For his part, Haley said his team targeted the players more for how their individual abilities might help the Chiefs. Gaither, at 6 feet 9 and 340 pounds, is a mammoth lineman who spent the last two practice days working as the second-team left tackle. He added depth, size and talent — he was the Ravens’ starting left tackle in 2008-09 before a season-ending back injury last year — to a line that needed more of all three. He told reporters Monday evening that his back is “100 percent” and that he plans to be a starter.
The other two plays were interesting as well. On the first snap, a 1st-and-goal situation from the 3-yard line, RB Jamaal Charles ran wide right trying to reach the pylon at the goal line. But LB Derrick Johnson showed his speed and ran Charles down and pushed him out of bounds at the 1-yard line. The other play featured the No. 2 offense and defense. QB Tyler Palko scrambled to his left under pass rush pressure from DE Allen Bailey. As Bailey was chasing, FB Shane Bannon pealed back and caught the defensive end with a blind-side block that was perfectly legal and created quite a collision. Palko ended up running out of bounds.
HALEY: “Yeah, I think everybody at that receiver position; there’s good competition going on, and like I said, he was a guy that I knew a lot of, coming out I really was interested in him, had a couple of swings and misses here through the last few years, and got him out here. He looks to be in really good condition, well rested obviously. I think sometimes when you have a year or two like he did, you’ll definitely see the hunger to go out and play the game that he loves. He’s competing. He’s trying to learn the offense as fast as he can, so he knows what to do so he can go out there and compete, and I think yesterday you saw a couple of flashes of it. He’s right in the competition and I think that’s going on all over the field, which has me excited.”
Weakest position: While major upgrades were made to several areas of the Kansas City offense through the draft and free agency, the right side of the offensive line was not addressed. Both ORG Ryan Lilja and ORT Barry Richardson are solid players who will neither dominate their opponent nor be embarrassed. However, for a team with championship aspirations, the weak link on the line could be an issue.