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Five Observations from the Chiefs’ Practice on Tuesday

Throughout training camp, Chiefs Reporter B.J. Kissel will share his top observations from each practice.

Here are five things that stood out Tuesday morning:

1.    The Chiefs wrapped up training camp with Military Appreciation Day

It’s always one of the best days of Kansas City Chiefs’ training camp each year, and not just because it’s the last day on the campus of Missouri Western State University, but because it was Military Appreciation Day.

There were more than 100 service members that watched practice from the VIP tent on the hill that overlooks the two practice fields, and they had a chance after practice to go down to the field and meet and talk with the coaches and players.

It’s always a special scene to watch the mutual admiration the two groups have for one another.

“Great to have the military out here today,” Reid told the media after practice. “Wish we could have had a better day (with the rain), but they made it good. They bring a great spirit with them. I love seeing our players with them. Our players loving intermingling with them and taking pictures with them.

“It was a good day.”

Members of the armed forces from the local area and the world visited Chiefs training camp on Tuesday.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes echoed that same sentiment.

“As NFL players, we’ve always supported the military,” he added. “That’s something that’s never changed and that’s something where we’ve always supported them and everything they sacrifice for us. To have them out here is great.”

2.    It rained…a lot

It didn’t just rain a little bit before and during Tuesday’s practice. It was really coming down to the point that there was standing water on the field.

The fact that they remained outside for the whole practice made it an entire camp that the Chiefs never had to go inside because of weather, which is far from normal.

Despite the conditions, the players seemed to have some fun by channeling their inner-adolescent selves and use the field as a slip-n-slide at times during practice.

Photos from Tuesday's Practice

It also gave them a chance to deal with some conditions that they might face this season.

“This is a great day,” Reid smiled after practice. “As long as there is not lightning out, it gives the quarterbacks and receivers an opportunity with the wet ball. It gives the long snapper, the holder and the kicker an opportunity, or punter in this case today, an opportunity to work with it. Defensive backs focusing in on the ball and catching a wet ball without having to dunk it in a bucket of water or anything. It’s all natural here.”

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) during practice on 8/14/18 at Chiefs Training Camp at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Mahomes enjoyed getting the opportunity as well.

“You try to make the more difficult throws today,” Mahomes said. “Especially in the kind of practice we had today because you want to see what you can do in these rain games – that’s what Coach (Andy) Reid said to me right when we came out here today. Just make the difficult throw all day and I tried to do that.

“It rains in the NFL, so you’ve got to be prepared for every situation.”

3.    Andy Reid shares thoughts on young offensive lineman

One player to keep an eye on during Friday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons will be starting right guard Andrew Wylie, who slid into that spot after starter Laurent Duvernay-Tardif left practice with a concussion a few days ago.

Wylie, who had spent the majority of his time playing offensive tackle, has impressed Reid through the first few weeks of camp.

“He’s been one of those pleasant surprises coming in,” Reid noted of Wylie. “He’s really done a nice job for us. We put him at guard and tackle, he was working in at the right tackle position, and so right now, while Larry (Laurent Duvernay-Tardif) was out—I think that was good for him.

“I’m curious to see him in a game situation in there and see what he can do. But he’s done very well at practice.”

Wylie spent a little time on the Chiefs’ practice squad last year and originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Indianapolis Colts in 2017. He also spent time a little time with both the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Chargers as well. He played collegiately at Eastern Michigan.

4.    The first-team offense will play the first half on Friday

After practice coach Reid explained the playing time plan for Friday night against the Falcons. 

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ first-team offense, which played just nine snaps against the Texans last week, will play the entire first half.

Reid explained what he wants to see from Mahomes and that group.

“Just to work the offense in its simplest form,” he noted. “Continue to work your reads, your progressions, run game situations and so on. Just another opportunity to get some reps in and work.”

“You get to go out there and have a little bit more time,” Mahomes added. “Hopefully get into a rhythm and get some scoring drives. That’s something we didn’t have last week with the first-team offense, so you want to go out there and score.

“At the same time, as I’ve said all camp, you want to be efficient, you get in and out of the huddle, you make the right checks at the line, you get the right protection calls and hopefully just have a positive game.”

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) during practice on 8/14/18 at Chiefs Training Camp at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Reid also spoke about those who are involved in pass protection—starting with the offensive line, which he challenged to do better following the game last week against the Texans after Mahomes took a few hits in his limited snaps.

“I know how important it is that both of those sides play well,” he explained. “Nobody else can do their job without both of those sides playing, so we’re always striving to do a little better.”

The second-team offense will play the third quarter with the third team finishing it out in the fourth quarter.

5.    The injury updates

Defensive tackle Allen Bailey didn’t participate on Tuesday because of a sore knee, which Reid addressed following practice.

“He should be fine,” Reid said. “He just banged knees yesterday, but he’ll be fine.”

Here’s a look at the guys that didn’t practice on Tuesday.

DL Allen Bailey – Sore Knee

S Eric Berry – Sore Heel

OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif – Concussion

OL Jimmy Murray – Sore Knee

CB Keith Reaser – Quad Strain

S Daniel Sorensen – Knee

RB Damien Williams – Shoulder

RB Charcandrick West - Concussion (Partial Practice)

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