UPDATED – 6:00 PM
Heavy local rains triggered a series of flash flood warnings around the metro area on Saturday morning, forcing the Chiefs to head indoors for the second day of mini-camp. Once again, 86 of the 87 rostered players were in attendance. The lone exception remains
Players Held Out of Practice (Rehab/Conditioning Zone)
The list stays the same and appears that it will remain “as is” throughout the rest of mini-camp, barring no new injuries. None of the players listed above have received practice repetitions this off-season.
Nickel Defense Draws Interest
During the first set of team drills (an emphasis on first and second down plays), Romeo Crennel marched out his nickel defense. The personnel grouping instantly stood out with OLB
Vrabel, however, has received reps inside during nickel sets this week, so his presence at the position is certainly new, but not a shock. The real surprise in personnel came from the position directly in front of Vrabel. There, DE
Though Gilberry didn’t look to play any of the head-up zero techniques that
Gilberry moving inside during nickel sets will be something to keep an eye on once training camp hits. Right now the Chiefs are mixing and matching personnel to see what they have in certain scenarios. Nevertheless, today’s nickel set has been one of the more interesting of the off-season program.
A year ago,
Why All The Mixing?
Competition has increased dramatically across the roster from a year ago, but why the constant changes in personnel? On Saturday, Chiefs head coach Todd Haley shared his philosophy about running players in and out of the first-team units.
“Sometimes when you just stay the same and nobody changes then you’re going against the same (guy),” Haley explained. “(A center) might be going against DT
Haley also noted that depth charts will be taken into account on a more permanent basis once the pads come on in St. Joseph.
Play of the Day
Croyle’s hot start in the drill might have been “Play of the Day” worthy, but his one mistake in the session erased the candidacy.
On Croyle’s final snap of seven-on-seven work he looked to find a target in the back right corner of the end zone, but coverage was tight. Still hoping for a slim chance at the score, Croyle zipped a high throw that looked to be something in which only a receiver could grab (or else the football would find its way into the crowd should it be a real game day situation).
Instead of the football sailing out the back of the end zone, it found its way into DB
***AFTERNOON PRACTICE UPDATE***
The same crew of Chiefs reported for Saturday’s PM practice session, the fourth gathering of this weekend’s mini-camp. The practice schedule was very similar to Friday’s PM session with one-on-one drills, special teams work and extended team periods.
Daniels Continues To Produce
In one-on-one drills between the defensive backs and wide receivers, CB
Daniels managed to go four-for-four against his offensive counterparts; counterparts which included three players from last year’s 53-man roster –
Overall, the offense (which has a huge advantage in the drill with no pass rush or other defensive help) won 19 of the 31 matchups. Daniels’ four wins represented 25% of the defensive victories.
Later, in the team period, Daniels ran stride-for-stride alongside Bowe to defend a deep go route.
Moeaki Doesn’t Miss A Beat
Many wondered how well rookie TE Tony Moeaki would fare in this weekend’s mini-camp. Up until this week, Moeaki had yet to participate in any of the OTAs due to a minor injury. Even when he came back to action, he spent the first half of this week only working during individual periods.
None of that was visible to spectators on Saturday.
Moeaki was all over the field in the PM practice, displaying speed in space and soft hands. He caught everything thrown in his direction and looked to be getting extended looks from his quarterbacks because of it.
At one point, Moeaki extended while in stride to reel in a high pass across the middle from
Kansas City struggled with finding a permanent return man outside of Jamaal Charles last season. Today, a total of 10 players practiced returning kicks and/or punts. Had Lance Long and Quinten Lawrence both been in action, that list could have very easily been at 12.