Wednesday night's Kansas City Chiefs training camp practice was the most entertaining of them all as the players actually wore pads for about half the practice, there was some hitting and competition between defensive backs and receivers.
The Chiefs practiced under the lights at Spratt Stadium in St. Joe on Wednesday night with a crowd of 3,300 folks watching. Compared to last year, that number is down --- a lot. The Chiefs say they had over 8,000 people at this practice last year. If it's because of the heat, I can't blame anyone.
The best drill of the night came when the receivers were going one-on-one against the defensive backs. Think about the Chiefs receivers -- WR Dwayne Bowe and WR Jonathan Baldwin. Think of the Chiefs defensive backs -- S Eric Berry and CB Brandon Flowers. Two sets of really talented position groups going at it made this the most entertaining drill of training camp to this point.
Here are a few notes on that drill and I'll have more from practice coming this morning.
-Folks, Dwayne Bowe is looking really good. It's not very often that CB Brandon Flowers gets worked over in a drill like this but he did by Bowe -- twice. Bowe was clearly the fan favorite drawing loud cheers whenever he made a grab. My favorite Bowe catch came with QB Matt Cassel throwing from about the 35-yard line. Bowe was lined up against Berry and took him to the right pylon in the end zone as Berry stayed with Bowe step-for-step. Cassel laid it in there perfectly and the ball soared over Berry's head and into Bowe's outstretched hands for six points. He made a lot of athletic plays last year -- these are high-concentration plays now. It was good to see.
-After Bowe, the one the fans wanted to see the most was Baldwin. He had a very smooth looking touchdown reception over Washington in the left corner of the end zone. It was an over-the-shoulder-catch and he looked good doing it.
-I'm noticing WR Jeremy Horne, the undrafted free agent from last year. He lined up against S Donald Washington running out about 15 yards and stopping. Washington totally bit running forward as Horne went zipping past him for six. Horne also had a nice in-route that had him diving along the sidelines to make the grab.
-CB Javier Arenas looked solid as well. He had a pair of pass break-ups in this drill and an interception in 11-on-11. Good day for him.
-Baldwin had a drop that had a fan near me yell, very loudly, "C'mon Johnny!" People take this stuff seriously.
-I'm not sure there's room for him but WR Josue Paul has been a little better than I thought. He's from GM Scott Pioli's alma mater Central Connecticut State.
-Remember WR Chandler Williams? The Chiefs signed him to the practice squad in December 2009 then he got hurt and went on IR the next year. He's back on the field and playing decent, too. He scooted past Berry for a touchdown down the right sideline.
-I was sitting in the media area of the stands with 610 Sports' Nick Wright and we were both trying to figure out who this guy was watching the receiver drills on the sideline. He was in the same Chiefs shirt as some of the other veterans who couldn't practice so we knew it was a player. After googling a couple of photos, I can happily report that WR Steve Breaston was in the house. He was standing with WR Terrance Copper and WR Zeke Markshausen.