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Chiefs Wrap Up OTAs and Turn Attention Toward Training Camp

The Chiefs wrapped up mandatory minicamp on Thursday

It was akin to the last day of school at One Arrowhead Drive on Thursday as the Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up the offseason training program and departed for the summer.

The program – which began with virtual meetings way back in April – kicked into high gear with Organized Team Activities (OTAs) in mid-March. Those practices were significant due to the fact that while not padded, they permitted for 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills to take place at the team facility. Essentially, those voluntary workouts – and the mandatory practices that took place this past week – provided the foundation for what the Chiefs will seek to master during training camp next month.

"We're finished up with our OTAs, which is a good thing. The guys came out relatively healthy and ready to go," said Head Coach Andy Reid. "It was good to get the guys out there working. They pushed themselves and they challenged each other within the rules that we're given here. It's a good foundation to take up to training camp. They have to maintain it for the next four weeks, but they'll do that. They'll take a little time off, and then get back ready for camp."

Reid also mentioned a handful of players who dealt with injuries during mandatory minicamp, but he added that most of them should be ready to go for training camp. The players mentioned were tight end Blake Bell (appendectomy), safety Mike Edwards (hamstring), cornerback Trent McDuffie (stress on fibula), tailback Isiah Pacheco (shoulder), offensive guard Trey Smith (triceps), cornerback L'Jarius Sneed (knee) and defensive tackle Tershawn Wharton (knee).

The Chiefs will now have an opportunity to enjoy some time off before training camp begins in late July. In the meantime, here are some notes on what stood out during Wednesday's minicamp practice.

Additionally, for a quick recap of what took place during Tuesday's practice, click here.

- Veteran wide receiver Richie James put together a strong day with several catches throughout practice. His best work took place on a short route during 7-on-7 drills, when James adjusted to a ball thrown behind him to make the grab.

- Tight end Jody Fortson had an impressive day with a handful of difficult receptions. He made a leaping grab during 7-on-7 drills and a strong catch over the middle despite good coverage during an 11-on-11 period.

- Cornerback Jaylen Watson tallied a pass-breakup in the end zone during 11-on-11 drills.

- Wide receiver Skyy Moore made one of the deepest catches of the day with a reception down the middle of the field that covered at least 40 yards.

- Veteran wide receiver John Ross was also responsible for a big play deep down the field as he won a jump ball opportunity despite good coverage on a throw of 40-50 yards.

- Safety Justin Reid recorded a pass breakup to thwart a would-be touchdown during team drills.

- Tight end Noah Gray made a tremendous catch down the sideline during a 7-on-7 period.

- Wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling continued his strong offseason with another impressive touchdown catch during 11-on-11 drills.

- Wide receiver Kadarius Toney hauled in a touchdown catch during team drills.

Following Wednesday's practice, several players spoke with the media to provide an update on their progress heading into this upcoming season. Specifically, wide receiver Skyy Moore – who put together a strong offseason training program – spoke about his goals for 2023.

"[I'm] really just making that next step [and] just being myself," Moore said. "I would say last year was a lot of getting here, knowing the culture, knowing the playbook and getting the hang of how people do things around here, but now, I get to show my natural ability and just show why they drafted me."

Moore went on to explain that he has been working to further develop his rapport with quarterback Patrick Mahomes as the two players enter their second season with one another.

"[I've been focusing on] all the little things that Patrick wants – [whether it be] coming out of breaks, when to look, when to be there or what speed to run a route at," Moore said. "It's the little details of being a receiver. I felt that I knew what I needed to improve on last year, and I've been waiting on [these practices] for a long time because I knew what I needed to correct."

Moore, Mahomes and the rest of the Chiefs will now have a chance to enjoy some time away before training camp kicks off next month.