Chiefs Training Camp Update 8/11: What You Need to Know

Nuts and Bolts of Tuesday's practice

  • After practicing in shorts on Monday, the Kansas City Chiefs were back in full pads for practice on Tuesday, although there weren't any "fully live" periods
  • Rookie receiver Chris Conley practiced for the second straight day after missing the first part of camp dealing with a knee strain
  • Jeremy Maclin didn't practice (neck strain) and Albert Wilson (illness) left early
  • Here's the FULL INJURY REPORT
  • It might have been the best day in terms of weather so far at Chiefs training camp with temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s with much less humidity than recent days
  • After practice, offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, defensive lineman Allen Bailey and receiver Chris Conley all spoke with the media at the post-practice press conference tent
  • The team will be back at it on Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. before getting the day off on Thursday as they prepare for their game on Saturday against the Arizona Cardinals
  • Find all the details of training camp at http://www.chiefs.com/trainingcamp* *

The Chiefs continue grinding away during the 2015 Training Camp held at Missouri Western State University.

Some of the best plays from Tuesday's practice

It was rookie receiver Tello Luckett's best day of training camp thus far, as he pulled down two passes within a span of five minutes that were two of the best plays from any player during the last few practices.

The former Harding Bison took back-to-back throws from quarterback Chase Daniel for substantial gains during an 11-on-11 period.

The first was a corner route in which he got over the top of the defense as Daniel's perfectly placed pass caught Luckett in stride down the field.

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Just a few minutes later, Luckett jumped up for a ball on a crossing route and snagged it out of the air with a couple of defenders in the area.

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Later in practice, with the skill position players working through 7-on-7 work on one end of the field, the other end had the OL-DL one-on-one drills going on.

Safety Eric Berry made an interception on the far end of the field and ran the ball all the way back to the other side (almost interrupting the OL-DL drills) directly towards the fans.

Berry was met with a nice applause from the crowd as he took the interception all the way to the end zone for a pick six.

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Here's a video of safety Husain Abdullah's fantastic pass breakup late in Tuesday's practice:

Here's a look at safety Tyvon Branch's one-handed interception during red zone work:

Finally, here's a look at quarterback Aaron Murray hooking up with L'Damian Washington on a broken play outside of the pocket.

Player Spotlight – Receiver Chris Conley

It's not the way rookie receiver Chris Conley wanted to start his first training camp, but after missing the first several practices dealing with a knee strain, Conley has been able to practice a couple of days in a row and is feeling pretty good.

Despite the missed reps on the field, Conley was able to lean on a couple of veterans who helped him with the mental aspect of learning the nuances of Andy Reid's offense.

"Having J-Mac (Jeremy Maclin) and Jason [Avant] out there is invaluable," Conley said. "I was able to meet with those guys off the field, get with them in the film room and stay up to date."

Conley was able to participate throughout OTAs and minicamp over the summer, when he displayed the kind of athleticism that turned plenty of heads his direction at the NFL Scouting Combine last February.

At 6-foot-2 and 213 pounds, Conley ran a 4.35 40-yard dash and jumped 45 inches in the vertical jump.

That combination of size and athleticism helped him stand out throughout offseason workouts, but heading into the 2015 season, Conley is concentrating on learning as much as he can from the veterans on this roster.

"Having the chance to watch the way that J-Mac runs his deep routes, that's how you can truly tell that he's a vet," Conley explained. "He knows how to stack defenders, he knows how to stretch the field and he knows how to make contested catches."

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He's had just eight weeks to get accustomed to this offense, but Conley appreciates the position he's in right now.

"Coach Reid is an offensive genius," Conley said. "He likes to put people in places where they can make plays based on their skill set. Right now, what he has told me is my job is to learn. That's the reason he's put me by Jason and J-Mac.

"It's just to learn from guys who've had a lot of success and done this a long time."

Conley explained further what he likes about Reid's offense when he first began learning it back in the spring.

"The terminology and the way he talked about the offense, it wasn't as if the offense was just routes on a page—it was as if it was a living and moving thing," he explained. "In his mind, I believe it is. That's the reason that this offense can work against so many defenses—in any situation it adapts and changes.

"That's the reason there's a learning curve when you come in as a young receiver. Because of the multiple formations that we run everything out of and the sheer number of plays that we run, you need to know every route and every position because if given a tag word, that can change where everyone lines up and it's the same play."

There hasn't been a decision made on whether or not Conley will play on Saturday against the Arizona Cardinals for the Chiefs first preseason game.

"It really is a marathon not a sprint," he said. "I've been told that so many times since I came in here from vets, from scouts and coaches. It's truly like that.

"You have to approach each day making a little progress, not coming in and thinking that you're going to just go from 0 to 100."

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