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Five Observations from Thursday's Practice | Chiefs Training Camp 8/3

Here are some quick notes from Thursday’s practice

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

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

1. The Chiefs took the field for another padded practice on Thursday.

The players competed in a second-straight padded practice on Thursday, marking their fifth padded practice in the last seven days. These are the true "dog days" of camp as the players prepare themselves for the regular season, which is just over a month away.

Thursday's practice – which clocked in at two hours and 25 minutes – included 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills in addition to an emphasis on a variety of specific situations. One of those areas was a "long drive" situation, which placed the offense deep in its own territory and tasked it with moving down the field. Another was an "end of game" scenario where the Chiefs needed to move into field goal range with less than a minute remaining on the clock.

The Chiefs practice specific situations such as these throughout training camp so that they will be prepared when these various scenarios inevitably present themselves over the course of the season.

2. Linebacker Nick Bolton hauled in an interception deep down the field during 11-on-11 drills.

Bolton, who was deep down the field in coverage, made one of the plays of the morning when he knocked a pass away and caught the ball off his own deflection for an interception. The play demonstrated a varied skillset that makes Bolton one of the top linebackers in the NFL, from his ability to maintain coverage 30 yards down the field to his awareness to get his head around and catch the deflected pass.

The 23-year-old Bolton – who logged the most coverage snaps of any linebacker in the NFL last season with 670 – recorded the ninth-best Pro Football Focus coverage grade among all linebackers with 500+ coverage snaps last year.

If Thursday's practice was any indication, it's clear that Bolton continues to grow in that area.

3. Safeties Deon Bush and Mike Edwards also tallied interceptions on Thursday.

Edwards recorded an interception off a deflection during a 7-on-7 period of practice, showcasing the ability and awareness that made him one of the top ballhawks in the league over the last several years. In fact, Edwards has seven interceptions and three pick-sixes to his name since 2020.

Bush also got his hands on the football during Thursday's practice, hauling in an interception on a deep pass during 11-on-11 drills.

4. Wide receiver Cornell Powell made a noteworthy play during 11-on-11 drills.

Powell – who is entering his third season with the Chiefs after appearing in three games last year – made a great catch early in practice during an 11-on-11 period. The former fifth-round pick sprinted down the middle of the field and went up to grab the pass, wrestling the ball into his arms despite good coverage by the defender.

Wide receiver Skyy Moore also made a memorable catch on Thursday with an impressive grab deep down the field during 1-on-1 drills.

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

The players who did not participate in Thursday's practice due to injury were defensive end Mike Danna (calf), cornerback L'Jarius Sneed (knee), tight end Jody Fortson (shoulder), linebacker Drue Tranquill (unspecified), defensive back Reese Taylor (hamstring), defensive lineman Charles Omenihu (calf spasm) and wide receiver Kadarius Toney (knee).

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

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