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Five Observations from Monday's Practice | Chiefs Training Camp 8/7

Here are some quick notes from Monday’s practice

The Kansas City Chiefs took the field for the thirteenth practice of training camp on Monday morning as the defending Super Bowl champions continued their preparation for the upcoming season.

Here's a quick rundown of what took place during Monday's practice, and for reference, all previous practice reports can be accessed below.

1. The Chiefs were back in pads following a morning off from practice on Sunday.

The Chiefs took the field for a two-hour and 25-minute padded practice on Monday, marking their seventh padded session in the last 11 days. The players participated in a lighter, non-padded "10-10-10" practice on Saturday before enjoying a morning off from practice on Sunday, but they were back at it in pads on Monday.

"The guys are competing. It was good to get them back after a day off yesterday," said Head Coach Andy Reid. "It was good to get them back in there working. They're challenging each other, which is a plus."

The camp schedule is akin to groundhog day, but when the players receive a morning off, a focus point for the following practice is retention. The coaching staff wants to see that the players can still process a wide swath of information following a day away from the field, and according to Coach Reid, Monday's practice went well in that regard.

"The retention following days off has been good, so you know that they're in their books looking at things," Reid said. "We're not just calling one install. We're using all the installs, and they've seemed to be able to hang with that on both sides of the ball. It's been good."

Monday's practice included 11-on-11, 9-on-7 and 7-on-7 segments in addition to a specific period that focused on short third down situations.

The Chiefs will hold six more open practices over the next two weeks at Missouri Western State University. For a look at the training camp schedule or for more information on how to reserve tickets, click here.

2. The "long drive drill" was a major component of Monday's practice.

Another aspect of Monday's practice was a "long drive drill," which tasked the offense with moving the ball down the field beginning from its own 1-yard line. The starting offense didn't waste any time, either, as quarterback Patrick Mahomes found tight end Travis Kelce for a sizeable gain on a crossing route over the middle on the very first snap of the period.

The Chiefs practice specific situations such as these throughout training camp so that they're prepared when similar scenarios inevitably take place over the course of the season.

3. Tight end Noah Gray made a great catch during 11-on-11 drills.

Gray made one of the best plays of the morning when he went up and secured a catch deep down the field during an 11-on-11 segment of Monday's practice. Gray made the grab despite tight coverage by the defender, winning a true jump ball.

Fellow tight end Izaiah Gathings, who signed with the Chiefs on July 30, also made an impressive catch with a physical grab near the sideline during the short third down period.

4. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes made numerous impressive throws on Monday.

Mahomes made several difficult throws look easy on Monday, including a throw toward the sideline about 20 yards downfield that landed in the arms of wide receiver Skyy Moore, who completed the play with an impressive catch. Throws outside of the numbers and down the field are some of the most difficult a quarterback will be asked to make, and Mahomes zipped this particular pass – which took place during 7-on-7 drills – with relative ease.

Another highlight took place a bit later during an 11-on-11 period, when Mahomes drifted to his right to avoid the pass-rush before launching a deep throw off his back foot intended for wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who made the catch down the sideline. It was a tremendous sequence that demonstrated the classic "play after the play" for which the Chiefs have become known.

5. Here's a look at Monday's injury report.

The players who did not participate in Monday's practice due to injury were cornerback L'Jarius Sneed (knee), tight end Jody Fortson (shoulder) and wide receiver Kadarius Toney (knee).

In regard to Sneed, who has missed the last five practices, Coach Reid explained that his absences have been largely precautionary as he continues to work his way back from a previous knee injury.

His [knee] is better. It's getting there, it's just the inflammation that we're dealing with," Reid said. "We're trying to keep the swelling down on that. The better we do that, the better off he'll be for the season."

In terms of who did take the field, defensive end Mike Danna (calf) and defensive lineman Charles Omenihu (calf) each returned to practice on Monday after missing time due to injury.

The Chiefs will take the field for the fourteenth practice of training camp on Tuesday morning. For a look at the training camp schedule or for more information on how to reserve tickets, click here.

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