Chiefs Training Camp Update: 8-1-09 PM

First day of training camp, practice number two for our Chiefs. Here is the summery.

Updates from Josh Looney Twitter

  • No helmets only practice following a full padded morning…love it! Keep the thuds coming.
  • zach thomas is a pro…does the little things right…bringing wood today
  • – Pic of tank messin with z. Thomas
  • new videos up – camping with @mitchholthus and another camp life…check em out

Updates from Mitch Holthus

  • Am I one of the few that Bernard Pollard could be a Larry Izzo type Pro Bowl special teams guy? He showed some signs again today.
  • Whoops Jamaal Charles fumbles and EVerYBODY runs…every coach talks about turnover margin…others make it a way of life
  • Hilites of session 2. RBs v LBs on pass pro. LBs have advantage but u find out who wants to play football. Javarris Williams didn’t blink.
  • Also OL v DL pass pro. Liked Eric Guy check…we need depth on OL and he might be a G-C-G guy that every team needs.

Updates from Bob Gretz @ CBS Sports

  • DE Tyson Jackson is missing his second camp practice as contract negotiations continue. Chiefs GM Scott Pioli had no comment on the status of the talks
  • As the Chiefs worked on their punting game, WRs Rodney Wright and Quinten Lawrence handled returns. Neither has returned a punt in a regular or pre-season game.
  • Chiefs RBs struggled in a pass-protection drill trying to block blitzing LBs.
  • In a 7-on-7 Chiefs passing drill, Matt Cassel was 7 of 9 with an INT, Brodie Croyle was 3 of 9 with an INT and Tyler Thigpen was 5 of 6.
  • CB Brandon Flowers made two big plays in Chiefs team work, blitzing the QB for a sack and knocking down a pass to WR Dwayne Bowe.
  • Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe says the addition of veteran WR Bobby Engram has been a big help to him. “That’s my roommate, and I’m learning from him every day,” said Bowe. “He’s taught me things about watching tape, catching the ball, how to practice, how to prepare.”
  • Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe said he’s down to 210 pounds, which is 12 to 15 pounds lighter than last year.” I just feel better,” he said. “I feel like I can run faster and jump higher.”

And lastely but definitly not least, updates from the UW-RF Staff:

  • Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe had the first dropped ball of the day in an 11-0 drill. It turned out to be a trend for the remainder of practice. Tight end Brad Cottam had two drops in a row when running routes against air about 20 minutes later. Rookie wide receiver Quinten Lawerence had a drop in one-on-one drills. Wide receiver Mark Bradley had a drop in the 7-on-7 drills. Head Coach Todd Haley had commented earlier in the day that he had seen too many drops in the morning session.
  • During a drill involving both offensive and defensive linemen, center Eric Ghiaciuc pushed defensive tackle Tank Tyler over. The crowd, including both offensive and defensive players, let out some “oooh’s” after the play. Ghiaciuc offered to help Tyler up, but Tyler declined the hand and sprinted back to complete the drill. The offfensive line was looking strong again when tackle Cameron Goldberg knocked linebacker Tamba Hali over pretty handedly. Hali got back up and continued to battle toward the “quarterback.”
  • During the individual position split, the tight ends were working on some blocking. When Brad Cottam got over-extended, trying to make a block, Tight End Coach Bob Bicknell made a crack about Cottam’s height. “I know it’s hard for you. You are tall. You are, like, 11-feet tall.” Cottam is listed at 6’7”.
  • In an interview after practice, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe stated that the offense was making some great improvements in practice. According to Bowe, quarterback Matt Cassel is “a great leader. He doesn’t let anybody fail. If you fall down, he is right there to pick you back up.”
  • During the afternoon practice, (Derrick) Johnson was not suited up; he was wearing a pair of grey sweatpants with his jersey. He worked out with the other players not suited up during practice. It was defensive end Glenn Dorsey, linebacker Demorrio Williams, defensive tackle Ron Edwards and defensive end Dion Gales who were again not suited up during this evening’s practice.
  • During 11-on-11, players seeing time with the first-string base defense included: defensive ends Alfonso Boone and rookie Alex Magee, defensive tackle Tank Tyler, linebackers Tamba Hali, Mike Vrabel, Monty Beisel, and Zach Thomas, cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr and safeties Jarrad Page and Bernard Pollard. Replacing Thomas in the first-string nickel defense was cornerback Maurice Leggett, playing the nickelback spot.
  • (Have to love this) The running backs and linebackers got together and did some one-on-one blitz pickup blocking. Linebacker Zach Thomas got the defense off to a good start. Thomas landed a huge hit on running back Mike Cox, picking him up and throwing him down like it was nothing. The defense appeared to completely dominate the drill.
  • Punter Dustin Colquitt spent about five minutes kicking footballs from the 30-yard line on field 2 toward the goal post on the south end of the field. Kicker Ryan Succop was shagging the balls and throwing them back to long snapper Tanner Purdum who would return them to Colquitt. Each of Colquitt’s punts were landing on the 20-yard line, making each worth about 50 yards.

Well, that about sums it up for yesterday’s PM practice. Today’s single practice goes from 2-4 PM.

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