Thirty-one players took the field for the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday morning as the "introductory" segment of training camp continued at Missouri Western State University.
Sunday's practice – which once again only featured quarterbacks, rookies and select veterans returning from injuries – marked the second of three scheduled preliminary practices before the full team practices begin on Wednesday. It was another opportunity for each of the attendees to get a head start on training camp, and just like Saturday, there were a handful of players who turned in particularly impressive practices.
One of the top performers of the day was wide receiver Cornell Powell, who made several outstanding catches during 7-on-7 drills. Powell's first catch – a leaping, full-extension grab deep down the sideline – was perhaps the most impressive reception of camp so far. He wasn't done, either, hauling in another leaping catch on the other side of the field just a few snaps later. It was all part of a really strong day for Powell as the former fifth-round pick builds his case to earn a roster spot.
Another player who stood out was rookie linebacker Leo Chenal, who returned to action on Sunday after leaving Saturday's practice early due to the heat. Chenal didn't only finish practice this time around, but he did so with a big play, batting a pass at the line of scrimmage and hauling in his own deflection for an interception during the final play of 7-on-7 drills.
"That's something that I didn't do my last season at Wisconsin, so it definitely felt nice," said Chenal when asked about the interception. "It's definitely a solid way to end practice, doing so on a solid note. It felt good to build some confidence there."
The play took place near the line of scrimmage, but regardless, it was an exciting sign as Chenal – already known for his prowess against the run – aims to grow his skillset in coverage.
"I pride myself in the violent and physical part of the game, but it's a passing league and I need to continue to progress in that area," Chenal said. "I need to continue learning and putting myself in uncomfortable situations. That's how you become a better football player."
Chenal – who reported that he's been playing the "SAM," or strongside linebacker spot in base and the "MIKE," or middle linebacker position in sub packages during camp – also noted that facing quarterback Patrick Mahomes in practice can only help his progression against the pass.
"That's the cool part about right now with there only being [a handful] of guys here, you get to go up against him [a lot]. It's cool [competing] against the top of the top of the top," Chenal said. "It's great because iron sharpens iron, and in reality, it's diamond sharpens copper when you're facing that guy out there. It's an honor and a privilege to work on my craft with him."
In terms of those who didn't take the field, there were no additions to the injury report following Sunday's practice. Cornerback Rashad Fenton (shoulder), offensive tackle Prince Tega Wanogho (leg), offensive tackle Lucas Niang (knee) and wide receiver Justyn Ross (foot) did not practice, as expected.
Defensive lineman Kehinde Oginni Hassan, who missed Saturday's practice while awaiting a blood test, returned to the field on Sunday.
The Chiefs' quarterbacks, rookies and select veterans returning from injuries will take the field for one final "introductory" practice on Monday morning before the rest of the team arrives later that afternoon. The first full practice will then take place on Wednesday.
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