Today's practice: 9:08-10:26 a.m. and 3:53-5:19 p.m.
News and notes for the Kansas City Chiefs' two scrimmages with the Minnesota Vikings over the weekend:
- WR Rod Gardner hauled in a 20 yard grab from Brodie Croyle that WPI called the best catch made by a Chiefs receiver this training camp. A ghost last year, Gardner is in the fight for a roster spot.
- Brodie Croyle looked sharp during Friday's scrimmage and received fine protection from the offensive line. In opposite news, the run blocking of the o-line looked pretty horrible against Minnesota's line on Friday but reversed that trend on Saturday night's scrimmage.
- Despite his known affinity for starting younger QBs, Herm Edwards is still rotating out QBs for roughly equal snaps.
- Damon Huard impressed during Saturday's scrimmage and is quietly making a case that he is a competent starting QB. Or maybe he's been in the league so long that he's got these drills down pat. One of the two.
- WR/Punt returner Ean Randolph had a catch equally impressive as Gardner's- a diving one-handed 40 yard catch. That's more impressive than anything Dante did from scrimmage.
- FB/LB Boomer Grigsby continues to show talent catching the ball at the fullback position.
- Samie Parker hauled in four catches during Friday's scrimmage. WPI said he is looking pretty good.
- Rookie DE Turk McBride did a solid job against All-Pro tackle Bryant McKinnie on Saturday night.
- UW-RF notes: "Today’s [Saturday's] practice was barely different than any other practice during camp despite the Vikings joining the Chiefs for some drills at River Falls." You have to love coverage like this too- "After line drills and stretching to music like "Eye of the Tiger" by rock group Survivor, players split up to work on position-specific drills."
Brodie Croyle: The QB gets the down nod for his performance Saturday night. Croyle completed only half of his 16 passes and had one INT. WPI said he "looked slightly hesitant in the pocket at times, had a pass batted down at the line of scrimmage and fell down on his first snap." I'm still all for starting Brodie Croyle on the first day of the season but he needs to separate himself much more from Damon Huard in the coming weeks.
Some good, or as they say in Minnesota "dece", pictures after the jump.
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