The Kansas City Chiefs practiced for the second straight day Wednesday as part of the 10 organized team activities, or OTAs, they're allowed by NFL rules for this time of the year.
On Tuesday, the team had to practice indoors because of inclement weather, but that wasn't the case on Wednesday as Mother Nature cooperated long enough for the 84 players practicing to get out on the field and run around a little bit.
There was some light rain that came down during the last 30 minutes, but it didn't stop or deter any part of the practice.
The six players who didn't practice on Tuesday—running back Jamaal Charles, linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, receiver Mike Williams, safety Eric Berry and rookie defensive back Vernon Harris, also didn't practice on Wednesday.
As was reported on Tuesday, Harris isn't able to practice because of his academic term at Dartmouth not yet being over.
Houston (knee), Charles (knee), Hali (knee) and Williams (hamstring) are in the building but aren't yet available to practice as they continue their rehab.
A look into day two of phase three of the Chiefs offseason program at the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex
Here are a few other observations from practice:
- Things got competitive as the receivers and defensive backs worked one-on-one drills on the far side of the field
- Midway through practice, Albert Wilson made a nice diving catch while rookie Demarcus Robinson got over the top of the defense on a nice pass from Tyler Bray
- After two days of practice, Marcus Cooper has seen action at both cornerback and safety
- Daniel Sorensen and KeiVarae Russell each recorded an interception during the team portion of practice
Here are a couple of videos showing some moments from the first portion of practice:
Here is what we learned from Dontari Poe, Jeremy Maclin and Marcus Peters as they all spoke with the media on Wednesday:
DT DONTARI POE**
TJ Carpenter (WHB):How are OTAs treating you?
POE: "So far, so good. We're coming in fresh, brand new. A couple of the young boys have to learn some stuff, but we're bringing them along and we're getting it done."
Carpenter:People say OTAs is for 'knocking off the rust,' it doesn't seem like the veterans need it much this year. Do you feel that way?
POE: "Just a little bit. And I say that because I know we have a lot more that we can get accomplished. But I wouldn't say we're starting off at ground zero, we're probably starting off a couple steps ahead. But at the same time, we have a ways to go. We'll get there."
Carpenter:How helpful is it when you're not starting from ground zero?* *
POE: "It's real helpful because you go out there and it's not foreign, it's not brand new. You know what's going on and you're just putting in more work to sharpen your skills."
Dave Stewart (Time Warner Cable Sports Channel):What was the value in having Tamba Hali out there today? I saw him working with Dee Ford.
POE: "Just his presence is enough as it is. He knows what he's doing and the handwork he does with him every day and whenever I can get it, I can. Like you said, the presence of him is enough."
Brad Fanning (Sports Beat KC):Does Hali work with you on some of the hand work?
POE: "Yeah, whenever I can, when I'm not working with the d-line I try to get some. Like I say, the more the better with him because he knows a lot of stuff and it works as you all know."
Fanning:What is he doing in that drill?
POE: "It's the same stuff he does on the field, just slowed down. He's just showing us step-by-step what he does, the progression of it, the steps, the hand placement, simple stuff like that."
Fanning:It seems like he's counting it, too.
POE: "Sometimes he might be, but he's not counting on the field at all, trust me. He makes it a reaction."
Darren Smith (KLKC):How is Chris Jones looking to you?
POE: "Good, I think he's looking good. He's young, he has some stuff to learn – as we all do. But I think so far, so good."
Smith:Do you think he'll make a big contribution?* *
POE: "Yeah, I think so. I think he can."
Terez Paylor (Kansas City Star):What stands out to you about him, his skill set and his frame?
POE: "Yeah, he's a long kid. And with him being long, he can use his arms, so that's just an advantage for him. He's pretty quick. He's picking up on stuff really well, too. Like I said, it's a little different when the bullets get flying, but he's not panicking, he's not getting nervous, he's just doing what he has to do."
Paylor:Are you looking forward to being more versatile this year?
POE: "The more the better for me. I'm trying to get there and stay there. Whatever I can do."
Paylor:Is there a difference to defending the run when you're inside as opposed to outside?
POE: "Yeah, everything inside happens a little bit quicker because you're closer to the ball, you're closer to the offensive linemen. But at the same time, the blocking scheme is the same. Whether you're a zero-shade or a three, the blocking scheme is the same. It just happens a little quicker the closer you are to the ball."
Paylor:How's your back?
POE: "Good, great."
Carpenter:As a bigger guy, what's the key to playing with more energy?
