My first visit to the Kansas City Chiefs training camp last week was fruitful, but Saturday’s training is set up to learn more about the team.
Full pads and a fresh day off, the team had long multi-team training, seven-on-seven, and indoor running intervals; One team simulated the exercise for two minutes.
This is what I saw:
- Left tackle Orlando Brown Jr looked great. From individual exercises, I was impressed by his sudden movement and speed. In periods of running, he was the same strong barrier that would open up holes using his crushing tire. In team stints, his first step was too quick, neutralizing the vast majority of Frank Clarke’s defensive pass attempts. It wasn’t perfect, but his descent into the pass group seemed easier and smoother.
- Travis Kelsey has been very tight on fast and middle passes in all of his drills, primarily over the middle between defenders. He and Patrick Mahomes’ chemistry seemed to be fine-tuned as ever, but he wasn’t the only party with a lot of activity. With Jodi Fortson still sitting out due to injury, Noah Gray was very busy – running a variety of ways to attack the first team and never dropping a pass like I saw it; Kelsey had a clean loss seven-for-seven, which wasn’t the only one to commit the offense that day.
- Drops, unfortunately, were a subject of practice. Early in the day, I noticed a frustrating drop in an easy pass to wide receiver Marquis Valdes-Scantling when the offense was going live. Later, Mahomes found a broken streak of Jerick McKinnon running into the seam in a live period, but the exact footsteps were dropped. There was also a play that ended with the ball in the defense’s hands after being touched by Cornell Powell; It wasn’t clear if he flopped or if he swayed and let the defender intercept him.
- Rookie Skyy Moore has been impressive across all camps, but Saturday felt like a reminder that he’s still a rookie. Full-team spells didn’t involve as much of Moore as the other practices, and she chose to keep rotations tighter for starters this time around. In periods of seven on seven, there were two occasions of good anticipation throws by the quarterback, but Moore seemed surprised by both of them at how fast the ball was on him.
- Running back Clyde Edwards-Heller continued to drive as the reverse sprint started, taking more shots than I noticed the last time I saw a workout. He had the highlight shot in the two-minute drill, finding Mahomes scrambled Edwards Heller running down the sideline; He ran his back over the shoulder and went out of the boundary.
- Running back Ronald Jones was running hard, punching holes hard in the live periods with an emphasis on the indoor run. It made some big gains, with some reductions in fluid velocity in the open field.
- Wide receiver Josh Gordon took advantage of his opportunity when Daurice Fountain left training. In a seven-on-seven period, Mahomes found Gordon deep in the landing left lateral line.
- I’ve noticed the correct intervention of rookie Darian Kinnard showing brute force in direct runs, usually in a 3rd team attack. He showed the powerful hands that made him an intriguing prospect; However, his technique and movement when passing in individual drills gave way to a few ugly reps. It may be closer to a development project than the beginning of the first year.
- The offensive tackles of the second team were Jeron Christian on the left side with Roderick Johnson on the right side.
- Defensive interference Chris Jones was constantly disrupting play – which almost goes without saying at this point. Most of these victories included wins over left keeper Joe Thony or right keeper Trey Smith, but I note that Jones’ dash served as a defensive end.
- Rookie Trent McDuffie got his hands on two passes, causing the team’s tenure to be incomplete. The first was a deep side-style overhang to a Juju Smith-Schuster wide receiver; McDuffie’s technology puts it in the perfect position to prevent a pass from getting in the way. In a later play, McDuffie used active hands to eliminate a potential grab by means of a wide receiver Mecole Hardman on a hopping ball deep in the field.
- Defensive end George Karlavtis still isn’t technically a defensive start, but he’s got plenty of runs in first-team live streams as a passing forward. In one exercise, he wore Andrew Wiley’s right tackle hard and crushed the pocket by attacking Wiley’s outer shoulder. If not for the restriction on hitting the middle, I think he gets a hand on at least one pass when fired.
- Rookie Joshua Williams has occupied the center back outside Nickel’s first-team defense throughout training.
- The unit seems to be working on the dime defense in a lot of training, using it to work on different looks. To their credit they were finding clean ways in the backfield a lot – dropping defensive line guys in short coverage areas and bringing their defensive backs towards the pocket.
- As far as those dime defenses staff are concerned, the triple-safety look seems to feature Justin Reed as the safe box lining up next to the dime at times, meaning rookie Brian Cook is the traditional strong safety in place for those plays. Translation: Reid is actually filling in the role of Dan Sorensen, not Cook, who replaces Reed as a deeper safety instead.
- The full-back has not had a very good day defending passes. One live period focused on the central parts of attack and defense, which meant passes for running backs and tight ends with the linebackers covered. The tight ends had little trouble finding the seams and picking up tight window throws.
- Nick Bolton’s lack of sense of cover has been exploited by Kelsey and Mahomes’ chemistry multiple times in seven periods. It was also a remarkably quiet day for Willie Gay Jr.
- Veteran defensive end Carlos Dunlap copes; He rarely rotated with the first team defense during team spells. In one run, Dunlap broke through the front side of the run and stuffed the ball carrier before hitting the line of scrimmage. One note: It’s huge. He and Jones’ ability to pass hits in the line of scrimmage will be on the minds of the midfielders.
- Defensive end of the second year Malik Hering distinguished himself in both teams’ periods and in individual training on fast passes. It makes it very interesting for Joshua Kindu, who was not a remarkably impressive player to me. The last point on their site might come down to the two.
- Offensive intervention Prince Teja and Wanugo returned to lined exercises while the third team left the intervention. I’ve seen smooth movement of it in both running and scrolling games.
- Veteran defender Lonnie Johnson Jr appears to have made his way into the second-team defense, playing outside full-back alongside debutante Jaylene Watson. I noticed freshman Nazih Johnson in that place the last time I was at camp.
- Wide receiver Omar Bayliss had two very impressive grips on the field, both with second and third team offenses. He reached out and reached out to both of them at full speed, securing them cleanly.
- Wide receiver Justin Watson and Chris Lamons ran a corner with the first-team shooting team as a defender for what appeared to be the entire time they worked. The affected fountain site is likely to have a lemon.