Chiefs camp report

Kansas City offense looks good again

Updated: 2013-08-03T22:39:43Z


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The offense

The offense again had a good day Saturday. On the third play of full team drills, with the starters participating on both sides of the ball, Alex Smith connected with Dexter McCluster deep down the middle for a touchdown. McCluster got past one cornerback, Brandon Flowers, while the other, Sean Smith, was late providing help and couldn’t knock down the pass. Smith came right back on the next play with a short pass to Junior Hemingway, who then ran for big yardage.

Donnie Avery later victimized Sean Smith again by getting open down the left sideline to catch a pass from Chase Daniel.

The first- and second-team offense scored touchdowns on their first try during a live, full-team period late in the practice. Daniel led the backup offense on a scoring drive against the starting defense that finished with a touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce. Smith ended his TD drive by making a perfectly placed throw to Tony Moeaki in the corner of the end zone.

The defense

The whole day wasn’t a waste for Sean Smith. He smothered Jon Baldwin deep down the field, forcing an incompletion on a fade pass from Alex Smith. Sean Smith later knocked down a Daniel pass intended for Baldwin in a one-on-one drill.

One of the stars of the day was rookie linebacker Nico Johnson. Drafted in the fourth round to be a run stuffer, Johnson on a couple of different plays did that well. First, he not only stuffed 225-pound runner Knile Davis but also drove Davis backward. Later, Johnson did the same against Jamaal Charles.

The Chiefs continued to show the occasional exotic blitz. One paid off when reserve cornerback Neiko Thorpe sacked Smith.

Injury report

Running back Cyrus Gray (foot), offensive linemen Donald Stephenson (finger) and Tommie Draheim (concussion), linebacker Mike Catapano (calf) and defensive backs Sanders Commings (collarbone), Husain Abdullah (groin) and Malcolm Bronson (knee) did not practice.

Sunday’s schedule

The Chiefs practice at 8:15 a.m.

The number

6,100. That’s how many fans attended the Family Fun Day practice session on Saturday, according to Missouri Western officials.

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