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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

Chiefs’ offense looks sloppy in practice

05/28/2013 4:48 PM

05/29/2013 2:27 PM

Between numerous dropped passes and false-start penalties, the offense had a sloppy workout as the Chiefs began their third straight week of full-squad practice.

Jon Baldwin, Devon Wylie, Jamaal Charles, Frankie Hammond, Travis Kelce and Demetrius Harris were among the players who dropped at least one pass. Coach Andy Reid at one point stopped practice to get after the offensive players for their sloppiness.

Other times quarterbacks and receivers were mixed up on routes. Alex Smith on one play missed an open Charles on a short pattern underneath the coverage.

The two later walked off the field together in obvious conversation about what went wrong.

Reid wasn’t made available to reporters after practice to discuss the offensive problems.

Harris looks good

His dropped pass aside, Harris had his best practice since joining the Chiefs as an undrafted free-agent tight end last month. A basketball player in college at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Harris hadn’t played football since high school in Arkansas.

Harris got off to a slow start when practice started, but he is now showing the athletic ability that led Chiefs general manager John Dorsey to pursue him. Harris made the play of the practice when he leaped over two defenders to catch a pass from Ricky Stanzi deep down the field.

“This was the day I just went out there and let everything out of my head,’’ Harris said. “In the beginning, I was thinking too much. The coaches and the other players were always telling me that if I messed up, just keep going full speed. That’s what I’ve been doing, and I think I’ve been improving every day. I want the coaches to keep depending on me.’’

McCluster sidelined

Receiver Dexter McCluster was at practice but not participating. McCluster injured his hamstring at practice last week. Junior Hemingway again took many of the snaps that otherwise would have gone to McCluster.

The Chiefs also released defensive lineman Risean Broussard, who was signed earlier this month as a rookie free agent.

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