The Boys are Back

With three high profile defensive players signing new contracts today, the Kansas City Chiefs went to work with many of the players who will make up their 53-man roster.

Once the Kansas City Chiefs inked linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston to long term contracts and welcomed restricted free agent, cornerback Brandon Carr, Head Coach Todd Haley could finally get a grasp of the players that he's going to go to war with in 2011.

So who stood out on Thursday?

New Editions - The Chiefs had some new players on the practice field today and those fresh legs were noticeable. Although the players were still in shells (shoulder pads, helmets, shorts) there was more hitting today that we saw all last week So who showed up today? . The new additions consisted of CB Travis Daniels, TE Leonard Pope, LB Tamba Hali, T Ryan O'Callaghan, DE Wallace Gilberry, S Reshard Langford, FB Le'Ron McClain, T Barry Richardson, C Casey Wiegman, WR Steve Breaston, RB Jackie Battle, DL Kelly Greg, S Jon McGraw, S Sabby Piscitelli, CB Brandon Carr, LB Demorrio Williams, WR Terrance Copper

Bikers - For all of the excitement of the new players that were on the field today, there were still some Chiefs that weren't healthy enough to get into Camp Haley. The one that continues to stick out is Tight End Tony Moeaki. The second year players continues to rehab a bum knee. But was running and cutting very well on the sidelines, so he might not be too far off from joining the rest of his teammates. The Chiefs though may opt to continue to give Moeaki some more rehab time to make sure he doesn't slide further behind. But the good news is that he looks close to being ready.

Injury Bugs - Some notables found themselves nicked, dinged and in some cases, carried off the practice field at Missouri Western. Two big keys to the Chiefs second consecutive playoff run were sidelined on Thursday.

First round draft pick, Jon Baldwin had a wrap around his leg. The mumblings in camp suggest he has a quadricep injury. With an injury that's notorious for nagging through the entire season, I suspect the Chiefs will give him plenty nursing time to work through it next to Moeaki on the exercise bikes. Given that Baldwin just picked up his playbook last week, this injury could set him back a bit.

But the scariest injury of the day, was that of defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey who was carted off the field on a cart. From all accounts, the injury when it happened, Dorsey was walking on the sideline with an ace bandage on his right leg. It's far to early to speculate on the severity of the injury. But I will say, although he was grimacing, Dorsey was walking without a limp.

Offense vs. Defense - With the players restricted to shells today, contact was limited to basically a hard game of two-hand touch. Which means the offense has the advantage or at least that's the way one would think. But on Thursday, that wasn't the case, I was more than impressed with how the defense played today. Both Derrick Johnson and Javier Arenas had great picks that would have been touchdowns during live play.

With that said, I'm still not seeing much of a pass rush from anyone. Tamba Hali quickly showed why he's the Chiefs $35 million dollar man as he jumped right into practice. And within minutes, he would have sacked quarterback Matt Cassel had it been a live play. Outside of Hali there was very little in terms of QB pressure. Justin Cole showed me something today but no one else stood out.

The good news is that the Chiefs secondary looks All World. And that's good news, because until the Chiefs know what they have in Justin Houston, outside of Hali, the Chiefs are still looking to put some pressure on the quarterback.

Dodge Ball - One of the more interesting drills we have seen in camp so far was unveiled Thursday evening and was directed towards the the Chiefs quarterbacks.

The drill consisted of the quarterbacks and offensive quality control coach Nick Sirianni. Each was holding a large silver bouncy ball. The object of the game was for one of them to take a snap and avoid the oncoming balls for approximately five seconds. The rest of the group did their best to simulate a blind side rusher with the projectiles. Fitting enough, Matt Cassel performed the best and appeared to have eyes in the back of his head.

This shouldn't be much of a surprise. In fact Haley pointed how elusive Cassel was in the game. In fact, the head coach plans to make it a point of emphasis over the next couple weeks.

Even though the drill looked silly and clumsy at times, it served a purpose and it should make the Chiefs Nation happy to know that Cassel performed well.
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