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Heartland Heath Practice Report: 7/30

Posted Jul 30, 2011

Day Two in St. Joe focused again on conditioning, technique and mental adjustments

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 Steve Breaston and the rest of the Chiefs recent free agent signees are in St. Joseph, none attended Saturday’s practice.

Players who must sit out until August 4th currently include: RB Jackie Battle (UFA), Steve Breaston (UFA), WR Terrance Copper (UFA), FB Mike Cox (RFA), CB Travis Daniels (UFA), DT Kelly Gregg (FA), S Reshard Langford (ERFA), S Jon McGraw (UFA), T Ryan O’Callaghan (UFA), TE Leonard Pope (UFA), C Casey Wiegmann (UFA)

OLB Tamba Hali will join that list if he signs his franchise tender prior to August 4th. Restricted free agents CB Brandon Carr, DE Wallace Gilberry and T Barry Richardson will also be subject to the rule if they sign their tenders before Thursday.

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 Justin Houston.

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 Shane Bannon is the lone exception as he’s currently the only active fullback.

In last year’s camp, Eric Berry repped with the first-team defense from beginning to end. Of course, he also had an entire off-season of OTAs under his belt as well. Berry, nor any of the other 2010 draft picks, began OTAs running with their respective first-team units last spring.

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.).

Offense: Jerheme Urban (WR – Chambers), Darryl Harris (C – Casey Wiegmann), Jon Asamoah (RG – Ryan Lilja), Ryan Lilja (LG – Brian Waters), Bobby Greenwood (RT – Barry Richardson), Jake O’Connell (TE – Leonard Pope), Shane Bannon (FB – Mike Cox/Tim Castille)

Defense: Andy Studebaker (OLB – Mike Vrabel), Anthony Toribio (NT – Ron Edwards), Pierre Walters (OLB – Tamba Hali), Javier Arenas (CB – Brandon Carr)

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 Dexter McCluster, CB Quinten Lawrence, WR Verran Tucker, WR Jerheme Urban, WR Chandler Williams and WR Josue Paul.

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.)

Punts: N/A

Tucker’s Return Stats

Kicks: 4 for 73 yards (18.3 avg.)

Punts: N/A

Urban’s Return Stats

Kicks: 2 for 1 yard (0.5 avg.)

Punts: N/A

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.

*CB Brandon Flowers notched the first turnover of camp, picking off a Matt Cassel pass inside the offensive 20-yard line. Cassel was rolling right and looking for Jerheme Urban when Flowers jumped the route. All that stood between Flowers and a pick-six was Cassel.

*Big cheers came for rookie QB Ricky Stanzi when he hooked up on a deep ball to Jerheme Urban down the right sideline. Urban got behind CB Quinten Lawrence for the sizeable gain.

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