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Monday, August 8, 2011

Report on Chiefs Training Camp

 This past Saturday I took a trip up to St. Joesph with my fiance and dad, to see Chiefs training camp. It was Family Funday and players signed autographs before the 1:30 PM practice. I managed to get Brandon Flowers, Dexter McCluster, Leron McClain, Andy Studebaker, and Barry Richardson autographs. It was nice to see these players up close and see how big or small (McCluster) they really are. The players signed autographs for about thirty minutes and the horn sounded for the players to get in their areas to begin practice. This year I am anticipating this season more than I ever have. Maybe because of the lockout or the Chiefs first place season last year, either way I can't wait to get this season started. Chiefs have a tough schedule this year and I wanted to see firsthand how they are looking so far.

Saturday was the first day the Chiefs were in pads so its kind of hard judging where everyone is at but there some key things I saw. Glen Dorsey, Tony Moeaki, Jonathan Baldwin, were dressed out but not practicing. All of them were were suffering from minor leg injuries so they should be back before long. Tamba Hali and Justin Houston looked winded at times and had to take breaks. Hali should be fine, it was pretty hot so I will give him that. Houston has some rumors going around about why he signed so late and that could be the reason. Houston did beat Barry Richardson a couple times in one on one drills getting to the quarterback and that looked promising. Our secondary looked good so far and I am not concerned with them.

Our offensive starters looked good as well. Backup quarterback Tyler Palko did not look good at all. Palko looked confused at times on 7 on 7 drills. Third string quarterback Ricky Stanzi looked a little better than Palko, but the Chiefs could be in trouble if Cassel were to go down. Cross our fingers and hope not. Backup center Rodney Hudson threw some snaps into the ground but he is transitioning  from guard to center. Thomas Jones fumbled once and was very upset at himself. I think he might see a decline in carries this year with the addition of Leron McClain. McClain looks just as big in person. Chiefs problem with third and shorts should be NO problem this year.

Overall I think the Chiefs were looking good for a week into training camp. They will have a couple days to prepare for their first preseason game against Tampa Bays Buccaneers. Chiefs will face the Buccaneers 7:00 PM at Arrowhead this Friday. GO CHIEFS!!!

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