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Chiefs training camp report, Aug. 5: Foles flashes, defense wins first ‘live’ tackling session

Chiefs Daily Aug. 5: First practice for Nick Foles

Newly signed Chiefs quarterback Nick Foles had his first practice with the team after being released by the Rams (video by Shane Keyser | skeyser@kcstar.com).
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Newly signed Chiefs quarterback Nick Foles had his first practice with the team after being released by the Rams (video by Shane Keyser | skeyser@kcstar.com).

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

THE OFFENSE

Parker Ehinger and Zach Fulton continued to split reps with the first-string at left guard. …

Following the signing of Nick Foles, the rotational quarterback order went like this: Alex Smith (first team), Tyler Bray and Nick Foles (second team), Aaron Murray and Kevin Hogan (third team). …

In limited work, Foles showed off very good arm strength, a decent delivery and good athleticism for his size (6 feet 6, 243 pounds). He’ll need to tighten up his accuracy and get on the same page with his receivers, but there’s upside here for coach Andy Reid to work with. …

Murray made a nice deep throw to tight end Ross Travis, who skied over 5-foot-11 cornerback Steven Nelson to haul in the pass near the left sideline in 11-on-11. But it was probably his best completion of the day, as he scattered a few rough incompletions — not to mention a near interception by cornerback Vernon Harris — throughout. …

Bray also battled with his accuracy some, mixing in some poor throws throughout the day, but like Murray, he did have moments. One of them was a nicely-thrown deep fade down the right sideline to Charcandrick West, who caught it in stride. …

Hogan seemed to have a nice day in his few opportunities, zipping passes with precision and accuracy. …

Smith’s best throw came in the final 11-on-11 period, when he found tight end Travis Kelce in the corner of the end zone over linebacker D.J. Alexander. …

Jah Reid continued to get reps at second-string left tackle while Zach Sterup got the work at second-string right tackle. …

Tyreek Hill continues to show the ability to make the tough catch. His contested catch on what appeared to be a comeback route near the sideline was very impressive. …

Rod Streater has emerged as a solid target for Alex Smith. He’s caught plenty of short passes from him, and emerged as a tough, reliable receiver of the ball with some run-after-the-catch skills. …

Demarcus Robinson has some juice after the catch. He made cornerback Deveron Carr slip after Robinson caught a crossing route and started juking, and later caught another pass over the middle and scored when he ran through the defense, eluding tacklers. Robinson, who has also shown some deep-ball tracking skills in previous practices, is showing why the Chiefs selected him this year. …

Tight end Demetrius Harris made some nice catches, showcasing his size and speed, but he had another drop, which has been all-too common. Same goes for receiver Mike Williams, who has shown flashes but had another drop today on a contested ball he probably should have caught.

THE DEFENSE

Safety Stevie Brown opened 11-on-11 with a pass breakup. He was working in with the first string alongside Ron Parker at safety. The second-string safeties were Eric Murray and Jamell Fleming. …

Rakeem Nunez-Roches continues to flash throughout practice. He contributed to a few stuffs during the inside-run game portion of practice and punctuated them with loud yells. He rotated in on the second team. …

The Chiefs went “live” during one 11-on-11 session, and the defense dominated. Inside linebacker Ramik Wilson spilled Spencer Ware for a loss on only the second play of the period. …

Defensive lineman Jaye Howard is proving to be very difficult to block. He blew up two consecutive plays for a tackle for loss, spilling Knile Davis each time. His combination of power and quickness makes him a tough matchup, and he’s a little nasty, too — it appeared he wanted to go after center Daniel Munyer after one play before teammates stepped in. He’s primed for a big season. …

Defensive lineman Jimmy Staten also flashed Friday, blowing up a play against the third-team offense as he tackled Darrin Reaves for a loss. He also deflected an Murray pass later in the practice …

