Practice Report 5/2 Update

From the Truman Sports Complex

The final practice of the Chiefs rookie camp was outside Sunday morning as Todd Haley and his coaching staff put 32 players through the workout, wrapping up the three-day session.

“It was very, very productive,” Haley said afterwards. “I’m excited about these guys. I feel comfortable that they understand how important the next couple weeks are so they keep

Under NFL rules, the rookies can’t return to the Chiefs facility until May 16th or the day their college holds graduation. All seven draft choices and 11 college free agents will be back and on the field for the team’s first OTA session on Monday, May 17th.

There was plenty of teaching and learning going down at the camp, and not just by the players.

“There was a lot of learning on both sides,” Haley said. “We are chomping at the bit as a staff … we now have a couple weeks to get prepared and get our ducks in a row and be ready when OTAs start.”

First-round S Eric Berry and second-round CB Javier Arenas were both active  in this practice after sitting out Saturday afternoon. The Chiefs do not talk about injuries until the regular season, but Haley allowed that there were no major problems for either player.

“”There were some existing situations; it’s nothing serious,” said Haley. “It was done as a precautionary measure. We wanted to be smart. They’re fine.”

Berry injured the big toe on his right foot at his Pro Day workout back in March on the Tennessee campus

Second-round WR/RB Dexter McCluster split his time in Sunday’s practice between running back and wide receiver.

“We orientated him into multiple areas,” Haley said of McCluster. “It was important for us to see how he handled that; being in a different classroom and different meetings.

“Across the board, guys got better as the weekend went on. It kind of looked like the Bad News Bears on the first one and today (Sunday) it was a much smoother operation.”

It was more than just talent at the rookie camp that caught Haley’s attention. “These guys have a good energy about them,” Haley said. “There are some good personalities in this group. It’s nice and pleasant to be around these guys. It doesn’t appear too big for them.”

WR Chandler Williams sat out his second practice with an unknown injury. Among the handful of tryout players, Haley said the Chiefs would sign “a couple or three.”

5 Responses to “Practice Report 5/2 Update”

  • May 2, 2010  - Michael says:

    Great update, Bob, thanks as always. The story says all seven draft choices and eight college free agents will return for OTA’s. Didn’t the Chiefs just sign eleven college free agents?

    From the tryout players group, I’m hoping the teams signs Kansas State DE Jeffrey Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh QB Bill Stull and Troy ILB Boris Lee, just because I think they have some interesting skills.

  • May 2, 2010  - Bob Gretz says:

    Michael, thanks for catching that numerical mistake. It is 11 college free agents.

  • May 2, 2010  - dinomight says:

    BOB–always good reporting on camp. look forward to more of your good stuff this year!!! Go Chiefs!

  • May 2, 2010  - colby says:

    I still can’t say that I’m all that impressed with the undrafted rookies and tryout guys we brought in. Maybe it would be better if we traded our 6th and 7th round picks every year because I wouldn’t be too thrilled if we picked any of these guys up with a draft choice.

    Honestly the only players that I can see making the roster at some point are LB Justin Cole out of San Jose State, or WR Rich Gunnell out of Boston College. The rest look like utter cannon fodder. HOWEVER I do hope that I am totally wrong here. Jovan Belcher was a nice surprise last year.

  • May 2, 2010  - Liontamer says:

    It seems like to me our coach is more relaxed and I believe his intensity is there….a good sign!

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