Football returned to the Truman Sports Complex Monday morning with the first OTA session of the Romeo Crennel era.
Crennel’s first on-field practice as Chiefs head coach lasted approximately 90 minutes and included several periods of competitive work matching the offense against the defense.
The Chiefs wore helmets, but no other pads and refrained from any live contact periods as required by the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Of the 87 players on Kansas City’s roster, only
Bowe is one of two unsigned players after receiving the franchise tag in March. The other is first-round draft pick
“Every day we have to keep building,” Baldwin said. “It’s not just me. We just have to keep building every day and try to make progress in each one of these OTA practices.”
Baldwin made the most of his opportunity with the starters, reeling in a diving catch deep down the left sideline (read about it and see it in the “Play of the Day” near the bottom of this story).
“There are subtle changes here and there,” QB
“It is going to be a process, so we can’t get frustrated with the facts, some days are going to be better than others. But at the same time, I think as long as we keep getting better each and every day, we’ll become a good offense.”
Chiefs Rest Berry, Charles, Moeaki and Others
Though each of the players is on schedule in their recovery from season-ending knee surgeries, Crennel has opted to take a cautious approach with the trio leading up to training camp.
All three players attended practice, but worked on strength and agility drills after watching the opening walkthrough period. The Chiefs also rested
“I tore my pectoral on the play that (Tim) Tebow fumbled,” Lewis said of the injury that required surgery following the Chiefs season finale in Denver. “I just finished the game, because I didn’t know at the time. I just wanted to win a ballgame and help my team win.”
Running with the first-team defense in place of Berry and Lewis was veteran
“I’m still training my mind, learning the plays and knowing what to do when they come out of the huddle,” Lewis said. “I’m making my calls and helping the young guys out.
“So I’m still getting my mental reps in, it’s just the physical and fundamental work that I’m missing.”
Fifth-round draft pick De’Quan Menzie (hamstring) and OL
Poe Attends Practice
First-round pick Dontari Poe is the Chiefs lone unsigned draft pick, but attended Monday’s first OTA session anyway. The nose tackle says he plans to work during offseason practices while contract talks are ongoing.
“I’m going to keep doing what I have to do no matter how long it takes,” Poe said regarding his contract situation. “I’m here to play football and I’m focusing on that. There are other people in line to handle the business of signing.
“What I’m here to do is to play football and try to be the best that I can, so that’s what I’m doing.”
McCluster Shifts to Receiver…For Now
Following Monday’s practice, it appears McCluster is back on the move under new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.
McCluster worked solely at wide receiver Monday morning, something he hadn’t done extensively since the closing practices of the 2010 campaign.
“You know what, today I did some receiver and tomorrow I don’t know,” McCluster said. “The great thing about this sport is learning everything you can and doing wherever they ask you so you don’t skip a beat.”
Also working out of the slot on Monday was fourth-round pick
McCluster finished second on the team posting 114 carries for 516 yards (4.5 avg.) and one TD last season. He also caught 46 passes for 328 yards with a TD, which was the third-most of any receiver last year.
How the Chiefs use McCluster bears watching throughout OTAs and into training camp. In previous stops, Daboll has been known to move around versatile players based on the strengths and weaknesses of opposing defenses.
“I felt good out there just running around,” McCluster said. “My legs felt good and I’m ready to go out there and compete.”
Play of the Day
Jonathan Baldwin made a beautiful diving catch on a deep ball against heavy man-to-man coverage from
How They Lined Up
The following players were on the field for the first snap of team 11-vs-11 work.
WR – Steve Breaston
TE – Jake O’Connell
WR – Jonathan Baldwin
QB – Matt Cassel
RB – Peyton Hillis
NT – Amon Gordon
CB – Stanford Routt
S – Travis Daniels
S – Terrance Parks