By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
The Chiefs worked a great deal on their two-minute offense during their Tuesday training camp practice in St. Joseph, and there were a handful of big plays throughout. Receiver Jonathan Baldwin made one of the first big plays of the day when he hauled in a pass behind a diving Vince Agnew and juked safety Quintin Demps on his way to the end zone. He also dropped an easy throw in a walkthrough.
Tight end Travis Kelce continued to show why the Chiefs made him a third-round pick in April. Kelce made an eye-popping catch for the third straight day, hauling in a pass from quarterback Alex Smith with one hand and running over the middle for a big gain.
In a similar vein, receiver Josh Bellamy also hauled in a long throw with a defensive back draped over him.
Running back Jamaal Charles dazzled the fans when he took a short swing pass in the flat and juked his way down the right sideline for a long touchdown, though he did have a fumble later on in 11-on-11 drills.
Quarterback Chase Daniel has struggled at times in camp, particularly in the face of pressure. But he made an impressive play Tuesday, when he stood in the pocket and delivered a well-thrown slant to receiver Donnie Avery with pass rushers in his face.
Quarterback Tyler Bray also had a couple of noteworthy plays. On one occasion, he threw a bullet to tight end Demetrius Harris over the middle for what appeared to be a sure touchdown pass, but the diving Harris could not come up with it. Bray bounced back, though, as he found receiver Tyler Shoemaker on a slant for a touchdown on the next play.
With the offense working on the two-minute drill, the defensive backs had plenty of chances to make plays. The Chiefs used a lot of nickel and dime sets, with cornerback Vince Agnew and safety Quintin Demps earning lots of playing time while Dunta Robinson and Eric Berry sat out because of hamstring injuries.
Demps shined, in particular, perhaps making the play of the day when he showed blitz off the right side, lurked near the line of scrimmage and jumped straight up to intercept a pass by Chase Daniel. Agnew also had a deflection, as he broke up a pass intended for receiver Junior Hemingway.
Another player who stood out was cornerback Jalil Brown, who continues to have a strong camp. He had a solid day in coverage, knocking the ball away from receiver Dwayne Bowe on one occasion and picking off Daniel on another.
Cornerback Sean Smith also had a deflection, as Alex Smith tried to test him deep when he was matched up in single coverage with speedy wideout Devon Wylie. But the 6-foot-3 Smith ran with the 5-9 Wylie step-for-step down the sideline and eventually swatted the ball away.
Running back Cyrus Gray left practice because of foot soreness and will have an MRI. Offensive lineman Colin Kelly injured his knee and will also have an MRI. Linebacker Mike Catapano left because of a strained calf, while receiver Dwayne Bowe was carted off the field because of a cramp. Guard Jeff Allen (shoulder), defensive lineman Marcus Dixon (hamstring) and cornerback Buddy Jackson (hamstring) all returned to practice. Safety Eric Berry (hamstring) and cornerback Dunta Robinson (hamstring) both started practice but ultimately pulled out. Cornerback Sanders Commings (collarbone) and fullback Braden Wilson (hamstring) again sat out.
Players have Wednesday off. Practice resumes Thursday at 8:15 a.m.
1: The number of times quarterback Alex Smith ended up on the ground Tuesday, despite wearing a yellow non-contact jersey. But don’t worry, Chiefs fans; he simply slipped as the pocket collapsed around him. He was fine and continued practicing.