Saturday Minicamp Recap

In front of 10,000 fans at Arrowhead Stadium, the Kansas City Chiefs conducted their second day of mini-camp. It was a controlled practice, as usual, but some players continued to stand out.

DE Turk McBride - Another player who's stock is rising. He spent some time in the Chiefs backfield Saturday and showed a quick burst closing on the quarterbacks. What also stood out was his solid run defense. All you can ask from a defensive end in these types of practices is that he's in the right position to make tackles. The Chiefs really need McBride to step up at defensive end so they can move Alfonso Boone back inside.

DT Tank Tyler - He had an unofficial sack on the day but he's doing a much better job of splitting double teams. That's something he didn't do well a year ago until the final three games of the season, when his playing time increased. I'm still not sure why Tyler is behind veteran Ron Edwards, who sat out the practice due to an injury, but the Chiefs need their young tackle to step up.

DT Glenn Dorsey - I've noticed several times since the opening of OTAs that Dorsey has the tendency to jump offsides on hard counts. I don't think it'll be a problem come opening day, but Dorsey's motor is always running, so he needs to make sure this doesn't become an issue during training camp.

RB Jamaal Charles - Today, viewing the field from the press box, it was clear how well he sees the field and makes adjustments in mid run. He reminds me a lot of the late Joe Delaney. I hate to use that comparison but it's about the best I can think of. Charles is really something when he gets moving. He finds a seam and he's off to the races.

S DaJuan Morgan - Veteran safety Bernard Pollard needs to step up, because Morgan has been impressive. Today he broke up a sure touchdown pass – a Brodie Croyle pass intended for Maurice Price – through pure speed and instinct. Morgan has emerged this week and as I stated earlier this week, I'd like to see what he and Jarrad Page can do together.

TE Tony Gonzalez - After the birth of his daughter last week, Gonzalez was back on the field today, catching balls in the middle of the field. The Chiefs must get him the ball in crunch time and in the red zone this year. I think he'll shine in Chan Gailey's new offense. It's heavy on two tight end sets, and it also puts him outside in the slot on occasion.

WR Devard Darling - He made a terrific adjustment on one route where he was the only target in the pass pattern. He caught a strike from Croyle in the end zone before falling out of bounds. It was probably a player that would require instant replay analysis, but what impressed me was that Darling kept giving his quarterback a great angle to throw the ball.


Nick's Notes:

WR Maurice Price - He made two outstanding plays today – one of them a touchdown – and right now I can't see a reason to keep him off the roster. Today was a good day for the wide receivers and Price was among them.

QB Damon Huard - Not a lot of reps for the veteran signal caller. I'm not sure what that means but there's a rumor circulating that the Chiefs might have an interest in Joey Harrington. Stay tuned to Warpaint Illustrated for more on that subject.

RB Dantrelle Savage - Can anyone give me one reason why he wasn't drafted? He's a lot like Charles, but has more bulk. The Chiefs have to find a way to keep him on the roster. He's not the fastest runner, but has great lower-body strength.

TE Michael Allan - He's been a bit lost in the shuffle thus far in the workouts, but had a nice touchdown catch today in the red zone. He's in an uphill battle with third-round pick Brad Cottam, who's already ahead of him on the depth chart. Unless the Chiefs move Michael Merritt to fullback, Allan will have to really shine in training camp to make the team.

Clark Hunt - The Chiefs Chairman of the Board was in attendance today. We already know he's active behind the scenes, but today he had a first hand opportunity to see his new draft picks. I'm sure he hoped for a bigger crowd, but his presence today was important for the fans.

RB Larry Johnson/WR Dwayne Bowe - For the second straight year they made every effort, staying long after the practice session was over to sign as many autographs as possible. It was a first class move by both players.


Injury Notes:

G Brian Waters - He participated in a few drills today, but he's still nursing a sore hamstring. He'll likely have a light load the rest of the OTA sessions.

DT Ron Edwards - He was also out nursing an undisclosed injury. It was beneficial for the Chiefs, however, because guys like Tank Tyler and T.J. Jackson received more reps.

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