Organized Team Activity number 11 was relocated indoors on Tuesday at Arrowhead, just the second such practice of the spring/summer that was held on turf due to inclement weather.
“It’s always a little bit of a worry when you change the turf but I thought overall the guys handled it very well,” head coach Todd Haley said. “That was something that was very important to me, that when we do have to go inside around here we do have to be able to be productive and I thought overall they did a good job of looking out for each other but yet still getting a lot out of practice.”
Defense Locked-In This Week
Week Four of OTAs is quickly turning into one for the defense. After dominating Monday’s practice, the defense looked impressive once again on Tuesday. A man who is competitive as it gets, offensive coordinator Charlie Weis has let the quarterbacks hear about their Monday mistakes.
“Charlie pushes you each and every day and he is a guy who doesn’t let anything slip by,” QB
Though the offense did respond with several nice plays to make today’s competition more level than Monday’s workout, the defense dominated the most competitive drill of the day to close practice – Team two-minute.
Here are the play-by-play results from the first and second team units that closed practice.
First Team Offense/Defense – Turnover on Downs
1st and 10 (Own 40): Cassel to TE
1st and 10 (Opp. 45): Cassel overthrows WR
2nd and 10 (Opp. 45): Heavy pass rush, Cassel flushed right and sacked for three-yard loss.
3rd and 13 (Opp. 48): Cassel pass incomplete to WR
Second Team Offense/Defense – Interception
1st and 10 (Own 40): Palko to an extended WR
2nd and 3 (Own 47): Palko intercepted by a diving CB
Players Held Out of Practice (Rehab/Conditioning Zone)
*Was not in the rehab zone, but did not participate in team drills
The injury list was decreased by one on Monday with the return of rookie TE
Pope Utilizing Leverage
What seems to be becoming a regular sight at OTAs is TE Leonard Pope hauling in a hefty gain down the seam, using his body to out-leverage smaller defenders. At 6’8, 264 pounds, Pope is the largest receiving target on the roster. Though he’s generally not thought of as a pass-catcher (his best seasonal total is just 23 catches), Pope is showing nice stride and body control in passing routes during OTAs.
The next step is to put the pads on and see if he remains a favorite target of the Chiefs quarterbacks. This story will be continued at training camp, but a nice opening chapter to Pope’s 2010 campaign is currently being written.
Dexter Does It Again
Once a day, Chiefs rookie Dexter McCluster does something to catch your eye. Some days, it’s simply his footwork and agility during individual drills and other days it’s a big-play that makes you say “wow.” Today was a “wow” day.
McCluster broke loose down the seam during seven-on-seven work and Matt Cassel found him between three closing defenders (ironically, against all SEC players and all part of McCluster’s rookie class). Cassel hit McCluster in stride, who made a very difficult catch as he led Eric Berry,
“(Dexter’s) come in here, he’s shown a bunch of the things he’s showed to us on his college tape and validated a lot of what the scouts, when they brought him to us as a guy they really like, validated a lot of what they’ve said about him and that’s a good sign,” Haley said.
O-Line Starting to Take Shape?
Today’s substitution pattern on the offensive line points to something that most of us have assumed throughout the off-season; the starters at left tackle, left guard and right guard all look somewhat set while the positions of center and right tackle leave more room for debate.
Maybe it’s pure coincidence, but the Chiefs took turns shuffling first-team reps between centers