Top 5 Headlines 8/5: Camp Report - Defense again wins the day

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1. Chiefs training camp report, Aug. 4: Defense again wins the day

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"The Offense:

The Chiefs held their first "live" tackling session. … In team (11-on-11) periods, receiver Jason Avant made an outstanding catch on a high pass from quarterback Chase Daniel. He leapt into the air and pulled it down with a defender closing in on him. … Quarterback Alex Smith and receiver Jeremy Maclin hooked up for a bigboy reception when they connected on a dig route over the middle. Smith put good velocity on it and Maclin showed good focus to bring it in with defenders in the area.

The Defense:

The Chiefs' defense "sacked" quarterback Alex Smith on two of the offense's first five plays. … Rookie cornerback Marcus Peters followed his strong performance on Monday by opening the second team period with another display of good anticipation, as he jumped a short route to record the pass breakup. He could have intercepted Chase Daniel's pass, too. … Peters was finally tested vertically later on the in practice, when Smith tried to hit Wilson on a deep route. Peters was right there with him but the ball was overthrown."    READ MORE…

Chiefs Training Camp Gallery 8/4

The Chiefs took to the field in full pads once again for the 2015 Training Camp held at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO.

2. Among NFL rules changes this season, trainers can call timeouts

By Blair Kerkhoff - Kansas City Star

"NFL training camps include a review of new rules, and the Chiefs have taken note.

A certified athletic trainer at each stadium can communicate with the side judge and call a medical timeout if a player appears to be disoriented. Neither team would be charged for a timeout and teams can replace the affected player only during this stoppage. The opposition also would be able to substitute a player to match up.

On peel-back blocks, all offensive players can be penalized, opposed to just those inside the tackle box."    READ MORE…

3. Chiefs' defensive coordinator says team has to 'be smart' with Eric Berry

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"Eric Berry's return to football after beating Hodgkin lymphoma continues to be the best story of training camp, but the Chiefs are still going to be careful with him as he get re-accustomed to the physicality of professional football.

Berry practiced for the fourth day in a row Tuesday, but did not participate in the 11-on-11 periods that featured contact.

"His story is an unbelievable story — he's done a tremendous job with what he has been through," defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said. "You know with the disease and chemo, to come back this soon on the field is an incredible story.

"We just have to be smart with him. He has to be smart and realize, 'Hey, this is going to take a little time here.'""    READ MORE…

4. Mike Catapano gives Chiefs an interesting pass-rush replacement for Dontari Poe

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"Perhaps no Kansas City Chiefs player was more eager for the first practice in pads than defensive lineman Mike Catapano. He missed all of last season because of a viral condition that sapped him of his strength, so Monday was the payoff of sorts for the work he's put in since.

"I'm on a new level," Catapano said. "I really am. I've used this time to really take my body and to a place I've never been before. I'm feeling really good out here. It's good to see that translated over when it came to putting on the pads. Now it's about getting better.

"I think I'm the leanest, meanest, 290 (pounds) in the NFL right now.""    READ MORE…

5. Former Mizzou receiver L'Damian Washington has worked way back from torn calf to spot on Chiefs

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"L'Damian Washington was leaving church Sunday when he received a call from the Chiefs' scouting department.

A pair of their receivers, Chris Conley and Junior Hemingway, were injured, and they wanted to know how Washington was doing following calf surgery a few months ago.

But this was no ordinary calf surgery. According to Washington, his calf had split in two and was torn from the bone."    READ MORE…

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