Red Zone

Chiefs rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes impressive in two-minute drill

Raw video: Chiefs 7-on-7 session during training camp

The Kansas City Chiefs continued training camp on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Missouri Western in St. Joseph, Mo.
Up Next
The Kansas City Chiefs continued training camp on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Missouri Western in St. Joseph, Mo.

The highlights from Saturday, the second day of Chiefs camp for the full roster, along with an injury report, Sunday’s schedule and music playlist.

THE OFFENSE

Bryan Witzmann earned the first-team reps at left guard for the second straight practice. Zach Fulton, who earned the second-string reps at center Friday, earned the second-team reps at left guard while Mike Person got the second-string reps at center. ...

For the second consecutive day, the Chiefs had perfect weather for training camp at Missouri Western, and once again, quarterback Alex Smith came out firing. …

Smith connected on 12 straight passes to start the 7-on-7 team drills, including two impressive throws to second-year wide receiver Tyreek Hill. On the second play of the series, Hill lined up outside against cornerback Terrance Mitchell. Hill raced past Mitchell, and Smith found him in stride. The very next play, Smith found a sliding Hill for a completion in front of strong safety Ron Parker. The chemistry between Hill and Smith was evident on Saturday, and the two connected more during 11-on-11 drills, but more on that in a minute. …

It’s clear that Hill and Chris Conley are staples at wide receiver this season, but there’s opportunity for some young guys to step up and help replace Jeremy Maclin’s production. The obvious choice is Demarcus Robinson, who is a second-year pro out of Florida. Standing at 6-foot-1, 203 pounds, Robinson provides the Chiefs with a big target in the middle of the field and in the red zone. On Saturday, Robinson saw time with the first and second units in the team drills, making several good catches.

The under-the-radar player who has a chance to produce for the Chiefs, if he continues his strong start, is Seantavius Jones. Jones, 24, played his college ball at Valdosta State and went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft. He has the physical tools to succeed in the NFL, as he stands 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and recorded a 38½-inch vertical at the combine. Jones came up with a few good catches on Saturday, but in one instance while playing with the ones, Smith hit Jones in stride after Jones blew past cornerback Marcus Peters. …

That was not the only time Peters got beat on Saturday. Hill beat the Pro-Bowl corner on a “go” route later in practice. …

The top two offensive units looked solid throughout the day, but the scout team, led by rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes, stole the show in the last team activity of the day. …

With 1:58 on the clock, Mahomes started on the 25-yard line working in the no-huddle offense. It took the Texas Tech product just 1 minute and 4 seconds to move the ball down the field and score a touchdown.

On play one, Mahomes threw a bullet pass, which quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy called a “phenomenal throw” to tight end Ross Travis for a big gain. With no hesitation, Mahomes had his guys to the line, ready for play two. On back-to-back plays, Mahomes found running back C.J. Spiller out of the backfield for nice catches. And on the fourth play, Mahomes dropped back on a five-step drop, surveyed his options and decided to tuck the ball and run for the touchdown.

Kansas City Star Chiefs beat writer Terez Paylor analyzes the plays of the day at training camp on Saturday, including rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes driving down the field in four plays in the two-minute drill for a touchdown.

THE DEFENSE

Hogan Prep product De’Vante Bausby earned some second-team reps at cornerback. ...

The 7-on-7 drills are designed for the offense to succeed, and on Saturday, the offense did. The first team defense failed to force an incompletion for the first 12 pass attempts, but as the day wore on and the intensity picked up, the defense started to make plays. …

Peters, Eric Berry and Phillip Gaines were active all day in the secondary, but Gaines supplied the defense with its only interception of the day when he made a nice play to undercut the receiver and pick off Tyler Bray’s pass. …

As the day progressed, Peters appeared frustrated. After struggling in the 7-on-7, he played much better in the full team drill. On the first series for the ones, Peters jumped a pass targeted for Hill, and if he would have caught it, it was a certain pick-six. After the play, he did push-ups, which enamored those in attendance. ...

During the two-minute drill, the second-team defense picked up two sacks, including one by Frank Zombo, who got to Bray before Bray even set his plant foot in the ground.

INJURY REPORT

Newly-acquired Kevin Pierre-Louis attended practice on Saturday, but he will not participate until D.J. Alexander passes his physical for the Seattle Seahawks.

Undrafted rookie safety Jordan Sterns missed practice Saturday due to an illness.

Outside linebacker Tamba Hali (knee), guard Parker Ehinger (knee), outside linebacker Dadi Nicolas (knee) and defensive lineman Chris Jones (knee) are all on the PUP list and did not practice.

Offensive tackle Isaiah Battle is on the non-football-injury list with a hamstring injury.

Kansas City Star Chiefs beat writer Terez Paylor recaps the statements made by Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali about his social media posts after Friday's first full team practice in St. Joseph. July 28, 2017

SUNDAY’S SCHEDULE

Practice is at 8:15 a.m. and lasts about 2 hours and 40 minutes. It will be a padded practice, the first of the year. It’s also season-ticket member day, and a team autograph session will be held afterward. Admission is free, but Missouri Western charges $5 for parking.

THE NUMBER

3,500 — The number of fans who attended the first open practice of training camp on Friday.

TOP SONGS PLAYED AT CHIEFS CAMP SATURDAY

“Goosebumps” – Travis Scott

“Zoom” – Future

“Wicked” – Future

“Call Casting” – Migos

“Too Much Sauce” – DJ Esco feat. Future and Lil Uzi Vert

“Feds Watching” – 2 Chainz feat. Pharrell

OTHER CAMP REPORTS

July 29: Mahomes impressive in two-minute drill

July 28: Alex Smith sharp out the gate at Chiefs training camp

The Star’s Terez A. Paylor contributed to this report.

  Comments