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Five Observations from Monday's Practice | Chiefs Training Camp 8/16

Here’s what stood out at Chiefs’ camp on Monday

The Kansas City Chiefs were back at practice on Monday morning following Saturday's preseason victory over San Francisco as training camp continued at Missouri Western State University.

In terms of who didn't participate, linebacker Riley Cole (ankle sprain) and tailback Elijah McGuire (ankle sprain) – who each sustained injuries on Saturday – joined wide receiver Antonio Callaway (bone bruise), offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (hand), tight end Evan Baylis (ankle), defensive end Malik Herring (knee) and offensive lineman Kyle Long (leg) as those who didn't take the field.

Linebacker Darius Harris (finger) and wide receiver Marcus Kemp (shoulder), who also exited Saturday's game with injuries, each participated in practice on Monday. Additionally, offensive tackle Mike Remmers (back), linebacker Willie Gay Jr. (concussion protocol), defensive end Alex Okafor (hamstring), defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi (hip) and defensive end Taco Charlton – all of whom didn't play against San Francisco – each took the field on Monday morning.

Here are five observations from Monday's practice.

1. Travis Kelce made a great contested grab down the sideline.

Kelce made one of the more impressive catches of the day when he went up and hauled in a pass from quarterback Patrick Mahomes down the sideline in team drills. Kelce – who had a step on his coverage – leapt for the ball and caught the pass over his defender before falling to the ground, completing the reception for a sizable gain downfield.

The veteran tight end is one of the top pass-catchers in the game, and while we're plenty used to seeing Kelce making highlight-worthy plays on a weekly basis, it's still fun to see it up close and in person at camp.

The Kansas City Chiefs at training camp.

2. Daurice Fountain continued his strong camp with a touchdown grab during team drills.

Fountain was impressive during the Chiefs' victory over San Francisco, tallying a team-leading four receptions for 38 yards. He mentioned after the game that he's simply doing his best to make the most of every rep, and that mentality continued on Monday when Fountain plucked a pass out of the sky during team drills before turning upfield and finding the end zone.

It was another entry into what's been a strong camp for Fountain, who originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts back in 2018. The Northern Iowa product possesses impressive measurables at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds with a 4.46 40-yard dash and a 42-inch vertical jump on his resume, and he's doing what he can to join the roster as a physical presence in the wide receiver room.

3. Demone Harris recorded an interception off a tipped pass.

Harris, who has spent the last two seasons with Kansas City, certainly made the most of his reps on Monday by hauling in an interception at the line of scrimmage. The pick occurred during team drills when defensive back Devon Key deflected quarterback Chad Henne's pass across the middle. The ball shot up into the air before falling into the arms of Harris, who secured the interception and continued upfield for a solid return.

The defense has been playing with considerable energy throughout the last several practices at camp, and Monday's session was no exception.

4. Jody Fortson made one of the plays of the day.

Camp is always a great opportunity for players to make a name for themselves, and between his strong performances in practice and his impressive showing against San Francisco, Fortson has certainly been putting his best foot forward. That was once again the case on Monday, as Fortson extended his arms to bring in a pass deep down the sideline for an 80-yard touchdown.

It's worth noting, too, that the play was only possible because the man behind the throw – quarterback Shane Buechele – launched the pass while on the run and managed to perfectly drop the football into Fortson's grasp. Buechele, who led the Chiefs' game-winning drive on Saturday, is in the midst of a strong 48 hours of football.

5. Anthony Gordon and Maurice Ffrench connected for a big gain during 7-on-7 drills.

Ffrench made a great catch deep down the sideline during a 7-on-7 session of practice, as he jumped in the air and made the reception over the defensive back in coverage. Ffrench – just like Fountain and Fortson – is one of the many talented players looking to make the Chiefs' roster with a strong camp.

He didn't touch the football offensively on Saturday, but he'll be a name to watch moving forward as the preseason continues.

Kansas City will return to practice on Tuesday morning at 9:15 a.m. CT.

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