The first and only night practice of Chiefs Training Camp, also had the largest attendance. Spratt Memorial Stadium was packed, the temp was starting to cool down and we had the voice of the Chiefs Mitch Holthus on the loudspeaker. This was a fun night. The Chiefs spent a ton of time working special teams in this session, but the crowd enjoyed watching the returners field the punts. I made quite a few notes and took even more pictures, check em out after the jump.
Special Teams Portion
-Working on blocking the gunners on the outside, Donald Washington and Travis Daniels worked well together as blockers.
-Flowers basically walked down the field in this drill. He knows his role and this isn’t it. Pretty sure he was getting on Josh Bellamy to calm down when blocking him.
-Donald Washington gets quite a bit of praise from the ST coach after a play.
-Jalil Brown looks like an asset on special teams.
-Terrance Parks getting coached up quite a bit after his rep. ST coach tells him he needs to get in front of his man.
-Chiefs had 5 punt returners back there today: Javier Arenas, Dexter McCluster, Devon Wylie, Steve Breaston and Zeke Markshausen.
-Love how Romeo Crennel calls to Otis Smith to check if the DBs are ready. Yells out O-T-I-S to get confirmation.
-Mitch Holthus announced the entire coaching staff to the large crowd. Romeo was the only one to get a loud pop.
-OC Brian Daboll looks like a kid in a candy store on the football field. He is always running around full of energy, participating in the drills. He’s always looking for somebody or something to coach. Nice guy, too.
-I didn’t see it, but Brandon Flowers hurt his ankle in 1 on 1 drills yesterday. Thanks to @JJones816 for pointing this out. He said that he saw them take off the tape and shut him down.
-The Chiefs are young at the depth on the offensive line, but that group has some serious talent. Stephenson, Allen, Mims and Harris could be a good starting unit in a couple years.
Wide Receiver Route Running Drills
-I mainly watched Jonathan Baldwin in this drill. He has a few tendencies that I picked up while watching his feet. If it is a short route he’s running, then he has no trouble taking the short choppy steps to get off the line quick and clean. But if the route is intermediate to long, he takes a large first step. @ChiefWildcat the large step tendency to my attention. I’m looking forward to watching him in live competition as Baldwin struggled to get off the line last year. If Baldwin can get off the line better than he has in the past, his talent could exceed what we all imagined when he was drafted.
-During this drill I also paid close attention to Zeke Markshausen, Devon Wylie and Josh Bellamy. Wylie and Zeke are clones, very hard to tell them apart. Wylie has the quicker feet of the 2. Bellamy had a bad drop in this drill and let another bounce off his chest that he caught.
-Jamar Newsome is becoming one of my camp favorites. He’s caught every pass that I’ve seen thrown to him and is competing in every drill. Really excited to watch him August 10.
-Jonathan Baldwin tried to make an incredible one handed jumping grab during this drill, but couldn’t come up with it.