Also, some depth chart notes: tight end Orson Charles has logged time as a tight end in team drills, but he’s worked out with the running backs during individual drills, a sign the Chiefs see him as an H-back or fullback type … The Chiefs have been rotating their inside linebackers pretty good all camp, but Derrick Johnson and Ramik Wilson got the starting nods today and would appear to be the likely duo of the season started now.
Running back Charcandrick West (ankle), defensive lineman Chris Jones (knee) and offensive lineman Parker Ehinger (kee) once again didn’t practice, but were seen working out off to the side with the trainers during practice.
The Chiefs ran six offensive plays from the opponent’s 1-yard line and scored just one touchdown. That came on the infamous “Hungry Pig Right” when Dontari Poe scored on a lateral against Oakland in week six.
But the Chiefs have been so impressed with the fourth-year player that Pierre-Louis probably will not only make the team but perhaps even start at inside linebacker, teaming with Derrick Johnson. Pierre-Louis has displayed the instincts and athletic ability the Chiefs want to see from the starter. The preseason is crucial for a lot of Chiefs players, but maybe for no one as it is for Pierre-Louis.
“I think running the ball at the 1-yard line is critical and we want to be one of those teams that are able to do that consistently,” Duvernay-Tardif said. “That’s why we are working on that today. I think it was a great period. I think first-team offense went three-and-one so we have to keep going.”
The history of the JLWS includes an impressive list of players who went on to careers in professional and college sports. The latest JLWS alumnus to make it to the pros is Patrick Mahomes II, who played for Tyler, Texas, in the 2010 World Series. He went on to quarterback the Texas Tech University football team and was selected with the Kansas City Chiefs’ first pick (10th overall) in the 2017 National Football League draft. Matt Cassel, who scored a record five runs in a game for Northbridge, California, in the 1995 JLWS, plays quarterback for the Tennessee Titans of the NFL.
The preseason line is always a tough one to figure out, particularly in Week 1. Teams are going to play their backups much more than their starters, they are throwing out more vanilla game-plans, they don’t really game plan against the specific opponent so much as for their own players, and they are also still doing some mixing and matching in the lineups.
“He’s one of the first people I reached out to,” said Miller, who signed with the Chiefs on Wednesday. “He showed me some of the videos he was doing. We shared the same therapist. Everything. Same rehab, I did the same workouts he did.”
Rodgers, who grew up in Northern California and was a San Francisco 49ers fan growing up, said he was always disappointed that Joe Montana finished his career with another team, the Kansas City Chiefs.
A little something for everyone
Anyways, the Chiefs signed Roy Miller? I had never heard of the guy prior to the Chiefs signing him. I had a couple of Jaguar fans tell me that they were bummed to see him go, so that was encouraging. I also heard good things about his run defense from a few analysts I interact with on the Twitter. But of course, the only way to really know is to check him out for myself.
It turns out Mitchell’s injury was a hamstring injury. ESPN’s Adam Teicher classified it as a “sore hamstring” which seems to imply it’s not too serious.
McQuay, a sixth-round pick from Southern California — the final player selected by the Chiefs — came up with an interception of follow rookie Patrick Mahomes on an overthrow during a competitive drill.
Earlier, McQuay dropped an interception, but in all, Thursday was McQuay’s most active day.