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Chiefs training camp report, Aug. 9: Maclin's sensational catch highlights big plays

Marcus Cooper's defense on Jeremy Maclin led to a short scuffle between the two players on Sunday, at Chiefs training camp in St. Joseph.
Marcus Cooper's defense on Jeremy Maclin led to a short scuffle between the two players on Sunday, at Chiefs training camp in St. Joseph. kmyers@kcstar.com

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

THE OFFENSE

Receiver Jeremy Maclin made the catch of the day in seven-on-seven when he caught a pass up the seam that deflected in the air. Maclin kept his concentration going to the ground and hauled it in for the reception. … Maclin also beat rookie Marcus Peters for a touchdown on a post route. Maclin makes it look easy, but his speed and acceleration out of his breaks makes him a tough cover. Quarterback Alex Smith threw the ball perfectly to him, too. …

Tight end Travis Kelce also got behind Peters for a touchdown on a post route. Peters bit on the out fake, and Kelce sprinted upfield to create plenty of separation. Kelce punctuated the play with a Deion Sanders-ish high step. … Quarterback Aaron Murray lofted a pretty throw over two defenders on a seam route to tight end Richard Gordon. … Smith showed excellent trust and anticipation by connecting with James O’Shaughnessy on a smash route over the middle. Safety Tyvon Branch had tight coverage, but Smith put it right on O’Shaugnessy as soon as made his cut inside. …During the 11-on-11 (team) period, Smith overshot Albert Wilson on a vertical route. Cornerback Marcus Cooper has been susceptible to vertical routes in the past but he did a nice job anticipating the play and ran stride for stride with Wilson on the coverage. …

Center Eric Kush showed improved power, planting Jaye Howard on the ground on a running play. That’s been rare; Howard has been one of the tougher players to block in camp. … Quarterback Chase Daniel found wide receiver Fred Williams on a fade route near the sideline. Absolutely gorgeous pass and great focus by Williams. … Murray lofted a pretty pass to receiver Tello Luckett on a bootleg for a touchdown. Great throw over some defenders. …

Time for some depth-chart stuff: For the second straight day, center Mitch Morse, right guard Zach Fulton and right tackle Jeff Allen played with the first team. This is something to monitor, as Kush and tackle Donald Stephenson (playing on the left side) played on the second team. …

Now for some general housekeeping: Tight end Adam Schiltz got some work with the first-team in three-tight end sets next to Kelce and O’Shaughnessy. … New receiver Adam Drake is wearing No. 14. New offensive tackle Anthony Dima is wearing No. 75.

THE DEFENSE

During the seven-on-seven period, safety Ron Parker did an outstanding job covering Jamaal Charles one-on-one on the outside. Charles tried to beat Parker on a go route, but Parker’s technique and route recognition helped him run stride for stride with Charles before the overthrown pass landed incomplete. … Branch inadvertently rocked wide receiver Jason Avant on a short route over the middle. No harm was done — Avant popped right back up. …

The defense opened the the 11-on-11 (team) period by getting consistent pressure on Smith, including two sacks in his first five plays. … Outside linebacker Frank Zombo got a big hit in on a receiver during an end-around play. … Branch intercepted Smith on a short pass intended for Kelce. Branch did an outstanding job recognizing the play and snatching it away from Kelce. … Linebacker Justin March made an outstanding play near the goal line, meeting running back Darrin Reaves in the hole for no gain. …

Time for some depth-chart stuff: Sean Smith got the majority of his work with the second-team defense. This is the first time all camp that has happened. Smith will serve a three-game suspension to start the year. … In Smith’s place was Peters, who flanked Phillip Gaines in the base defense. Jamell Fleming took Smith’s place with the first-team unit in nickel, with Gaines moving inside and Peters flanking him outside.

INJURY REPORT

Outside linebacker Dee Ford missed practice Sunday after experiencing concussionlike symptoms following Saturday’s practice, the team said.

Tight end Ryan Taylor (quad), defensive lineman Nick Williams (concussion) and offensive lineman Garrett Frye (knee) all missed practice for the second straight day.

Receiver Jeret Smith (hamstring). Receiver Junior Hemingway (hip strain) missed his sixth straight practice. While Smith was present at practice, Hemingway was not.

Quarterback Tyler Bray (torn ACL) did not practice for the 11th 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 10th 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 eighth straight time. Both are on the PUP list, but Harris could be seen rehabbing on the sideline.

Inside linebacker James-Michael Johnson (calf strain) missed his eighth straight practice. He remains on the physically unable to perform list.

TODAY’S SCHEDULE

Practice begins at 9:15 a.m.

THE NUMBER

65 Minutes Sunday’s lightning delay kept the Chiefs from practicing outside. After stretching and going through install indoors, the team went back outside and conducted practice in front of the fans.

| Terez A. Paylor, tpaylor@kcstar.com

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