Glenn Dorsey's triumphant arrival made media and fans flock like hummingbirds to nectar, and the most expensive Chief started his day by jawing with linemate Tamba Hali about whose college program was superior. But soon it was time to get to work.
Head Coach Herm Edwards introduced the rookie defensive tackle to NFL life with the longest training camp practice I can recall the last two years – a full hour and 45 minutes, which is nothing compared to, say, a Dick Vermeil grinder, but a good 30 minutes longer than the average Edwards session.
Dorsey was included among the first quartet of defensive linemen to hit Tim Krumrie's blocking sleds during drills, completed his first rope drill perfectly, and got plenty of action in one-on-one matchups and 11-on-11's. When practice was over, however, there was no ceremonial goalpost-duct-tape crucifixion or Gatorade waterfall, the hazing that befell Dwayne Bowe a year ago.
Instead, Dorsey simply walked off the practice field, got mobbed by reporters, and then wearily hauled his first-round posterior to the locker room. See you tomorrow, rookie, and stay away from the cheese curds.
The Chiefs broke out the bootleg for an extensive look today during offensive drills, as Brodie Croyle, Tyler Thigpen and yes, even the not-so-nimble Damon Huard took turns rolling out. The play saw limited success, as it usually only resulted in a short dumpoff, and Alfonso Boone did a fantastic job staying at home and putting pressure on the passer on one occasion.
Everyone has known for months that new center Rudy Niswanger is bigger than his predecessor, Casey Wiegmann, but seeing him up close, there's quite a difference in their physique. Wiegmann wasn't exactly the most muscular lineman in the world. Niswanger looks chiseled, especially for a 300-pounder, and his legs are stout. It's safe to say he won't be getting shoved eight yards into the backfield all year long.
Connor Barth and Nick Novak both hit three of four field goals today, with the furthest attempt coming from 42 yards out.
Glenn Dorsey may be younger, richer and more popular than Brian Waters, but he's got a ways to go before he gets the better of him in an NFL practice. Today the rookie and the veteran clashed in one-on-one pass rush drills, with the elder getting the better of his youthful counterpart twice.
Chiefs fans are already in love with Glenn Dorsey. One inventive fan clutched a combination helmet sporting LSU and Chiefs colors and logos. Several others were decked out in brand new #72 jerseys.
PLAYS OF THE DAY
Kolby Smith must hear Jamaal Charles and Jackie Battle breathing down his neck. In 11-on-11 drills today he took a pitch right, cut back to his left and met safety Bernard Pollard in open space. Pollard squared up to make the tackle but only bounced off Smith and ended up on the ground as the running back sprinted downfield.
Damon Huard threw an ill-advised pass over the middle to receiver Bobby Sippio, who actually got his hands on the football before he was rudely greeted by new Chiefs linebacker DeMorrio Williams. The ball popped up in the air and Williams snatched it clean before heading down the left sideline for imaginary paydirt.
Brodie Croyle had all day to throw the football, but couldn't find anyone on a short or intermediate route. Finally, he uncorked a gorgeous-looking bomb down the middle of the practice field, and it sliced through the clear blue Wisconsin sky toward Dwayne Bowe. The accurate pass would have resulted in the longest play of training camp had it not been for blanket coverage from rookie cornerback Brandon Carr, whose presence forced a drop by Bowe. Not bad for a fifth-round pick.
Branden Albert continues to impress. In one-on-one pass rush drills he handled Tamba Hali three out of four times. The third-year defensive end got the better of Albert once with an inside move, but the next time Hali tried that tactic he was stonewalled.
DeMorrio Williams showed why the Chiefs went after him in free agency today. He was simply all over the place. In addition to his earlier interception, the speedy Williams laid some wood on a receiver after a short dumpoff, darn near blew up fullback Chris Manderino after a short catch in 11-on-11's and near the end of practice, raced across the field and stopped Tyler Thigpen from gaining any significant yardage on another bootleg. Best of all, he drew praise from Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham.
Collectively, the Chiefs didn't catch the football well this afternoon. In addition to the above drop, Dwayne Bowe couldn't reel in an intermediate pass (with Carr once again all over him like glue) in 7-on-7 drills. Tony Gonzalez, Michael Allan and Larry Johnson also dropped passes.
Jamaal Charles committed the first fumble of training camp by a non-quarterback. Someone tell him about Derrick Ross, quick.
"Don't come in here and go like this. You tattoo his ass!"
- Defensive line coach Tim Krumrie, using yet another colorful metaphor.
"Guys, it's gonna be like that. Keep going. That's what it is. It's a dogfight!"
- Krumrie, describing NFL life in the trenches.
"Way to go, five-three."
- Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, doling out some well-deserved praise to linebacker DeMorrio Williams.
"I don't think Dwayne's gonna get me. He's gonna catch me, but I'm gonna fight him."
- Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, revealing his anti-hazing plan.
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