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Observations from today's Chiefs practice

Updated: 2012-05-29T18:56:58Z

By ADAM TEICHER

Kansas City Star

Highlights from Chiefs practice today:

1. Jonathan Baldwin made the play of the day, going up to win a jump ball against Stanford Routt by making a leaping, one-handed grab for a touchdown. The play was only slightly less spectacular than his around-the-defender catch last season against the Broncos, the one that was wiped out by a penalty. Even though this one happened in practice, Baldwin solidfied his reputation as a receiver who will make the tough catch and win the matchups that otherwise might be 50-50 for a smaller receiver.

2. With starting safeties Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis still rehabbing, the Chiefs made a lineup change. They replaced rookie Terrance Parks with veteran Kyle McCarthy at strong safety. Another defensive lineup change: Anthony Toribio for Amon Gordon at nose tackle. Dontari Poe continues to get a lot of work, but mot of it in passing situations.

3. Stanford Routt looks more comfortable at right cornerback. Though he allowed the touchdown pass to Baldwin (and probably would have been called for pass interference in the process), he broke up a couple of throws in a 7 on 7 passing drill.

4. Ricky Stanzi worked as the number two quarterback with Brady Quinn as the third QB, for the day at least. Stanzi responded with a big day, throwing several nice passes in the 7-on-7 drill and then finishing a two-minute drill with a touchdown pass to Jamar Newsome. Quinn threw a long touchdown pass to rookie Brandon Kinnie in the 7-on-7 drill but ended his two-minute drill by throwing an interception to Jalil Brown.

 

 

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