"Bulldog" Bob Fescoe is the host of Fescoe in the Morning, heard weekdays 6a-9a on 610 Sports Radio. The KU grad has been a voice in the Kansas City sports scene for the better part of the last decade and brings his passion to the table with some bite every weekday morning.
Finally, football! Its been almost a month since the Chiefs reported to training camp in St. Joe at the end of July and for the first time this camp, practice was all about football. All that conditioning stuff was tossed out the window as the Chiefs went 11 on 11 for a good portion of Monday’s practice at the Arrowhead Practice facility. It marked the first time this camp that we actually saw an extended amount of plays, scheme and hitting on the field. Gone were the drills that conditioned the players and in were the drills that helped guys get into football shape. Talking with linebacker Derrick Johnson afterwards, he told me the only way to get into football shape is to play football and that is exactly what they did on Monday afternoon.
To say there was a “star” of the day would be wrong. No one really stood out from the pack, but Tyler Palko continues to get better. I have not been a fan of what Palko has done this camp, but he has gotten better, even from last week. Palko did a nice job avoiding the rush on Friday in Baltimore and did the same on Monday in KC. He juked a blitzing linebacker and found back up tight end Cody Slate on a loft pass for a touchdown.
Dexter McCluster got a lot of looks as running back on Monday. It seemed he was in the back field as much, if not more than Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles. I thought it was kind of cool to see both Charles and McCluster in the back field together.
The play of the day was an incomplete pass. Dwayne Bowe was lined up on the left side and he ran a slant route, about ten yards from the line. He put up one hand and the ball fell to the turf. With that came a bellowing yell from Head Coach Todd Haley, “Dwayne, use two hands! If you want to be great you have to make that catch. Larry Fitzgerald makes that play 99 times out of 100.” Bowe, with his head down, ran back to the huddle.
Jared Gaither practiced for all but the final 15 minutes of practice today. Brandon Flowers left early with cramps. He told me he will be fine.