Sunday Practice Progress For Chiefs from The Mothership
While the weather continues to be a surprise in St. Joe, with an overcast sky and temps in the low 70s, the competitive nature of the Chiefs offense, defense and special teams does not.
Sunday morning's practice included more one-on-one, positional-group work, as well as 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and the always crowd-pleasing 11-on-11 period, before practice ended with special teams work.
During the red zone work, the Chiefs offense utilized the accuracy of Chiefs QB
Alex Smith, as well as the big bodies of their TEs, including Anthony Fasanoand Tony Moeaki, who scored twice on the day.
Chiefs Show New Formations On Offense And Defense from KC Star
The tempo and hitting was not as intense on Sunday after the rock-'em, sock-'em show the Chiefs put on during Saturday's Family Fun Day, but there were plenty of plays to be made. The Chiefs showed an empty backfield formation with receivers Jon Baldwin, Dwayne Bowe and Dexter McCluster all to one side with Donnie Avery and Terrance Copper on the other. One of the first sightings of a pass to the fullback occurred when Alex Smith floated a pass in the flat to newcomer Anthony Sherman for a nice gain.
Chiefs React To Fan Support At Family Fun Day from The Mothership
Walking to their locker room atop the hill from the practice fields, the Chiefs players looked back as fans proudly showcased their passionate loyalty, by wearing jerseys of their favorite players, holding signs and footballs that were autographed.
Before heading to lunch, some of the players shared how much they appreciate their devoted fanbase, including what Saturday's turnout at practice meant to them.
Reid Likes To Run Practices Like Game Situations from KC Star
While the Chiefs, like most teams, devote portions of practice to scripted plays when working on certain packages - goal-line, short-yardage, scoring-zone, third-and-long and 2-minute - Reid likes to simulate game situations.
So instead of running plays from a certain spot on the field, the Chiefs' plays are determined by down and distance earned by the offense or defense.
Chemistry Vital For Chiefs Offensive Line from The Mothership
Headlining the position group is left tackle
Branden Albertand right tackle, Chiefs top-pick Eric Fisher. Beginning in offseason workouts, both players established a good relationship, which has only continued to flourish at camp.
"I knew people thought it was going to be awkward," Albert said.
"But people who know me know that I'm not that type of person. I'm trying to help him and (all) the young guys understand what's going to happen to them; help them understand what we need to do, how we need to work. I've been in the same position as him, not the number-one pick, but I've been a first-round draft pick, which comes with a lot of pressure. I just told him, ‘learn what you have to do from Chiefs offensive line coach (Andy) Heck and assistant coach (Eugene) Chung, apply it and play football.'"
Each year, it seems, a young, unknown free agent receiver who makes a splash in the Chiefs training camp and preseason games after the starters are replaced. A couple of years ago, it was Jeremy Horne. Remember Bobby Sippio?
This year's version is Rico Richardson, an undrafted free agent from Jackson State, whose flapping ponytail and bursts of speed resemble veteran Dexter McCluster.
"When Rico first came in," McCluster said, "Jon Baldwin asked, ‘Is that your brother?' But it's something about the hair."
Daniel never started a game and threw only nine regular-season passes for the Saints, but he was a member of their Super Bowl winning team in the 2009 season and popular in the locker room and with fans.
Such ties aren't so quickly forgotten.
"It's going to be cranking there,'' Daniel said. "It's Sean Payton's first game back as head coach. It's going to be sold out. They're going to be there early, they're going to be loud. I'm looking forward to it.
"I'd like to make it a business trip. I'm going to go down there and enjoy myself a little bit in the pregame. I'm going to say hi to my old friends, my old family that I was with five years. I won a Super Bowl with that family. So there's a lot there. But come game time, it's all about business.''
One minor surprise was tight end Tony Moeaki, who is having an outstanding camp, was listed as third team behind free agent Anthony Fasano and rookie Travis Kelce, who missed practice Sunday with a groin injury. It could be the Chiefs are easing in Moeaki, who had arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason. But he has been running with the first unit often in camp, especially because the Chiefs use a lot of two tight end formations.
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Part II Of Documentary Featuring Richardson, LeBeau Coming To JSUTV from The Jackson Clarion Ledger
Back in April, former Jackson State football players Rico Richardson, Joseph LeBeau, Johnathan Billups and Zion Pyatt were featured in a ProDay documentary produced by JSUTV. (Here are the links to the blog and video.)
That was Part I.
Part II will include followups on Richardson (Kansas City Chiefs) and LeBeau (St. Louis Rams) at their respective NFL camps. That will air on JSUTV, but there hasn't been an exact date yet on when it will come out.
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Catapano was the seventh-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in Andy Reid's first draft with the Chiefs.
The 6-3, 270-pound Catapano can play both defensive end and linebacker in the Chiefs' 3-4 scheme under coordinator Bob Sutton, but is being listed as a defensive end.
The heavy lifting of training camp practices for the New Orleans Saints is in the rearview mirror with Sunday's off day for the players. And looming preseason games, beginning with Friday's home game vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, will soon break up the monotony...
...Here's what we've learned so far through camp:
Thanks Hank! 10-Year Anniversary Of Stram's Once Overdue Honor from Sports NOLA
Stram is often forgotten as a man who was socially "color blind." He made sure his scouting staff examined the traditional African-American colleges for top talent, which led to huge dividends by acquiring countless top players like Buck Buchanan from Grambling. The 1969 Chiefs captured Super Bowl IV in January 1970 in New Orleans with a squad comprised with a majority of African-American players, the first such roster to win a major pro football championship.
Kansas City would continue as a playoff contender until 1974 when he and Hunt parted ways and eventually reached a settlement on the remainder of his contract.