It’s tough to tell who is racking up sacks, because quarterbacks aren’t allowed to get hit, but Dee Ford was in the vicinity for one of the defense’s sacks on the day and it looked like he had a deflection a few plays later, too. He also had an impressive bull rush on right tackle Mitchell Schwartz. …

The Chiefs later moved to the goal line, where the contact continued. Ware was stuffed on the second play by defensive lineman David King and Wilson — who had a good practice — and West was stuffed a few players later by safety Daniel Sorensen and Josh Mauga. Rookie linebacker Terrance Smith also had a nice stuff. …

Cornerback Marcus Peters continues to flash the same form as last year, as he made a very impressive play in which he undercut a sideline throw by Smith and picked it off inbounds. It was a heck of a play by the second-year pro. …

Outside linebacker Dezman Moses made a nice play in coverage, knocking a pass out of Chris Conley’s hands. …

Rookie defensive lineman Chris Jones is flashing the ability to be disruptive. He deflected a Smith pass at the line of scrimmage. …

RB/TE-LB 1-on-1s

The Chiefs’ running backs, tight ends and linebackers went through 1-on-1 pass rush and 1-on-1 cover drills. …

Reaves, who has impressed as a runner, was bowled over with a bull rush by Justin March. …

Ware, a stout and willing blocker, also got bowled over (but not as quickly) by Tyrell Adams. …

Anthony Sherman had a terrific pass set against Derrick Johnson, anchoring with power and refusing to let Johnson get around him. …

Reaves later ran what appeared to be a flat route and March foiled him again, as he undercut the route and swatted it down. March, who also had a deflection in 11-on-11, has really had a nice camp. …

Ware, who has been working on his pass-catching, roasted Josh Mauga on an angle route that earned cheers from running backs coach Eric Bieniemy. …

Safety Shak Randolph did a nice job covering tight end Brian Parker on a short route over the middle, deflecting it away. …

Running back Knile Davis ran a great angle route to get open but dropped the pass. Davis, who has worked hard on his hands this offseason, also had another bad drop later in practice. It was a momentary step back for a player who has seemingly made a lot of progress in that area. …

Tight end Ross Travis worked over Dee Ford on an inside route, creating separation with his quickness.

INJURY REPORT

Mauga injured his groin in practice, while cornerback Shannon Edwards injured his shoulder. Both will have MRIs. Defensive tackle Nick Williams hurt his knee during practice but returned to action.

Receiver Albert Wilson missed his second straight practice with a strained calf. Streater saw lots of time in the slot with the first string in his place. Safety Sorensen returned to practice after missing Wednesday’s session with a foot sprain.

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.

TODAY’S SCHEDULE

8:15 a.m. — It’s American Family Fun Day, which means there will be a team autograph session held afterward. There will also be a $5 admission fee.

THE NUMBER

1 — The jersey number of new Chiefs quarterback Nick Foles, who agreed to a deal Wednesday night.

TOP SONGS PLAYED AT CHIEFS CAMP TODAY

“Get Down On It” — Kool & The Gang

“Jump” — Kris Kross

“Welcome To The Jungle” — Guns N’ Roses

“Jungle Boogie” — Kool & The Gang

“It Takes Two” — Rob Base, DJ EZ Rock

“Rock Steady” — The Whispers

“Eye Of The Tiger” — Survivor

“You Dropped A Bomb On Me” — The Gap Band

“Give It To Me Baby” — Rick James

“Friends” — Whodini

“Car Wash” — Rose Royce

“Rapper’s Delight” — The Sugar Hill Gang

“Whoomp There It Is” — Tag Team

Other camp reports

Aug. 3 — Trick plays, interceptions and more from a light practice

Aug. 2 – Tyreek Hill, other new receivers, star on second day of pads

Aug. 1 – Big plays rule first day of pads

July 31 – Receivers, cornerbacks shine during heavy passing practice

July 30 – No surprises among starters

| Terez A. Paylor, tpaylor@kcstar.com

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