Unfortunately for the large group of fans that gathered to see him, Derrick Johnson was fairly quiet in his debut practice. Johnson spent the entire practice running with the second team defense at left outside linebacker, the same spot he manned throughout mini-camp and OTA's.
Johnson never did anything special throughout the practice and for once he looked like your run of the mill linebacker. I do however have a suspicion that Johnson will show up big tonight under the lights of Ramer Field.
Keyaron Fox had another strong morning in 9-on-7 drills. Over the past few practices Fox has shown he possess the power and toughness to be a consistent play maker in run support.
Kendrell Bell stood out on a couple of plays in 11-on-11 drills where he met running back Larry Johnson head on. The second play was the most impressive because he met Johnson in the left flat on a screen and then ripped the ball right out of Johnson's hands for a turnover.
The interior of the defensive line was once again outstanding in the morning as Ryan Sims and Lional Dalton each had explosive plays that collapsed the pocket. Dalton and fellow defensive tackle Montique Sharpe each recorded back to back sacks followed by forced fumbles.
Defensive End Carlos Hall saw action at right defensive end with the second team defense. On two occasions Hall took an inside move to cause the pocket to collapse on the left side. I am still amazed at how much power he has for a guy his size. He has such good leverage and lower body strength that he can match up against players that outweigh him by 70 pounds.
Running back Larry Johnson ripped off a 30 yard touchdown when he bounced to the outside on a run off of left tackle. Johnson showed a nice burst of speed on the play as he was able to accelerate just at the right moment to burst through a seam between Kawika Mitchell and Dexter McCleon.
Wide Receiver Eddie Kennison had nice 20 yard catch on a crossing route between Kawika Mitchell, Dexter McCleon, and Greg Wesley. On the following play Larry Johnson took a screen pass for 25 yards up the right sideline for a touchdown.
Craphonso Thorpe had a nice catch on the sideline against some very tight coverage by cornerback Alphonso Hodge. Thorpe was running full speed on a out pattern yet he managed to extend to make the catch and keep both feet in bounds.
Strong Safety Sammie Knight showed off his awareness this morning when he put himself in prefect position to decleat Marc Beorigter on a deep post. Luckily for Beorigter Knight decided to spare his teammate and pull up.
Kicker Lawrence Tynes had several good kick offs during special teams practice. One kick in particular came close to sailing out of the back of the end zone.
The kickoff coverage unit looks like an intimidating bunch with Boomer Grigsby, Rich Scanlon, Keyaron Fox, Benny Sapp and Derrick Johnson all manning spots on the first team today.
In other Chiefs News…
Lional Dalton, Eric Hicks, Jared Allen, Montique Sharpe, and Ryan Sims all recorded sacks in the morning session.
Chris Bober continued to see work at right guard with the first team offense while teammate Kevin Sampson worked at right tackle.
Scott Fujita, Tony Gonzalez, Junior Siavii, Priest Holmes, Jerome Woods, Willie Roaf, and Richard Smith were all held out of the morning practice.
John Browning participated in individual drills but did not take part in the team drills.
The Chiefs released offensive guard Forest Vance to make room for Derrick Johnson on the roster. Vance was an un-drafted rookie free agent from California-Davis.
Day 6: Training Camp Quick Hitters (AM Practice)
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