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Chiefs OTAs: Offense Catching Up To The Defense

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The Chiefs defense is still ahead of the offense but there's been some improvement. This afternoon the offense looked solid -- not great -- but solid. It's fun watching the 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills because the crowd of players watching really get into it.

"The offense showed some signs of life," Todd Haley said after practice. He said the defense continued playing well and "built on what they did yesterday."

The jump for the offense was aided by a couple of nice catches from the receivers.

Leonard Pope ran a pattern across the middle of the field and bobbled the catch before pulling it in near the sidelines. Dexter McCluster had perhaps the catch of the day. He ran a deep route and caught the ball over-the-shoulder as Kendrick Lewis hit him. For a guy who hasn't played receiver his whole life, it was a heck of a catch. The third nice catch came from Dwayne Bowe in the corner of the end zone. He caught the ball over-the-shoulder and barely got his feet in bounds.

Another 'maybe' catch came in the same corner of the end zone as Bowe. Jerheme Urban caught a similar ball as Bowe -- over-the-shoulder -- and Jackie Bates was covering him. Urban came down with the ball, Bates jumped right in there and as they tumbled to the ground, it looked like Bates took it away.

Here are a few other notes:

  • The offensive line was the usual (Albert, Waters, Niswanger/Wiegmann, Lilja, O'Callaghan)
  • All players were present -- minus Jarrad Page
  • Dexter McCluster worked with the receivers
  • Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis were once again with the first team
  • Derrick Johnson and Jovan Belcher were running with the first team

We'll have more shortly from Matt Cassel and Brian Waters.