ST. JOSEPH, MO – Camp’s second session was very similar to its first Saturday afternoon at Missouri State Western University. Heavy humidity, lots of individual work and a whole lot of conditioning.
Beginning on Sunday, the Chiefs are permitted to add pads. It’s still unclear whether or not Coach Todd Haley will utilize camp’s first opportunity to thud tomorrow.
For the second consecutive day, practice was much more mental than it was physical.
The Chiefs concluded practice with an old-school version of conditioning that nearly anyone who has every played the game once performed…goal line sprints. Each player laid chest-down on the goal line before a whistle signaled them onto their feet and to sprint 20 yards. The final session of practice appeared intense.
Who’s On First?
I’ve received a number of fan inquiries as to who is and isn’t allowed to practice prior to August 4th.
According to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, any veteran signing a new contract cannot practice with his new club until the league year officially begins next Thursday.
For that reason, 14 players listed on the Chiefs 75-man roster are currently ineligible to participate in anything other than team meetings. This includes, running, lifting, practicing, throwing medicine balls, riding stationary bikes, etc.
Though Coach Haley confirmed that
Players who must sit out until August 4th currently include: RB
This rule only applies to veteran players. All eight of the Chiefs signed draft picks have taken part in practice. The lone holdout is third-rounder
Bannon Only First-Team Rookie
Depth charts mean next to nothing at this point in camp. Just 2/3 of the Chiefs 90-man camp roster is practicing and close to 1/4 of those active players are rookies. Regardless, it’s still noteworthy that few rookies are part of either first-team unit.
Seventh round draft pick
In last year’s camp,
Through two days of practices, with minimal 11-v-11 work, these are some of the notable additions to the first-team lineup (along with 2010’s regular starter in parenthesis.).
Patterson Switches Sides
Undrafted free agent Lucas Patterson traded in his red jersey for white attire before Saturday’s practice. Patterson worked with the defensive linemen during Friday’s opening practice, but has now joined the offensive line.
Patterson played along the interior defensive line for Texas A&M last season, but played offensive tackle for much of fall camp prior to his junior season. He’d end up switching back to the defensive side of the football with one week remaining in camp due to injuries. He played both offensive and defensive line in high school.
Bobby Greenwood made a similar change for the Chiefs last season, flipping from defensive end to offensive tackle midway through training camp. He spent all of 2010 on the Chiefs practice squad. With limited bodies in camp, Greenwood has been repping with the first-team offense at right tackle.
Return Game Preview
Seven Chiefs have spent time returning kicks and puts following the first two practices of camp. Those players include: CB Javier Arenas, WR
Of those seven, five have professional experience as return men.
Arenas’ Return Stats
Kicks: 24 for 509 yards (21.2 avg.)
Punts: 7 for 322 yards (8.3 avg.)
McCluster’s Return Stats
Kicks: 26 for 527 yards (20.3 avg.)
Punts: 13 for 202 yards (15.5 avg.)
Lawrence’s Return Stats
Kicks: 16 for 317 yards (19.8 avg.)
Tucker’s Return Stats
Kicks: 4 for 73 yards (18.3 avg.)
Urban’s Return Stats
Kicks: 2 for 1 yard (0.5 avg.)
Just A Little Action
Kansas City’s two-plus hour session was capped by a 20-play competitive 11-v-11 session. The 10-minute period was free from contact, but competitive nevertheless.
With the 11-v-11 work came two noteworthy plays to include in our first training camp installment of Plays of the Day.
*Big cheers came for rookie QB