To those of us without the privilege of seats in the film room, Cassel turned in his best performance of the spring. His only glaring mishap came in the closing minutes of practice when rookie DB
Done for the Week
Thursday’s practice was the final of the week as players won’t return to the practice field again until Monday morning. Next week is a big week, however, with OTA practices Monday-Wednesday and prep for mandatory mini-camp kicking off Thursday with practices beginning on Friday.
“I felt like we had a really good workweek overall,” head coach Todd Haley said today. “I feel like the guys got better.”
Players Held Out of Practice (Rehab/Conditioning Zone)
*Was not in the rehab zone, but did not participate in team drills
Nothing new to report here; it’s the same crew. Croyle continues to hang with the quarterbacks during drills, but there’s no helmet and no team reps for the Chiefs backup who injured the pointer finger on his throwing hand a week ago. The injury occurred when he hit his hand on a defender’s helmet during his follow-thru.
Urban Coming On Strong
Jerheme Urban seems to have gone through a classic example of an acclimation period this spring. During his first few practices, Urban had a few drops and other mishaps as he became familiar with not only his new cast of quarterbacks, but also the team, city, playbook, coaching staff and everything else about his new employer as a whole.
This week, it’s almost as something just clicked. Urban has been a head-turner during team periods, becoming a favorite Cassel in the mid-level passing game. In addition to rehearsing for the role of “possession receiver,” Urban has also made big plays throughout the week in Red Zone work.
“I think that I maybe came in here trying to do too much early on,” Urban said. “I kind of got frustrated at times, but I took a step back this past weekend and took a deep breath.
“I’m feeling a little bit better and a little smoother out there” Urban continued. “Sometimes maybe I was a half-step slower out there just thinking too much.”
The holiday break seems to have paid off for Urban.
No Missed Time For Matt
Despite recently welcoming a baby girl into his family, Matt Cassel has yet to miss any time and OTAs. He’s been pulling the late night shift, following by intense morning lifts and practices, followed by more time lending a helping hand around the family.
The child is Matt and Lauren Cassel’s first, which means he might be heading to Todd Haley for more advice than just football. Haley is the proud father of five children – four being girls.
Actually, when it comes to splitting duties between football and family, Cassel may have already taken a page from Haley’s book.
“I told him if I could have a baby during training camp and plan it in between two-a-days and make it to the morning practice and afternoon practice, he should be ok,” Haley laughed.
“That actually happened in New York, in 2000,” Haley said.
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