POE: "It's a mindset, it's all a mindset. Everybody out there is going to get tired, no matter if you're 350 or 200. You just have to put it in your mind to never stop, never quit and keep going."
Karen Kornacki (KMBC):What's your impression of Chris Jones' enthusiasm? Does he portray enthusiasm about learning and about the game?
POE: "Yeah, that's just who he is. You can't change who he is. He's a lively guy, that's just the type of person he is. But at the same time, we teach him what we can. Even on the field, he's lively, he's just an energetic person."
Kornacki:So you can translate that into something very positive on the field?
POE: "Yeah. Like I said, it's nothing but energy that he's expressing when he does stuff like that. The more energy for us, the better."
Paylor:Do you feel any discomfort at all from your surgery?
POE: "No, I took some time this offseason to focus on nothing but that (rehabbing). So I got it right and once I got it right, it's a constant process."
Paylor:What did you do to get it right?
POE: "Just the first five weeks after the season, I did no workouts, I did nothing but chiropractor stretching, yoga – as funny as that may sound, it worked. Just constantly doing that, it helps you know how to take care of yourself better. And even now, the stretching and the ab work is consistent."
Paylor:Is yoga something you did during the season last year?
POE: "Not during the season. I just started that this offseason."
Paylor:Where did you get that idea?
POE: "I don't know. Just people telling me that it helps your flexibility. Anything that will help."
Paylor:Do you agree?
POE: "Yeah, it works. It's just hard, too. But it works, yeah."
Smith:Do you have any personal goals this year?
POE: "Man, I'm just trying to be the best I can be. I don't really put numbers on it. I just want to go out there and dominate games, pretty much."
BJ Kissel (Chiefs.com):For guys in the trenches, without pads on, what is your focus for these practices?
POE: "Without pads, it might be better for us than most people think. Because you really have to use technique, you have to use your hands, because if not, you're going to be getting helmets to the shoulders and getting beat up and that will hurt. You really have to use your hands, your feet, you just have to be technique-strong."
Kissel:Is it hard when you're running the drills and there's no contact knowing you can't do certain things?
POE: "No, competition is competition, I want to win every time. So of course that's going to happen whenever we play against anybody. It is what it is."
Herbie Teope (Topeka Capital-Journal):How hard of a sell was it for you to get involved in yoga?* *
POE: "It wasn't too hard when somebody said it (would help) me feel better. That's all you pretty much had to tell me. I tried it out a couple days and it helped release the pressure. After that, it's nonstop."
Smith:How much weight did you lose doing that?
POE: "I probably lost a couple pounds, five-to-10 pounds, not too much. I wasn't trying to really lose too much weight."
Teope:Was that here in Kansas City?
Paylor:How many times a week did you do that?
POE: "I did yoga like twice a week."
Paylor:Are you going to keep doing it?
POE: "Probably so."
Teope:Were you normally the biggest guy in the room?
POE: "Yeah, I'm always the biggest guy in the room. I'm in a room with yogis, man. They're small, they're doing the stretches no problem and I'm pretty much trying to fake like it's no problem. It's all fun."
Fanning:Was it mostly women in there?
POE: "Mostly. But they'll try to help me, so it was no stress."
Kornacki:Was it hot yoga?
POE: "No, I didn't do the hot, I did the regular. I got enough hot in the Phoenix sun."
Paylor:Who suggested this to you?* *
POE: "Actually, the guy I work out with in Phoenix, he's a boxer and he does yoga. He said it helped him out. He was genetically born with this (back issue) and he said it helped him. So I tried it out and it helped me, too."
Paylor:Is he your trainer?
POE: "Yeah, my trainer."
Fanning:What's your favorite position?
POE: "I wouldn't say any of them are my favorite, but I get them done."
WR JEREMY MACLIN
Kornacki:Have you done anything that helped you in the offseason like yoga so you could come in in better shape?
MACLIN: "I think, for starters, I still was battling the ankle. So I stayed and took care of that. Just the normal routine that I normally do. I'm 28 now and I feel just about as good as I've felt since I've been in the league. I'm right in my prime, so I'm excited about this upcoming season."
Teope:Is yoga something you can see yourself getting into?
MACLIN: "I do a little bit of it. I'm not very flexible, but I try to do a little bit of it."
Teope:Can you visualize Dontari Poe doing it?
MACLIN: "No I cannot, I can't. But I'm telling you right now, if anybody could do it, he probably could with the way he's built."
Smith:What are your thoughts on Tyreek Hill and how he's performed this far?
