KC Chiefs training camp report, Aug. 11: Pass rushers disrupt offense

08/11/2014 1:37 PM

08/11/2014 3:09 PM

The highlights from Monday’s day in Chiefs camp in St. Joseph, along with an injury report and Tuesday’s schedule.

The offense

Quarterback Alex Smith was under siege from the No. 1 defense, and Chase Daniel was doing a lot of scrambling against the No. 2 unit in team practice. Starting from their own 10-yard line, Smith hit Donnie Avery on the sidelines and De’Anthony Thomas who made the reception after Sean Smith tripped. Earlier, Smith connected with Dwayne Bowe on some slants and seam routes, and a screen to running back Jamaal Charles. Tyler Bray went deep to Frankie Hammond Jr. and in a completion between rookies, Aaron Murray hit tight end Adam Schiltz of Emporia State, who caught the ball over Alonzo Highsmith. In seven-on-seven, Charles hauled in a deep pass from Smith, and tight end Demetrius Harris, who had a bad drop earlier, made a leaping grab of a pass from Daniel.

The defense

The Chiefs continued to use their NASCAR pass rush of five linebackers — Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Dee Ford, Derrick Johnson and Josh Martin — with Dontari as the lone lineman in some obvious passing downs. In their regular nickel defense, safety Husain Abdullah moved into the box as a linebacker and either Eric Berry or Malcolm Bronson played center field. Nickel corner Chris Owens came on a blitz and was credited with a sack of Alex Smith. Vance Walker replaced injured Mike DeVito at defensive end in the base defense. Derrick Johnson broke up a pass in the flat to fullback Anthony Sherman and would have had a touchdown if he hung onto Smith’s pass. Cornerback Sean Smith, who has been the interception king in training camp, has been rotating between the first and second units and picked off a Chase Daniel pass. Abdullah made a leaping interception of Smith’s pass intended for Dwayne Bowe, who was well covered by Marcus Cooper. Newly signed safety Jonathon Amaya was thrown in right away with the backup units.

Injury report

Kicker Ryan Succop (groin), defensive end Mike DeVito (broken hand), defensive lineman Kona Schwenke (shoulder), and cornerback Damond Smith (adductor strain) did not practice. Linebacker Josh Mauga left practice with a groin injury, and tight end Richard Gordon was excused for personal reasons.

Tuesday’s schedule

8:15 a.m., open to the public

The number

27: Amaya is the third player to wear the number in camp, following the released David Van Dyke and retired Steve Gregory.

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