Five Observations from Tuesday's Practice

News and notes from training camp practice

The Kansas City Chiefs participated in their fourth full-team practice of the season Tuesday morning, as well as their second padded practice in as many days.

If you haven't read them yet, here are Monday morning's observations.

And now, on to Tuesday:

1. First, the players who were not on the field Tuesday.

  • Safety Daniel Sorensen was not at practice Tuesday morning as he deals with a foot injury.
    • Offensive lineman Parker Ehinger (foot) and Albert Wilson (calf) left practice early. Zach Fulton filled in at left guard for Ehinger and Rod Streater filled in at wide receiver for Wilson when the two came off.
    • Eric Berry, Jamaal Charles (knee), Justin Houston (knee) and Tamba Hali (knee) have yet to practice this camp.

2. Quarterback Tyler Bray continued to showcase his arm strength.

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Tyler Bray continued getting second-team repetitions on Tuesday morning, and he also continued to show no fear in showcasing his exceptional arm strength during team drills, or really any chance he received.

During one of the final 11-on-11 sessions of practice, he threw one of the best balls of this training camp.

Rookie wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, set up to Bray's right, ran a deep post route. From around the 40-yard line, Bray converted all 40 yards through the air, finding Robinson at the goal line in stride.

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

3. Aaron Murray was the lone quarterback to convert his situational opportunity into a touchdown.

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The Chiefs coaching staff ran an interesting situational period on Tuesday, which saw each quarterback having an opportunity to start from his own 10-yard line with 7 minutes and 51 seconds on the clock.

Murray converted his drive for a touchdown.

There are no official stats handed out at training camp, but the final play was a beautifully thrown pass that looked to travel around 35 yards in the air to Robinson in the back left corner of the end zone.

4. Rookie wide receiver Tyreek Hill is talented and is being used in a variety of ways.

Rookie wideout Tyreek Hill is impressing everyone at training camp with not only his blazing speed, but also his ability to move seamlessly from position to position and extend plays with his vision.

Hill has lined up for the first, second and third teams at running back and at wide receiver.

He had the play of the day Tuesday morning, when he beat Marcus Peters on a fly route:

After practice, special teams coordinators Dave Toub explained what he likes about Hill when it comes to his return game.

"He's got great, great catching," Toub said. "For a rookie coming in, he's really advanced as a catcher – a punt catcher. That's number one, and then, he's got a really great first step. He's got top speed. We think he's strong, and we think he's tough."

5. Chris Jones and Jaye Howard were standouts in one-on-one offensive line vs. defensive line drills.

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As we mentioned Monday morning, padded practices allow for one-on-one offensive line vs. defensive line drills, and the Chiefs had two players who stood out in this portion on Tuesday.

First, returning defensive lineman Jaye Howard, who talked about "building something special" after signing his contract extension in early March, showed exactly why he was brought back.

Howard utilized crafty spin moves to get around opposing offensive linemen on the way to the quarterback.

Just like on Monday, rookie Chris Jones performed well, in particular making good use of his hands in order to evade the protecting offensive lineman.

During his post-practice media opportunity, Jones was asked why he enjoys that drill so much.

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"I just like the pass rush," he said with a beaming smile. "I like to work my craft. I always thought I was a [defensive end] in college, throughout high school. I get to line up at D-end there and just go one on one, so I love it."

Bonus observations

  • Skill position players also had an opportunity to block Tuesday in one-on-one skill position vs. linebacker drills, and the most fun battle to watch all day was undoubtedly Anthony Sherman against Derrick Johnson. When you see the intensity they bring to such a simple drill, you begin to understand why they've both spent multiple years as integral parts of this team. 
  • Linebacker Justin March, who missed all of last season with a torn right meniscus, looks fine. Here's some proof:

Double bonus: Who is this reporter?

  • Just a day after "Fake Andy Reid" took the podium, a new reporter, who seemed to only be interested in asking questions about Charcandrick West, showed up to Spencer Ware's post-practice press conference:

The Chiefs resume practice August 3 at 9:15 a.m.


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