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Thoughts from Monday’s Chiefs practice

08/12/2013 3:20 PM

08/12/2013 3:32 PM

Some observations on an eventful day at Chiefs training camp Monday:

• What I’m hearing, even privately, is that the Chiefs aren’t concerned there could be something more to the foot injury to Jamaal Charles. But until he’s back in uniform and doing the things he can do so well, it’s an issue for the Chiefs. Even if Charles is OK and back in short order, his injury serves as a reminder how fragile these things can be. Lots of optimism about the Chiefs this season, including within the organization. That has to change without Charles, because depth at running back is questionable. Knile Davis drops too many passes to be considered, at least at this point, a complete back. On one of the first plays after Charles’ injury, Davis lined up in the wrong spot, causing a brief interruption at practice. Shaun Draughn and Cyrus Gray are just guys.

• It’s a good sign for the Chiefs that Eric Fisher was back to practice. As a rookie still figuring things out, Fisher needs as much practice time as he can get. He took every snap with the starting offense at right tackle. Fisher played well enough against New Orleans in his first preseason game. He threw the key block on the longest pass of the touchdown drive. Then Charles scored the touchdown behind Fisher’s block.

• The offense rebounded from a down day on Sunday to make its share of plays. Tyler Bray continued to make impressive throws. He was flushed out of the pocket on one play but made a perfect throw in the back of the end zone to Rico Richardson, who also made a nifty catch. Bray has unquestioned physical skills. But Chiefs fans screaming for him to be the No. 2 quarterback or even challenge Alex Smith for the starting job need to calm down. Bray is still a developmental player. His fumble against the Saints is evidence of that.


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