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Five Observations from Monday's Practice

News and notes from training camp

After having the day off on Sunday following Saturday's game against the Seattle Seahawks, the Kansas City Chiefs returned to the campus of Missouri Western State University for practice on Monday morning.

It was the first of four practices this week, which are the last opportunity for fans to see this team up close and personal as the Chiefs will officially break camp on Thursday afternoon.


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Here are five observations from Monday morning's practice:

1. New to the injured list: Tyler Bray, Charcandrick West don't practice on Monday

Neither quarterback Tyler Bray nor running back Charcandrick West practiced for the Chiefs on Monday, as both were in shorts and standing off to the side.

It's the first time either has missed practice during camp.

West spent much of the day working with the strength and conditioning staff off to the side, as is the case for most players who aren't practicing. He was joined by veteran linebacker Josh Mauga, who hasn't practiced much recently and didn't play in the game on Saturday as he works his way back from a strained groin.

Bray was not working out with the staff off to the side.

After practice, head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder gave an update on both Bray and West, who suffered injuries in the game against the Seahawks.

West is considered day-to-day with an elbow injury, while Bray has chip fracture in his cervical spine, although it sounds worse than it is, according to Burkholder.

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2. Phillip Gaines returns to the field for practice

While he didn't play in the game on Saturday as he slowly works his way back from knee surgery, third-year cornerback Phillip Gaines was back on the field in pads on Monday morning.

Gaines had earned the starting spot opposite Marcus Peters coming into camp, but after he missed some time, second-year player Steve Nelson and veteran Marcus Cooper have seen extended action in his place.

The amount of time Gaines practices this week is worth monitoring as the team prepares to take on the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night.

3. Good day for the receivers

If you're looking for a positional group that stood out on Monday, the receivers would probably be the group to mention because several guys had good days.

Second-year standout Chris Conley, who spoke last week about the chemistry he's developed with quarterback Alex Smith over the past year, had a great day during the team period—catching one deep ball despite being covered by Marcus Peters, among other nice plays all across the field.

The time Conley spent this offseason with the veteran leader of that receivers room, Jeremy Maclin, is showing itself here at camp. He's been impressive.

Two of the new guys—Mike Williams and Rod Streater—also had nice days on the outside.

Williams, who has struggled with some drops over the past few practices, seemingly caught everything near him on Monday, whether it was one-on-ones, seven-on-seven or the team periods. He had nice back-to-back catches down the right sideline for huge gains late in practice.

Streater picked right up where he left off on Saturday, when he had the best catch of the day along the sideline with a pass thrown high and outside. He completely extended his body and snagged the ball out of the air. He carried that momentum into Monday and put together a good practice.

On two separate occasions, Streater won a contested ball situation along the sideline and was still able to keep his feet in bounds.

4. Dezman Moses, Justin March working their way up

With veteran outside linebacker Frank Zombo not practicing because his wife just had a baby, the position opposite of Dee Ford with the first-team defense needed a new face, and it was Dezman Moses who slid into that role.

Moses put together a good performance on Saturday against the Seahawks, when he finished with a tackle for loss and 2 quarterback hits.

"He's a physical kid," head coach Andy Reid said of Moses after the game. "He's got good hands is what he has. He's a good special teams guy."

Joining Moses with the first-team defense was second-year linebacker Justin March, who has worked sparingly with the ones throughout camp but saw more of an extended look on Monday playing next to veteran Derrick Johnson.

"I think I'm ready," March said after practice. "Physically, I feel a year younger, and mentally, I'm a year older."

After suffering a knee injury in the first preseason game last year and subsequently missing the entire season, March, who was a standout during last year's camp, was excited to step on the field at Arrowhead Stadium for the first time last Saturday.


"It was kind of surreal being back out on the field," March, who spent all offseason working through his rehab to get back on the field, said. "I got a lot to work on, but I think the rehab helped my legs stay fresh during the game so I didn't get as tired as I would have last year."

5. Top social videos from Monday

Here's a look at a few of the best videos from Monday's practice:

You can see these videos during practice by following @ChiefsReporter and @pgsween on Twitter.

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