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Insider Blog: 1st Week of OTAs Down

Posted May 19, 2010

The Chiefs wrapped up their first week of OTAs on Wednesday...inside are the sights and sounds from Day 3

The first week of Kansas City’s OTA schedule is officially in the books. Three consecutive days of practice were had at the Chiefs practice facility this week, representing just over 20% of the spring total. The veterans will have the rest of the week off, while the rookies will stick around for another day of strength training on Thursday before everyone reconvenes for OTA #4 on Monday morning.

Once again, the Chiefs had perfect attendance from those players under contract for 2010. The only player absent from workouts remains S Jarrad Page. Page has yet to sign his restricted free agent tender offer.

Overall, the first week of practices were considerably more organized than they were at this time a year ago. Players now know what to expect and the coaching staff has a better feel for their personnel. The rookies all seemed to transition well into their routine, making rookie orientation (mini-camp) an apparent success.

Quick and energetic would describe the atmosphere for the week. Let’s take a look at what went on during today’s OTA.

Players Held Out of Practice (Rehab/Conditioning Zone)

WR Quinten Lawrence

WR Lance Long

CB Brandon Flowers

RB Jamaal Charles

*TE Tony Moeaki

TE Brad Cottam

WR David Grimes

*Moeaki and Grimes were the only players who didn’t re-join their position groups for “mental reps” during team period

The cast of rehab zone players consisted of the same crew as Monday’s OTA, with the addition of Grimes. Most of these players seemed to be in good spirits and Todd Haley indicated that he was pleased with the overall conditioning of his team. All signs point to precautionary hold-outs for each player.

How They Lined Up

The Chiefs lined up the same way across the board on Wednesday as they did on Monday. Keep in mind that Haley liked to plug guys in and out of first-team snaps and sub-packages throughout OTAs and training camp a year ago. But for what it’s worth, here is how the Chiefs started on both sides of the football for team period.

OFFENSE

WR Dwayne Bowe

WR Chris Chambers

LT Branden Albert

LG Brian Waters

C Rudy Niswanger

RG Ryan Lilja

RT Ryan O’Callaghan

TE Leonard Pope

FB Tim Castille

RB Thomas Jones

QB Matt Cassel

DEFENSE

DE Tyson Jackson

NT Ron Edwards

DE Glenn Dorsey

OLB Mike Vrabel

LB Corey Mays

LB Demorrio Williams

OLB Tamba Hali

CB Maurice Leggett

CB Brandon Carr

S Jon McGraw

S Reshard Langford

Dorsey A Defensive End…For Now

Three practices have concluded with Glenn Dorsey taking reps solely at his familiar defensive end position. There has been lot of talk among fans and media members over the off-season about a potential move (permanent or situational) involving Dorsey and the nose tackle position.

Coach Haley cleaned up any talk of a move involving Dorsey today, but then left the door open for future considerations.

“Right now he is where he is,” Haley said referring to Dorsey. “You have to find out where a player best helps you and right now that’s at defensive end.”

Haley would later go on to say that Dorsey is definitely a versatile player who possess both the size and bulk to move inside if need be. We heard similar comments from GM Scott Pioli regarding Drosey’s versatility just before the draft.

In the end, everything boils down to the best 11 players playing on defense and if Dorsey ever does make a switch, that will be the primary reason.

“He’s got enough bulk and size to do either-or and if it got to a point where to get our best 11 on the field we felt like moving somebody would help that happen than that’s when it would occur,” Haley said.

For Dorsey, he says that no one inside the Chiefs organization has approached him about a move, but that he would be open to doing whatever the coaching staff feels is best for the team.

“If that’s what they want me to do, then I’m going to do it,” Dorsey said. “I love playing football for the Chiefs and I want to win. That’s our biggest thing, we want to win this year. If that’s what they see fit for me, then that’s what I’ll do and if they leave me on the outside then that’s what I’ll do too.”

He even went as far as saying that he is in the proper shape to make a move right now should the assignment come.

“I don’t think that I would have to be heavier to play nose,” Dorsey said. “It’s all about leverage, footwork and recognizing what the guy in front of you is trying to do to you. You don’t have to be the biggest dude on earth to play it, at least not in my opinion.”

Dorsey is currently listed on the Chiefs roster at 6’1, 297. Starter Ron Edwards stands at 6’3, 315.

DJ Not Pressing

Derrick Johnson made it very clear following his big game at Denver to close out the season that he wants an opportunity to compete for a starting position in 2010. The 2009 season was a rough one for Johnson, who was relegated to a sub-package role primarily in the nickel defense. Throughout the first week, Johnson has once again been running with the second-unit, but it’s not something that he’s hampering on right now.

“We have two new coordinators and the coaches told us that the depth chart is not a priority for them right now,” Johnson said. “Sometimes I’m out there with the second and first; I’m out there with Corey (Mays) sometimes. It’s just kind of weird a little bit.”

“It’s early,” said Johnson. “When we get to training camp, that’s when they separate the men from the boys and if you stay healthy in training camp, with my ability I think that I can do great things for this defense and yes, I can start.”

Johnson started a career-low three games in 2009 and logged a career-low 32 tackles as a result. He did, however, turn in some big plays with a career-best three INTs (two for TDs) and his second-best seasonal total of five passes defensed.

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