Wide receiver Dexter McCluster looks like a natural born return man. His ability to catch kickoffs and glide down the field with ease could make every Chiefs fan forget the name Dante Hall.
If you think he has an extra gear running passing routes, you should see him in the return game. My guess is that he'll find the end zone at some point before the Chiefs hit their bye week three games into the season.
Berry getting sound advice.
Cornerback Javier Arenas was drafted primarily as the teams nickel/blitzing corner. But he also possesses the skills to be as deadly as McCluster returning punts.
These guys have us so giddy that if the Chiefs can avoid the temptation to have one man handle both duties, opposing special teams coaches likely will angle for the coffin corners on punts and just kick the ball out of bounds on kickoffs.
They are simply that gifted as return men. And for the record, they're not too shabby at their drafted positions either. Pioli really hit a home run in the first round with safety Eric Berry. But he flat out stole Arenas and McCluster in the second round.
And to make things even more interesting, Dwayne Bowe got into the act Monday afternoon on special teams.
Succop showed he was indeed human on Monday missing a couple field goals.
Five to Remember
1. K Ryan Succop - We were about to praise him for not missing a single field goal attempt in practice. But he missed a pair of them today and that's beyond rare. Mr. Automatic was the team's best rookie a year ago. With an improved offense, he might not get as many attempts as last season. But today, he could have been affected by the heat and humidity. It's a lot harder to kick through the heavy air than in normal circumstances inside a stadium.
2. DL Coach Anthony Pleasant - One of the biggest surprises in camp the last could of days has been the emergence of DT/DE Deon Gales. He struggled in some of the drills today and was getting down on himself. However, his position coach wouldn't allow it. Pleasant has been amazing with the entire defensive line and has a softer touch than the previous heavy-mouthed coach Tim Krumrie. His approach helped Gales get himself together and finish practice strong. Pleasant already appears to have this defensive line practicing at a high level, and that means better production come game days.
3. G Brian Waters – He's getting very agitated that he can't make it on the field. He's been riding a stationary bike, but appears ready to get on the field and join his teammates. However, either the coaches don't think he's ready or maybe he's in Haley's doghouse. We have no way of knowing for certain, but from our vantage point Waters seems ready to go.
4. G Ryan Lilka - With Waters' absence, more attention has been given to Lilja. When we interviewed him a few days ago he was just so happy to be a Chief again, that we forget how talented a player he's been in this league. The Colts were foolish to let him go. On Monday we saw an aggressive side to Lilja that we never saw on the entire right side of the line when Wade Smith held the position. Lilja is a warrior and Monday he showed it by battling his brothers on the defensive line.
5. WR Quinten Lawrence - A year ago he was supposed to be the savior on special teams. But he flirted between the active roster, Haley's dog house, and the practice squad. However, we can say he's definitely improving as a receiver and has a shot, albeit a long one, to be the teams fifth receiver. He's certainly ahead of the curve compared to the off-the-street guys the team brought in a year ago. The bonus is that he has return abilities and he could make this team as insurance.
Warpaint Illustrated Columnist Josh Scotten contributed to this report.