Drum Beats 8/19

This weekend's camp was a tale of two practices for the Kansas City Chiefs. Saturday's practice didn't have a ton of energy, and at times, it looked like the sweltering heat had an effect. Sunday's affair was much better. The players went out in pads and looked like a team gearing up for the season.

Tight end Jason Dunn returned to practice Sunday, and didn't look too far off his old self. The veteran tight end has some rust to knock off after being out for most of the offseason, but looked in good shape. He ran pretty well and followed through with his feet on his blocks. If he can stay healthy and involved, Dunn still blocks as well as anyone on the team.

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Yesterday, it looked like running back Priest Holmes might be up for some some contact, but unfortunately he didn't make it onto the practice field yet again. Holmes did put on pads and do some individual stuff - sprinting, running routes and taking mock handoffs - but that was it.

After practice, coach Herm Edwards said it was a mutual decision between the Chiefs and Holmes, that he just isn't ready for contact. This means the earliest anyone may see Holmes on the field is next week in St. Louis, if at all. Holmes may be a candidate for the Physically Unable to Perform list to start the season.

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Since his arrival in camp, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has been steadily improving. He's still got a lot to learn, which you could see in last week's game against the Dolphins, but he gets better every time he hits the field. With those physical gifts, I think he will start the season as the number two receiver. Bowe naturally puts himself between the ball and the defender, and the Chiefs want to get the ball out of the quarterback's hands as soon as possible, which makes him the perfect player to start opposite Eddie Kennison.

Bowe still needs to work on his blocking, as there were a couple of missed downfield blocks in the Dolphins game. Still, it was his first NFL game, and he shows the willingness, which is important. He's got time, it's just something to watch for next game.

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Wide receiver Rod Gardner, has been quietly having a good camp. He's made it back to the field after suffering a slight injury setback. Before he went out he was having a great camp. Gardner's been catching everything in practice and he's got exactly the right size for the way the Chiefs want to play offense.

It looks like the wide receiver corps going to get a shakeup this season. Gardner's a guy who could catch on.

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