KANSAS CITY, MO - May 13: Ethan Johnson #70 and Dontari Poe #92 of the Kansas City Chiefs work with defensive coach Anthony Pleasant during the Kansas City Chiefs Minicamp on May 13, 2012 at the Chiefs Training Facility in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
Dontari Poe has been an NFL player for over a month now as the Kansas City Chiefs continue their OTAs. Poe's been involved in the Chiefs practices but this portion of the offseason doesn't include any hitting. It doesn't even include pads so it's hard to determine exactly how those big uglies on the offensive and defensive line are doing.
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel updated the progress of the Chiefs first round pick.
"What I like about him is that he's taking to coaching," Crennel said, via comments sent out by the Chiefs. "He's trying to do that Coach (Anthony) Pleasant has been teaching him - trying to play the technique the way we want it to be played. That's a good sign. And then with his abilities that he has, I think that he has a chance to be pretty effective doing that."
But, Crennel says, you can only see so much in shorts and a t-shirt.
"With linemen, it's just hard to tell in shorts," Crennel said, referencing the OTA rules that do not allow pads at this point of the offseason. "They show up, but we talk to those guys about being in shorts and taking care of each other. They have to do that if we're going to practice and get anything done. When you put pads on, you still have to take care of each other to a degree, but you've got pads on so you're somewhat protected and can be more physical and aggressive. So, when we get the pads on, we'll tell how he really does."
The (other) AP's Dave Skretta earlier this week quoted Poe as saying: "As a defensive lineman, you work so hard to get there, but not being able to hit them is a let-down."
Almost like he's a little upset he can't hit Matt Cassel. I think that's a good attitude for a defensive lineman.