The Kansas City Star
Quarterback Alex Smith and receiver Dexter McCluster started the Chiefs’ first open practice of camp with a bang Friday at Missouri Western, as they connected on a long touchdown on the very first play of the day. Smith was sharp early, completing his first six passes, and with Dwayne Bowe sitting out, McCluster and Junior Hemingway took most of the reps alongside Jonathan Baldwin with the first-team offense. Third-round pick Knile Davis also rotated in with the first-team at running back. Receiver Tyler Shoemaker had a nice day, as he caught a number of passes from backup quarterbacks Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray.
Offense ruled the day, as is the custom during pad-less practices, but the defense had a few moments. Free-agent cornerback Sean Smith successfully defended a quick pass thrown to the short side from Daniel, and also broke up a deep ball intended for receiver Frankie Hammond later in the practice. The Chiefs’ pass rush also came through on the final play of the day, when fourth-string quarterback Ricky Stanzi held the ball too long and was swarmed by a handful of defenders for the sack.
Receiver Dwayne Bowe was out because of what coach Andy Reid called a chest virus. Defensive lineman Marcus Dixon sat out because of a sprained hamstring, while Sanders Commings again sat out because of a broken collarbone.
Practice starts at 8:15 a.m. and is free and open to the public.
4,000: The estimated announced attendance by the Chiefs for the Friday practice.