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Chiefs training camp report, Aug. 7: Offensive linemen show improvement

Kansas City Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher (left) blocked outside linebacker Tamba Hali during the training camp practice on Tuesday.
Kansas City Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher (left) blocked outside linebacker Tamba Hali during the training camp practice on Tuesday. deulitt@kcstar.com

The highlights from the Chiefs’ training camp practice Friday in St. Joseph, along with an injury report and Saturday’s schedule:

Kansas City Star Chiefs beat reporter Terez A. Paylor breaks down the day's activity at Kansas City Chiefs training camp in St. Joseph Friday morning.

THE OFFENSE

The Chiefs wore pads after having the day off Thursday. … The offensive linemen fared much, much better in one-on-one pass-rush drills than they had been. Perhaps they are getting more accustomed to the contact. Eric Fisher, Ben Grubbs, Mitch Morse and Jeff Allen all had their moments, with many of them flashing adequate anchor strength versus the bull rush (which had been line-wide issue). … Receiver Jason Avant consistently creates separation in one-on-ones with his savvy and route-running ability. He attacks the ball in the air and still possesses strong hands. ... Running back Jamaal Charles didn’t get much work in the 11-on-11 team periods, so backup Knile Davis got most of the reps. … No. 3 back Charcandrick West continues to have a strong camp. West, the speedy second-year pro, broke off a long run against the No. 1 defense, with the second team, no less. … Tight end James O’Shaughnessy dropped a deep ball from quarterback Alex Smith. It should have been a big gain. ... Smith found Travis Kelce for a touchdown during a “live” red-zone drill. Kelce leaped high in the air to corral it. … Davis caught a touchdown on a bootleg. … Running back Darrin Reaves is quick and runs hard. He pushed the pile for several seconds on one inside run, drawing cheers from the crowd. … Receiver L’Damian Washington made an impressive catch when he dived near the sideline to corral an Aaron Murray pass on an out route. … Veteran Paul Fanaika, who signed a three-year deal this offseason, practiced at left guard with the second team, replacing second-year pro Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. Fanaika had previously gotten most of his work with the third team. … Kicker Cairo Santos made four of seven field goal attempts. ... Some unofficial quarterback stats from the “team” and “red zone” periods: Smith completed 16 of 20 passes, while Chase Daniel went three of eight and Murray went four of six.

THE DEFENSE

Safety Ron Parker had an interception in seven-on-seven. … Cornerback Marcus Cooper made an excellent pass break up when he dived to deflect a pass by Smith. … Cooper made another nice play when he intercepted a pass in one-on-ones. The intended target was Frankie Hammond. … Undrafted rookie linebacker Justin March continues to get the majority of the second-team reps at inside linebacker next to fourth-round pick Ramik Wilson in the team periods. Meanwhile, fifth-round rookie inside linebacker D.J. Alexander appears to be on the third team. … March showed some physicality when he met Davis in the hole on one occasion. You could hear the “thwack” in the stands. … Safety Daniel Sorensen is willing to throw his body around. He smacked Davis near the line of scrimmage for a short gain and later dived to force Davis out of bounds on a short run. … Outside linebacker Josh Martin made a nice play when he dived to haul down Davis on a short pass near the left sideline. … Undrafted rookie David Irving showed some quickness in one-on-one pass-rush drills. He blew past Tavon Rooks by pairing a speed rush with what appeared to be an inside rip move. … Defensive end Mike Catapano might have had the best pass rush of the day, however, when he flat-backed Jarrod Pughsley with his bull rush. … Cornerback Phillip Gaines is back with the first team in the base defense in front of Marcus Peters. … Peters continues to flash good anticipation, by the way. He recorded another deflection Friday when he read a short pass and made a play on the ball. … The two interior rushers in their nickel formation were Catapano and Allen Bailey. … Linebacker Frank Zombo got a little first-team work in the team period.

INJURY REPORT

Tight end Ryan Taylor (quad), defensive lineman Nick Williams (concussion), offensive lineman Garrett Frye (knee) and receiver Armon Binns (knee) all left practice early with their respective injuries.

Receiver Jeret Smith missed his second straight practice with a hamstring injury. Receiver Junior Hemingway missed his fourth straight practice with a hip sprain.

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

Receiver Chris Conley (knee strain) did not practice for the eighth 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 sixth straight day. Both are on the physically unable to perform list, but Harris could be seen rehabbing on the sideline.

Inside linebacker James-Michael Johnson missed his sixth straight practice with a calf strain. He remains on the PUP list.

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

Practice begins at 8:15 a.m. It is “American Family” Fun Day, so there will be a $5 admission fee. A team autograph session will be held afterward.

THE NUMBER

4

The number of Chiefs who left practice early Friday because of injury, a camp high.

Kansas City Star Chiefs beat reporter Terez A. Paylor breaks down the day's activity at Kansas City Chiefs training camp in St. Joseph Friday morning.

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