Chiefs Training Camp Report- Saturday, 8/4
Morning rain storms in St. Joe meant a cooler practice in the afternoon. But it gradually heated up and so did the intensity of practice.
Today we got to finally see alot of 11 on 11 action and the Chiefs 2012 picture began to clear up to some extent. Noticeably absent from practice was Jamaal Charles so it meant plenty of carries from Peyton Hillis. Not only have I been impressed by the way Hillis can make cuts from a 250 lb frame but also his pass catching ability.
What stood out today was just how good of a blocker Hillis is. Today, he was matched one on one with a linebacker and he looked quick and strong. What I like about Hillis is the fact he is an every down back. Sure, the plan is for Jamal to be healthy and return this year. However, if he can't, the Chiefs have a guy in Hillis that can pound defenses on first and second down then to either catch or block on third down.
As far as the quarterback play goes, I thought it was a down day for Matt Cassel. He and Stanzi threw a pick in the 11 on 11 drills. Brady Quinn continues to struggle to get the ball away, but he still had the best overall practice I've seen (including a great pass to undrafted free agent Josh Bellamy out of Louisville).
With all things being equal, if Matt Cassel goes down in a game it will be Quinn getting the nod with his NFL experience. What we need to see more from these QB's is 2 minute drills how they can handle the pressure. So far, that would only be a guess.
Dontari Poe had mixed results today. What I do like is his natural strength and ability to tie up blockers. He even made a nice play dicing throught the line and stopping a ball carrier in the backfield. I like the fact that he has this chip on his shoulder but I would like to see that translate into some nastiness. For example, he had a perfect opportunity to jack a running back to the ground today, but chose not to. I want to see him step up and develop a mean streak that is required for the position
Chiefs have a day off tommorrow with the next practice on Monday but the real evaluation time comes on Tuesday afternoon when the one and only practice between the Chiefs and the Cardinals takes place.