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Rico Richardson stands out in Chiefs’ final rookies practice

07/25/2013 3:07 PM

07/25/2013 3:08 PM

The offense

With veterans Alex Smith and Chase Daniel given Thursday morning off, the Chiefs’ quarterback duties fell to rookie Tyler Bray and third-year man Ricky Stanzi. The star of the morning was wide receiver Rico Richardson, a rookie free agent from Jackson State, the alma mater of former Chiefs wide receiver Sylvester Morris, the club’s first-round pick in 2000. Richardson made some dazzling catches on deep sideline and corner routes from both quarterbacks. Rookie center Eric Kush continues to have problems with exchanges with the quarterbacks. For the third straight practice, the Chiefs did not attempt any running plays because the ranks are so thin, but they did show some play-action passes.

The defense

Safety Greg Castillo, an undrafted rookie from Iowa, has been pressed into service as a cornerback, and was all over the field, getting beat by Richardson and breaking up his share of passes, too. The defense, with just three linemen available, couldn’t mount much pressure on the passers, though linebacker Darin Drakeford batted down a pass.

Injury report

Cornerback Buddy Jackson, a first-year player acquired on waivers from the New York Giants, left practice because of a left hamstring injury. Rookie Sanders Commings is out because of a broken collarbone.

Friday’s schedule

The club’s first, full-squad practice will begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday on the Missouri Western State University practice fields. It is open to the public.

The number

5. Bring some Abraham Lincoln bills to practice Friday. It’s $5 admission and $5 to park. Practice is free to watch after Friday.

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