Haley began his presser lauding the effort he had seen in the drills, but one of the first questions posed to him was about Page. Almost out of habit, Haley declined to comment on players who were absent, rather focusing on "the guys who [were there]." Page has yet to sign his tender, following the same fashion as he did last year in waiting it out.
Chris Chambers isn't taking anything for granted.
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The addition of Eric Berry may have something to do with Page's absence. But like the Chiefs' brass says, there is competition everywhere and nobody has a set spot on the depth chart just yet.
Wide receiver Chris Chambers echoed that statement, saying, "I can't just say I have this job". He added that in such an early stage, the Chiefs are just finding their footing. Though he was the Chiefs' top pick in this year's draft, Berry himself didn't practice much. Jon McGraw and Reshard Langford were the starting safeties.
To me, the most fascinating player to watch on the field was Dexter McCluster. He was listed as a wide receiver and ran drills with them all practice. When asked in the locker room about whether he would be utilized as a running back or a wide receiver, McCluster said he had "no preference" but would like to get some playing time as a kick or punt returner. He said it's too early to tell what role he would play on the Chiefs and that it's a "day-by-day" process.
A few players were limited or restricted from practice due to injuries or conditioning. Jamaal Charles was on the field for a brief period of time, but it was Thomas Jones and Javarris Williams who got most of the handoffs. Cornerback Brandon Flowers, tight end Tony Moeaki, and wide receivers Lance Long and Quinten Lawrence were also missing in action on the field.
Matt Cassel has a lot to prove in 2010.
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Quarterbacks Matt Cassel, Brodie Croyle, Matt Gutierrez, and Tyler Palko were like magnets around new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, showing that his philosophy is clearly sticking with them already. When asked about Cassel, Haley said that the "one-year rule" applied to Cassel in that he should show improvement under a stabilized playbook and improved offense. After all, it was Haley who declared these OTAs as the time where the Chiefs are going to find their own system and identity.
That wraps up my update for the first day of organized team activities. Check back with Warpaint Illustrated.com in the coming days for more Chiefs news straight from Arrowhead Stadium.