Saturday Mini-Camp Recap

On Saturday June 18th, a little over 15,000 Chiefs fans caught their first glimpse of the 2005 Chiefs. For the second time in three years, the Kansas City Chiefs allowed the general public to ascend on Arrowhead Stadium for an up close look at mini-camp.

Warpaint Illustrated was present with a birds eye view from the press box. Here are some of the observations we made during practice.

Offensive Line:
It was surprising to see Willie Roaf and Brian Waters get in as much work as they did during practice. Roaf and Waters both appeared to be a little rusty but they will have plenty of opportunity to get things back on track in River Falls.

Will Shields was held out of practice in order to rest his knees.

Offensive tackle Kevin Sampson did exceptionally well in pass protection drills. His nasty disposition stands out when he is infighting to keep a defensive end at bay.

Running Backs:
Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson both looked fantastic as usual. Rookie free agent Sam Gado also had a nice day as he flashed good quickness and the ability to read blocks.

Fullbacks Tony Richardson and Robert Holcombe also saw plenty of action as the Chiefs stressed the running game for most of the day. Both players looked to be in mid-season form.

Receivers and Tight Ends:
Most of the receivers had a strong day of practice. Richard Smith, Samie Parker, Dante Hall, Craphonso Thorpe, and John Booth all had big catches during passing drills. Hall in particular made a nice over the shoulder catch as he beat Patrick Surtain down the sideline on a streak pattern.

Samie Parker and Craphonso Thorpe both wowed onlookers with their ability to get past defenders and catch the deep ball. Each player drew applause on numerous occasions as they hauled in difficult passes or flew by their coverage.

Tight end Kris Wilson had somewhat of a quiet day thanks to the amazing linebacker play he had to face.

Quarterbacks:
Todd Collins took all of the reps with the first team unit and played rather well. One of his best plays of the day came when he threaded the needle to Eddie Kennison for a 30+ yard gain. Kennison had found a cushion deep in the zone but it was rapidly closing with three defenders.

Linebackers:
Derrick Johnson, Kendrell Bell, and Keyaron Fox continued to prove they are the three best linebackers on the roster.

Derrick Johnson showed his athleticism prowess on four different occasions. The first two were back to back tackles for losses on stretch plays that were on the opposite side of the field. The third play was Johnson knocking down a pass intended for Kris Wilson on an out pattern. On the fourth play the offense ran a dive and a crease opened up through the two-hole. Johnson managed to close the hole in the blink of an eye and deliver a monstrous hit to.

Keyaron Fox made a nice play at the beginning of 11-on-11 drills when he jumped in the air and knocked down a pass intended for Dante Hall on a wide receiver screen.

Boomer Grigsby is looking much more comfortable at middle linebacker. He has drastically improved his coverage skills over the past four weeks.

Defensive Line:
Carlos Hall looked fantastic during pass rushing drills. On two occasions in particular Hall was able beat Brian Waters fairly badly.

Defensive Backs:
After cornerback Julian Battle injured his Achilles tendon the Chiefs moved Eric Warfield back to the starting right corner. In recent weeks Warfield had been relegated to the second team defense in preparation for his possible four game suspensions.

Special Teams:
Punters Nick Murphy and Dustin Colquitt both had exceptional days. Each of them kicked numerous balls that wound up being net 45 to 50 yard punts.

Other Chiefs Notes:
Freddie Mitchell, the Chiefs newest addition at wide receiver is expected to be on the field and working with his teammates for the first time today.

Although Mini-camp officially ends today the Chiefs rookies will remain in Kansas City for one more week. Rookies will be spending the next week in the classroom as they get their last chance to brush up on things before heading to River Falls.

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