The highlights from the Chiefs’ training camp practice Wednesday in St. Joseph, along with an injury report and Thursday’s schedule.
After two days in pads, the Chiefs held a shorter practice — about 1 hour, 40 minutes — instead of the typical two-hour, 40-minute session. Players wore helmets, jerseys and shorts — no pads. …
In the battle for the backup quarterback role, Jeremy Maclin put in his bid on Wednesday. Not really, but the Chiefs used their first several snaps to run trick plays with Maclin on the passing end of things. There were throws back to Alex Smith, a double pass finished off with a Maclin toss to running back Spencer Ware and an end-around pass to De’Anthony Thomas. That was the most impressive of the group. Maclin fumbled the ball after taking the handoff from Smith, but quickly recovered to fire a deep and wobbly but accurate completion to Thomas. …
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The Chiefs spent a lot of time on their inside running game, and while Darrin Reaves is fifth on the depth chart at running back, he got a chance to work with the second team Wednesday and continued to impress. At 5 feet 10, Reaves isn’t terribly tall, but he weighs a solid 215 pounds and is very quick and decisive. Most importantly, he is also a solid receiver out of the backfield. Provided he can be a reliable pass protector, Reaves, 23, might be another find for a scouting staff that has become adept at identifying good, young (and cheap) fits for coach Andy Reid’s offensive scheme. The Chiefs obviously see something in him — he spent most of last season on the practice squad. …
The Chiefs shook up their second-team offensive line a bit, as tackles Jah Reid and Zach Sterup flipped spots. Reid, who has been typically lining up at right tackle, slid over to left tackle while Sterup, the typical left tackle, shifted to right tackle. …
Rookie quarterback Kevin Hogan unleashed a beauty of a throw, firing a sharp spiral to tight end Ross Travis on an out route. It was the kind of sharp throw he made through organized-team activities. …
Tight end James O’Shaughnessy couldn’t come up with a Tyler Bray pass deep down the middle that was probably a little behind him, while another tight end, Demetrius Harris, had another focus drop Wednesday. It’s still early in camp, but if one of the backup tight ends behind starter Travis Kelce can be an effective effort blocker and a reliable catcher of the ball, that player can have a chance to earn some playing time. …
One tight end the Chiefs don’t have to worry about is Kelce. He has had a nice camp, making tough catches and generally looking explosive. He made a fantastic one-handed catch on a deep cross from Alex Smith on Wednesday ...
Fourth-round rookie receiver Demarcus Robinson continues to impress. Robinson caught a deep ball in 11-on-11 for the second straight day, this time on a go route. Robinson has good enough speed to get deep and generally does a really nice job tracking the ball in the air on deep routes. Overall, Robinson has flashed good ball skills and has a chance to be a good receiver in Andy Reid’s West Coast offense. …
Second-year pro Chris Conley’s offseason work with Maclin has been paying off. Over the past several practices, Conley has flashed the ability to consistently make the tough, contested catch, both on short and intermediate routes. Provided he continues to do that and improve his mastery of the offense, it will go a long way toward not only securing a significant offensive role, but also earning Smith’s trust.
Cornerback Marcus Cooper continues his bid to make the roster. Cooper, the Chiefs’ 2013 rookie of the year, knocked away a pass on a slant pattern for an impressive pass breakup. …
One of the best defensive plays of the day came courtesy of inside linebacker Derrick Johnson, who jumped a short route and intercepted a Tyler Bray pass over the middle. He would have returned it for a touchdown if it was an actual game. …
Another big defensive play came courtesy of star cornerback Marcus Peters, who tracked a deep ball by Bray and hauled it in for an interception. The intended receiver, Kashif Moore, wasn’t really in the vicinity to make a play on the ball, so it was either a breakdown in communication or a poorly-thrown ball. Either way, it was a nice pick by Peters. …
Steven Nelson, who continues to get some reps opposite Peters as the starting corner in the base defense, had a nice pass breakup on an Aaron Murray pass.
Left guard Parker Ehinger returned to practice after leaving Tuesday’s session with a foot injury. He split reps with Zach Fulton on the first team. Receiver Albert Wilson did not practice after straining his calf during Tuesday’s practice. Thomas saw lots of time in the slot with the first string in his place. Safety Daniel Sorensen did not practice because of a foot sprain. He was replaced with the first string at safety alongside Ron Parker with Eric Murray and Stevie Brown.
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 due to his contract situation.
No practice. The Chiefs will resume practice at 8:15 a.m. Friday in pads.
5 — The number of non-PUP/non-NFI Chiefs players who missed practice at the same juncture last year, compared to just two this year.
TOP SONGS PLAYED AT CHIEFS CAMP TODAY
“Tony Montana” — Future
“Zoom” — Lil Boosie ft. Yung Joc
“Magic” — Future ft. T.I.
“The Block Is Hot” — Lil Wayne
“Give It Away” — Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Over” — Drake
“6 Foot 7 Foot” — Lil Wayne ft. Cory Gunz
“Get Your Roll On” — Big Tymers
“How We Do” — The Game
“Airtime” —Future, Sean Garrett, Rocko & Lou Williams
Other camp reports
Aug. 1 – Big plays rule first day of pads
July 30 – No surprises among starters
The Star’s Blair Kerkhoff contributed to this report.