Day 13: Training Camp Quick Hitters (AM Practice)

It felt like you could cut the air with a knife it was so humid and muggy at training camp this morning as the Chiefs had a very physical practice. DE Eric Hicks and C Casey Wiegmann engaged in one of the best fights of camp so far.

Defensive Tackles Junior Siavii and John Browning returned to practice today. Siavii did not have a particularly good showing in the scrimmages, but did show a couple flashes of his power and quickness in some tough battles versus the offensive linemen in drills. Browning was more consistent, applying good pressure in the backfield and dominating the reserve offensive linemen in the drills.

Kris Griffin continued his impressive play at outside linebacker, which is his main position now, after taking most of his reps in the middle during the first week of camp. Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham got him a little bit this morning but he responded with another strong practice.

The play of the day was an interception by linebacker Derrick Johnson, who dropped 20 yards back in zone coverage and covered a lot of ground showcasing his speed and agility to make the pick.

Chris Horn continues to be the third wide receiver in the three receiver sets with the first team offense, making a couple nice grabs, one was for a beautiful touchdown catch behind Kawika Mitchell and just beyond the outstretched arms of safety Greg Wesley, who threw his helmet to the turf in frustration, as it was the last play of the two-minute drill and the defense had held the offense out of the end-zone for the entire drill until that play.

Cornerback Benny Sapp took all the snaps as the nickel-back with the first team defense while McCleon fills in for Warfield at cornerback. Coach Vermeil said the nickel was a very competitive position and he wasn't sure if Sapp would be the nickel back if the season started today.

Running Back Dee Brown received 12 carries in the goal line and 11 on 11 scrimmages. The heavy workload is due to Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson not practicing, and Sam Gado's injury. Robert Holcombe continued to work primarily at halfback and Ronnie Cruz at fullback.

Kicker Lawrence Tynes missed another kick this morning, making three of four. Vermeil is tiring of the fact that Tynes rarely goes a day without a miss.

Wide receiver Samie Parker made several nice grabs in one of his most productive days at camp.

Eric Hicks was is rare form today, taking right tackle Kevin Sampson to school as well as all the offensive linemen during drills. He was all fired up after his fight with Wiegmann; taking out his anger on everyone he faced the rest of the practice.

Next update after this afternoons practice.

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