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Chiefs OTA’S: News and Notes

Brian Waters and Mike Vrabel make their debut: With Mike Vrabel’s absence from the voluntary OTA’s still unexplained, he did show up for this weekend’s minicamp and practiced with the second unit defense. Vrabel did run with the first unit when OLB Monty Beisel was not there on Friday. Brian Waters who was expected to stay away from the voluntary activities after his off season blow up with head coach Todd Haley also showed up this weekend. Brian Waters was in no hurry to answer questions about the situation either. Waters stated after a practice that he will not answer questions about the past or the future. Coach Todd Haley was asked about Waters desire to still be traded and Haley made it quite clear where he stands on the subject “ Me and Scott are not in the business of giving players away”……… Looks like Waters will continue to be unhappy in Kansas City until somebody wows the Chiefs with a trade offer.

Cassel is a unassuming leader: While the Chiefs paid a second round draft pick for the services of Matt Cassel he has entered the off season OTA’S as if it is a open competition, at the same time he has been noticeably more accurate than his competition Tyler Thigpen and has drawn praise from teammates and coaches. Left tackle Branden Albert was quoted as saying “A hell of a quarterback, a hell of a leader”. Coach Todd Haely also chimed in with thoughts on Cassel’s performance” I think he has some unique leadership abilities”. “I think his teammates like him and have respect for him. I think he’s doing a pretty good job on the field too”.

Much will be expected from Jamal Charles: While Charles flashed ton of potential last season and finished the season a 100 yard rushing and receiving game you almost got the feeling that he wasn’t being utilized to his full ability. This season with the offense Coach Todd Haley runs which features a lot of throws to halfbacks Charles should be able to thrive and the coach expects big things from him. Coach Todd HALEY: “Jamaal was a player that I liked a lot coming out (of college) and as I’ve gotten to know him. He probably underperformed to the extent he wanted to last year. I think with Jamaal he’s gaining a little confidence. There’s no doubt he has ability but if he can get confidence in himself and raise his expectations up to where they should be I think Jamaal will be all right. But he’s done a great job in the off-season; he’s learning how to work. He’s getting bigger, stronger; he’s already fast. I think he’s starting to understand offensively what we’re trying to do running and in the pass game, specifically protection.”

Branden Albert impresses: After coming into off season workouts at 341 pounds 15 pounds heavier than last years playing weight Albert drew some heat and hired a nutritionist. With a target playing weight of 305 pounds Albert had a daunting task ahead of him but seems to have worked his way out of Todd Haley’s dog house if you listen to the coach. “ a guy that stood out to me is Branden Albert. He’s a guy who came in way out of shape that we were all pretty disappointed in. He kind of let himself go when the season ended and probably in-season a little bit. But the guy’s got his nose to the grindstone and he’s lost a lot of weight and is getting much stronger and practicing with technique. I’m pretty excited about what the possibilities are for Branden”.chiefs-otas


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