It may not happen right away (and almost certainly won’t happen often), but the Chiefs hope to find a way to get sack masters Tamba Hali and Justin Houston on the field at the same time as first-round pick Dee Ford during the upcoming season.
During a two-play sequence in Sunday’s practice, Chiefs backup Tyler Bray showed both his strengths and weaknesses. Bray says he expects more from himself as the team’s training camp continues to churn on in St. Joseph.
On Saturday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid addressed what cornerback Sean Smith needs to do to earn his starting job back. On Sunday, it was defensive coordinator Bob Sutton’s turn. “This is a competitive unit and I think he’s just got to keep competing — he is not far away,” Sutton said.
One rookie who apparently has caught the eye of special teams coordinator Dave Toub is rookie receiver Albert Wilson. Wilson, who was signed as an undrafted free agent in May, returned 31 kicks for a 23.5 average and 15 punts for a 8.3 average last season at Georgia State.
Rookie cornerback Phillip Gaines says Berry, 25, is taking a vocal role among the defensive backs. Rookie cornerback Phillip Gaines says he often seeks out the 25-year-old Berry, a two-time Pro Bowler, for advice, though he's not the only one.
Saturday’s event, filled on a first come, first serve basis, is limited to 250 participants. The camp is designed for boys and girls in grades three through eight to learn and practice football skills through multiple drills.
Punter Dustin Colquitt and linebacker Derrick Johnson are the Chiefs’ elder statesmen, attending their 10th training camp. The occasion was not lost on Johnson, the club’s first-round pick in 2005, and Colquitt, a third-rounder.
The Chiefs’ 2013 season ended with a playoff loss at Indianapolis in which Kansas City failed to hold a 28-point lead in the second half. Not surprisingly, the team has talked about closing out games better in the upcoming season.
Quarterback Alex Smith was one of the new faces with the Chiefs last year, along with coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey. In year two, everyone is on the same page and Smith says he likes what he’s seen so far.
The big concern for NFL teams entering training camp used to be holdouts by first-round draft picks. Now, the major holdout concern has shifted to veterans seeking restructured deals or contract extensions.
The Chiefs will play host to their annual Red Friday Pep Rally on Sept. 5 downtown outside of Union Station, which is celebrating its centennial this year. In a news release, the rally promises “music, lights, fireworks and football” as part of the festivities.
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