Random gusts of heated wind were about the only solace from Tuesday’s scorcher in St. Joseph. The intense heat was clearly taxing on the players from both a mental and physical standpoint, even causing some confusion as to the tempo of a drill at one point. The heat index at Missouri Western approached 110 degrees.
Tuesday was truly one of the dog days of summer. There were plenty of ups-and-downs at the mid-afternoon practice, including a brief skirmish mixed in between. It’s clear that the players are ready to see an opponent other than each other. Regardless, the Chiefs pushed through the heat and there is a team-wide feeling that plenty of work is still left to get done.
“During training camp you always look forward to the games, but it’s still a learning experience for us,” QB
This was the same crew from yesterday’s evening practice. Just like Monday, Daniels and Moeaki were working out on the bikes while Harris remained off of the practice field. Page still remains absent from camp.
Light The Fire
Something seems to have clicked with second-year TE Jake O’Connell over the past four days. After a relatively quite off-season and start to training camp, O’Connell has caught fire since Saturday’s scrimmage. He’s found the end zone on three occasions in as many practice days, which each catch going down as highlight material.
Today, O’Connell caught a Croyle pass between two defenders as he turned for the football in the end zone. LB
Sometimes, it only takes one play to catch fire.
“I’ve got some confidence right now,” O’Connell said. “I’m focused on working hard and trying to get better.”
Confidence Is Contagious
Speaking of player that might have received some confidence from Saturday’s scrimmage, LB
On a side note, there were a couple of CFL scouts/personnel men on the sidelines of practice today. Greenwood’s CFL rights are currently owned by the Toronto Argonauts.
Todd Haley found a way to ramp up the energy during the late stages of camp’s hottest practice. As the team was finishing up Red Zone work, Haley placed the football on the one-yard line and gave the offense two chances to score.
The defense won the first play, while the offense won the second. On the third, a new set began with Coach Haley winning that period. Here are the details…
First Group (
3rd and Goal from the 1: Out of a goal line set, Cassel went play-action but had no players to throw to. He tried to thread a ball over the middle to O’Connell, but the tight end was well covered by Chiefs linebackers.
4th and Goal from the 1: RB
Second Group (Brodie Croyle QB)
3rd and Goal from the 1: Haley ended the drill early after multiple defenders had a shot to tackle RB
Justin Cole, a rookie free agent out of San Jose State, began training camp as an outside linebacker; he seems to now be getting the majority of his reps as a strong-side inside linebacker
Lance Longhad a nice sliding catch just past the first-down markers during seven-on-seven
Dion Galeshad a nice rush to log a sack Dustin Colquittsent a wind-aided punt from his own 30 to the opponent five-yard line…in the air
- While working on inside-the-20 punt placement, S
Ricky Pricemade a nice play to down the football inside the two-yard line.
- Derrick Johnson jumped to pick off a
Tyler Palkopass over the middle Jovan Belchercontinues to show his speed in coverage and ability to run sideline-to-sideline
- The two rookie kick returners have each muffed punts over the past few days; fielding footballs off the foot of Colquitt is good practice
Brian Waterssnapped the football during seven-on-seven drills; he’s done this before under Haley, but has yet to play center in team situations
Tim Castillegot loose on a perfectly executed swing pass from about 30 yards out for a TD
Tamba Hali’s motor never stops; despite the high heat, he was in the backfield several times and held the edge on numerous other occasions
Play of the Day
O’Connell is on a roll in this category. Check the write-up above in Light The Fire
Tomorrow, the Chiefs will hold a two-a-day at 8:50 AM and 4:30 PM. The afternoon practice will be held inside the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex and is closed to the public.