Nuts and Bolts of Friday's practice
- Saturday was "American Family" Fun Day at Kansas City Chiefs training camp at Missouri Western State in St. Joseph, Mo.
- 6,171 fans came through the doors, making it the sixth largest crowd ever in St. Joe and the second largest crowd ever for a non-stadium practice
- Practice, originally set for an 8:15 a.m. start time was pushed back to 9:15 a.m. to avoid having to move indoors due to rain; practice luckily stayed outdoors
- Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin went to the medical tent during practice for a "jammed thumb," but would later return
- 11 players were out Saturday for the Chiefs; Here's the FULL INJURY REPORT
- Temperature at camp was a bit cooler today, staying in the mid 70s before increasing to the low 80s just before practice ended; there was slight drizzling during certain parts of practice, but rain stayed away for the most part
- Head coach Andy Reid, linebacker Josh Mauga, tight end James O' Shaughnessy and offensive lineman Jeff Allen addressed the media in a press conference after practice
- Saturday's practice featured two 11-on-11 periods, but there was no tackling
- Practice time will return to 8:15 a.m. on Sunday
The Chiefs took to the field for another full pads practice during the 2015 Training Camp.
Top Plays from Friday's Practice
3) During the final 11-on-11 portion of practice with the second team on the field, quarterback Chase Daniel led the team down the field. Starting on Daniel's right, wide receiver Fred Williams was chased across the middle by Marcus Cooper step for step. In a tight window, Daniel let the ball go and Williams hopped up for the ball that connected with him right in the chest even with Cooper blanketing him.
2) In 7 on 7, quarterback Alex Smith aimed to hit Albert Wilson, who appeared to be wide open, to his left at the end of this route. Cornerback Phillip Gaines, despite being several yards ahead of Wilson, jumped up as high as he could and snagged the ball out of the air. The very next play, Gaines broke up another pass with a diving deflection.
1) During the first 11-on-11 period in the red zone, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin lined up to Smith's left. Maclin ran a beautifully executed slant, just behind linebacker Derrick Johnson and just under Sean Smith. Alex Smith hit Maclin in the small window between two great defenders for the touchdown.
Meanwhile, in Canton
Player Spotlight – Tight end James O' Shaughnessy
There's so much that goes into the NFL Draft.
First, a player is identified and scouting reports are written. Of course, then there's talking to him, to his teammates, his coaches. Likely even some of his family and friends. Then scouting reports are rewritten. Eventually, the reports are read. Does he have the raw talent and the character you're looking for?
Good, well then there are the hours and hours of tape.
The madness behind all this work for every team is that on draft day, it culminates into the right selection.
When the Chiefs selected Illinois State tight end James O' Shaughnessy in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, the work had been done and reviewed. General manager John Dorsey liked what he saw.
But even with all the right signs, the question of whether those will translate to the field is always the golden question, and to Andy Reid, the fact that O'Shaughnessy came from a Division I FCS school made the answer to that question all the more uncertain.
"Coming from a smaller school, you're never quite sure," Reid said after practice on Saturday. "It's the National Football League; it's the best competition in the world."
But O'Shaughnessy, Reid said, came to Kansas City with the right frame of mind.
"He didn't come in in awe. He came in, he got busy, he tried to learn everything and he's a smart kid. He wanted to make sure he learned everything."
Through four padded practices, and that's something we need to remember,four padded practices, O'Shaughnessy looks like he belongs.
He's garnered time with the first team and even to the coaches, seems a little bit better every day.
"Every day he improves, which is kind of a neat thing to see in him being from a smaller school," Reid said. "For him to handle what we're asking him to handle, he's doing a heck of a job."
O'Shaughnessy, though proud of his efforts, is taking his head coach's kind words with a grain of salt.
"It means I'm on the right track," he modestly said. "It's a start. We're only about a week into training camp, about a week over, but every new thing we put in is new for me so I just have to keep accepting the coaching."
Among those that he says are helping as he adjusts to the pro game are veteran tight end Travis Kelce, tight ends coach Tom Melvin and offensive coordinator Doug Pederson.
"It's kind of been a collective help from everybody," O'Shaughnessy said. "I've been very fortunate with that aspect that they've all been willing to help me through my growing pains and help me work through whatever I need to get done."
The best part of it all for the Chiefs, is that even with the early success, he still realizes he has a long way to go.
"I've still got a lot of things to learn before I'm where I want to be," he said. "I'm happily impressed with some of the things I'm capable of doing that I've learned these last couple weeks and last couple months, but my mindset's not thinking about the accomplishments so far.
"It's thinking about what my future's looking like. I just have to keep coming out each day and accepting the process and getting better."
It's fun to wonder if the Chiefs predicted that quality in their scouting reports.