Nuts and Bolts
- The Kansas City Chiefs held their seventh practice of OTAs on Thursday morning.
- Eric Berry, Jamaal Charles, Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and Mike Williams continued to miss practice.
- Both Vernon Harris and Jaye Howard returned to the practice after missing time last week. It was Harris' first go of OTAs.
- Quarterback Aaron Murray, running backs Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West and wide receiver Rod Streater spoke to the media after practice.
- After Tuesday's practice, there will be three more this week before wrapping up OTAs on Friday.
Plays of Note
There were a number of notable plays during Tuesday's drills:
- During one of the offensive sessions, it only took backup candidate Tyler Bray two throws to get into the end zone—the first pass was a ball more than 50 yards in the air to wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who made a great catch down the sideline. WR Da'Ron Brown followed that play up with a diving catch for the touchdown.
- WR Jeremy Maclin made a number of nice catches during offensive work.
- RB Spencer Ware had a one-handed catch in the flat.
- Cornerback Marcus Peters recorded an interception.
A Look At Day Seven of OTAs
A look into day seven of phase three of the Chiefs offseason program at the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex
What We Learned From Player Press Conferences
RB SPENCER WARE
Adam Teicher (ESPN):Do you think about how much things have changed for you from this time last year?
WARE: "Yeah, they believed in me, honestly. I have to rise to the occasion. It's a good feeling when you have that support and that faith – (not only) by the coaching staff, but by the players. I'm still learning and picking up things and still trying to get better."
Terez Paylor (Kansas City Star):What's the one area you're looking to improve?
WARE: "Really trying to just be an all-purpose back. Do more things out of the backfield and also in the passing game – like the short-yardage or goal line situations. Being able to be used throughout the entire field."
TJ Carpenter (Sports Radio 810 WHB):What would you envision a backfield with you, Charcandrick West and Jamaal Charles looks like? Is it taking turns or can you be used at the same time?
WARE: "I feel like we really feed off each other. It's a big family, we're brothers in that room and we prepare for war together. There's competition, but it's not competition individually, it's reflectively as a group, saying 'Let's do our job and let's score touchdowns and get over 150 yards on the ground. It doesn't matter how it's done, let's just get it done and on top of that, get the W.'"
Herbie Teope (Topeka Capital-Journal):At full strength, is this the top running back trio in the NFL?
WARE: "I believe so. I think we're pretty good. I'll leave all the ratings and all that to you guys, but I know what we can control. And how we are, we're going to go out there and we're going to battle, we're going to make big plays and we're going to try to win games."
RB CHARCANDRICK WEST
Terez Paylor (Kansas City Star):Looks like you got a little faster – what have you done to prepare for this year knowing you have more responsibility?
WEST: "I just went home and I forgot about last year. I tried to get better and work for the Super Bowl next year."
Adam Teicher (ESPN):How's Jamaal (Charles) doing?
WEST: "He's doing great."
Teicher:How much does he really want to be out here? He probably needs a whole bunch of work in this environment – how much do you think he misses being out with the rest of you?
WEST: "It's football. We're all out there, and it's competitive and that's what we're going to do. I don't think a soul on this planet is worried about Jamaal (Charles) being ready for football. We all know what he's capable of doing."
TJ Carpenter (Sports Radio 810 WHB):What would you say your comprehension of the offense is?
WEST: "The thing about this offense is that you just can't listen to certain thing. We have a lot of plays that run together, so we just have to listen and hear one thing, you might mess around and do the wrong thing. You really have to listen to the whole play call and understand the whole scheme."
WR ROD STREATER
Adam Teicher (ESPN): **How's offseason practice going for you?
STREATER: "It's been awesome. Coming in here the guys welcomed me coming from the Raiders as a rival team. It's been really good. I've fit right in, getting into the offense and just try and go out there and make plays when I can."
Teicher:You are one of the rare new guys in the wide receiver group – you feel like you came in that far behind everybody else?
STREATER: "Not really. I got in a little bit early and got with the guys and learned a little bit of plays early on. They really brought me in and got the playbook and really jumped into it. I've been in the league for four years, so it wasn't too hard to fit in and start making plays."
Herbie Teope (Topeka Capital-Journal):What is the difference when working with different quarterbacks like Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray from day-to-day during practice?
STREATER: "Not really any difference right now. We are still all trying to connect. When you have different receivers being with different quarterbacks you have to learn the speed and how the throw the ball, so it really is no different right now. They are competing and looking really good."
Terez Paylor (Kansas City Star):How does this offense fit with what you do best?
STREATER: "Like I said before, lining up on the slot. Going up against nickels, I feel like I can beat nickels. It's a mismatch. I'm 6'3", guys probably won't think I can get open like I can. However, I can fight in and where coach wants to put me that's where I'm going to make plays."
QB AARON MURRAY
Adam Teicher (ESPN):You were the first in today. When did they tell you that they were going to make that change?
MURRAY: "This morning. Just wanted to flip things around and mix it up a bit. We knew going into this offseason and this OTAs, camp and everything that it's going to be an open competition, so we just kind of show up and whoever coach says we just go out there and execute whether we are with the twos or the threes. Really every opportunity, every rep is an opportunity for us to go out there and show these coaches what we can do."
Teicher:In the bigger picture, like you said, this has a long way to play out. Is it a big deal that you are now in front of the line?
MURRAY: "No, we have a long way to go. We have a long way to go. We have another six practices now, a bunch of preseason stuff, so it's going to be a long road and it's going to be fun. This is what football is about. It's about competition against other teams and your team and that's what makes everyone better – competition and going out there and having fun. I am looking forward to it and I know Tyler (Bray) is looking forward to it."
Teicher:When you are out there in 11-on-11 or 7-on-7, you can still hear the play call in your helmet, correct? So you know what's coming?
MURRAY: "Yes. I know what's coming."
Teicher:What do you feel like is the main benefit with football like this – no contact? What do you get out of it?
MURRAY: "It's really a passing camp. It's kind of tough to run when there are no pads. Sometimes there are linemen moving guys when you are going full speed up there and being able to hit. It's huge for us as quarterbacks, tight ends and receivers as far as timing. A lot of the twos, because they can't tuck and run, so a lot of it is us learning or working on footwork and timing up our feet with different receivers, understanding how each guy may come out of a break a little different or run a route a little differently. So, learning the timing right now for quarterbacks is pretty huge."