The Morning Fix

Morning everyone. I hope you all had a good weekend. I just wanted to take a second to thank everyone who sent in pictures and practice reports from over the weekend. The Addicts really stepped up and provided the out of towners a look inside Chiefs training camp. I’ll have some ore pictures and observations from over the weekend later today.

The Chiefs will hit the practice field today for another round of 2 a days. Practice #5 will be at 8:50 AM-11:00 and #6 will be from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (CST).

Until then, here is your Morning Fix!

“There’s no doubt it’s huge for the players, it’s huge for us,” coach Todd Haley said. “It’s easy to get up for the first day of training camp, the second day of training camp, but (not) when you start to hurt and you’re banged-up and you’re tired and you’re getting no sleep and you’re fighting with each other. When you come out of that locker room and there’s people out there hooting and hollering, it has a huge impact. It brings an energy to the practice field which is tremendous.

“It will have a tremendous impact.”

The players began borrowing energy from the fans on the very first day.

“We love it,” cornerback Brandon Flowers said. “We were just talking about that on the side during practice. We love the fan base out here. It gets us going. The receivers get a catch, it gets them going when the crowd is cheering. We were acting like it was an away game, trying to shut the crowd up with our pass breakups. It’s fun.”

Fans in camp helping Chiefs

He’s not a surprise anymore, and he admits that’s different. Things changed for Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles in the last 12 months, when he went from a young backup trying to unseat Larry Johnson to a runner who’s on the fast track to stardom.

It was at this time last year that Charles declared that, whether you believed him or not, he had it in him to be great. He had the confidence, and he had put in the work. He spent much of that offseason in the weight room, and when Johnson flamed out, Charles’ work paid off — rushing for at least 100 yards in five of Kansas City’s final eight games.

It was a grind, and Charles paid for it. It became a common sight to see the 199-pound youngster retreating to the sideline with his left arm dangling as he favored a battered shoulder. But when the huddle broke, there was Charles out there again. Maybe it was all that offseason work.

“I want guys that are tough-minded and can overcome,” Chiefs coach Todd Haley said. “That impressed me.”

Charles became a fan favorite. A celebrity. A player who was invited to offseason charity functions in his native Texas, and a target for constant distractions. He had surgery to repair that shoulder, and through healing and rehabilitation and time commitments, the kid who spent the 2009 offseason building his body for the next step, didn’t find his way into the weight room as often a year later.

“I just didn’t have much time,” Charles said this weekend after a late-afternoon training-camp session. “The shoulder situation just pushed me back.”

Chiefs’ Charles carrying more expectations this

The Chiefs for the second straight season are going through a training camp without a joint practice with another team. The annual summer battles against the Minnesota Vikings are less a casualty of geography than Todd Haley’s desire to do without.

Haley stopped short of saying the Chiefs would never work against another club as long as he’s coaching in Kansas City, but for now he seems to have little enthusiasm for a joint practice.

“Last year we had a couple of brief discussions about it and just felt in the first year (it was) a little too much,” Haley said. “This year, it didn’t really come up like it did last year. It’s not something I’ve been a part of very often.

“Maybe that has something to do with it. The places I’ve been we really haven’t done that much. This is training camp, and we’re really focused on the Kansas City Chiefs. We’ll have preseason games to get (player evaluation) done.”

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