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Five Observations From Monday's Practice

News and notes from training camp

After three consecutive days of padded practice, the Kansas City Chiefs participated in a 10-10-10-style workout Monday morning, meaning each period in the practice lasted 10 minutes.

The Chiefs dress in shells and shorts for these types of practices, so the workout is much lighter than it would be if the team dressed in full pads.

Before we begin, here are our observations from Sunday’s practice.

And now, Monday's observations:

1. Wide receiver Albert Wilson and linebacker Josh Mauga returned to the practice field.


Wide receiver Albert Wilson, who strained his calf last Tuesday, and linebacker Josh Mauga, who strained his groin last Friday, returned to practice on Monday.

Wilson was reinserted back into the lineup with the first-team offense, and Mauga was back on the field with the first-team defense.

Running back Knile Davis, who left practice early due to a shoulder injury on Sunday, was right back out on the field on Monday morning. The hit safety Daniel Sorensen delivered to Davis was among the biggest of camp, so to see Davis back on the field so quickly was impressive.

Davis is continuing to put together a very strong training camp at the running back and No. 1 kick returner positions.

2. Since the beginning of training camp, the offensive line combination has remained consistent, giving Alex Smith an opportunity to develop camaraderie with the group.


Quarterback Alex Smith has played with the same first-team offensive line for nearly all of training camp:

At left tackle—Eric Fisher, at left guard—Parker Ehinger, at center—Mitch Morse, at right guard—Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and at right tackle—Mitch Schwartz. When Ehinger left last Tuesday's practice early with a foot strain, Zach Fulton filled in at left guard, but once Ehinger was healthy, he was reinserted back into the lineup for "live" periods.

That consistency has allowed Smith to gain camaraderie with the five players in front of him.

"It's been nice to have that kind of stability—it is rare with that group," Smith said during his post-practice press conference Monday. "You're constantly dealing with injuries, guys moving around and change of positions, which we've done in our past. But to have that group there that has been pretty stable and going, it's good. The lines of communication just get better and better when you have something like that. That's what you ultimately want, those guys really kind of becoming one – one unit.

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

3. The Chiefs suddenly have strong depth at the wide receiver position.


The Chiefs staff seems to like its depth at the wide receiver position, as eight different receivers—Chris Conley, Frankie Hammond, Tyreek Hill, Jeremy Maclin, Rod Streater, De'Anthony Thomas, Mike Williams and Albert Wilson—each saw time with the first team during "live" periods on Monday morning.

Smith was asked about his depth at the receiver position during his post-practice press conference:

"I think the thing that jumps out at me right away - and it's on film - is how deep it is," he said. "I don't care what group you put out there, we got a bunch of guys that can go and a bunch of guys that are making plays. They've all been mixing in; they're all ready to roll … It's good. There's a ton of competition at that position right now, with a lot of guys that are playing really well. So it's exciting here as we get into preseason to see those guys get the opportunities there."

4. Safety Daniel Sorensen and cornerback Marcus Peters both had interceptions.


After delivering the hit of training camp (see observation No. 1) to Knile Davis on Sunday, safety Daniel Sorensen intercepted a pass off of rookie quarterback Kevin Hogan on an intended route across the middle. With room in front of him, Sorensen took off and ran the ball deep into offensive territory before being touched.

Later in practice, Marcus Peters continued to be a ball hawk, intercepting a pass off of Hogan thrown down the right sideline.

While you need to remember that these "10-10-10" practices are largely scripted for the Chiefs offense and defense to see different types of looks, it is important to note these nice defensive plays when they happen.  




5. Tyreek Hill continued to showcase speed during special teams drills.

With it being a game week (the Chiefs play the Seattle Seahawks in their first preseason game Saturday afternoon), the unofficial team depth chart was released on Sunday night.

Tyreek Hill, who has been a standout both in shorts and pads all training camp, opened up as the team's No. 1 punt returner.

Special teams coordinator Dave Toub spoke to Hill's strengths Monday after practice, even mentioning similarities between Hill and legendary returner Devin Hester, who Toub coached while he was with the Chicago Bears.

"Speed wise – he's the fastest person I've ever had, hands down. I say that and I coached Devin Hester. Devin Hester is probably a tenth of a second slower than Tyreek."

Toub added he sees real similarities between Hill and Hester.

"With the way they catch the ball – natural catchers," he said. "Devin is fast, make no mistake. The difference between Devin and him is the size. Devin's a big man, and he can break tackles. That just shows how powerful he is. Can Tyreek break tackles? So, that's what we're going to find out in the preseason game."

The Chiefs resume practice in pads on Tuesday at 8:15 a.m.

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