Chiefs’ backup receivers struggle to step up

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08/22/2013 11:56 AM

05/16/2014 9:57 AM

Dropping the ball

Competition is intense for the Chiefs’ backup wide receiver jobs, and several of those players had costly dropped passes on Tuesday.

Devon Wylie, who has been one of the most improved players in camp, had three drops, including a pass from Chase Daniel on which Wylie had beaten defender Semaj Moody. During seven-on-seven drills, Josh Bellamy got behind Neiko Thorpe but dropped Daniel’s pass. Jamar Newsome also dropped a pass from Daniel.

“It’s a combination of a lot of things,” offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said. “One, they’re thinking … they’re pushing through a little bit of fatigue. We’ve pushed them hard the last couple of weeks. Sometimes it’s a lack of focus. But we expect everybody to catch the football, we expect the quarterbacks to put the ball on the money, and we still have confidence in those guys.”

Alumni day at camp

A contingent from the Chiefs Ambassadors, a group of former Chiefs players, attended Tuesday’s practice, including Hall of Fame linebacker Bobby Bell and Chiefs Hall of Famers Deron Cherry and Curtis McClinton. Others at the practice included Bill Maas, Danan Hughes, Jayice Pearson, Keith Cash, Larry Marshall, Walter White, Ken Kremer, Dave Lindstrom, Tom Baugh and Ed Lothamer.

Pederson, a former NFL quarterback, appreciated the alumni’s presence.

“It’s great to have them here,” Pederson said. “That’s the history and the legacy of the Chiefs organization. Anytime these guys come out and can be around practice, and our young guys can see that … and just talk to them and pick up something from them is invaluable.

“Our guys need to be around these guys more. They laid the path to where we are today.”

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