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June 3, 2014

Chiefs mix up the first teams in practice No. 4 of OTAs

The Chiefs are still mixing up their first teams pretty good. On offense, J’Marcus Webb got the nod at right tackle, while Rishaw Johnson got the nod at right guard.

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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

Here are some observations from practice No. 4 of the Chiefs’ offseason training activities:

The Chiefs are still mixing up their first teams pretty good. On offense, J’Marcus Webb got the nod at right tackle, while Rishaw Johnson got the nod at right guard. Weston Dressler, Frankie Hammond and Junior Hemingway mixed in with the regulars (Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery) at receiver. Demetrius Harris also got some work at tight end.

On defense, Allen Bailey continues to get most of the snaps at defensive end. Mike Catapano has gotten a little work there, too, while Sanders Commings mixed in at safety. Dee Ford and Josh Martin also mixed in at outside linebacker.

Free-agent defensive end Vance Walker, who was signed to replace Tyson Jackson in the starting lineup, has yet to earn any time with the ones, as far as I can tell.

Harris’ size and catch radius continues to impress, as the 6-foot-7 ex-basketball player caught a contested pass over 5-foot-11 safety Malcolm Bronson today.

Tight end Anthony Fasano finally looks healthy. He’s running free and easy and has been on the receiving end of a handful of deep passes in camp.

Hammond, who spent last year on the practice squad, is another player who looks like he got better. He’s caught a number of passes over the last several practices and possesses good quickness. I could see him lining up inside or outside.

Add Dressler to the list of players (along with Harris and Hammond) that I’ll be keeping an eye on when the pads come on in July. Like Hammond, he possesses good quickness. However, I think Dressler is a much better fit for the slot. He’s had a much easier time getting open there.

The play of the day came courtesy of Alex Smith and Donnie Avery. It looked like Avery smoked cornerback Sean Smith on a post route and Smith put a gorgeous pass right on the money for what looked to be a 40-yard touchdown.

Avery also had a nice catch on a slant (or a drag) in which he skied over the middle to catch a high throw.

Smith has been the best of the four quarterbacks in camp, by far (as he should be). All three of his backups — Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray — have struggled at times. Bray’s strong arm stands out, but he needs to be more accurate.

Daniel was intercepted once today, as far as I can remember. Cornerback Ron Parker got him on a pass over the middle, I believe.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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