Chambers, who had the best statistical season of any of the Chiefs wideouts last year, didn't begin his 2010 training camp on a high note. After dropping a very catchable ball in 7-on-7 drills, Chambers again dropped another perfect pass from Matt Cassel, prompting some grumblings from a gimpy Charlie Weis.
Despite the poor start, Chambers appeared to gain his composure at the tail end of practice in the final patch of 11-on-11 drills. He caught a beautifully thrown pass by Cassel as he streaked down the field for what appeared to be a 45-50 yard touchdown catch.
He's a crafty veteran that the Chiefs are relying on to solidify a wide receiver depth chart that is very weak. Since it is just the first official practice of the 2010 season, I am willing to give the 10-year veteran the benefit of the doubt. If, after the first week of practice, Chambers is still having miscues, the Chiefs may need to seriously consider making a move for another veteran WR to bring into camp, if they are not already.
Ironically enough, however, the player whose concentration levels have been questioned the most had the best day of any of the wideouts.
Bowe was flawless on Friday.
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Dwayne Bowe took his foot out of his mouth for a change and used both to make a set of spectacular sideline catches in the 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 drills. Bowe didn't make any comments after practice, but had a wide smile and exaggerated swagger as he left the field and signed autographs for pleading fans. After an off-season of constant missteps with the media, Bowe displayed the skills that could make him an All-Pro this season.
Much concern has been voiced by Chiefs fans about the ability of second-round draft pick Dexter McCluster to run across the middle of an NFL defense with his 5'8", 170 pound frame. However, fans didn't have to wait long to see how he would react to a safety trying to take his head off.
As DMC ran a slant route across the middle and partially extended his hands for the catch, former Ole Miss teammate and fellow rookie Kendrick Lewis laid the most powerful hit of the day on the smallest player on the roster. Without hesitation, both players jumped back up to their feet and exchanged helmet slaps as McCluster returned to the huddle unscathed.
Overall, McCluster had an extremely productive day that showcased why the Chiefs invested the high pick on the underweight receiver. McCluster lined up as both a wideout and a running back. Regardless of rushing or receiving, the speedy, multipositional player made every would-be tackler look like an amateur. If the first day is any indication of things to come, expect a great year from McCluster.
Run DMC has that wow factor already.
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The most surprising development of the day, from a receiving standpoint at least, came from Quinten Lawrence. Many in the media, myself included, thought Lawrence was a long shot to make the 53-man roster, but the second year receiver got a lot of looks from the coaching staff today. This indicates one of two possible scenarios: the Chiefs' coaching staff has not given up on the young receiver and believes he could contribute to improving this offense, or they want to take one final look at the former sixth-round pick before releasing him.
The later seems to make the most sense. Lawrence was drafted to solidify the kick return position, not to compete for a major receiving role. With the addition of McCluster and Javier Arenas, there wouldn't appear to be a spot for Lawrence. He does, however, have some top-notch speed, and if he could transition into a reliable receiver, Lawrence could give the Chiefs a much needed deep threat.