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Highlights from the Chiefs’ OTA practice No. 8

Deon Anthony played quarterback at Troy but is trying out at wide receiver for the Chiefs.
Deon Anthony played quarterback at Troy but is trying out at wide receiver for the Chiefs. AP

Here are some observations from practice No. 8 of the Chiefs’ offseason training activities:

The Derrick Thomas Memorial Big Play of the Day goes to newly-signed rookie WR Deon Anthony, who hauled in a contested jump ball over Sean Smith for a long completion near the sideline. Anthony made the catch, by the way, despite giving up three inches to the 6-foot-3 Smith.

Receiver Weston Dressler had another nice practice. Had a leaping grab over the middle and also made a diving catch. He’s getting plenty of work with the ones while Junior Hemingway has been out sick.

We saw both the good and bad sides of Donnie Avery. He used his blazing speed to beat cornerback Ron Parker for a deep touchdown and also made a leaping grab. But he had an egregious drop near the goal line in which he was wide open and muffed a very catchable pass on what looked like a curl route.

Rookie receiver Darryl Surgent came through with an excellent one-handed touchdown grab from quarterback Aaron Murray on a deep pass right down the seam.

Alex Smith continues to be the best quarterback here. He looked great near the goal line when he threw touchdown passes to receiver Dwayne Bowe, tight end Anthony Fasano and tight end Demetrius Harris.

Safety Jerron McMillian showed a lot of competitiveness. He was matched up in coverage once with tight end Richard Gordon, and Gordon appeared to haul it in near the sideline but McMillian ripped the ball out as they fought for it going to the ground. McMillian is a former fourth-round pick of the Packers in 2012.

I enjoyed seeing Tyler Bray absolutely gun a pass to a WR on an out route. He’s got a lot of work to do — his pocket presence, accuracy and decision-making all need work — but his arm talent is strong, and on the occasions he puts it all together (meaning he teams a good decision with a strong, accurate pass) you can’t draw it up much better.

Here’s your daily Jamaal Charles-Is-A-Professional update: Charles caught a pass over the middle in 7-on-7, turned to run upfield and then fumbled, which was recovered by Eric Berry, who turned to run the other way. Charles proceeded to run toward, get the ball back when the play was dead and finish running to the end zone like he always does after every single carry. That, my friends, is how a professional does it.

Safety Husain Abdullah continues to have a strong camp. Alex Smith hasn’t been picked off much — in fact, he’s looked great — but Abdullah got him once today on a deep pass near the hash, I believe.

Eric Berry caught a deflected pass thrown by Chase Daniel that was intended for tight end Sean McGrath.

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