This morning’s practice concluded the last day of camp without the rest of the team present, as veterans are set to report to the campus of Missouri Western State University later this afternoon. Tomorrow’s afternoon practice, which begins at 3:30 p.m., is open to the public and there is no charge for admission.
As the only two defensive linemen here, they had the opportunity to get reps with five coaches looking on, a ratio that should only help these two moving forward.
“We’re working on the fundamentals,” Hamilton said. “Kona and I are out there trying to get a leg up before everybody else gets out here, things like our stance, playing high and keeping our pad levels low.”
When asked whether or not he likes the ratio of coaches to players right now, as well as seeing every rep during these morning practices, Hamilton didn’t hesitate.
“I like it. I want reps and to go out there and show what I can do,” Hamilton said. “That’s the best way to learn is to get out there and get the repetition.”
As you could expect, there wasn’t a lot of down time for rest when there are just two players with five coaches, but Hamilton knows it will help him moving forward.
“It’s going to pay off so I like that,” Hamilton said.
Hamilton and Schwenke have grown to know each other pretty well over the course of OTAs and now training camp, riding the cart to practice every day together and having lockers next to one another. Schwenke even goes to say the entire defensive line is a close group.
“Dom and I are really taking in the teachings the coaches are giving us and we’re trying to use that every day,” Schwenke said. “We’re trying to come back the next day and not make any mistakes.”
With the veterans reporting later today, Schwenke knew these first three practices were the best opportunity to show the coaches what he could do on the field.
In addition, Schwenke is excited about what he’s been working on here at training camp and already feels like he’s improved.
“Working on my pass-rush moves, coming from a base 3-4 defense at Notre Dame to an under defense, we’re more attacking here and getting vertical,” Schwenke said. “That’s one of my biggest areas of improvement.”
When asked how that translates in regards to impact on the field along the defensive line, Schwenke gets excited talking about pinning his ears back and attacking.
“It’s more making plays rather than taking up blockers and playing horizontal,” Schwenke said. “It’s a defense that I really enjoy.”
Hamilton, Schwenke, along with Murray and Bray, will be joined by the other veterans here later today at training camp. They are set to report by 2 p.m.
We’ll have more later this afternoon here at KCChiefs.com.