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Five Observations from Thursday's Training Camp Practice

Quarterbacks, rookies and select veterans took the field for the second practice of training camp

They still aren't in pads, but the Kansas City Chiefs took the field on Thursday for the second straight day of training camp on the campus of Missouri Western State University.

Here are five observations from the morning practice:

1. Young cornerback leaves early with hamstring injury

Towards the end of Thursday's practice, rookie cornerback Tre Jones was carted to the locker room after an apparent hamstring injury.

Jones, who stands at 5 feet 10 and 194 pounds, played collegiately at Mount Union College in Ohio.

He's the only player with a designated injury over the first two days of practice.

2. Tyreek Hill showed more than just deep speed

Right now, nobody is claiming anything more than this: when in shorts, Tyreek Hill looks like a big-time playmaker.

That's all we've gotten to see from him so far during offseason workouts, and he'll be the first to tell you that it doesn’t mean anything until the pads come on next week, but it's still impressive to watch.


At this point, Hill's teammates know they have to respect his ability to get over the top of the defense, and he showed everyone on Thursday what having that kind of deep speed and tracking ability can do to open up other routes.

With the cornerback having to respect his blazing speed, Hill created about 8 yards of separation between himself and the defender after breaking off a double move on the outside, which resulted in a 15-yard gain and drew an audible cheer of sorts from the media tent.

Hill showed that he's taking receivers coach David Culley's teaching to heart with this nice display of route running.

The Kansas City Chiefs rookies and quarterbacks get in some more practice time before Training Camp hits full swing.

3. Players continue to get specialized training with positional coaches

At the start of practice on both Wednesday and Thursday, the team only had 30 players on the field, which meant when the team broke into individual periods, there were more reps to go around and the coaches could spend more time with the players individually.

"I think for me, it's a big benefit because I get that extra coaching that I need," rookie cornerback KeiVarae Russell said after practice on Thursday. "I get that extra technique coaching that I need—the nuances of the NFL, I kind of get that head start on being a pro I guess you could say."

This is particularly true for the tight end and running back groups, who have just one player each to work within their positional group.


Tight end Ross Travis, who spent last season on the practice squad and is still developing his football skills after playing college basketball at Penn State, is the only player currently here to work with tight ends coach Tom Melvin. The same can be said for running back Trey Millard, who is the only player working off to the side with running backs coach Eric Bieniemy.

4. Receiver Kashif Moore makes impressive over-the-shoulder catch

Early in practice and before they went into team periods, Kashif Moore, the fourth-year receiver who played collegiately at the University of Connecticut and who has spent time with five different teams and on four different practice squads, made an impressive over-the-shoulder catch on a pass from quarterback Tyler Bray.

Moore made a nice adjustment to the ball on the vertical route down the left sideline.

The ball was placed over Moore's outside shoulder and he had to quickly rotate from looking to the inside to looking to the outside as he tracked the ball down the field.  

Moore fully extended as he went to the ground and snagged the ball with his fingertips.

It was nice.

5. Alex Smith shows off his accuracy during QB competition

Early in practice, the quarterbacks were competing in a game that asked them to throw the ball from different distances into targets.


In what shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone—considering he's the most accurate quarterback in franchise history after completing 66.3 percent of his passes over the past three years—Smith shined in this drill, putting most of the balls through one of the three targets available.

That carried over to team drills, during which Smith found Travis and Hill all over the field multiple times.

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