Monday night was the first evening practice in the Kansas City Chiefs new training camp schedule. Instead of 4:30 p.m., they're starting the second practice at 6:00 p.m. on two-a-days. By the end of practice, it was much cooler but it was still hot right at 6:00 p.m.
Tony Moeaki and Travis Daniels were not participating. Moeaki has some sort of leg injury that won't keep him out very long. We're not sure what's up with Daniels. Darryl Harris was not on the field.
Overall it was not a very memorable practice (other than a fight). It's definitely hitting the grind of training camp.
Oh, by the way, I met long time reader and commenter woodman212 at practice this evening. He got some pretty cool video on his fancy iPhone that he'll be sharing at some point.
Here are a few other observations from practice.
One funny/interesting part of individual drills: Wallace Gilberry was slapped one of the pads so hard his helmet flipped off.
On one-on-one drills between tight ends and defensive backs, Jake O'Connell juked left making Eric Berry to lose his footing and go left only to see O'Connell change directions and make the catch. Only a slip up, I'm sure.
Dexter McCluster took some snaps at running back.
There was a short but intense fight. Tim Castille took a handoff to the left side and went through the defense and something happened between he and Donald Washington. A ball was thrown, then Washington pushed Castille and the rest of the defense and offense got into a nice little scrum. It was broken up quickly.
Javier Arenas and McCluster took turns returning kicks. McCluster muffed one.
Starting offensive line is the same: Branden Albert, Brian Waters, Rudy Niswanger, Ryan Lilja and Ryan O'Callaghan.
The defense had another good day. The defensive line seemed to clog lanes in the run game and Eric Berry had nice pressure on Matt Cassel at times.
Cassel hit Dwayne Bowe on an out route near the sidelines. Brandon Flowers went diving past nearly getting the interception but Bowe held on for the catch.
On one play, Cassel threw it to Bowe as if he were going deep but Bowe had cut to the inside. Looked like some miscommunication.
Bowe had a nice crossing pattern across the field that could have gone for some good yardage.
Jon Asamoah took some reps at left guard, which is interesting because it was Ikechuku Ndukwe, and not Asamoah, that came in as the third guard after Waters and Harris were out.
Arenas picked off a bad Brodie Croyle pass. I see now why the defense practices interception returns.
Croyle made up for his bad pass with a nice 25-yard pass to Quinten Lawrence in the middle of the field. There was no one behind him so it could've been six.
Once again, I heard Mike Vrabel yelling instructions frequently to the rest of his teammates. He's a big asset on the field.