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Chiefs training camp report, Aug. 1: Offense works heavily on deep and short passes

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith launched a long pass in the first session during the team’s training camp practice Saturday afternoon in St. Joseph, Mo.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith launched a long pass in the first session during the team’s training camp practice Saturday afternoon in St. Joseph, Mo.

The highlights from Saturday’s day in Chiefs camp, along with an injury report and Friday’s schedule.


The Chiefs opened their first full-squad practice with flair, as quarterback Alex Smith unleashed deep throws on three of his first five attempts. Two of them — bombs to Jeremy Maclin and Frankie Hammond — were complete … the Chiefs also worked a great deal on the short passing game, specifically to their running backs, as nine straight passes were thrown to the backs at one point … the passing game was efficient, as a whole, as Smith completed all but one of his passes in team sessions against the second- and third-team defenses … the Chiefs spread the ball around well, too, with Maclin, Travis Kelce, Knile Davis and Jamaal Charles all catching their fair share of passes … receiver Armon Binns made a superb, difficult leaping catch near the sideline ... here’s the starting offensive line, from left-to-right: Eric Fisher, Ben Grubbs, Eric Kush, Jeff Allen, Donald Stephenson … other notable depth roles: Mitch Morse was the second-team center, and was flanked by Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (left guard) and Zach Fulton (right guard) … free-agent signee Paul Fanaika was the third-team left guard.


Safety Eric Berry, who recently beat Hodgkin lymphoma, opened camp with the No. 2 defense. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said the Chiefs wanted to ease the three-time Pro Bowl back into action … safety Ron Parker made the defensive play of the day when he jumped a short route, intercepted an Aaron Murray pass, tumbled to the ground and maintained possession. The play garnered “oohs” from the fans in attendance … cornerback Marcus Peters, who opened camp on the second team with fellow rookie cornerback Steven Nelson, did a nice job deflecting a pass. He rose and gestured incomplete with his arms, and an abbreviated version of cornerback Sean Smith’s incompletion celebration … speaking of Smith, he and second-year corner Phillip Gaines opened camp with the first team … Jaye Howard has the first crack at replacing Dontari Poe, who recently underwent back surgery. Howard opened camp with the first team, though Mike DeVito played some nose, as well.


Inside linebacker James-Michael Johnson is the only new injury to report, as he suffered a calf strain and has been placed on the physically unable to perform list.

Poe (recovering from back surgery) and tight end Demetrius Harris (recovering from foot surgery) each missed practice for the fourth straight day. Both are on the PUP list, but Harris could be seen rehabbing on the sideline.

Quarterback Tyler Bray (torn ACL) did not practice for the fourth straight day. He is on the non-football injury list but observed practice from the side.

Receiver Chris Conley (knee strain) did not practice, but coach Andy Reid said he’s been making progress.


Practice at 8:15 a.m.


1 The number of incomplete passes quarterback Alex Smith had during Saturday’s team periods against the second- and third-team defenses.

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