Drizzling rain forced the Chiefs to their indoor practice facility on the first official day of training camp in River Falls. There were no 11-on-11 sessions today, only a light walkthrough as the players donned shorts and jerseys only.
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Offseason reports had Derrick Johnson lining up at weakside linebacker this season and that’s exactly where he stood Friday with the first-team defense. Donnie Edwards took Johnson’s old position a few yards to the left, with Napoleon Harris rounding out the starting linebackers.
In Glenn Dorsey’s absence, second-year defensive tackle Tank Tyler lined up at right defensive tackle next to Tamba Hali, also at a new position (right defensive end). Defensive end Alfonso Boone and tackle Ron Edwards filling out what appeared to be the starting defensive line for the moment.
The Chiefs rotated their cornerbacks with the rest of the first-team defense in walkthroughs. Dimitri Patterson, Brandon Carr and Brandon Flowers all spent time on the island.
Kansas City’s starting five on the offensive line remains, left to right, Branden Albert, Brian Waters, Rudy Niswanger, Adrian Jones and Damion McIntosh. Albert, KC’s second first-round pick, showed no ill effects from the ankle he sprained earlier this offseason, and was light on his feet.
The Chiefs rotated wide receivers with the first-team offense. Dwayne Bowe, Bobby Sippio, Devard Darling, Jeff Webb and Will Franklin all received reps with Brodie Croyle under center. Oliver Hoyte, Mike Cox and Chris Manderino split reps at fullback.
Quarterbacks Damon Huard and Tyler Thigpen both received work behind the second-team offensive line, which features, again from left to right, Herb Taylor, Tre Stallings, Rob Smith, Anthony Alabi and Barry Richardson. Huard and Thigpen also both spent time behind the third-team line, indicating that perhaps the Chiefs haven’t settled on their top backup quarterback just yet.
Mike Priefer led a spirited special-teams walkthrough when KC’s offensive and defensive units were finished. Priefer’s loud voice constantly rang out as the Chiefs practiced punt protection and worked with punt coverage gunners.
Running back Larry Johnson took reps with the first-team offense and didn't appear to favor the foot he injured last season. He frequently burst through holes in the line and ran down the court.
Minus the yellow shorts today and decked out in Chiefs gear instead, offensive coordinator Chan Gailey also sported a pair of eyeglasses, giving him a, “Professor of Offense” appearance. Gailey quietly observed the walkthrough for the most part, but took some time to give personal instruction to wide receiver Bobby Sippio after one particular rep.
Dwayne Bowe is full of energy. With Jared Allen gone, he’s definitely the heartbeat of this year’s Chiefs team. Today he played free safety with the walkthrough defense (normally comprised of offensive backups), and playfully acted like he might deliver a big hit to anyone who caught a ball in front of him, including his cousin Bobby Sippio. Bowe stayed after the walkthrough for an energetic game of catch with tight end Tony Gonzalez and linebacker Donnie Edwards.
“All you have to do is protect the block spot. That’s all we’re doing.”
- Special teams coach Mike Priefer
“I kind of know what the offense is doing. They keep running the same plays over and over again, so I’ve got that figured out.”
- Herm Edwards, explaining why he spent more time with the defense Friday morning.
“I don’t have any (thoughts). He’ll be here when he gets here. It’s business, and I don’t get into that.”
- Edwards, explaining his stance on Glenn Dorsey’s ongoing contract negotiations.
“I don’t know who’s going to wrap him up when he gets here. It’ll take two guys. He’s pretty strong.”
- Edwards, pondering Dorsey’s future hazing in training camp.