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July 23, 2013

Chiefs spend first practice on passing game as Alex Smith runs hurry-up offense

The Chiefs’ quarterbacks, rookies and selected veterans held their first training camp practice of the season Tuesday. New QB Alex Smith ran the team’s hurry-up, no-huddle offense during the brief team portion of practice, which was devoted completely to the passing game.

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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

The offense

The Chiefs ran their hurry-up, no-huddle offense during the brief team portion of practice, which was devoted completely to the passing game. Quarterback Alex Smith wasted little time finding rookie tight end Travis Kelce with his first two passes, one an over-the-shoulder grab by Kelce, the other on a check-down. Veteran wide receiver Donnie Avery, a free-agent signee who missed most of the offseason program, dropped a hitch pass. Tight end Tony Moeaki, another veteran who was given permission to practice because he missed the spring workouts because of to injury, caught a pass over the middle.

The defense

It was difficult for the unit to mount much of a defense in team work because it had just three defensive linemen. But linebackers Nico Johnson and Darin Drakeford each had nice pass breakups.

Wednesday’s schedule

8:45 a.m. practice for rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans, closed to the public. The Chiefs’ first full-squad practice of training camp is Friday.

The number

40-1=39: That’s how many participated in the rookie/quarterback camp minus offensive tackle Eric Fisher, the club’s first-round pick who remained unsigned at the start of practice Tuesday.

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