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Six Observations From Sunday's Practice: KeiVarae Russell Impresses

News and notes from training camp

The Kansas City Chiefs participated in their second full-team practice on Sunday, the last shorts-and-shells practice before they put on the pads Monday.

Here are six observations from Sunday's team activities:

1. Running back Spencer Ware returned to the practice field.



After missing the first full-team practice on Saturday due to an illness, running back Spencer Ware returned to the field on Sunday.

2. Head coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs coaching staff moved the team indoors midway through practice.

Sunday's practice began at the outdoor fields on the campus of Missouri Western State University, but due to rain and lightning about 50 minutes in, Andy Reid moved the team indoors.

Unfortunately, when the team moves indoors, the practice becomes closed to the public.

3. Cornerback KeiVarae Russell was the defensive player of the day.

Defensive back KeiVarae Russell, the team's third-round pick in this year's NFL Draft, had an outstanding practice on Sunday.

Early in practice during seven-on-seven team drills, Russell had a number of pass breakups, and he followed that performance up with a solid showing in 11-on-11.

On one particular play, Aaron Murray rolled out to his right and attempted to find wide receiver Da'Ron Brown down the sideline.


Russell stayed with Brown and stepped in front of him to make the interception as he fell back to the ground.




4. Defensive back D.J. White stood out as well.

If Russell wins my made-up award for "defensive player of the day," rookie defensive back D.J. White was a close second.

Like Russell, White made the most of his playing time Sunday and even came up with an interception during two-minute work.

On a Murray pass intended for James O' Shaughnessy, the ball deflected up into the air and White changed his direction, dove for the ball and came up with it.

White jumped up and ran the ball nearly 40 yards back into the end zone for a pick-six.

5. Quarterback Tyler Bray's arm is no joke.

Quarterback Tyler Bray showed off his arm strength all practice long.

Bray seemed to be especially comfortable with WR Rod Streater, who he connected with early in practice during team drills for a big gain down the left sideline.



Later, during his two-minute opportunity, Bray found Streater again, this time on a ball thrown 40 yards in the air for a touchdown in the back right corner of the end zone.

6. The team's ability to catch the ball looks strong as a whole.

Throughout practice in its entirety, a number of different receivers and tight ends were making nice plays on balls for the Chiefs.

Jeremy Maclin, Albert Wilson, Chris Conley, Streater, Travis Kelce and Brian Parker all come to mind with having made tough catches down the field.

During Alex Smith's two-minute drill, he found Wilson with a perfectly placed ball in the back left corner of the end zone. Wilson needed to craftily keep two feet in bounds for the score.

Of course, something to remember with these first two practices is that it's much easier to catch the football when there is little risk of getting hit.

That all changes Monday with the first padded practice at 8:15 a.m.* *

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