MACLIN: "I think he's done a good job. He still has a lot to learn, we haven't even scratched the surface as far as what we're going to put into this playbook. He'll continue to take all of that in and continue to get better on the football field. Some guys just have that knack with the ball in their hands and he definitely has that. I'm looking forward to seeing him progress as a receiver."
Smith:Do you see the possibility there with the speed he has?
MACLIN: "Yeah, absolutely. He has track speed, definitely. The one thing about this league, everybody's fast. It's about getting the other things down, learning how to play the position in the NFL. As far as with the ball in his hands, he's special."
Carpenter:Rookies say that a lot of stuff is similar to what they did in college, do you think it's a situation where sometimes they don't know?
MACLIN: "Yeah, they just haven't done it yet. That's not disrespect to them, they just haven't done it. This is the reason why we do the things we do, kind of ease everybody into it. It's a little different story once those big guys put the pads on and they're flying at you. It's our job to get those guys ready."
Carpenter:It seems like the veterans haven't missed a beat.
MACLIN: "Absolutely, this is the fourth year Big Red's been here and the staff. Everybody's getting comfortable with what we need to do to get to the level that we need to get to. Everybody has taken to it and that's kind of what you want out of a football team."
Kornacki:What do you get out of this for these OTAs with no pads?
MACLIN: "I think, for starters, it helps guys – especially the pass catchers and defensive backs – I think it kind of helps guys get on timing with their quarterbacks. And it helps defensive backs play defense without grabbing, without holding because there's no contact. I think it's something that the NFL takes notice of each and every year. That's definitely something that we want to get better at as a team and I think the whole league does. I think it definitely helps us in those aspects."
Kornacki:So technique is the priority right now?
MACLIN: "Absolutely, big time."
Paylor:What responsibility do you feel to lead these young guys? Without Jason Avant, you're the old guy in the room, how does that feel?
MACLIN: "You want that responsibility. That goes to show you kind of what they think of you here, kind of what the other guys think as well. I'm doing what I have to do to help these guys and to help everybody know what goes on in the National Football League as far as the rookies go. Just lead by example. Half of the battle is leading by example, the other half is knowing each person's individual personality, taking them aside, talking to them not just about football, but life in general."
Paylor:Did you have to convince the young guys to work out with you here in the offseason?
MACLIN: "No, that's the one thing about this group. Those guys love to play the game, anything that they can do to make themselves better at playing this game, that's what they want to do. To have Albert (Wilson), to have Chris (Conley) here was definitely big for them and also for myself. We learn from each other."
Adam Teicher (ESPN):At what point in the offseason did you feel your ankle was finally right?
MACLIN: "I don't really know. It took longer than I wanted it to. Hell, if I had a choice, it would have been ready by New England. It's one of those things where you just have to keep at it unfortunately. But fortunately at the same time, you know you have the offseason to kind of get it ready and get it right. I'm good now and I think that's the most important thing."
Teope:What's the biggest difference you see in Steven Nelson?
MACLIN: "The one thing about Steve, Steve's always going to compete. He's always going to compete and I think that goes deeper than being in the National Football League, I think that's something that he's learned from a very young age. He's always been a smaller guy (and) those guys have that extra fight to them. And I think he definitely has that. And also for him, he got a chance to see our plays last year when he was helping us out on the scout team. He understands route concepts very well, he's a very intelligent player. Steve will continue to get better, I'm excited about it."
Teope:It looks like he's gained some muscle there.
MACLIN: "Oh yeah, he's stocky now, so he can definitely hold his own. Just like every young guy in this league (and) every old guy in this league, everybody gets better each and every day."
Kissel:Alex Smith said the offense is doing more and there is more installed at this point this year than last year, do you feel that way?
MACLIN: "Yeah, I think we have basically gotten to the point where we know who we are, we know what we're capable of. The things that we're doing now on the offensive side of the ball is what we're good at. Sometimes people try to do things that they want to do, but necessarily they're not good at doing. As long as you stick to your strengths and put guys in position to be successful, I think we're going to be in pretty good shape. Like I've always said, Alex is a guy who can do everything, you have (Travis) Kelce, you have myself, you have a busload of running backs that can all run the football. I'm excited about it for sure."
CB MARCUS PETERS
Teicher:Do you expect to see the same amount of balls thrown your way this year?
PETERS: "Yep, ready to see the same."
Teicher:You like that kind of stuff, you're a competitive guy.
PETERS: "More opportunities."
Teicher:How are you going to handle that?
PETERS: "Take it the same way I took it last year. I have to go make some plays for the team so we can win games. No different from last year."
