Good morning! The first day of practice is in the books, and we have the observations and reports ahead for you. Today's schedule is a repeat of yesterday's: morning walk-through and afternoon practice in shells. Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news.
After successfully completing his first practice session in 10 months, running back Jamaal Charles spoke the words the Chiefs and their fans wanted to hear since he tore knee ligaments, ruining his 2011 season.
"I feel I've got my swag back,'' Charles said. "My legs feel fresh. I've been out from football for (10 months) so it feels real good to be out on the field again.''
"Rookies, I never let rookies be the starter," head coach Romeo Crennel said earlier this spring. "When Eric came, I didn't make him a starter. He had to go out there and show me something first so
Dontari Poe is going to have to do the same."
And that's the question now that Poe is under contract. How long will it take the first-round draft pick to become a starter in Crennel's defense?
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Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Southeast wind 7 to 10 mph.
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Tony Moeaki ran down the line and pushed into the defender, blocking on a run play. Jamaal Charles took handoffs and sauntered upfield. Eric Berry made cuts out toward the ballcarriers.
The knees looked just fine.
Chiefs' Trio Stays Linked In Knee Injuries, Recovery from The St. Joseph News-Press
Add second-round draft pick
Jeff Allen into the discussion at swing tackle behind starters Branden Albert and Eric Winston...
"...We're going to put the weight on his shoulders to learn two positions," Crenne said. "Guard is totally new for him, but he is comfortable at tackle, feels more comfortable there, so we're going to tell him you've got to learn guard and tackle and then we're going to play him at tackle some. We're trying to cover our bases as we go into this thing."
Camp Notebook: Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry And Tony Moeaki Return To Action from The Mothership
The Chiefs will spend their first two days of practice in helmets, shorts and shells before they don full pads and engage in fullBowe likely will need to sign his $9 million-plus franchise offer sheet, the average of the top five wide receiver contracts in the NFL, before reporting to camp.
"He is not here, and the only thing that I can tell you is that's he's not here," Crennel said. "And I'm only working with the guys who are here so I know nothing about the situation - have not spoken with him or anything like that." contact on Sunday afternoon.
"We're excited to see how much they have retained from the OTAs and the off-season," said Crennel. "When you get away, you forget some of the things you've been taught and told, but hopefully it will come back to them pretty quickly."
Albert Arrives For Afternoon Practice from KC Star
Bowe likely will need to sign his $9 million-plus franchise offer sheet, the average of the top five wide receiver contracts in the NFL, before reporting to camp.
"He is not here, and the only thing that I can tell you is that's he's not here," Crennel said. "And I'm only working with the guys who are here so I know nothing about the situation - have not spoken with him or anything like that."
Bowe Still A No-Show In St. Joe from St. Joseph News-Press
How are the knees of Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry and Tony Moeaki holding up?
Fingers are crossed.
Taken together, the knee injuries that took out the Pro Bowl running back, Pro Bowl safety and promising tight end before the 2011 season probably had more to do with last year's dismal campaign than any other factor. Had Charles been given a chance to duplicate his 1,467-yard season of 2010, Todd Haley might still be the coach rather than Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator.
WR Dwayne Bowe Not On Field As Chiefs Open Training Camp, But 3 Key Players Return from The Associated Press via The Washington Post
On quarterback Matt Cassel being booed at a charity softball game during the MLB All-Star festivities: "I was not in town and it was after the fact that I heard that, but what I think it will do, will be motivation for Matt to come out and prove that he is the guy that can get it done and lead this team to the playoffs like he's done before. I think that that's what will happen."
Romeo Crennel On State Of The Chiefs from ESPN
Sure, NFL rules aren't making Bowe report, but the unwritten rule applies. To fans, that's loyalty, and each day Bowe misses, that's another fan gone. Fans want to believe Bowe loves Kansas City, but more have said ta-ta. Ones like me cling to the hope that a deal will get worked out.
There's no guarantee that Jon Baldwin will be a leaping success, but Bowe gives the Chiefs a proven playmaker. Not snubbing Steve Breaston or Tony Moeaki, but Kansas City needs a receiver who makes defenses pay attention.
That's been Dwayne Bowe.
Stephen Brown: Bowe Should Show from The Examiner
Q: What do you think about being back in the dorm for camp?
A: It's been about five years since I lived in a dorm but they have great facilities and a great campus here.
Q: What did you bring for entertainment? Did you bring your own TV?
A: I didn't bring a TV or anything like that. My entertainment is going to be in the playbook.
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Sons of two former Alabama defensive backs will be graduate assistant coaches for the Crimson Tide this season.
Tim Castille, a former Alabama fullback (2003-06), is back at his alma mater after three seasons in the NFL. He is the son of former Alabama All-American Jeremiah Castille, who went on to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Denver Broncos.
Beach volleyball - This one is all about the vertical leap. Chiefs WR Jon Baldwin stands 6-foot-4 and change, has long arms (33½ inches) and put up a 42-inch vertical leap at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2011. We like the choice of Baldwin on paper, although he grew up in Western Pennsylvania and plays in Kansas City - not exactly close to, you know, beaches.
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70. Dwayne Bowe had seven drops and seven interceptions on passes intended for him last season.
71. The 14 combined drops/interceptions were tied for second most in the NFL.
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10. Dontari Poe - Kansas City Chiefs
Dontari is a defensive tackle turned nose tackle who came out of nowhere from the University of Memphis (who knew they had a football program). Poe is a guy to watch because of his freakish athleticism for such a big guy (6'3" 346lbs). Poe came to be because of his monster showing at the NFL Combine putting up 44 repetitions on the Bench Press and a Vertical Leap of 30 inches. Poe should turn out to be the anchor of the Chiefs D' line for years to come.
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