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Five Observations from Tuesday's Practice | Chiefs Training Camp 8/16

Here are some quick notes from Tuesday’s practice

The Kansas City Chiefs took the field for the 15th official practice of training camp on Tuesday in preparation for the upcoming season.

Here's a quick rundown of what took place during Tuesday's practice, and for reference, every previous practice report can be accessed through the links below.

1. There was one addition to the injury report on Tuesday.

Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster didn't participate in Tuesday's practice due to a sore knee, marking his first absence of training camp. Tight end Blake Bell (hip) also didn't practice.

Additionally, offensive tackle Lucas Niang remains on the "PUP" list and did not participate.

In some good news, cornerback Rashad Fenton reported that he feels "100 percent" following practice. Fenton, who made his practice debut on Aug. 9, spent the offseason training program working his way back from a shoulder injury.

2. Some rain didn't get in the way of an outdoor practice.

The Chiefs took part in a standard, two-hour and 25-minute outdoor padded practice on Tuesday despite the presence of some fairly steady rainfall. The team is required to move indoors if there is lightning in the area, but – as was the case on Tuesday – they'll remain outside otherwise as long as the playing surface is safe.

The temperature was 64 degrees when practice began, making for a dramatically different feel when compared to the near 100-degree days that took place earlier this month.

3. Wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling was responsible for the play of the day.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Valdes-Scantling combined for what was easily the play of the day and one of Valdes-Scantling's top moments of camp midway through practice.

The play – which took place during a team period – began with Mahomes scrambling to his right before firing a deep pass toward the end zone while on the run. Valdes-Scantling then out-jumped two defenders to complete a spectacular catch near the goal line, once again demonstrating what kind of weapon the 6-foot-4 receiver can be in the red zone.

The catch was part of a strong day for Valdes-Scantling, who caught a touchdown on a "corner route" near the front pylon earlier during team drills. He also made a tough catch on a slant a bit later.

4. Safety Justin Reid tallied an interception during team drills.

Reid tallied a win for the defense late in practice when he broke on the football and stepped in front of the intended target to haul in an interception during team drills. It was an impressive play for Reid, who went on to return the pick for a sizable gain and a potential touchdown.

Another defensive player who stood out during Tuesday's practice was rookie cornerback Joshua Williams, who was in position to stop an outside running play early in practice before later recording a pass-breakup down the sideline during team drills.

5. Wide receiver Justin Watson put together another strong day.

Watson, who led all pass-catchers during the preseason opener with five receptions for 45 yards, was active once again during Tuesday's practice. The veteran receiver broke open deep down the field and hauled in a touchdown grab early in team drills before catching a pass up the seam for another large gain during a 7-on-7 session.

There are potentially two roster spots up for grabs in the wide receiver room over the next few weeks, and Watson is certainly putting his best foot forward in an effort to seize one of them.

The Chiefs will return for another practice on Wednesday. For more information on training camp or for a schedule of practices, click here.

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