Reids' Chiefs get tackling early in training camp

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 29, 2013 at 6:10 pm •  Published: July 29, 2013
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Within reason, of course.

"Do you hit Jamaal Charles full speed?" cornerback Sean Smith said, repeating a question from a reporter with a smile. "If the drill is live, yeah, you have to.

"You definitely have to take care of your teammates. You don't want to take any cheap shots or anything like that," he said. "But this is football. If we don't hit them, somebody else will."

So just like Happy Gilmore stepping into the batting cage — "I've gotta toughen up," Adam Sandler's character says in the film — the Chiefs are taking their shots.

"Oh yeah, there will be some tackling to the ground," Reid said, as if the idea of anything else was preposterous. "The thud, just so you know, periodically you're going to hear me yelling the different tempos, and the thud period is live for everybody."

The first player to hit the ground in practice was Dexter McCluster, who experienced quite a jolt after catching a pass over the middle. Moeaki took a blow just above his knee that drew a gasp from a couple thousand fans that turned out in the rain to watch the practice.

Rookie running back Knile Davis made a nice cut at the line of scrimmage, headed up field and ran right into safety Kendrick Lewis — the kind of wreck that you'd see during the regular season, when the Chiefs are playing the Raiders or the Broncos rather than themselves.

"This is football," Smith said. "It's going to happen."

Obviously, the coaching staff was still quick to blow their whistles during the lengthy practice, particularly when someone was buried beneath a pile.

The hits that the defense was laying on the offense were probably a bit more measured than they will be Sept. 9, when the Chiefs open their regular season against Jacksonville.

But the point is that by the time that game rolls around, the Chiefs will be ready for it.

"As soon as the season ended last year, we've been ready to come out here and play," cornerback Brandon Flowers said. "We want to make plays in training camp; we're gelling, getting the chemistry down, so we are definitely 100 percent ready to get back at it."

Notes: CB Dunta Robinson (hamstring), G Jeff Allen (shoulder), FB Braden Wilson (hamstring), CB Sanders Commings (collarbone) and DL Marcus Dixon (hamstring) sat out practice. ... Hunt said he's open to keeping camp in St. Joseph beyond next year. The Chiefs are in the fourth year of a five-year deal with Missouri Western.