin Colquitt.
- Former long-snapper Kendall Gammon was timing punts from the press box. He had multiple Colquitt punts timed with a 4.8 hang time. To quote Gammon, “Those are winning punts.”
Jamaal Charleswasn’t touched for 20-plus yards after finding daylight on a sprint draw (the fans loved it, but it could have been the result of a carded defensive series as well).
Travis Danielsshowed nice closing speed to defend a corner route intended for WR Dexter McCluster.
Brandon Carrplayed tight man-to-man coverage on WR Chris Chambers and picked off a Cassel pass when the QB tried to thread the ball to Chambers over the middle. Carr also had a nice pass break-up during the practice as well.
Wallace Gilberryapplied pressure on QB Tyler Palko, which resulted in Daniels taking a pick-six down the sideline. We had our first goal post taping tonight when veterans tied-up rookie CB Javier Arenasafter practice. Rumor has it that a refusal to sing was to blame.