-From the FanPosts -Joel
I attended the Kansas City Chiefs 24 Aug. open practice. Here are my casual observations from where I was sitting.
* LB Micah Johnson is just huge.
* S Jon McGraw had a nice pick six in 11 on 11. He sat down in his zone until QB Matt Cassel got antsy and belted it over the middle.
* DE Allen Bailey demolished every reserve tackle, on every snap of the individual pass rush drill. He used a wide range of swims, spins, and hand moves.
* WR Keary Colbert appeared to be the best of the non-lock receivers. It wasn't even close actually. He was getting separation and bringing in balls against some first team players. WR Verran Tucker was a distant second, with too many drops.
* Speaking of drops, WR Dwayne Bowe had two big ones. He was pretty well heckled for it. He had some nice catches later on as well though.
*During sprints Colbert was finishing before Bowe, which a fan loudy pointed out to Bowe as he came back to the line. When they got back down, Bowe made the "hush" sign to the fans behind him, then proceeded to grab Colbert's shoe. When they took off Colbert stumbled and Bowe beat him. It was a bit comical.
* FB Shane Bannon looks like a lumberjack. Nearby flora beware.
* Cassel seemed too willing to checkdown during 7 on 7 and 11 on 11,
* QB Tyler Palko got reps with the first team. He looked fine for the most part with the highlight being a touchdown to TE Tony Moeaki.
* Moeaki was a security blanket every quarterback was quick to turn to. He had to jump up and snag the Palko touchdown out of the air. Impressive.
* RB Thomas Jones bounced a pitch outside for what appeared to be developing into a no gain play. Moeaki turned it into a big gain for Jones by locking up LB Justin Houston with a glorious, textbook block and shoving him out of the play. Beautiful.
* Cassel hit WR Jerheme Urban on a nice pass down the middle. CB Javier Arenas blew him up right as he caught it with a monster hit. It was a pretty intense collision for just practice.
* The backup kicker (14) hit a 51 yard FG with 10 yards to spare easy.
* On the last play of practice, everyone and their mother had Stanzi dead to rights. Stanzi scampered out of the pile of humanity for a big gain. He was stopped by LB Cory Greenwood.
Well that's it for my observations. I'm sure some of you attended as well and have things to add.