The Kansas City Chiefs had another day of typical practice on Friday, and it feels good to say that football is a part of a routine again. Romeo Crennel said the players are beginning to really feel it on a daily basis and that they're pushing through any soreness or fatigue to still enjoy the activity and it seems like there's a positive vibe with high expectations at St. Joseph.
As we disclosed yesterday, several players were out for Thursday's practice and some will likely remain out today at Family Fun Day. We won't know the particulars until after Romeo Crennel is finished with this morning's walk-through, but the guys who were out for various reasons yesterday include: Brandon Siler, Brandon Flowers, Donald Washington, Ethan Johnson and Jacques Reeves.
Here's a quick rundown of reports from Friday's practice:
One thing that's been made clear through the first week of practice at Chiefs training camp is that the offense is better. Just how much better is impossible to tell since it's not as if Romeo Crennel is going to allow his defense to go after his offense. Crennel has already said "no scrimmages" in practice, so the Chiefs will have to wait until their first preseason action to get a read on some of these guys.
That said, here's some examples of how the offense is impressive observers:
Baldwin running his routes tough and aggressive. Impressive so far.— Lance Twidwell (@Lance_THESPOKEN) August 3, 2012
Maybe its because the D isnt allowed to tackle, because the run game looks damn good right now. Gaining at least 5 per.— Lance Twidwell (@Lance_THESPOKEN) August 3, 2012
Even Colgate's Nate Eachus cannot be stopped:
Two TD catches in 2 days for Nate Eachus as well— Josh Looney (@JoshLooney) August 3, 2012
As an example of why multiple viewpoints are necessary at times:
One pass from Cassel underthrown early. Looks out of rhythm— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) August 3, 2012
Cassel hasnt missed a target yet. DMC hasnt dropped a pass either.— Lance Twidwell (@Lance_THESPOKEN) August 3, 2012
The good news is that the impact players returning from injury continue to impress:
45 minutes in, Jamaal Charles looks absolutely fine to me.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) August 3, 2012
Moeaki running full speed is a great sign. His hands look better than before.— Lance Twidwell (@Lance_THESPOKEN) August 3, 2012
As for the quarterback competition, it was clear that mixed reviews were coming in there as well:
Love Ricky Stanzi's velocity, even in warm ups— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) August 3, 2012
Still not seeing it with Stanzi. Missing targets and holding ball too long.— TJ Carpenter (@TJCarpenterWHB) August 3, 2012
I still like Stanzi. He is a mechanically sound QB and has a timer in his head on when to get rid of the ball. Must improve decision making.— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) August 4, 2012
One final note here is that Dexter McCluster and Devon Wylie apparently both finding their place on the roster:
Wylie just juked the entire punt covg team. Crowd goes crazy.— Jason Madson (@Jason_Madson) August 3, 2012
I know a lot of people keep bringing it up. Dexter McCluster is going to make the team. He has practiced at WR every practice I have been to— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) August 4, 2012
Daboll has worked hard with Dex on his route running. Dex is such a weapon if used correctly. I have no doubt Daboll knows how.— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) August 4, 2012