Heartland Health Practice Report: 8/5/11

Posted Aug 5, 2011

Houston begins on clean slate, Piscitelli eyes opener and Wiegmann keeps going

ST. JOSEPH, MO – The last of Kansas City’s nine draft picks officially inked his contract Friday morning and made his training camp debut at Missouri Western State University. In his first official practice, the Chiefs didn’t waste any time getting third-round pick Justin Houston into the defensive mix.

In all, Houston missed six practices and four walkthroughs before arriving in camp.

“What Justin needs to be focused on is that he’s here now,” Head Coach Todd Haley said. “I’ve talked about the rookie learning curve, and he’s got his work cut out for him. And so do we, because we’ve got to give him a chance to succeed.”

Houston was an active participant in a number of team periods Friday afternoon. Despite the seven-day holdout, he’s starting on a clean slate with Haley and the rest of the Chiefs coaching staff.

“We had basically that talk, that we’ve got to get going, because as I say to all of them – I’m selfish, I want to win,” Haley said. “That’s what I care about, and we’ve got to do everything as coaches to give us the best chance to win.

“A bunch of those young guys, I would believe, are going to have to contribute for us to have a chance to continue to build this.”

The Chiefs now have 84 players under contract. New NFL rules allow clubs to roster 90 players during camp. Last year, the maximum number of players a team could carry was 80.

Piscitelli Eyes Preseason Opener

Sabby Piscitelli doesn’t want to talk about the past, but he admits that next Friday’s preseason opener carries a little extra weight.

When asked if he knew who the Chiefs first preseason game was against, Piscatelli responded, “about 10 minutes after I signed.”

He was released by the Bucs in late November after playing sparingly throughout most of 2010. A second-round pick of Tampa in 2007, Piscitelli started 20 games for the Bucs from 2008-09.

“That was the past, I’m talking about the future,” said Piscitelli. “I’m excited to be here, I really am, and I’m excited to look for the future and play for the Kansas City Chiefs and I’ll do anything I can to help this team win. Whatever the coaches ask me, I’m here to do that and I’m excited.”

Since signing with the Chiefs Thursday afternoon, Piscitelli has worked into rotation at safety behind Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis.

He Keeps Going

Casey Wiegmann set a personal goal last year at this time. He wanted to get past 10,000 consecutive snaps played.

A year later, that streak is still active.

After a ninth-straight season of taking every snap, Wiegmann’s consecutive snaps total now sits at 10,141 straight. Not one to stand on personal accolades, Wiegmann admitted Friday that the streak is something he’s very proud of.

“I don’t know if it was a year or two ago, the offensive line coach said ‘we’re going to take you out’ and I’m like ‘I’m not coming out, sorry’ and it’s just what it is, it’s just a streak,” Wiegmann said. “I take pride in it, but it’s just a number.”

Wiegmann turned 38 years old just before the start of training camp and enters his 16th NFL season. He hasn’t missed a snap since opening the post-9/11 game against the N.Y. Giants in 2001. His consecutive snaps streak is the longest by any NFL offensive linemen.

“Kansas City has been good to me, I’ve always said that, and to finish my career here is the ultimate goal,” Wiegmann said. “I had the chance to go elsewhere, but this place has been good and winning’s happening here so it’s positive.”

Wiegmann has been working with the first-team offense at center.

Line Shift

Bobby Greenwood and Darryl Harris both took new posts with the second-team offense today after working with the first unit throughout the first week of camp. Greenwood began camp at right tackle and is now repping at right guard, while Harris began camp at center and is now playing left guard.

Yesterday’s arrival of veterans Barry Richardson and Casey Wiegmann prompted the shift. Rookie Rodney Hudson is now working as the second-team center.

Guard is a new position for Greenwood. Harris opened camp at left guard last season while filling in for Brian Waters.

Practice Observations

- Three players were outside, but did not participate in practice: WR Jonathan Baldwin, DE Glenn Dorsey and TE Tony Moeaki. There is no update on any of the players’ physical status.

- Barry Richardson left practice shortly before the conclusion of 11-v-11 period. Trainers originally tended to Richardson, but he would later leave the field under his own power. Ryan O’Callaghan took his place with the first team.

- Jerheme Urban had an impressive third-down period, recording multiple first-down catches. His most impressive grab came while fighting through defensive pass interference for a catch just past the sticks on the left sideline.

- Jeremy Horne and Zeke Markshausen also notched several impressive first-down catches.

- Rookie Allen Bailey was a presence during half-line work with the offensive linemen. He drew numerous cheers in the period and also sought extra coaching from defensive line coach Anthony Pleasant between reps.


“Trust me Kendrick, this one is going to be fun!”

- Todd Haley to Kendrick Lewis before the start of a competitive third down period

Photo Of The Day

Jon Asamoah practices blocking technique during special teams period

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