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Chiefs training camp report, July 31: Receivers, cornerbacks shine during heavy passing practice

Chiefs Daily: Rain moves practice indoors, two-minute drill works

Alex Smith and Tyler Bray found the end zone working the two-minute offense. Aaron Murray showed improvement. Ross Travis moved from court to field.
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Alex Smith and Tyler Bray found the end zone working the two-minute offense. Aaron Murray showed improvement. Ross Travis moved from court to field.

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

THE OFFENSE

Spencer Ware returned to the fold and opened 11-on-11 with the first string at running back, though he shared reps with Charcandrick West. There was no other significant movement. …

Receiver Albert Wilson had a very nice practice. He made a contested catch up the seam in front of Steven Nelson during seven-on-seven, and capped the first-string offense’s two-minute drive with a short touchdown on an out route in front of Nelson. Wilson looks very quick and confident. So does Chris Conley, who also made a two tough, diving catches. …

Backup quarterbacks Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray made some nice throws. Murray completed some deep passes to tight end Brian Parker and receiver Frankie Hammond that had some zip, while Bray uncorked a gorgeous deep ball down the left side that settled right into the hands of Rod Streater. Streater also had a nice day, catching a touchdown from Bray on another deep pass during the two-minute portion of practice. Those two might have a budding chemistry. …

Comparing the two quarterbacks up close, two things become clear: Murray has a quicker, cleaner delivery, but Bray has an absolute cannon. Though he’s prone to occasional overthrows, his deep ball ability might help keep defenses honest if he’s pressed into action. Murray threw two interceptions Sunday, but his passes have generally looked crisper and tighter than they did during organized team activities …

As for the starting quarterback, Alex Smith had a few errant throws on the day, but he did uncork a few beauties, especially on some short and intermediate routes. One, in which he rolled to his right and fired a perfect throw upfield to West just beyond a defender’s grasp, was textbook. …

The Chiefs scored on two of their three two-minute drives. Smith and Bray led the scoring drives.

THE DEFENSE

Marcus Cooper spent some time at safety during organized team activities, but he’s gotten the majority of his work at cornerback over the last few days. He worked as the second-string corner behind Marcus Peters, and moved up to the first string in nickel next to Peters and Nelson on Sunday when Phillip Gaines, who is working his way back from a torn ACL, sat during the indoor portion of practice. …

Former cornerback Jamell Fleming, on the other hand, has been working exclusively at safety. He had a very nice pass deflection on a Kevin Hogan pass. …

One of the best plays of the day came courtesy of third-round rookie cornerback KeiVarae Russell, who won a jump ball throw intended for Demarcus Robinson to record an interception in seven-on-seven. Murray, who was rolling to his right at the time, threw the pass. …

Cornerback Marcus Peters also had a nice day, breaking up a few passes. …

Outside linebacker Dee Ford had a sack during 11-on-11, but the defense gave it right back with an offside penalty on the very next play. …

Sixth-round rookie cornerback D.J. White closed practice with an impressive diving interception off a deflected pass that was thrown by Murray and intended for tight end James O’Shaughnessy.

INJURY REPORT

Running back Spencer Ware returned to practice after missing Saturday with a sickness. Outside linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali and running back Jamaal Charles remain on the physically unable to perform list and did not practice. Safety Eric Berry still has not reported because of his contract situation.

MONDAY’S SCHEDULE

Practice at 8:15 a.m.

THE NUMBER

45 — The number of minutes practice lasted outside before rain started falling and players were forced to move indoors.

TOP SONGS PLAYED TODAY

“I Don’t Get Tired” — Kevin Gates

“Blessings” — Big Sean ft. Drake, Kanye West

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