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Chiefs Training Camp Report- Wednesday, 8/8
by Danny Parkins,posted Aug 8 2012 6:34PM
Today was the Chiefs last practice before the preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals Friday night at Arrowhead. The biggest piece of news was probably those who never saw the field, or left it early. At his daily press conference after the walk through Romeo Crennel said there was nothing new to report on the injury front, but when practice began defensive back Travis Daniels was on the sidelines next to still injured Brandon Flowers. We were given no update as to the status or severity of any injury for Daniels. Then during the practice, 5th round draft pick Dequan Menzie walked off the field under his own power, but with a member of the training staff carrying his pads.
Think of this practice like a Friday during a typical game week. If a player misses that practice, more times than not, he won’t play in the game. And since we won’t get an update from Romeo Crennel before game time, the smart money is on the Chiefs being thin in the secondary Friday night. But judging off the Cardinals passing performance in Tuesday’s joint practice and their preseason opener against the Saints, the Chiefs might not be at much of a disadvantage.
On the bright side, one player who continues to stand out is reserve running back Shaun Draughn. If he keeps practicing like he has, carries it over into the preseason, and can make any impact on special teams I think he has a shot to make the 53 man roster. The Chiefs are deep at Running Back with Charles, Hillis, and rookie Cyrus Gray – but Draughn had another touchdown today and is commanding the attention of fans, media, and presumably coaches alike.
• Jon Baldwin had another touchdown in the back of the end zone to cap off a strong drive down the field by the offense. If the drive was any indication, I can tell you what the blue print of Brian Daboll’s system is going to be. ‘Run the ball, pass the ball quickly into the flats, take shots down field off play action, and finally: if it’s not there, throw it away.’ Cassel threw 2 or 3 balls on one drive out of bounds and just moved on to the next one. It’s a very safe strategy that given Cassel’s accuracy in the short passing game and his low touchdown to interception ratio plays into his skill sets.
• We had our first tussle of training camp after Amon Gordon blew up a screen pass by fighting through a Jeff Allen block. Allen apparently didn’t take too kindly to Gordon’s effectiveness because the two guys traded a couple of barely-landed jabs before Andy Studebaker broke it up. It wasn’t a brawl and I wouldn’t even call it a fight, but in a training camp that has been devoid of any real news, it’s good enough to make the notes section of this blog.