I don’t know about you but I am very excited today!  Today is the first day of training camp for our 2009-2010 Kansas City Chiefs!  WooHoo!  Ok, now that we got that out of the way here are some updates from around the web about this mornings practice.

(Picture from Josh Looney via Twitter)

Speaking of Josh Looney’s Twitter here are some of his tweets regarding the AM practice:

  • Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson two of the first on the field
  • Still easy to spot LJ…those long red socks at practice are a signature…follow the blog for detailed practice reports
  • http://twitpic.com/cdnpp – View from the top (picture)
  • The pace of practice is drastically different from past chiefs camps…action everywhere
  • Fans in river falls are loving the “new chiefs”
  • LJ got the offense fired up after a TD over the left gl pylon…Practice complete & waiting for coach to talk
  • “that’s one day of semi-controlled chaos.” – Todd Haley

Another great resource for Chiefs Training Camp info is CBS Sports. This season they have a ‘play tracker’ for training camp and rumor has it that Bob Gretz is doing the updates (so you know it’s good)

  • Veteran Chiefs WR Bobby Engram raved about working with QB Matt Cassel. “He puts the ball in great positions for you to catch and it comes with a tight spiral,” Engram said.
  • Chiefs coach Todd Haley is pleased with the first practice performance of QB Matt Cassel. “He’s just what he has been and I would say that he had a fairly solid start,” Haley said. “You’re going to get great enthusiasm from him, and you’re probably going to have to tell him five or six times to be quiet because he’s so excited.”
  • Chiefs RB Larry Johnson revealed that he’s down more than 10 pounds from the weight he’s played his whole career at, dropping from 235 to 223. “It’s something Coach (Todd) Haley asked me to do and I feel faster,” said Johnson. “I don’t think I’ve lost any power.”
  • The Chiefs safeties spent extra practice time working with assistant coach Ronnie Bradford on walking that fine line between dropping into coverage and run support.
  • Chiefs coach Todd Haley said he was not concerned that three-fifths of his starting offensive line wasn’t able to practice Saturday morning. “If this were long term, we might be worried, but I don’t think anything will be a long term deal with any of those players,” Haley said of LG Brian Waters, RG Mike Goff and RT Damion McIntosh.
  • In a live goal line drill, RB Larry Johnson beat LB Zach Thomas to the pylon on a nice TD run.

And Let’s not forgot the UW-RF Staff, they always put out some great updates for us as well. Here are some tidbits from them:

  • Rookie defensive end Alex Magee was getting his fair share of praise from Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie. At one point Krumrie told the end from Purdue that he was doing a good job. “There ya go. Good, Alex, good,” Krumrie said.
  • The group ran different routes amongst the four dummies to simulate different situations in which the defensive linemen would have to break through offensive blockers to reach the quarterback. In order to be successful at the drill, Krumrie told the players to keep their “feet underneath them. Feet, feet, feet!” During one of the routes, Krumrie stood really close to the third dummy and hollered, “Step, step, club!” as the men ran by.
  • During a 7-on-7 drill, utilizing the offense’s running game, defensive end Alfonso Boone, defensive tackle Tank Tyler and linebackers Tamba Hali, Mike Vrabel, Monty Beisel and Zach Thomas all saw time with the first-string. Rounding out the 7-on-7 first-string was rookie defensive end Alex Magee.
  • Later, during a 7-on-7 drill addressing the passing game, cornerbacks Brandon Carr, Maurice Leggett, and Brandon Flowers; safeties Bernard Pollard and Jarrad Page; and linebackers Tamba Hali, Monty Beisel, Mike Vrabel and Zach Thomas were considered first-string.
  • When the rest of the team went to work on the kicking game, the quarterbacks were left to work by themselves. Two poles that hung four different colored targets were placed in each corner of the endzone. The quarterbacks took turns trying to hit the different targets. Quarterback Tyler Thigpen was the first one to hit a target. Newly acquired quarterback Matt Cassel followed that up with one of his own in the left corner. Every time Cassel hit the target, he followed it up with excited yells while throwing his hands in the air.
  • Quarterback Matt Cassel completed his first six passes in the team’s 7-on-7 drill. Three of those passes were perfectly-timed sideline hitch routes to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Cassel came back and completed three more passes before the drill’s completion. He ended up finishing 9-9
  • Quarterback Matt Cassel was the first quarterback to run the team’s 7-on-7 drill. His first pass was a completed pass to running back Larry Johnson behind the line of scrimmage. This received some heat from linebacker Mike Vrabel. Vrabel yelled across the field, “You’re one-for-one on check downs! They don’t throw check downs in Foxborough! No check downs for Tom!”
  • Receiver Bobby Engram was at his 14th NFL Training Camp and his first in River Falls. Engram signed in the off-season with the Chiefs after 13 years in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears. Engram told reporters that he has “a lot of gas left in the tank.” He made it known that he is here to compete for a job and help the Chiefs win football games, not just to be a mentor for the Chiefs young receivers

Chiefs Injuries:
The Chiefs have placed three players on the PUP list: DE Glenn Dorsey, RB Kolby Smith and TE Jake O’Connell. I am being told that the only ‘real worry’ (read risk of missing actual games) on this list is Kolby Smith.
The Chiefs also placed six players on the NFI List: RT Damion McIntosh, RG Mike Goff, LG Brian Waters, LB Demorrio Williams, DT Ron Edwards and DE Dion Gales.

The next practice is today from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. (I will be trying to get one of these out for every practice)

So there you have it Chiefs fans. Are you as excited about ‘real football’ as I am?

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