Kansas City Chiefs: 7 Takeaways from May 23 OTAs
The Kansas City Chiefs were victimized by a minor injury bug as the second round of organized team activities (OTAs) concluded on Thursday, May. 23.
However, good news did emanate from the Chiefs' practice sessions, as a much-maligned player—who has recently balanced upon the bust bubble—showed significant progress.
The Chiefs signed another draft pick as well, which leaves only three of their selections unsigned.
On a more lighthearted note, Jamaal Charles considered a position change.
Read on for seven takeaways from the Chief's OTAs on Thursday.
Dexter McCluster Injures Hamstring
On Wednesday, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith lauded Dexter McCluster's assorted skill set. On Thursday afternoon, McCluster suffered a minor tweak to his hamstring.
Reid said he thought McCluster would return to work next week. Junior Hemingway took McCluster's snaps
— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) May 23, 2013
Hamstrings headline the all-time list of nagging NFL injuries, and Reid won't rush the triple-threat back onto the field until the wideout is 100 percent healthy.
Like McCluster, rookie Mike Catapano also dealt with an injured hamstring.
Reid Impressed with Defense
Kansas City's defense has steadily converted skeptics into believers throughout the offseason.
The scores of positive reviews continue to escalate. On Wednesday, Andy Reid stated on Sports Radio 810 WHB that:
They're doing a great job with the timing on the blitzes. It's so important, so important that you practice (timing).
An attacking defense, like the one instituted by defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, will normally gain the upper hand against a relatively fresh offense, as blitzing dictates the action.
However, as the offense progresses, checkdowns will become second nature and begin to offset the defensive pressure.
Chiefs Sign Fifth-Round Pick Sanders Commings
Sanders Commings embodies the physical skills to eventually win the starting job at free safety for the Chiefs.
The Kansas City Star's Adam Teicher reports that the organization locked up the converted safety on Wednesday.
Only three of the team's 2013 selections—offensive tackle Eric Fisher, tight end Travis Kelce and strong-side linebacker Nico Johnson—remain unsigned.
Jackson Becoming a Force
Former No. 3 overall pick Tyson Jackson has overheard his share of "bust" mentions during his stay in Kansas City.
However, he began to renew sparks of promise in 2012, as former head coach Romeo Crennel began utilizing Jackson in sub packages.
Bob Sutton's scheme allows the defensive end to proceed with a comparatively similar mentality, which is music to Jackson's ears considering that 2013 will also be a contract year for him.
Thus far, Jackson is taking full advantage of the opportunity:
Big day today for Tyson Jackson. Knocked down a pair of passes at line and got to Alex Smith for what would have been a sack
— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) May 23, 2013
If the fifth-year bookend avoids injuries, 2013 could serve as a U-turn in his dilapidated career.
Davis Takes Majority of Kick Returns
With Dexter McCluster demoted to spectator status, rookie rusher Knile Davis shouldered the bulk of kick-returning duties.
When asked about what he saw in Davis, Andy Reid answered size, speed and vision.
Speed and unclouded vision highlight the list of prerequisites for returning kickoffs. If Davis shows consistent one-cut acceleration while fielding kicks and remedies his issues with ball security, he will continue to challenge McCluster for the job.
Moeaki Remains Sidelined Indefinitely
Tony Moeaki's injury-riddled past continues to haunt him.
As a rookie, Moeaki became an instant fan favorite in Kansas City. His popularity was put on hold in 2011, however, as an ACL tear ended the tight end's season.
As 2012 rolled around, Moeaki rebounded in unimpressive fashion, snatching just 33 receptions—14 fewer than his rookie total of 47. However, poor quarterback play may have been the culprit.
Regardless, according to a tweet from Bob Gretz, onlookers likely won't receive their first glimpse of Moeaki until training camp:
New post: Moeaki Won’t Practice Until St. Joe bobgretz.com/chiefs-footbal…
— Bob Gretz (@bobgretzcom) May 23, 2013
Due to the tight end's constant troubles stemming from in-line blocking, Moeaki could find himself third on the team's initial depth chart once he returns.
Welcome to Punter's Paradise
Punters are boring.
Their Pro Bowl votes correlate to their number of living relatives and they punctuate head-scratching drives while serving as the white-flag-bearers of bad news.
Their team meetings also double as nap times—at least, if Jamaal Charles is to be believed.
What is more disturbing: spying on a teammate or a teammate who still sleeps like he drinks warm glasses of buttermilk in Dizzy Devil onesies at night?
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