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Chiefs training camp report, Aug. 3: Jamaal Charles, Marcus Peters star in pads

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles during Monday’s padded practice at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles during Monday’s padded practice at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.

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

Kansas City Star Chiefs beat reporter Terez A. Paylor recaps Monday's practice, the first in pads and moved indoors due to bad weather. Video by David Eulitt


Running back Jamaal Charles looks as quick as ever. The 28-year-old was very elusive on the indoor turf at Missouri Western. His quickness is matched only by De’Anthony Thomas, whose defensive teammates could be heard praising his speed, mid-play, from the sideline … The running backs, in general, were very effective catching the ball out of the backfield. Knile Davis and Charcandrick West each caught three passes during 11-on-11 drills and looked smooth … Receiver Armon Binns made a nice diving catch near the sideline … Tight end Travis Kelce made an excellent deep catch up the seam from quarterback Alex Smith ... Smith completed 13 of his first 15 passes in team drills but misfired on his last six … Receiver Frankie Hammond was a favorite target of Chase Daniel, catching five of Daniel’s 11 completions in team drills … Running back Darrin Reaves is an interesting combination of power and quickness. He sought out contact during inside running drills ... Left guard Ben Grubbs was probably the most impressive offensive lineman in one-on-one pass protection drills. He completely stonewalled rookie Rakeem Nunez-Roches on one occasion.


The defensive star was first-round rookie cornerback Marcus Peters, who recorded three interceptions — including two in 11-on-11 periods — and a handful of pass breakups. He also dropped one interception, thrown by Chase Daniel … The Chiefs’ first-string defensive line in the base 3-4 looked like this: Allen Bailey, Mike DeVito and Jaye Howard … DeVito and Bailey were with the first-string nickel … Mike Catapano, Charles Tuaau and Nick Williams were on the second team … Tuaau, Howard, Catapano and Williams flashed some power in one-on-one pass rush drills … Tuaau leveled Knile Davis during team drills … Bailey’s combination of size and brute strength made his bull rush pretty much unstoppable in one-on-ones. He also broke out a nasty swim move to get past Donald Stephenson during team drills … Eric Berry was the second-string safety, though he again rotated in with the first stringers in nickel … Outside linebackers Dee Ford and Dezman Moses were fairly disruptive off the edge on the second-string nickel … Cornerback Deji Olatoye dropped an easy interception and proceeded do pushups as punishment … Defensive lineman Vaughn Martin displayed a powerful club move during one-on-ones … Safety Daniel Sorensen decleated receiver Jeret Smith on a crossing route to break up a pass in seven-on-sevens.


▪ Receiver Jeremy Maclin and Phillip Gaines each left practice briefly because of respective injuries. Both returned to participate fully, however. Gaines had a knee injury, Andy Reid said. He declined to elaborate on the nature of Maclin’s injury, though it appeared to be to his lower body.

▪ Receiver Junior Hemingway did not practice because of a hip sprain suffered Sunday. Defensive end David Irving missed his second straight practice because of lower back spasms.

▪ Nose tackle Dontari Poe (recovering from back surgery) and tight end Demetrius Harris (recovering from foot surgery) each missed practice for the sixth straight day. Both are on the physically unable to perform list, but Harris could be seen rehabbing on the sideline.

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

▪ Receiver Chris Conley (knee strain) did not practice for the fifth straight day.

▪ Inside linebacker James-Michael Johnson missed his third straight practice because of a calf strain. He remains on the physically unable to perform list.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke after Monday's first practice in pads at the team's training camp in St. Joseph about having to move indoors due to a forecast of lightning. VIDEO BY DAVID EULITT


Practice at 8:15 a.m.


11 — Days until the Chiefs’ first preseason game, on the road vs. the Arizona Cardinals on Aug 15.

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