The Chiefs brought in a challenger for veteran kicker Ryan Succop, but he hasn’t let it bother him. Succop also talking about the similarities to pitching and butterflies he feels even entering his sixth season.
Thomas struggled from a fitness standpoint early during offseason training, so it was fair to wonder how he would hold up once the pads came on during training camp on the Missouri Western campus. The good news for the Chiefs is Thomas, a fourth-round pick in May, appears to be every bit as fast and shifty in three practices wearing full football gear.
The Chiefs won’t be content to get their sacks from the outside rush of linebackers Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and Dee Ford. In the nickel defense, inside linebacker Derrick Johnson and free safety Husain Abdullah have been coming up the middle.
After five days of practice, the Chiefs will enjoy a day of rest on Tuesday. Just the thought of a day off made it easier to practice on Monday. “It gets you through,” said outside linebacker Derrick Johnson, 31.
The KC Chiefs completed their fourth day in full pads during training camp Monday at Missouri Western, and some of the best battles of the day came in the trenches, where the offensive linemen and defensive linemen squared off in one-on-one matchups.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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