Day 19: Training Camp Quick Hitters (AM Practice)

The Chiefs had an intense practice this morning under sunny skies and mild temperatures in the 60's. Coach Vermeil said the practice was, "Outstanding, they're working with a sense of urgency"

Coach Vermeil was asked, of course, about the incident Saturday night involving Defensive Tackle Junior Siavii and Safety Greg Wesley, and the course of action the team would take, "We're going to put Junior (Siavii) in Leavenworth (Kansas) for a 15 year prison term" he said jokingly. Vermeil added, "It will be handled properly, believe me."

Jimmy Wilkerson took the majority of snaps with the first team defense this morning at Right Defensive End, normally occupied by Jared Allen. Coach Vermeil indicated that Wilkerson might start next weeks game vs. the Arizona Cardinals, but that the coaches are primarily looking at using Wilkerson on run defense schemes and Jared Allen on pass defense schemes.

Tight End Edwin Thompson made a nice touchdown grab, burning linebacker Gary Stills, who was in position but didn't knock the pass down.

Linebacker Kendrell Bell looked good this morning, although not allowed to make full contact yet, his speed and awareness were apparent in 7 on 7 pass coverage drills.

Running Back Larry Johnson was impressive, scoring on a run up the middle. Even if there had been tackling in this scrimmage it appeared Johnson would have scored. This drew the ire of Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham, who grabbed linebacker Boomer Grigsby and nearly threw him off his feet, telling Grigsby he would tolerate no more excuses for not lining up properly and adjusting to the shifts of the offense.

A few plays later, Cunningham literally ran into the line of scrimmage causing the snap to be delayed as he screamed at his linebackers. If Quarterback Damon Huard hadn't seen Cunningham and had snapped the ball, it could have been dangerous for the Defensive Coordinator, who was so focused on his defenders he either didn't realize or didn't care about the physical jeopardy he was in by running into the line just before the snap. This will not be an easy week for Chiefs defensive personnel, as Cunningham seems to have turned it up a notch, a notion that didn't seem possible to this reporter.

Brett Williams played Left Tackle this morning, and Left Defensive End Jimmy Wilkerson was beating him badly on almost every play. Wilkerson has played well all camp, but smells the opportunity for a starting assignment and took Williams to school this morning with intense effort and flawless technique.

Safety Greg Wesley and Linebacker Kendrell Bell teamed up to stop a running play in the backfield for a loss.

Wilkerson batted down a James Killian pass in the goal-line defense and nearly came up with the interception as well.

Cornerback Justin Perkins bats a pass out of Wide Receiver Chris Horn's hands, but on the next play Horn made a great reception, hanging on to the ball this time in spite of getting flung to the ground by Cornerback Alphonso Hodge, who had good coverage. Horn has caught nearly everything thrown his was today.

Running Back Larry Johnson caught a touchdown pass from James Killian as Gary Stills had the coverage but again could not prevent the completion.

Wide Receiver Darrel Hill caught a long pass, again thrown by Killian, in spite of good coverage by Alphonso Hodge. The gain went for about 30 yards and both Hill and Killian were congratulated by Offensive Coordinator Al Saunders as they returned to the huddle.

Defensive Tackle Arrion Dixon had to sprint down the field and back for blowing an assignment, per Coach Karmelowicz's orders, during an 11 0n 11 scrimmage. His chances of making this team could improve if Siavii's discipline problems are sever in nature.

Linebacker Gary Stills gave up a third touchdown of the morning's practice, this time Tight End Kris Wilson makes the scoring grab.

Kris Wilson hauled in another touchdown in goal-line work, this time beating the coverage of Safety Shaunard Harts.

Kicker Lawrence Tynes made both of his field goal attempts, from 38 and 44 yards.

Offensive Tackle Willie Roaf, Guards Will Shields and John Welbourn, Wide Receiver Marc Boerigter, and Running Backs Priest Holmes and Sam Gado will practice this afternoon, as they are being limited to one practice a day. Trent Green will take a full turn as well, though he did get in a couple of passing plays this morning.

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