Day 5: Training Camp Quick Hitters (PM Practice)

Things heated up in the afternoon practice as the defense showed up with a little more vigor than they had in the morning session.

Individual Drills:
Before the 9-on-7 and 11-11 drills took place I spent time watching the linebackers, tight ends, and running backs work on pass defense. In those drills Ronnie Cruz took on a jam from Rich Scanlon and leveled Scanlon as he released off of the line of scrimmage.

On another play Larry Johnson showed great concentration by catching a ball right along side Kawika Mitchell when Mitchell was in perfect position. It was fun to watch Keyaron Fox and Kris Wilson battle one another in the passing drills; they were one for one when the drills concluded.

On the other side of the field the corner backs and wide receivers were facing one another and it turned out to be a tough day for corner Dewayne Washington. According to my colleague Mike Nugent, every receiver that faced Washington was able to catch a pass.

11-on-11 Drills:
Dexter McCleon had a nice play in coverage where he knocked down a pass intended for Sammie Parker about 40 yards down the field.

Linebacker Kawika Mitchell came clean on a middle blitz for what would have resulted in a Trent Green sack.

Marc Boerigter beat Dewayne Washington to haul in a long over the shoulder touchdown pass from Todd Collins.

Craphonso Thorpe had a nice catch down the right sideline that would have resulted in a 40 yard touchdown.

A couple other observations I made during 11-on11's was Kris Wilson's ability to recognize and pick up the blitz. Defensive tackle Montique Sharpe also had a strong practice as he applied consistent pressure from the middle.

Larry Johnson also had a nice over the shoulder touchdown catch where he found himself all alone in the corner of the end zone.

9-on-7 Drills:
Keyaron Fox was the standout player of the 9-on-7's. On two occasions he game up to deliver bone crushing blows on Priest Holmes as Holmes was trying to run off of right tackle. Fox also had two other instances where he ran all the way across the field to make the tackle on runs that were going to the left side.

During the 9-on-7's you could really see Gunther Cunningham's personality come out in the defense. It has been a long time since I have seen Kansas City linebackers and defensive linemen play downhill with this much tenacity.

Other Chiefs Notes:
Chris Bober continued to see work at right guard with the first team offense while teammate Kevin Sampson worked at right tackle.

Scott Fujita worked with the second team at left outside linebacker.

Punter Dustin Colquitt had two huge punts in the afternoon. Both punts traveled 60 to 65 yards before they even bounced.

Ryan Sims was held out of the afternoon practice after he sustained a blow to the head in the latter portions of the morning practice.

Good news on the Will Shields front. According to Coach Vermeil, Shields is currently on his way back to River Falls after seeing his own doctors in Kansas City.

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