Day 9: Training Camp Quick Hitters (Am Practice)

River Falls, Wisconsin: On Friday morning the Kansas City Chiefs returned to practice. Some familiar names sat out while some of the young kids had time to show off their talents in the morning workout. We have the latest news and notes from the spirited workout.

Offense Notes:
The Chiefs will bring in another Tight End to camp today as Kris Wilson and Edwin Thompson are getting too many reps while Jason Dunn is recovering from back spasms and Tony Gonzalez works only one practice a day.

Coach Vermeil said that if the regular season opened today and Will Shields was unable to play an entire game, Guard John Welbourn would likely get the start, but he would be comfortable with Chris Bober as well. Both have received about the same # of snaps with the first team in Shields absence.

None of the wide receivers have really stood out in 11 on 11 scrimmages, partially due to unspectacular play on their part, but mostly due to the pass rush, which has hindered the time the Quarterbacks have had to throw. That's both good and bad, as we haven't seen too many long balls attempted. Samie Parker had a decent day today after a mostly quiet camp, catching both balls thrown his way in live scrimmages. Parker beat Patrick Surtain on a nice post pattern for a long gain, and caught a curl route in front of Dexter McCleon.

Chris Horn make a couple grabs but dropped a ball right in his hands, and Jeris McIntyre was open briefly for a long bomb tossed by Quarterback James Killian, but cornerback Alphonso Hodge showed remarkable recovery speed to break up the pass, however he was called for interference on the play by an official working the scrimmage for the Chiefs. John Booth made a nice grab in front of cornerback Justin Perkins tossed by QB James Killian in one of the longest completions of the day.

Quarterbacks Trent Green and Todd Collins have been very good so far, although Green is getting fewer reps than he would like. Collins is benefiting from all the work and is showing why he has been in the league all these years and continues to have the trust of coordinator Al Saunders. Damon Huard seems to be having a tough camp and is showing some frustration, and at times it appears that 7th round pick James Killian is outplaying him. It's too early for a prediction with no preseason games played yet, but don't be shocked if Killian ends up with the 3rd team spot, or at least an opportunity to take it away from Huard with time given in the preseason games.

Defensive Notes:
Jerome Woods was back on the practice field today working today at Free Safety but still with the second team defense.

Sammy Knight received praise from Gunther Cunningham on numerous occasions when he was perfect on making various defensive calls in situational walkthroughs.

In 11-on-11 drills Dexter McCleon ran stride for stride with Dante Hall to bat down what would have been a reception on a deep out. McCleon also missed a near interception later in the practice as he stepped in front of Larry Johnson on the left sideline.

During 7-on-7's Keyaron Fox did a nice job of jumping up and knocking the ball away from receiver Darrell Hill in the far left corner of the end zone.

During 11-on-11's Kawika Mitchell came shooting through the "A" on gap on two separate occasions to get a Todd Collins sack on one play and a Larry Johnson stop in the backfield on another.

Rookie corner Alphonso Hodge seemed to struggle a bit this morning against receivers John Booth and Jeris McIntyre. Booth had a couple of big catches over Hodge in the 11-on-11's sessions.

Derrick Johnson had his usual morning where he blows up every single outside run on his side of the field. Johnson also appeared as the lone linebacker (middle linebacker) when the Chiefs went to their dime package of six defensive backs.

Gary Stills had a rather strong practice at outside linebacker today. This was the first time I have seen Stills look capable of handling duties at linebacker. That is not a knock on Stills; it's just acknowledging the huge transition he has to make from defensive end to linebacker.

Lional Dalton, Eric Hicks, Jared Allen, and Kawika Mitchell all had sacks in the morning practice.

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