Sickness spreads to Baldwin
Baldwin was sick and not at Chiefs practice today. Wylie took a lot of his snaps. Albert, flowers still missing too— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) May 30, 2013
As we noted yesterday, the Chiefs were already down two significant players to sickness on Wednesday as Branden Albert and Brandon Flowers missed practice. Now Jon Baldwin is out due to illness today as well. It's unknown if they are related, but the Chiefs are one more absence away from being labeled an elementary school classroom.
DMC, Bowe return to action
Meanwhile,Bowe was back to practice and Mccluster got it for a couple plays— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) May 30, 2013
It was expected that Dwayne Bowe would return soon enough. After all, he had to step out yesterday due to leg cramps. But the bigger news here is that McCluster's lingering hamstring issues are apparently getting well enough to take a few snaps. As a versatile player who Andy Reid can use all over the field, DMC has a special task ahead of him of learning more nuances of Reid's schemes than most players.
Alex Smith made a great read to find Wylie for a TD today. #Chiefs— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) May 30, 2013
Bowe & Fasano both had TDs today. #Chiefs— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) May 30, 2013
According to Team Rankings, the Chiefs were dead last in red zone scoring percentage in 2012 (27 percent) and they weren't that much better in 2011. This team must learn to put the ball in the end zone, so it's nice to see several touchdowns in practice today, even without pads. It's also nice to see that Devon Wylie took advantage of additional reps today enough to score one of those touchdowns.
Cyrus Gray crowds the backfield
Cyrus Gray showed off his wheels today with a couple long runs. #Chiefs— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) May 30, 2013
Jamaal Charles had a REALLY good one handed catch today. One of those WOW catches. #Chiefs— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) May 30, 2013
It's nothing new for Jamaal Charles to make an amazing play, but it's nice to read about nonetheless. He's the heart and soul of this offense, so it's nice for Reid to get a first-hand look at the elite talent he has to work with. At the same time, Cyrus Gray could add another playmaker in the backfield that also has a third round investment in Knile Davis on hand. There are others, of course, but the Chiefs could be loaded in the backfield when it's all said and done.
Can Chiefs run a 4-TE set?
Demetrius Harris with an impressive catch on the day the ended up in a long TD.#Chiefs— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) May 30, 2013
It's easy to forget just how good of an offensive weapon Tony Moeaki can be given his health concerns, but the tight end was healthy last year and got better as the season progressed. The Chiefs then brought in Anthony Fasano on a four-year deal in addition to landing Travis Kelce in the third round of the NFL Draft. Is there even room for Demetrius Harris? Maybe not, but the kid's athleticism is clearly turning heads already and today is another reason for the Chiefs to figure something out with the former basketball player.