As the camp days go on the Chiefs are starting to get healthier than what they were in the opening days. Wide receiver Marc Boerigter has been out of practice the past two weeks and is finally starting to work with the first team offense. Other wide out Eddie Kennison is still bothered by a sore wrist, but has started individual workouts.
"I kind of wondered how my conditioning might be after not practicing for a while, but I felt good," Boerigter said to the Kansas City Star. "The good thing is that my legs feel real fresh. I'm good to go."
The team however is not missing the two starters, as the undrafted rookie out of Arkansas Richard Smith has played well. He did not disappoint fans and coaching staff in the game against the New York Giants with three catches for 74 yards.
Smith could very well be the next big thing if he continues on this path of receiver capabilities. He however does have to continue on, with catches and yards, when he starts again on Monday.
When asked that Friday night, Vermeil didn't hesitate. "He's a factor right now. He goes in there and plays like a veteran."
Quarterback Trent Green added to that statement when he said, "There are a lot of guys who look great in minicamps and during training camp when it's not for real, but then they kind of wither away when they get into a real game."
Green went on to say. "I don't know what it is, but there is just no way to know how a guy is going to react until you see him perform in a live situation. Obviously, Richard handled himself well. He made plays when he had the opportunity to make plays and that's what you have to do in this offense."
The Chiefs also have another young wide receiver that is not showing any signs of being young. Samie Parker has been playing well in camp, but only had one catch in the game on Friday for four yards.
The young corps of guys will get to show their talents against the Rams on Monday Night Football. This will be the first of four times on Monday night this year for the Chiefs. The first regular season battle will be against the Baltimore Ravens in October.
Smith not a big guy only standing at 5 foot 10, had a good career as a Razorback with 135 receptions, with just over 1800 yards receiving, and 17 touchdowns. As he showed in Arkansas this could be the start of something special, and could be a household name.
"Just to get the looks I have, has been overwhelming," said Smith. "I just wanted to stay competing, stay as consistent as I can and keep the coaches happy, so I can be happy later on."
If he continues to play well on this stage the team might not need the services Johnny Morton, who is still recovering from Achilles tendon injury which could hold him out the rest of preseason.
Chiefs Notes: - A key position to watch next Monday Night in the Chiefs exhibition opener against the Rams will be the battle for the back-up tackle position. Willie Roaf and John Welbourn are locks to start and it appears the seventh round rookie tackle Kevin Sampson has an edge over Jordan Black. Sampson has been a great surprise for the Chiefs who are confident that not only could be a solid back-up but eventually be a starter on the offensive line. Black had more notoriety out of college but Sampson has been a pleasant surprise.
Usually Chiefs Head Coach Dick Vermeil abstains from responding to the local media but after a scathing article and comment by local KC Star Columnist Jason Whitlock about third year defensive tackle Ryan Sims, Vermeil made it a point to defend Sims to the press after practice last night and point out that Sims was not overmatched against the Giants on Friday night.
"Oh no, no. In fact, I can show you some shots where he kicked the s- - - out the guy. Took him right out backwards. What's his name – Jason Whitlock – brought that up after the (Giants) ballgame. Jason doesn't know if a football's stuffed or pumped. He doesn't know, but he needs somebody to pick on and if he wants to pick on Sims that's fine, pick on Sims. He could come look at the films."
There is no doubt that Sims has a lot of pressure on him but he's had an outstanding training camp and its clear his performance Friday can't be judged until the defense unveils a real game plan. Still Vermeil wanted everyone to know that he's drawing a line in the sand with Sims. Stay tuned!
Rookie defensive end Jared Allen continues to impress the Chiefs coaches. According to Dick Vermeil, he's giving fits to eight-time pro bowl tackle Willie Roaf in practice. Allen had a sack against the Giants but more importantly handled all the deep snapping duties. Allen has a great opportunity to shine this week in practice since defensive ends R-Kal Truluck and Vonnie Holliday are both nursing nagging injuries.