Training Camp Report – August 13

Nice grab by WR Dwayne Bowe with CB Sean Smith in coverage. (kcchiefs photo)

From St. Joseph, Missouri

On Tuesday the Chiefs wanted to make sure that everybody had some accurate understanding of RB Jamaal Charles foot injury.

As the team’s trainer Rick Burkholder said, just as head coach Andy Reid said on Monday, it’s a day-to-day injury.

With or without Charles, the Chiefs offense continued to work on getting down the offensive scheme with the idea of facing off on Friday night against San Francisco at Arrowhead Stadium.

Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson expects the running backs on the depth chart behind Charles to step up and fill the role.

“The next guy has to step up whether it’s Knile (Davis) or Shaun (Draughn) or Cyrus (Gray),” said Pederson. “Jordan Roberts has done an excellent job. They’re getting a lot of reps right now. We’ll just keep going and nothing changes.”

QB Alex Smith understands what will be missing if Charles is on the sidelines.

“He’s a special player; that’s kind of stating the obvious,” Smith said. “No question that he will be missed. The next guy has to step up. We have to step up as an offense and I will kind of pick it up. That’s the nature of this game. That’s what good teams do.”

Here’s some of what we saw from the offense, defense and special teams on Tuesday morning:


Obviously, the attention went to the absence of RB Jamaal Charles and his strained foot. Also out of practice were DB Sanford Commings (clavicle), OLB/DE Mike Catapano (calf) and DE Austen Lane (ribs). Returning to practice was WR Junior Hemingway and OL Tommie Draheim.

Charles spent some time on the field, but he was not wearing a boot or any type of support on either foot.

Special teams

The kicking game worked on punt return, with WR Dexter McCluster, WR Devon Wylie, WR Frankie Hammond and S Quintin Demps back to receive.

Working as the No. 1 punt return unit was CB Jalil Brown, CB Neiko Thorpe, SS Eric Berry, WR Tyler Shoemaker, WR Terrance Copper, LB Akeem Jordan, S Husain Abdullah, TE Travis Kelce, ILB Zac Diles and RB Shaun Draughn.

Working on the look squad, Copper took a fake punt and ran through the Chiefs return unit for what would have been a touchdown. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if every player on the field is going hard on a particular play, but a good many of the Chiefs return team did not even realize that Copper had the ball and was running for a score.


WR Dwayne Bowe made a very nice catch of a Smith pass in front of CB Sean Smith, grabbing the ball with his hands, pulling it down and getting his body turned down the field … on the next snap, Smith found McCluster open after a nice play action fake … Davis got most of the running plays with the No. 1 offense and he broke some runs, got stuffed on others. More and more, the rookie out of Arkansas is showing his speed. He’s not quick out of the blocks, but once he gets his way past the bodies on the line of scrimmage, he’s got some jets … a nice throw by Smith who faked a throw left, double-pumped and came back with a throw to the right caught by Davis … Smith found TE Anthony Fasano down the numbers and he hauled in a long pass as FS Kendrick Lewis reacted slowly to the play … there were a lot of dropped passes among the second group of receivers, including Donnie Avery, Jamar Newsome several times and Josh Bellamy, along with Gray out of the backfield.


The pass rush was getting its hands up in Tuesday morning’s session, knocking down four passes in the backfield and at the line of scrimmage … DE Allen Bailey continues to make plays in practice, stuffing the run on several plays before the running back could even reach the line of scrimmage … CB Brandon Flowers picked off Smith … CB Greg Castillo allowed Hammond to get away from him on a deep pass and couldn’t make up the separation in time to affect the catch … DL Marcus Dixon held his end of the line and stopped an outside run by Draughn … CB Vince Agnew gave up a long completion to Hemingway … the pass rush was very active and in the span of four plays with Smith and QB Chase Daniel, the passer was flushed out of the pocket three times.

The Chiefs will have their final training camp practice on Wednesday morning at Missouri Western State University.

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