The Kansas City Chiefs are now just a week away from their first preseason game versus the New Orleans Saints. Excitement is building as the team enters another weekend at training camp.
We’ve put a freeze on practice reports until we can find some more training camp corespondents. If you are interested in providing a practice report to Arrowhead Addict, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what day you plan on attending camp. In the meantime, I suggest checking out Joel Thorman’s practice reports, linked below. They are excellent.
Until then, here is your Morning Fix!
First down: Drop by Jamaal Charles in the flat. The pass was awkward but catchable.
Second down: Incomplete fade route to Dwayne Bowe.
Third down: Dropped by Jon Baldwin, who was open near the end zone.
The Baldwin drop stands out the most to me. Third down, near the goal line, need a big play … and it just wasn’t there. That’s frustrating.
“Gotta catch the football,” Andy Reid said after practice (not in response to a specific question about Baldwin). “You have to catch the football. In any offense in the NFL drops cost you so you have to focus in and concentrate on the football, especially when you’re tired and sweating, you have to catch the football.”
Baldwin looked poised to have a breakout season a year ago, but turned out to be a Pro Bowl talent in training camp only. Once the season rolled around, he again looked lost. He has just 41 catches for 579 yards and two touchdowns in his two-year career.
“He’s a young kid,” said former Bills wide receiver Andre Reed, who is helping out the Chiefs as a coaching intern. “Young kids really let things stick a lot long. He needs to learn that it’s how you come back the next play that matters. It’s how you respond.”
The Chiefs still hope that Baldwin, at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, can become the kind of wide receiver who can make catches in traffic while snagging balls in the red zone. They’re also clinging to hope with several other guys.
“There are a lot of great ones, but over time, Alex has proven he can get it done. He’s a sharp guy, he brings a wealth of knowledge, he’s experienced, he’s a proven winner the last couple of years, and he needs a team to embrace him.”
While the statement is a bit sensational, Smith is a very good quarterback and he proved that last year with his performance.
He seemed to really be turning things around and was taking the steps towards becoming the player that the 49ers believed he could be when they selected him No. 1 overall, but the concussion derailed his season and the team ultimately went younger.
Cornerback Brandon Flowers jumped a route on Dexter McCluster and turned an interception of a pass by Alex Smith into a touchdown. Rookie linebacker Nico Johnson tipped a Chase Daniel pass that rookie safety Bradley McDougald picked off. During seven-on-seven drills, safety Kendrick Lewis intercepted a pass by Daniel that was tipped.
The defense also did a good job of flushing Smith and Daniel out of the pocket and defensive end Miguel Chavis blew up rookie running back Jordan Roberts on a short-yardage play.
“I thought the defense did a nice job,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “That’s what you expect, early in camp, for the defense to be dominant. It always takes the offense a little longer to get going. That’s how it normally works.”