KCCD Editor: Jason Madson
There were no pads, but today was a great day.
The first official day of Chiefs Training Camp is in the books, and it was a success. In front of a record crowd, the Chiefs hustled thru the first full=squad practice of the preseason. We saw glimpses of how the offense and defense would look and a few special teams sessions, as well. The action was not only on the field, but off it as well. Eric Fisher signed his deal “officially” about 2 hours before camp. With Fisher signed, the Chiefs were complete, or so we thought. Dwayne Bowe Was a mysterious absence in the first practice.
Continue reading for more thoughts and some photos from the practice
The tempo at which the offense ran was much faster than Chiefs fans are used to. There were players shuttling in and out of the huddle, whistles blowing and a pace which would make last year’s offense collect dust.
Today, it was noticeable how much they had Alex Smith moving outside the pocket. Whether it was on a bootleg, sprintout or what looked like a version of a read option, he was constantly on the move. There were numerous times where Smith would roll out to the left and throw across the field to the right, or vice versa. Many of these throws were to TE’s dragging across the field or a screen to the running backs.
Running with the first team, Alex Smith was sharp today. He had a couple inaccurate moments, but was on point for the most part. He showed excellent touch and placement on a few throws to the flat. Dexter McCluster was the target to a few of these, as was Jamaal Charles.
With Dwayne Bowe sidelined with an apparent “virus”, Junior Hemingway took advantage. Junior ran with the first team and made a few plays when given the opportunity.
The first team offensive line to begin camp was: LT Branden Albert, LG Jeff Allen, C Rodney Hudson, RG Jon Asamoah RT Eric Fisher.
Chase Daniel looked off today, missing several short throws that he’s made a thousand times in his career. He needs to step up his performance in the coming days.
Tyler Bray was as inconsistent as he was impressive on day one. Underthrows and bad placement on one side, showing off his rifle arm on the other. If he could get the bad closer to the middle, he would be a damn good QB.
Overall, this was a fun group to watch. They started with a bang with a deep TD pass to Dexter McCluster and didn’t let up all day. Jon Baldwin was among the impressive first day performers. But we all know how that ended last training camp.
Really, not much to report here, except for a few lineup and schematic differences from the past few years.
The first team Defense lined up like this: LDE Tyson Jackson NT Dontari Poe RDE Mike DeVito
LOLB Justin Houston ILB Akeem Jordan ILB Derrick Johnson ROLB Tamba Hali
CB Brandon FLowers FS Kendrick Lewis SS Eric Berry CB Sean Smith
-DeVito and Poe switched positions midway thru walk thru sessions. Poe at Defensive End is a scary thought. Poe is an emerging star, that should do some damage this season. Bill Maas in an interview on 610 Sports Radio today talked about the sky being the limit for Poe.
-Nickel/Dime Sub Packages were used frequently today. Allen Bailey and Dontari Poe were the front two in this package. Behind them, we saw a lot of 3 LB sets, with Houston/Hali outside and DJ in the middle. They also had Eric Berry in the box in this defense. Berry was showing blitzes, covering the TE and RB out of the backfield. He was extremely active and aggressive today. The pads aren’t on, yes, but it shouldn’t change much. Behind the front “6″ We saw a group of DB’s that featured Brandon Flowers, Sean Smith, Quintin Demps, Dunta Robinson and Kendrick Lewis.
-Rookies Mike Catapano and Nico Johnson saw snaps in different scenarios with the first team defense. Catapano was lining up in Bailey’s spot in the sub packages.
-Quintin Demps was taking more reps as the return man than the other players. Having little expectations for him, I was impressed. Nobody in this group has the return skills of Devon Wylie. He is ridiculously smooth when he has the ball in his hands. Almost looks like he is gliding. Everyone’s favorite third round pick, Knile Davis, was also a member of this group. He muffed a kick return, was coached up, then didn’t drop another.
-There might be a small competition that no one is watching. Long snapper could be up for grabs this year. Thomas Gafford is the longtime LS, but should see some competition from the more versatile Brad Madison.
Check out the next few pages for some photos I took today.