River Falls Wrap: Day 11


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Aug 07, 2006, 7:16:56 PM

Camping with the Chiefs - Day 11

by Josh Looney

Breakdown: Following an off day on Sunday, the Chiefs enjoyed ordinary camp conditions to start their second full week of training in River Falls. Natural Wisconsin summer conditions greeted the players as they awoke on Monday to a cool morning. Comfortable temperatures and cloudless skies joined the squad for both practice sessions. The UW-River Falls campus after a blown electrical transformer caused a power outage over the weekend.

Head coach Herm Edwards conducted two practice sessions on Monday, a full-padded session at 9:00 AM and a shells session at 3:45 PM. Veterans QB Trent Green and T Kyle Turley received a rest during the morning session, but returned to work in the afternoon. QB Damon Huard took the majority of snaps with the first-team offense in Green’s absence.

“It was a little sluggish early which I anticipated when you give them a night off,” Edwards commented. “But I thought the last couple of periods the tempo picked up. We’re starting to move some young guys into the first group and I think that’s important. I think they’ve earned the opportunity to go with the first group. Obviously, if you watched practice they’re playing different positions. For the most part, there are some young guys that have been here who have an opportunity to play a lot of football for us, and I think what you have to do is put them in position to go with the first group at times to see if they can handle it. That’s kind of how we’ll handle it in the preseason, too.”

New Face in Camp: Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced the signing of veteran DT Shane Burton on Monday morning. Burton, a nine-year veteran with four NFL organizations (Miami ‘96-98, Chicago ‘99, N.Y. Jets 2000-01, Carolina 2002-03), will add experience and competition to the defensive line. Burton played under Edwards in New York during the 2001 campaign.

“He’s a very, very tough guy, smart guy,” Edwards said of Burton. “He plays well with his hands. The year I was with him he had about six batted balls. It was kind of amazing. He does a great job of getting his hands up and knocking balls down.”

88 Returns From Canton: Seven-time Pro Bowl TE Tony Gonzalez returned to River Falls on Sunday after spending his weekend at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Gonzalez’s former teammate and close friend QB Warren Moon was enshrined as part of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2006 over the weekend. Chiefs President Carl Peterson also attended events in Canton honoring the football legend.

Although Gonzalez only played two seasons in Kansas City with Moon (’99-00), he took every opportunity to pick the Hall of Famer’s brain. Gonzalez began his streak of seven consecutive Pro Bowl appearances in ‘99 when Moon first arrived in Kansas City. “He’s been like a mentor to me, like an older brother of somewhat,” Gonzalez remarked. “When he first got in (to Kansas City) I used to ask him all sorts of questions about what it takes to get to the next level and he used to work with me after practice throwing me balls. On and off the field he was a great guy to hang out with.”

Kansas/Wisconsin Football Great on Hand: Former Kansas State University and Green Bay Packers QB Lynn Dickey made an appearance at Monday’s practice sessions. Dickey chatted with players, coaches and fans after the morning session concluded.

Dickey, an Osawatomie, Kansas native, was a pro signal caller for the Houston Oilers (’71-74) and Green Bay Packers (’76-85). Dickey powered the ‘83 Packer offense to a then-team record 429 points and threw for 4,458 yards, the third highest total passing yards in NFL history at the time.

Kansas State retired Dickey’s number 11 jersey number to jointly honor Dickey and his successor QB Steve Grogan, who also went on to excel in the NFL ranks. Number 11 is the only number to be retired in the history of Kansas State football. During his tenure at KSU, Dickey was known as the top quarterback in the Big 8 Conference and finished 10th among Heisman Trophy candidates following the ‘70 campaign.

Dickey retired from professional football after the ‘85 season and currently resides in Leawood, Kansas.

Family Fun Continues Past Weekend: Many of the players’ families made the journey to River Falls for Saturday evening’s Family Fun Night at the Ramer Sports Complex, but excitement for some of the players’ children extended through practice on Monday.

After the conclusion of Monday’s AM practice, a handful of young Chiefs caught passes from QB Trent Green and made moves to get open on WR Eddie Kennison. Each child performed a touchdown celebration capped off with TE Kendall Gammon’s two sons opting to do “the worm” as their celebrations.

Plays of the Day: (Monday, August 7, AM practice)
Offense: QB Casey Printers unleashed a 10-yard touchdown pass to TE Adam Johnson, squeezing the ball in between two defenders, during 11-on-11 Red Zone work.

Defense: S Scott Connot made a nice play on a pass during the team’s Red Zone period. QB Casey Printers tried to place a ball intended for sixth-round draft pick WR Jeff Webb into the back left corner of the end zone, but Connot got vertical and knocked the intended pass to the ground.

Look Who’s Talking: “I don’t think that left. When you’re mean you’re mean. You don’t lose that. You got mean grandparents, they’re old and they’re still mean. I don’t think he lost that.“
— Herm Edwards after being asked if T Kyle Turley has lost his mean streak.

Injury Report: DT John Browning (back) missed practice on Monday. Edwards doesn’t expect Browning to be back before the end of training camp.

First-round draft pick DE Tamba Hali hurt his ribs and left the PM practice prematurely. “He got kicked in the ribs,” Edwards explained after practice. “He got the wind knocked out of him, that’s all. He’ll be fine.”

Edwards expects to hold recently-acquired RB Michael Bennett out of practice though the end of the week to rest a tight hamstring.

CB Alphonso Hodge and fifth-round draft pick CB Marcus Maxey both practiced on Monday. The duo was previously on the Physically Unable to Perform List. DT Ron Edwards was also removed from the PUP list after returning to action late last week.

*River Falls Weather:
Temperature: 81 degrees
Heat Index: 81 degrees

*Kansas City Weather:
Temperature: 84 degrees
Heat Index: 90 degrees

*Temperatures are recorded after each morning practice.

A Look Ahead: Tuesday’s camp schedule is identical to Monday’s with practices scheduled for 9:00 AM and 3:45 PM.

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