No matter how much Chiefs coach Andy Reid wants players “tackling to the ground” in camp, quarterbacks, in their yellow jerseys, are supposed to be off-limits.
But Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith went down in a heap during 11-on-11 team work Tuesday in St. Joseph, though it was unclear whether he was hit or if he slipped on the wet surface.
“That’s awkward, yeah,” said Smith, who was not injured on the play. “I was going to make the throw, then tucked in at the last minute and kind of got thumped. I probably could have been much more athletic and kept my feet. But not a big deal.”A meeting of quarterbacks
While waiting to meet with reporters, Smith chatted with Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson, who was attending his first practice of this year’s camp after recovering from an illness.
“It’s awesome,” Smith said of visiting with Dawson, who is also the Chiefs’ radio analyst. “Ever since I’ve been here, it’s such a great … alumni, family … pride in the organization, and the history of this organization. You can feel it. You can feel it within the organization, and you’re out with the fans, and you can feel it. It’s humbling to get to talk to him.”Switching the corners
Starting cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and Sean Smith switched sides during Tuesday’s practice with Flowers moving from left corner to the right side, and Smith taking over on the left side.
There’s a reason for the switcheroo.
“There are going to be times when you match up people,” coach Andy Reid said, “and you have to be able to play both sides.”Kelce works on blocking
Rookie tight end Travis Kelce made a highlight-reel catch for the third straight day Tuesday. But he admits learning his blocking responsibilities hasn’t come as easy.
“I guess you can kind of say blocking has been little bit on the difficult side, just because there’s more fronts and more defensive awareness in the NFL than it was in college,” said Kelce, a third-round pick from Cincinnati. “It was a lot more simple in college than it is out here.”
Kelce said he understands the importance of blocking in coach Andy Reid’s West Coast offense.
“Everybody’s going to be called upon to block,” Kelce said. “We’re going to put the X-receiver at the Z-receiver, and we bring the receivers inside and they have to block somebody. It’s just that’s how balanced our offense is under Andy Reid. You can have anybody in any situation and we’re still going to run it.”Injury update
The Chiefs’ medical tent was a M*A*S*H unit on Tuesday with players coming and going.
The latest to leave practice with injuries were wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (cramp), running back Cyrus Gray (foot), rookie offensive tackle Colin Kelly (knee) and rookie outside linebacker Mike Catapano (calf). Safety Eric Berry and Dunta Robinson, who both have hamstring issues, dressed and went through warmups and positional drills but did not take part in the team practice.
Rookie fullback Braden Wilson (hamstring) and rookie defensive back Sanders Commings (collarbone) remained out.