Chiefs Notebook | Stanzi impresses in drills
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star
By ADAM TEICHER
More Newsfrom today's Chiefs practice
Ricky Stanzi had a big day in practice Tuesday as he attempted to narrow the gap with Brady Quinn in their battle to be the top reserve behind starting quarterback Matt Cassel.
Quinn and Stanzi have been alternating in practice as the No. 2 quarterback. Stanzi took his turn Tuesday, throwing several nice passes in a seven-on-seven drill. He later finished a full-squad two-minute drill with a touchdown pass to Jamar Newsome.
“It’s good to get out there and go through that situation,” Stanzi said. “It’s an important one. You can talk about it a lot, but it’s nice to actually go out there and (play) it out. You see some different situations come up and different plays that can be called and you can learn a lot from putting it on tape.”
Quinn, meanwhile, threw a long touchdown pass to rookie Brandon Kinnie in the 7-on-7 drill but ended his turn at the two-minute drill by throwing an interception to Jalil Brown.
Coach Romeo Crennel last week indicated Stanzi lagged behind Quinn.
Routt’s big day
He was the victim on the play of the day — Jonathan Baldwin’s diving, one-handed catch down the sideline on a deep pattern.
Otherwise, Stanford Routt looked more comfortable as he tries to settle in as a starting cornerback with the Chiefs.
Routt, who last season played for the Oakland Raiders, broke up passes on back-to-back plays in a seven-on-seven drill. First, he disrupted a pass intended for Steve Breaston; later, he got a hand on a throw intended for Josh Bellamy, knocking it to the ground.
The Chiefs shuffled players at a couple of positions in their starting defense. Starting safeties Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis are still rehabbing instead of practicing, and Tuesday the Chiefs had veteran Kyle McCarthy rather than undrafted rookie Terrance Parks at strong safety. At nose tackle, the Chiefs used Anthony Toribio instead of Amon Gordon. Rookie Dontari Poe continues to get plenty of work, but most of it comes in passing situations.They may eventually receive their turns in the starting lineup, but so far two returning players, safety Donald Washington and nose tackle Jerrell Powe, are buried on the depth chart.
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Posted on Tue, May. 29, 2012 07:41 PM
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