The KC Chiefs had day three of training camp on Wednesday (July 23rd) even though the veterans were reporting. It was an eventful day for the Chiefs kingdom, as reports from all across the media were indicating a Jamaal Charles hold out but the Chiefs were able to strike a deal just in time.
Charles got a $5 million dollar increase on his salary this season, going from $3.9 to $8.3 making him the second highest paid back in the NFL. This was a good move for both sides, as Charles has earned this deal and the Chiefs proved their willing to pay players who perform at an elite level.
Next on the list is Justin Houston, who has certainly earned himself a new deal but there is time to get his worked out. Perhaps the Chiefs are waiting to make some cuts during the preseason (Chase Daniel, Ryan Succop) to free up enough cap space.
Besides all the off the field stuff, the Chiefs took to the field yesterday and had a pretty good practice. Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star once again gave the best notes and observations from day three.
In his first round, Bray hit A.J. Jenkins on a crossing pattern; Weston Dressler on a swing pass in which Dressler, the Canadian Football League signee, escaped the coverage of outside linebacker Dee Ford; and hit a wide-open Kyle Jenkins, who beat Malcolm Bronson down the sidelines.
Murray made good by salvaging a high snap from Ben Gottschalk and tipping it to himself before hitting Frankie Hammond Jr. across the middle. Murray also connected with Deon Anthony on a sideline out against veteran Chris Owens.
Sounds like the two quarterbacks were making the most out of the reps they were receiving. Its good to hear A.J. Jenkins getting involved as well as Weston Dressler. A lot is expected of Jenkins as the Chiefs chose to stick with him as an option rather than take a chance on drafting one.
I truly believe that Bray and Murray could really challenge Chase Daniel for the final two roster spots at QB. Daniel is signed to a $3 million per year contract that the Chiefs could use on their cap. Now don’t get me wrong here, I love Daniel and his veteran presence but his services at that price may no longer be needed from the Chiefs, that’s all I’m saying.
“Our goals are set” said Hali on the eve of Thursdays full-squad practice “There’s only one goal we set… To get to the championship game. That’s our mindset”
The Chiefs watched their first playoff win in 20 years squander away in the second half of their wild card match-up in Indianapolis. The Chiefs, and the fans, are quickly moving on from that loss but using it build on for 2014.
“What happened in the past, you can’t do anything about it, we just have to build on it. Coming out here and working hard and listening to our coaches. They’re putting us in a position to have success again.”
“We’re going to have fun out here,” Hali said, “but at the end of the day, we all remember what happened in that playoff game. That’s what has to carry us, the rookies, the veterans… throughout the year.”
The Chiefs are back on the field today at 3:30 p.m. in St. Joe. The practice is open to the public and is a fun event to attend. We’ll keep you updated as reports come out of camp the rest of the week.