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Matt Cassel and the first-team offense jogged off the practice field, backup Ricky Stanzi held up two fingers and called the second-team offense to the huddle.
Stanzi acted as Cassel's first understudy once again on Friday and impressed, hurling a touchdown to rookie WR
Devon Wylie when the Chiefs practiced their goal line attack.
Fellow backup quarterback
Brady Quinn took the majority of the second team snaps until this week.
OTA Notebook: Chiefs Finish Second Week Of OTA Practices from The Mothership
The Chiefs have been getting a glimpse of life in their offseason practices without unsigned franchise player Dwayne Bowe, who isn't participating.
On Friday they saw what things are like without Bowe, their leading pass catcher the last three seasons, and without fellow wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin, their first-round draft pick last season. They no doubt didn't like that view.
Branden Albert and Jonathan Baldwin were absent from the practice, at which participation is voluntary under NFL rules. Coach Romeo Crennel said Albert was tending to personal business but would return for next week's practices. He indicated Baldwin was dealing with a medical issue. Crennel wasn't specific but Baldwin's absence may be related to recent migraine problems.
Albert, Baldwin Absent From Practice from KC Star
When Kevin Boss does charity work with children in the United States, the kids are often overwhelmed by the opportunity to spend time with an NFL player.
In Haiti, children are overwhelmed by the attention of anyone who takes the time to care.
There, Kevin Boss, the NFL player, carried little clout. Boss the human being, however, won over the hearts of dozens of children from one of the world's most needy areas.
Kevin Boss' Life-Changing Offseason from ESPN
"There's been some mention of it," Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said of the practice sessions with the Cardinals. "Whether it will happen or not, we'll just have to wait and see. I'm not opposed to it. If this were my first year, I would be opposed to doing something like that. But I've been here a couple years and defensively, we've got our system in place and I think we're making good progress with the offense so if it works out, I think it will be a good change. If it doesn't work out, then we'll just go right on with what we normally do."
Hudson, a second-round draft choice in 2011, is expected to take over as the center. Former starter Casey Wiegmann is expected to retire. The Chiefs took Hudson as a guard/center prospect out of Florida State with an eye on him starting in his second season.
Even though Hudson didn't play center in college, the Chiefs are confident in him. He has looked strong in OTAs thus far, Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel said.
The Chiefs are a proud franchise with a long rich history, and I can say living in the heart of Chiefs country one of the most passionate and loyal fan bases in the NFL. I've been to many games at Arrowhead and it doesn't matter if they are 8-0 and 0-8 the place is packed and it's loud. I grew up watching the Chiefs and so I feel like these 4 guys are great representatives of what makes the Chiefs who they are. But I know Chiefs fans, and so I expect strong opinions.
NFL Mt. Rushmore - Kansas City Chiefs from Draft Board Insider
The May jobs numbers are altogether unspinnable. The economy produced 69,000 new jobs or, if you need a handy comparison, 3,000 fewer new jobs than there were people who, on average, bestirred themselves to watch the Kansas City Chiefs last season, and the Chiefs were 7-9.
The May Job Numbers Not Working For Anyone from Esquire
A special guest at this year's event will be KC Wolf, the mascot of the Kansas City Chiefs football team. KC will be attending to help spread the word about "Fuel Up to Play 60," an in-school program that encourages kids to choose nutrient-rich foods first, and get out and play at least 60 minutes every day. The program was founded by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in cooperation with the USDA.
Dairy Open House In Iowa from World Dairy Diary
Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs: My bust predictions are based on where I suspect the player will be drafted, and the production you would expect from a selection in that round. I see running back-by-committee situation in Kansas City. Because Charles is coming off that ACL, look for free-agent acquisition Peyton Hillis to get some carries. I wouldn't be surprised if it was a 50/50 split in order to protect Charles and ease him back into that lead role. Charles is not a first-round selection.
Don't Expect Repeat Performance From Panthers Pair from NFL.com
Jon Baldwin, WR, Chiefs: Teammate Steve Breaston told the Kansas City Star how engaged Baldwin has been in meetings and practice. That's big, because the hardest adjustment for rookie receivers is the cerebral part: identifying coverages and hot reads, pre-snap. This means the game will slow down for him. Take a shot on the guy. He ran a 4.45 at the combine, and has hit lower times. With his size (6-foot-4, 228 pounds), speed, and team investment (he was a first round pick), Baldwin will be a big part of the offense. Also consider that this is a make-or-break year for quarterback Matt Cassel. Baldwin is worth a late pick.