Paylor:What if teams start trying to avoid you, do you take that as a sign of respect or are you going to be upset that you don't get a chance to make plays?
PETERS: "I'm going to be pissed off. No, it gives the other guys on the other side (a chance) to make their name to be heard in this league. That's the best part of this game. For me, if the balls don't come my way, it gives another guy (a chance) to go out there and hopefully be the Defensive Rookie of the Year and we have a whole lot of rookies that we just added in. We have PG (Phillip Gaines) coming back, we have Steve Nelson coming back for next year. It's going to be a huge year for us."
Smith:How good can the rookies and the defensive backs be learning from Emmitt Thomas?
PETERS: "Man, we're going to be as good as we can make it this year. We have some excellent leaders. I have to step up to be a leader, we lost Sean (Smith), so it makes for me to make my job as a leader to step up. But we still have Ron Parker, we still have PG coming off the knee, we have EB (Eric Berry) – he's an amazing leader. Just lead by example and if they need help, we're here to help them. We're just here to keep pulling them along. We finished off with a good strand of how we want to come into next year. We just bring them along."
Smith:Do you like that kind of responsibility?
PETERS: "Yeah, of course. I lead by example, I do the right things, I make sure I stay out of trouble off the field, I make sure I handle my business on the field. And if they have any questions, I'm here to help them and continue to move on because everything that EB and Sean gave to me, so I can just give it back to them."
Kornacki:What can you get out of OTAs this year for you to get better that's different from a year ago when you were trying to prove yourself as a rookie?
PETERS: "I don't think I was trying to prove to anybody (last year), I just wanted to make sure I can come in and fit in with the group. Everybody had their questions about the type of player I was on the field. My whole thing last year was just the character issues for me. When I got the call that I was coming here, for me, I wasn't questioning myself of how I can play on the field and I get the same feeling for the rookies that we have now. It's time for them, they're ready to play ball. We're just going to make them as comfortable as possible so they can make the plays and go out there and have fun."
Kornacki:Is it more fun for you to come in with a year under your belt?
PETERS: "It's a new year every year, so you come into it with the same mentality – I want to ball, I want to go out there and make sure my presence is felt on the field. I want to make sure I earn respect each and every play, each and every down throughout the whole year. I'm just going to take it with the same mentality as last year."
Teicher:Do you see any of yourself in any of these rookie cornerbacks?
PETERS: "No, I don't do that to anybody. We're all individuals in this game and I'm not going to label any parts of myself in any one of them. They all have individual aspects that they're going to bring different to this team. That's the beauty of it, we're all individuals. We take an individual group effort to make a team and that's all we can do."
Teicher:Would it be a bad thing if some of them had parts of their game like yours?
PETERS: "We're all individuals, man."
Paylor:Have any of the young guys gone out of their way to reach out to you and see how you did it?
PETERS: "Be yourself, man and go have fun. I tell them my rookie season is going to be a whole lot different than yours, I came in with trouble behind my name. We have some guys in our group that have some clean names. They just have to go out there and play ball and that's the main thing I told them. I just want to go play football, so I didn't care what anybody was thinking. I just wanted to make the plays and go make my name heard."
Smith:You sound like you're really ready to get the pads put on.
PETERS: "It's time for year two. Like I said, we didn't finish the year off how we wanted to finish off last year, so we're hungry. We're going to take it step-by-step – we start off with OTAs and we get to training camp, then we move onto preseason then onto the season."
Paylor:Now that there's tape on you, how do you think teams might adjust to facing you?
PETERS: "Just come at me and we're going to see."
Stewart:Is there a next level for your game this year?
PETERS: "We're going to see. It's year-to-year, every year is going to be different. No year is going to be the same. I'm going into it with the same mentality as I did last year and that's to make my plays and to go have fun."
Kornacki:Do you do anything different to work out and would you every consider yoga?
PETERS: "I Namaste too."
Kornacki:You're a yoga person, too?
PETERS: "Yeah, I Namaste, too. It's relaxing, it helps you relax your brain. It helps you simmer down all those things that you have going on in the offseason and it helps bring your body back to reality."
Kornacki:Do you take classes with everyday people, with women?
PETERS: "Yeah, it's the beauty of it."
Kornacki:It's not professional football yoga, it's with regular people?
PETERS: "Yeah, yeah. I do a whole lot of aspects, I swim and do all types of things. I work out with the same workout plan I was doing last year when I came in in San Francisco. Just keep the same routine going for me, that's all I can do."