Asked when he expected to return to the field, Charles noted that he would see more action when his doctor clears him. "I'm not going to rush it. I'm just going to go out there and practice when it's time my time to practice. There's still a bunch of practices ahead of me."
Quarterback Matt Cassel looked like the franchise quarterback Chiefs fans have been counting on, connecting on eight of nine passes in both a scrimmage and two-minute drill. Brodie Croyle took snaps at quarterback as well, but mainly handed off to his running back.
When thrown to, the Chiefs' wide receivers had some tough catches, but nonetheless made them completions. Cassel got fired up in practice, and as head coach Todd Haley noted, "he's an excitable guy, which you like that about him."
Cassel has to keep composure.
Haley asserted that Cassel has "got to keep control. He was yelling at the officials. The official happened to be me. He said I made a bad call." Cassel looked efficient in the two-minute drill, controlling the clock and taking time to look down the field to see the open receiver.
Of those receivers, Dwayne Bowe had a solid day, one enough which left him a big grin when talking to reporters in the locker room. He spoke to reporters about his controversial interview with ESPN The Magazine, claiming that he was "definitely misquoted" and was misunderstood.
However, in the same conversation with reporters, he also said that he couldn't quite remember when the interview took place. "I really can't remember, man," Bowe said. "That's why I'm still stuck in a daze." Bowe closed the conversation by mistakenly apologizing to "the Clarks," when in fact he was speaking of the Hunt family, led by Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt.
Another receiver who had a fantastic day on the field was Dexter McCluster, who blew past safety Kendrick Lewis for what would surely be a touchdown. The play left almost the entire team and even us sideline reporters in awe.
McCluster shines in Red Zone.
In the locker room after practice, McCluster showed off his cleats from practice, which sported a broken sole. McCluster added that he had practiced and ran so hard that his shoe had broken in half. He noted that the same thing had happened to him while playing for the Ole Miss Rebels, but it was on the other foot. It should surely add to the lore of McCluster being the fastest player on the team.
On defense, I noticed that both Kendrick Lewis and Eric Berry were getting the most reps at safety. Cornerback Donald Washington was also playing some as a safety. After practice, I asked Washington what his preference would be: corner or safety. ""I just wanna play, I feel like I can do either or, I'm not gonna say I wanna do either or."
There's plenty of competition at the safety position, especially since Jarrad Page is still absent from OTAs. In his press conference, Haley noted that Washington was a guy he's "really excited about." Haley confirmed that the staff was considering moving Washington over to safety while also noting that "the corner position is getting better everyday." I could see just that with the effort by Travis Daniels. In scrimmages, Daniels had yet another stellar day, recording two consecutive interceptions.
Haley ended his press conference noting that with OTAs halfway over, "when we get to mini camp, we'll more than likely start over… then in training camp, we'll start over again." The Chiefs have a long way to go, but today definitely proved that they've made enormous steps forward.
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