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Five Observations from Sunday's Practice

News and notes from training camp

A little rain wasn't going to stop the Kansas City Chiefs from practicing on Sunday morning, and for a while there, it would have to be considered more of a downpour than a drizzle. 

So a lot of respect has to go out to all of the season ticket members and those in Chiefs Kingdom who stood through the rain in order to catch a glimpse of their favorite NFL team.

There was also plenty going on off the field as the Chiefs held a pancake breakfast for season ticket members before practice began. Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt stopped by the breakfast and spoke with fans, alongside President Mark Donovan and general manager John Dorsey.

Photos from Season Ticket Member and Alumni Day at Chiefs Training Camp

It was also "Alumni Day" on Sunday, as former Chiefs like Christian Okoye and Deron Cherry, among many others, were in attendance and spoke with fans and players after practice.

For more on those events, check out the links below:

On the field, the Chiefs had their eighth overall practice and second day that had a couple of different "live" periods.  The pads were definitely popping on the Mosaic Life Care field on Sunday.

Here's what you need to know about Sunday's practice:

1. Running back Knile Davis left early with a shoulder injury

After fiercely colliding with safety Daniel Sorensen during an 11-on-11 "live" period towards the end of practice, running back Knile Davis stayed down for a minute before being helped up and off the field with assistance from the athletic training staff.

Davis went straight to the trainers' tent and did not return.

"They're going to take a look at it and make sure he's OK there," coach Andy Reid said of Davis after practice.

The hit from Sorensen was clean and came along the sideline during a long run from Davis. Sorensen came downhill, and rather than Davis stepping out of bounds as Sorensen approached, he lowered his shoulder. The impact between the two was audible for everyone in attendance.

It was the biggest hit of camp to date.

Reid spoke about the development of Sorensen—the third-year safety who was signed as an undrafted free agent before the 2013 season—and who is stepping in for veteran safety Eric Berry, who has yet to report to camp. 

"[Sorensen] is a smart player and we're asking him to do a lot back there," Reid noted, "But that's what that position holds. [Sorensen] and (Ron) Parker are close. Until EB (Eric Berry) gets in, he's going to hold down the fort for us. So that's great reps for him."


2. One player returns from injury; two remain sidelined

After sitting out of practice on Saturday because of a foot injury, second-year defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches returned to practice on Sunday.

Receiver Albert Wilson (calf) and linebacker Josh Mauga (groin) once again did not practice. Wilson and Mauga both left practice early on Tuesday and have not returned to the field.

Defensive back Malcom Jackson, who was just signed on Saturday, wore No. 48 on Sunday.

3. Marcus Peters keeps picking off passes

It's not breaking news or anything, but second-year cornerback Marcus Peters has been one of the bright spots of training camp thus far.

There might not be a practice in which Peters doesn't have an interception, and most of them look very similar. He reads the route and quickly accelerates out of his break to undercut the route and starts heading the other way with it.

Here's a look at one of the latest interceptions for Peters (he had two on Sunday):

If what he's doing at camp translates to the field, Peters shouldn't have any issue providing this defense the kind of game-changing plays that often leads to victories.

4. Ramik Wilson takes first-team reps at inside linebacker

With veteran Josh Mauga not practicing because of an injury, second-year linebacker Ramik Wilson has moved up to take his place with the first-team defense.

After practice, while speaking with the Kansas City Star's Terez Paylor and myself, Wilson expressed confidence in not only his physical ability to make plays if called upon, but also the mental side of the game in making the calls as the "Mike" linebacker for the defense.


There's a lot put on that position from a mental perspective and Wilson says he's ready.

He took many first-team reps next to Derrick Johnson during the early part of practice, and when Johnson was given a breather, fellow second-year player D.J. Alexander filled in with the first-team defense.

When you combine those four guys with another second-year player, Justin March, who has done nothing but make plays since stepping on the field, the Chiefs are absolutely loaded at inside linebacker.

5. Reid confirmed that he's going to try and get Foles in the game on Saturday

Even though he's only been here for three practices now, quarterback Nick Foles will most likely see some snaps in the game coming up on Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks at Arrowhead Stadium.

Here's what Reid had to say when asked if Foles will play:

"Yeah, normally I try to get everybody in the game in some way," he explained. "I just have to make sure [Foles] has got it down. Everything he's doing right now is new to him for this team obviously. There's a little bit of carryover, but we've put a lot of new stuff in too since he's been with us.

"It's good to get him in there and working, and see how he's churning through all of the formation stuff and the new stuff that we're putting in and chewing it up. He made a couple of nice throws today which is great."

Foles, who has split second-team reps with Tyler Bray leading up to Sunday but had always followed Bray, was the first quarterback to step under center with the second-team offense on Sunday.

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

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