The defensive linemen went toe-to-toe with the offensive linemen in a drill to test the pass rush. Defensive tackle Alex Magee blew past rookie guard Tyler Eastman in what would have surely been a horrific assault on a quarterback. Defensive end Tyson Jackson lost his helmet after offensive lineman Jon Asamoah knocked it clean off. Tackle Ryan O'Callaghan looked winded after trying to stop defensive end Glenn Dorsey. There were some minor words exchanged between the two parties, but nothing to be concerned of.
Speaking of tense language, some members of the coaching staff had words to spew that made Chiefs fans in the stands either gasp or laugh, and it mainly came from Charlie Weis while patrolling the offense's skill sets. Weis is still recovering from an operation on his right knee, but it didn't slow him down any, physically or verbally.
The turf was a little soggy and slippery after an early morning rain shower, which made the temperature hover around a humid 100°F. But that didn't stop local Chiefs fans from coming out in full force to support their team, and it's clearly obvious now that training camp's relocation to St. Joe is a huge hit. Just like a home game at Arrowhead, the fans are cheering after big plays and sighing at the missed catches and tackles.
All three quarterbacks had solid outings in 11-on-11 drills. Brodie Croyle saw the most action, connecting on many of his passes. Croyle's targets were plenty, ranging from receivers on deep passes to running backs on screens. The problem is, Croyle was taking tons of time in the pocket, which left him vulnerable to the defensive linemen. If it were a game-time situation, he surely would have had a face full of turf.
Palko had his best day in camp.
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Matt Cassel showed composure on the field despite his limited snaps; his favorite target was Dwayne Bowe, who caught a handful of passes in tough spots and once again drew applause from the crowd and support from his coaches. Chris Chambers caught a pass from Cassel over his head which, if it were a baseball he was looking to snag, would give you shades of Willie Mays.
The quarterback who was on the receiving end on lots of the applause happened to be Tyler Palko, but it was because he was handing off to running backs Jamaal Charles and Kestahn Moore, both of whom broke through hordes of defenders for long runs.
After a solid day at practice, Cassel spoke with the media and laughed when children began to chant "Brodie! Brodie!" during his presser; Croyle was signing autographs nearby.
Don't get too caught up in it, though, or call for another so-called "quarterback controversy", because from the little we've seen so far from Cassel in St. Joe, you can tell that working with Weis has clearly paid off for him. Working with a coach who is well prepared and successful has rubbed off onto Cassel.
"I know that coach Haley, Charlie, and the rest of the staff have been putting in a tremendous amount of time in," he said. "I know they're up every night until about 1:30, 2:00 in the morning, and they get up early."
Cassel said that he thinks his teammates are "more comfortable" around him now that he enters his second season with the team and seemingly has a firm grasp on the playbook. Cassel is prepared and he knows full well that this season is going to be a good one for him and the Chiefs' offense.
Five Things to Remember:
1. LB Derrick Johnson – He's not backing down from the "guarantee" he gave us at OTAs: Johnson still plans on being a starting linebacker for the 2010 season. While it's still early for anybody to grab a firm spot on the depth chart, Johnson has a strong chance to get one, and you can tell that he knows six years is far too long for a player to break out in the league, but 2010 may be very well be his year.
(For more on DJ, check out our feature on the front page.)
2.Boy, it's hot outside – While they weren't necessarily injured, players such as Bowe and Thomas Jones had to ride in carts off the field because of the heat and physical strain of early practice. The heat surely is getting to the players, but with strong camps from both Bowe and Jones, it's a no-brainer that they have high hopes for the coming season in trying to get in top shape.
Second year man Kestahn Moore has been very impressive in camp.
3. RB Kestahn Moore – He's making a strong showing as the Chiefs' third running back option. While he slipped on a few runs, it wasn't entirely his fault due to the soggy turf. He seems to get the most action from screen passes, which could make him a great change-up back in order to fool defenses.
4.WR Dwayne Bowe – Not only is Bowe catching praise from his coaches and fellow players, but has heard plenty of applause from the fans in St. Joe. It's remarkable to think that a guy who's been on a shoestring in the past few seasons has seemed to give us a reason to forgive him, for this may be his chance to redeem himself.
5.Speedy front defenders – You can tell that the front three linemen have spent a ton of time in the weight room as of late. Ron Edwards, Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey were downright abusing their opposition, and were quick to bounce right back on their feet if they just so happened to be taken down. I don't think I've seen Chiefs linemen this big run so fast in a long time.