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Observations from Chiefs’ OTA practice No. 10: Eric Berry intercepts Alex Smith, Chase Daniel unleashes best throw of camp
06/13/2014 3:13 PM
Here are some observations from practice No. 10 of the Chiefs’ organized team activities:
The Derrick Thomas Memorial Play of the Day goes to safety Eric Berry, who stepped in front of an short Alex Smith pass in team drills and took it back for what would have been a touchdown. Teammates have remarked at how difficult it is to intercept Smith — he’s far ahead of the other quarterbacks in terms of finding his third or fourth options and looking off defensive backs — so kudos to Berry.
Smith, by the way, drew some “oohs” with a deep throw right down the numbers to tight end Anthony Fasano, who looks mobile and healthy after an injury-plagued 2013 season.
But that throw paled in comparison to one of the throws Chase Daniel unleashed today. Serious, Daniel might have made his best throw of OTAs when he delivered a gorgeous back-shoulder fade to WR Fred Williams down the left sideline. I was standing on the sideline and he threw it right toward me, so I literally saw him spin it right into Williams’ breadbasket. Daniel had a handful of inaccurate throws so far so it was big for him to show he could put one right on the money.
Tight end Demetrius Harris has an enormous catch radius and intriguing athleticism, and he’s going to be dangerous if he ever develops Fasano’s hands. Harris caught a deep touchdown on a corner route from Smith, but he also dropped a pass when linebacker Derrick Johnson had tight coverage. If Harris, who has decent-to-good hands, ever gets to the point where he has very good hands, watch out.
All that said, don’t sleep on Fasano or even Sean McGrath when it comes to making the final 53. Both those guys have proven, reliable hands and that really matters. Harris has a pretty decent shot to make the roster, in my opinion, but he’s still got to prove he can do it in pads.
Running back Joe McKnight has been fighting the ball a bit. He had a few drops this week, including a bad one today when he was coming open across the field. He also dropped a pass near the sideline despite being wide open. He later came back to catch a touchdown on a short slant, though.
With left guard Jeff Allen away preparing for his wedding, Jeff Linkenbach stepped in at his position with the first team while Zach Fulton got most of the first-string work at right guard. Rishaw Johnson worked in there, too.
We finally saw newly signed defensive end Vance Walker work with a first-teamish group today. He was out there during a team session in a mix-and-match group of first- and second-teamers, along with defensive end Mike Catanano, inside linebacker James-Michael Johnson, outside linebacker Dee Ford and outside linebacker Josh Martin.