Chiefs Daily, Aug. 17: Tight ends improved blocking
The highlights from the Chiefs’ training camp practice Wednesday in St. Joseph, plus Thursday’s schedule.
The Chiefs held a light, non-practice that lasted for one hour and 40 minutes as they worked almost exclusively on 11-on-11 drills. …
Practices like this are geared toward the offense, and quarterback Alex Smith performed as expected, completing 18 of 20 passes, with the only misfires against the No. 2 defense being a too-long deep throw to Rod Streater and a pass over the middle that was knocked away near the goal line by Derrick Johnson. ….
The same cannot be said for Nick Foles, who had to face the No. 1 defense. His first throw was almost intercepted — and it probably should have been — while his next two throws were intercepted by Marcus Peters. Foles was also intercepted by Johnson on a short pass over the middle. Not a great day after Foles ripped it up Tuesday. …
Some depth chart notes: With Jeremy Maclin sitting out due to a groin injury, Tyreek Hill and Rod Streater saw more time with the first team alongside Chris Conley and Albert Wilson. They all appear to be among the Chiefs’ top five receivers. …
Speaking of Wilson, his strong camp continued as he made an impressive sliding catch on a low throw from Smith while running a corner route. Wilson was knocked some last year for failing to always give up his body, but he’s made a number of tough catches in camp and has generally raised his game, just like Conley. …
Tight end Ross Travis made an impressive catch with the first-string, as he used his 6-foot-7, 235-pound frame to box out Peters on a drag route and elevate to haul in a touchdown pass from Smith. Travis remains the No. 3 tight end behind Travis Kelce and Demetrius Harris, though James O’Shaughnessy appears to be coming on lately.
Again, light practices like this are generally geared toward the offense, but the defense stood tall Wednesday. …
Safety Ron Parker dropped a near interception of Foles on the No. 1 defense’s first play and dropped to the ground and did some pushups. He redeemed himself a few plays later when he caught a intercepted pass over the middle by Kevin Hogan. …
Peters continues to impress. His two interceptions Wednesday were things of beauty, and no defender has made more plays during camp than Peters. Teams will continue to test him deep and try to bait him with double moves, but throwing at the reigning defensive rookie of the year seems like an iffy proposition. …
Another player who had a nice practice was Derrick Johnson, who looks nimble at age 33 and recorded a pass breakup of Smith and an interception of Foles near the goal line. ...
The Chiefs also worked on some prevent defense situations late in practice, which makes sense considering the way their 17-16 preseason loss to the Seahawks on Saturday ended. ...
Some depth chart notes: cornerback Phillip Gaines started on the outside opposite Peters in the nickel while Nelson moved inside. Cooper has also been working in there in the nickel. Rookie safety Eric Murray logged some first-string reps in the nickel (when Daniel Sorensen moves to linebacker) and is beginning to look more comfortable at his new position. Also, defensive lineman Chris Jones joined starters Jaye Howard, Dontari Poe and Allen Bailey in the Chiefs’ four-man goal line front, an indication that the talented rookie is the fourth interior lineman in the rotation.
Maclin missed practice with a groin injury. The team said he is day-to-day.
For the second straight practice, running back Jamaal Charles joined his teammates for stretching and warmups before retreating to the locker room. He continues to work his way back from an ACL injury.
Running back Charcandrick West missed practice for the third straight day with a mild elbow strain and sprain. Quarterback Tyler Bray missed his third straight practice with a chip fracture in his spine. Inside linebacker Josh Mauga (groin) missed his fifth straight practice.
Outside linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali remain on the physically-unable-to-perform list and did not practice. Safety Eric Berry still has not reported due to his contract situation.
The Chiefs will hold their final open practice of camp Thursday at 8:15 a.m.
4 — The minimum number of local military installations that have been invited to Thursday’s military appreciation day at camp, including soldiers from Fort Riley, Fort Leavenworth, Whiteman Air Force Base and Rosecrans Reserve Air National Guard Base.
Today’s playlist at Chiefs camp
“Ready” — B.o.B. ft. Future
“Trials & Tribulations” — Ace Hood
“Work Hard Play Hard” — Wiz Khalifa
“All My Life” — Foo Fighters
“Good Good Night” — Roscoe Dash
“Cut It” — O.T. Genasis ft. Young Dolph
“Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” — Busta Rhymes
“Give It Away” — Red Hot Chili Peppers
“We Dem Boyz” — Wiz Khalifa
“Shoulder Lean” — Young Dro ft. T.I.
“No Option” — Kid Ink ft. King Los
Other camp reports
Aug. 4 — No practice
Aug. 1 – Big plays rule first day of pads
July 30 – No surprises among starters