Bowe went through a full practice on Tuesday for the first time since signing his one-year franchise tender on August 17th. He passed his physical and conditioning test working out at The University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex last Friday - his first day back on Chiefs grounds since departing for the offseason in January.
“I will play him some, just give him a couple plays here and there, but I don’t think that he’s ready to play a full game or anything like that,” Crennel said on Wednesday.
Crennel hinted yesterday that the team might work in a handful of scripted plays for Bowe as he continues to digest offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s new playbook. Bowe says he’s been arriving at the team facility by 6:30 a.m. each day this week to put in extra time learning the new offensive terminology.
“I’m coming in extra early in the morning, staying late after practice, in the meeting room with
“I’m a professional and my job is to learn. I’m learning it pretty fast and we’ll see where it takes me.”
Bowe was allowed to work into the offensive rotation during Tuesday’s practice. He was previously limited to individual, non-contact drills due to a three-day acclimation clause in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Cassel and Daboll have both spent considerable one-on-one time bringing Bowe up to speed this week.
“You know we’re helping him as much as possible,” Cassel said. “He’s getting caught up to speed right now. He’s doing a heck of a job getting in here and dedicating the time and energy to learn this offense and all the coaches and myself are just trying to get him caught him up to speed.”
Bowe’s return to game action may be short-lived, but his progress in a condensed amount of time is significant.
“The thing about players at their positions is once they get back out there and if they can get a grasp of terminology, it comes back to them pretty quickly,” Crennel said. “We can probably put him out there and run a route or whatever, it just depends. Like I said, we’re not going to overload him. But we need to work him in a little bit.”