Sean Smith started nearly every period at right cornerback with the Chiefs starters during Wednesday’s training camp practice, while Ron Parker, who had displaced Smith earlier in camp and started the preseason opener, split duty on the left side with starter Marcus Cooper.
It may be a matter of time before Smith, who started 15 games last year and returned an interception for a touchdown in the preseason opener, will regain his spot in the starting lineup. Parker, meanwhile, was beaten on a couple of big plays against Cincinnati.
“Right now Sean is having a pretty good camp,” Chiefs defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas said. “That will go a long ways. … I’m not going to say a mandate of when he’s coming back … but when we open it up the first game, we’ll have our starters in.”
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Backup safeties Daniel Sorensen, an undrafted rookie from BYU, and first-year player Malcolm Bronson, who spent last year on the Chiefs’ practice squad, have shown a knack for football throughout camp.
Sorensen, stepping in for injured Eric Berry, had an interception in Wednesday’s practice, and Bronson returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown in the preseason opener against Cincinnati.
“Both of those guys show great instincts,” Thomas said. “They have a lot of resilience. They’re in great shape … they’re taking all of the reps … so hopefully they can stay healthy and get better.”