Pads Popping Means Football Is Back from The Mothership
The sweet sounds of pads popping will once again ring throughout Chiefs Kingdom as the players will put them on for the first time since the end of last season.
Saturday morning's practice, which is also Family Fun Day here at Chiefs training camp, will provide a great atmosphere of football for fans.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid knows how things change when the pads come on and what he's looking for from the players.
Join The Chiefs At American Family Fun Day from The Mothership
The Kansas City Chiefs and Missouri Western State University will again host "American Family" Fun Day at Chiefs Training Camp presented by Mosaic Life Care on Saturday, July 26, on the campus of Missouri Western in St. Joseph. There will be a number of activities for fans of all ages to enjoy throughout the day as Head Coach Andy Reid's team holds an 8:15 a.m. practice Saturday on the Missouri Western practice fields.
7/25 Camp Recap: Last Practice Before Pads Come On from The Mothership
"You're itching for tomorrow-when you put the pads on," DeVito said. "It's been what? Seven months now? Eight months now? It's time to roll."
DeVito, a NFL veteran of seven years, likes his role in defensive coordinator Bob Sutton's scheme. It's something he's familiar with going back to their time together with the New York Jets, where Sutton and DeVito were together before coming to Kansas City last year.
Chiefs Fresh Takes: 7/25 Training Camp Day Two from The Mothership
On being comfortable with
Knile Davis: "The one thing that he did is he worked extremely hard to get himself healthy again during this offseason because of what happened to him in the playoff game. But, I'm 100 percent confident in what he can do. He brings a lot to us, he's an explosive running back, he's a physical running back and again, this will be a big camp for him."
Jamaal Charles Gives More Than Just Numbers from The Mothership
Being able to protect the quarterback in passing situations is something Charles has taken pride in since he was in college at the University of Texas.
"That was the philosophy of my coach in college (Ken Rucker)," Charles said. "He told me ‘You won't play in the NFL unless you can block.' So I took that with me. That's always been the dream."
Rucker, the running back's coach during Charles time at Texas, praised his ability and willingness to learn the skill even back in college.
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Knile Davis Not Cutting Into Jamaal Charles' Workload Anytime Soon from Chiefs Spin
But with a game on the line, the Chiefs reinforced on the second day of training camp whose number gets the call.
"When it's in the heat of the battle," Pederson said, "and it's kind of crunch time, you want your guys on the field, and that's the bottom line.
"Jamaal's a part of that and he's going to be on the football field regardless of how may touches he's had early in the game or how many plays he has leading up to that point. So when we get to that aspect of the game, then we're going to put our best guys out on the field."
Chiefs Camp Report: Day 2 from ESPN
The Chiefs had both of their top running backs, Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis, in the lineup on the first play of practice. While the Chiefs might not use a formation featuring both players often, they might go that way on occasion. The Chiefs need to find a way to get more from Davis, who at 227 pounds is much bigger than Charles but also might be as fast.
Chiefs' Justin Houston Concentrating On Football, Not Business from Chiefs Spin
But regardless how Houston may privately feel about his contract situation, he was present Thursday afternoon when the Chiefs officially kicked off training camp.
"I think that's a positive thing there," coach Andy Reid said. "I'm glad he's here. He's a big part of this team."
Inside linebacker Derrick Johnson echoed Reid.
"That's big," Johnson said. "We need all of our guys here, and we've got all of our weapons. We just need to put this core group of guys together, get the system down, get our chemistry down. We've got a lot of bullets to fly this year."
It's difficult to argue with that strategy. The Chiefs have surrounded Charles with a decent cast of complementary players but they have no one else with his proven record of productivity.
In case you didn't know, the Chiefs were up by three touchdowns at halftime and even scored first in the second half to go up 38-10. Kansas City only scored six more points the rest of the game as Indianapolis took the lead for good on a 64-yard bomb from Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton. The Colts went on to win 45-44.
The Chiefs' playoff losing streak sits at eight games.
So that's one reason why players have turned up their intensity a notch to begin training camp.
Chiefs Hope To Finish What They Start from Kansas First News
The Kansas City Chiefs enjoyed one of the best starts in franchise history a season ago. However, with the way the campaign ended, players have one message entering this year.
"Recalling from what we did last year, we didn't finish last year," Chiefs Pro Bowl linebacker Justin Houston said. "Even the playoff game, we had a great start, but we didn't finish the game. So hopefully everybody still has that taste in their mouth and they want to get rid of it."
A Holdout Just Isn't Jamaal Charles' Way from ESPN
Though it may appear otherwise now -- after his arrival at training camp at Missouri Western State University was delayed by a couple of hours until he received the contract extension he wanted -- Charles isn't a greedy, me-first diva. He is by all accounts a good teammate. Despite his desire for a pay raise, Charles attended offseason workouts and practices. It wasn't just a show of good faith to the Chiefs. Charles wanted to be working and sweating with his teammates.
Charles cares about giving the Chiefs their money's worth. He cares about what his peers think. He cares what you think.
Weston Dressler Day 2 Of Chiefs Training Camp from KXNews
Players will be in pads-- and Dressler says he's excited for it.
Dresser said, "There is definitely some bigger guys out there and there's going to be a lot more contact when we put the pads on in a couple days here so, get kind of acclimated to that part of the game and you know we've had hands on a little bit the last few days but not quite like what we'll see with pads on. "
John Dorsey Faces Difficult Decisions With Chiefs Future from SB Nation
It's not every offseason that a team lets their most talented cornerback and starting left tackle walk. But the Kansas City Chiefs have stared down some difficult decisions this offseason in the name of some much needed contract extensions and salary cap space.
When the Chiefs parted ways with Brandon Flowers and Branden Albert, it demonstrated general manager John Dorsey's willingness to make difficult sacrifices. In order to secure key players, he had to let longtime valuable veterans walk. Those players -- Jamaal Charles, Alex Smith, Justin Houston -- will hopefully carry the Chiefs toward a successfull future. The question is: at what cost?
Young QBs Pushing Daniel During Chiefs Camp from The St. Joseph News-Press
A Missouri product who was the backup last season, Daniel is definitely feeling the pressure of the competition. Of the three, he has struggled the most thus far. Bad throws and fumbling a play-action pass have riddled him during the past few days.
Daniel did have the best 11-on-11 series on Friday of the four QBs. He went 5-for-5, connecting with running back Knile Davis on a nice wheel route that would have gone for a nice gain and two catches by tight end Travis Kelce, one of which drew cheers from fans at the Missouri Western facility.
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