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Chiefs training camp report, Aug. 4: Defense again wins the day

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid watched the team’s first padded practice during the team’s training camp practice Monday morning at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid watched the team’s first padded practice during the team’s training camp practice Monday morning at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. deulitt@kcstar.com

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

Kansas City Star Chiefs beat reporter Terez A. Paylor recaps the team’s training camp practice on Tuesday at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph. VIDEO BY DAVID EULITT deulitt@kcstar.com

THE OFFENSE

The Chiefs held their first “live” tackling session. … In team (11-on-11) periods, receiver Jason Avant made an outstanding catch on a high pass from quarterback Chase Daniel. He leapt into the air and pulled it down with a defender closing in on him. … Quarterback Alex Smith and receiver Jeremy Maclin hooked up for a big-boy reception when they connected on a dig route over the middle. Smith put good velocity on it and Maclin showed good focus to bring it in with defenders in the area. … Smith tried to fit a deep ball in to tight end James O’Shaughnessy between two defenders. It landed incomplete but O’Shaughnessy had a chance to make a play on the ball. … Receiver Fred Williams made a very nice catch when he hauled in a ball thrown behind him by Chase Daniel. … Receiver Frankie Hammond showed nice focus when he bobbled a pass from Daniel that he eventually looked in for the reception. … Some unofficial passing stats from the team periods: Smith finished 12 of 21, while Daniel finished 13 of 16 and Aaron Murray finished 7 of 13. … Five of Smith’s completions were to Maclin, however. … In offensive line 1-on-1 drills, guard Ben Grubbs did a nice job anchoring in against Allen Bailey’s bull rush. … Guard Zach Fulton recorded a pancake when he muscled Nick Williams — a strong man who put Mitch Morse on skates with his bull rush — to the ground. … Guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has made some strides with his technique and footwork, which was all over the place a year ago. He rode Charles Tuaau to the ground on one occasion. … Guard Marcus Reed showed the ability to adapt. After getting beat with an outside spin by Jaye Howard on Monday, Howard tried the move again on Tuesday and Reed stoned him. ... The Chiefs switched things up on the offensive line, with Fulton taking reps at first-string right guard for Jeff Allen midway through practice and Derek Sherrod taking reps at first-string right tackle for Donald Stephenson.

THE DEFENSE

The Chiefs’ defense “sacked” quarterback Alex Smith on two of the offense’s first five plays. … Rookie cornerback Marcus Peters followed his strong performance on Monday by opening the second team period with another display of good anticipation, as he jumped a short route to record the pass breakup. He could have intercepted Chase Daniel’s pass, too. … Peters was finally tested vertically later on the in practice, when Smith tried to hit Wilson on a deep route. Peters was right there with him but the ball was overthrown. … defensive tackle Jaye Howard continues to be disruptive. He penetrated the backfield a few plays later to bring Charcandrick West down for what appeared to be a tackle for loss. … Inside linebacker Derrick Johnson showed his trademark burst and awareness, as he read a short toss to West all the way and hauled him down in the backfield. Johnson also made a nice play in individual drills when he jumped a route by Jamaal Charles in the flat and took it back for what would have been a pick-six. … Defensive end Mike Catapano showed some nice wheels when he chased down Knile Davis on a run to the left side. … Outside linebacker Dezman Moses had a pair of deflections in coverage. … When Phillip Gaines left practice early, Steven Nelson filled in at first-string nickel with Sean Smith and Marcus Peters on the outside.

INJURY REPORT

Cornerback Phillip Gaines left practice with a knee injury for the second straight day. This time, he didn’t return. Receiver Jeret Smith left practice with a hamstring injury, while receiver Armon Binns left practice with an ankle injury.

Receiver Junior Hemingway missed his second straight practice with a hip sprain. Defensive end David Irving missed his third straight practice with a practice with lower back spasms.

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 sixth straight day, but he could be seen rehabbing on the sideline.

Nose tackle Dontari 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.

Inside linebacker James-Michael Johnson missed his fourth straight practice with a calf strain. He remains on the physically unable to perform list.

WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE

Practice at 9:15 a.m.

THE NUMBER

5 — The number of days the Chiefs’ full squad will practice in a row prior to Thursday’s scheduled off-day.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @TerezPaylor. Tap here to download the new Red Zone Extra app for iOS and Android devices.

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