But what stood out for me was after the Chiefs three hour practice, he remained on the field throwing passes. That tells me he wants to be an NFL quarterback. Because Stanzi looks like a quarterback, acts like a quarterback and in my view, from the Cheap Seats, is far better than Matt Cassel's back-up right now, Tyler Palko. And should Cassel go down, I'd prefer the green eyed quarterback from Iowa versus Palko, who wasn't very sharp on Tuesday.
2. RB Dexter McCluster - I had to laugh today when McCluster was standing next to offensive lineman David Mims. McCluster is listed at 5'8" and Mims is a monstrous 6'8" and if the rookie from Virginia Union ever stepped on McCluster, he'd break him in half.
As far as McCluster, it appears he's going to be a running back and in that formation, slide into a slot receiver. Just don't think the Chiefs are going to use him as a true wide receiver. But there is a place in this offense for him and I think Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley will find a handful of plays for him each game.
3. WR Jon Baldwin - He looked good on Tuesday morning. Though he's listed behind Jerheme Urban on the Chiefs new depth chart, the kid has exceptional size and strength. But he has to work on keeping his eyes on the ball before jettisoning down the field.
Along with that Baldwin catches the ball too close to his body and he has to learn to extend his hands and secure the ball. Until he can grasp that aspect of the pro game, Urban likely will stay ahead of the Chiefs first round draft pick on Haley's board.
4. DE Allen Bailey - With the absence of Tyson Jackson, who spent most of the day on the sidelines watching practice, Bailey took all the reps with the first team defense. And for me if the season started today, he'd move up the depth chart ahead of Jackson. That means the rookie from Miami will be the teams new starting left defensive end.
But I wouldn't say that's a done deal. I fully expect after the Chiefs failed to land Ty Warren, that when more vets get cut, that he'll battle for playing time. At the moment, Jackson appears to be the odd man out.
5. DT Dion Gales - It just seems that Gales has been on the Chiefs roster for five or six years. But he looks at home in the middle of KC's defense. Though Kelly Gregg is going to be the starter and the Chiefs will get Jerrell Powe involved in the defense at some point in time, Gales looks as fit and determined as ever to make a push for more playing time this season.
He's taken the elevator ride from the practice squad to the active roster and back, so this go around he might just stick for purposes of interior defensive line help. But until then it's too close to call to see if Gales can supplant the two men that are both the present ahead of him.
6. DE Glenn Dorsey - He did manage to take a few reps with the defense on Tuesday. But he also spent some time on the bicycle. So I'd say he's not 100% and I would not expect Dorsey to get any playing time Friday night.
But Head Coach Todd Haley said after practice that it was encouraging his starting defensive end was out there practicing for a portion of the morning. If I were the Chiefs considering how perilously thin they are along the defensive line, I'd rest him until the third preseason game.
7. LB Tamba Hali - It was good that Hali spoke to the media today. To his credit, he said all the right things and seemed very happy with his new contract. And I don't think it was lip service. He was very genuine in thanking the organization and the Hunt family.
Further, he went out of his way to indicate, what we had told you prior to his signing, how happy he was that he and his agents were able to get a deal done with the Chiefs.
In fact, he told his agents to push harder to get a contract with the Chiefs done in short order so he could be at training camp on time.
And that's very refreshing to hear from a Chiefs player in the prime of his career, that wanted to stay with the team that drafted him five years ago.
WARPAINT ILLUSTRATED MESSAGE BOARDS:
So can Ricky Stanzi push past Tyler Palko?
For all the news, notes and quotes on the Chiefs, visit WarpaintIllustrated.com