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Five Observations from Friday's Practice

News and notes from Chiefs training camp practice

After a day off on Thursday, the Kansas City Chiefs returned to St. Joseph for their third padded practice of the season Friday morning.

Once again, rainy weather caused the practice to be moved indoors, so unfortunately the workout was closed to the public.

Here are five observations from Friday's practice:

1. First, some injury updates.


Safety Daniel Sorensen returned to the field after missing the last two workouts due to a foot injury. Fullback Anthony Sherman also returned to the field after missing Wednesday's practice.

During practice, linebacker Josh Mauga strained his groin and cornerback Shannon Edwards hurt his shoulder. They will both follow up with MRIs. Defensive lineman Nick Williams hurt his knee but was able to continue practicing after coming off the field briefly.

S Eric Berry, running back Jamaal Charles and LBs Tamba Hali and Justin Houston did not practice.

2. The Chiefs went with "live" tackling for the first time this season.

At NFL training camps, it's common for teams to ease into full tackling during drills, and up until Friday's workout, the Chiefs had yet to do so.

That changed Friday.

During one-on-one drills and 11-on-11s, the defense was free to bring opposing offensive players to the ground.

"I think they got after it," Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said after practice. "That's why we play the game. We're still working on fundamentals, technique, tackling and all that. They're not taking cheap shots on each other. They handle it like pros so they can get a lot of good work put in."

A look into day six of training camp at Mosaic Life Care Field.

3. Nick Foles took the field for the first time as a Kansas City Chiefs quarterback.


By now, you know that quarterback Nick Foles is the newest member of the Kansas City Chiefs. Foles was already out on the field Friday morning in his yellow QB jersey, splitting second-team repetitions with Tyler Bray.

Especially given it was his first day back in the offensive system, Foles looked comfortable out on the field, for the most part hitting his receivers in stride.

After the workout, Foles revealed that because of Reid, he wasn't considering any other team.

"It really was only coach Reid – that was it. I really didn't care about any other offer," he said to the media after practice. "I told my agents, 'That's the guy I want to play for. I need to step back and just see how I feel about everything, and then, go forward.'

"As you know, and the guys here know, that's a great guy to play for, so I'm blessed to have the opportunity to be back with him." 

4. Rod Streater has looked great filling in for Albert Wilson.


Wide receiver Albert Wilson has missed the last two practices with a calf strain, and four-year veteran Rod Streater has looked great filling in with the first team.

Streater is showing burst and athleticism and rarely drops a pass.

The leader of the wide receivers room, Jeremy Maclin, weighed in on Streater's play during his media opportunity Friday morning.

"I think Rod's done a phenomenal job," Maclin said. "We've asked him to play outside, we've moved him to the slot and I think he's a very intelligent guy. He's picked up on the playbook really well. I think he's going to help us as well. I think the big thing for him is to keep the pedal to the metal, stay in this playbook, and be able to do everything like they ask him to."

5. Inside linebackers Justin March and Ramik Wilson were standouts as the team went "live."

The defense as a whole had a good day against the offense Friday, but in particular, inside linebackers Justin March and Ramik Wilson looked ferocious.

March, a second-year player coming off a right meniscus tear his rookie season, impressively bull rushed RB Darrin Reaves during one-on-ones early in practice.



Later on, he showcased his pass coverage with a diving breakup.



It's important to note the day Ramik Wilson had as well. Several times during practice, especially during 11-on-11s, Wilson was the man breaking through the offensive line to stop the running back behind the line of scrimmage.

Training camp practice resumes Saturday at 8:15 a.m.

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