The first week of Chiefs’ full-team training camp has come to a close. Many players have shown their prowess without their pads and with their first day with them. Now, let’s head into the biggest headlines heading into this week’s training camp!
Wendsday: Full-Team Camp Is Back
Aside from the plays made this day, it was a good first day of normalcy after training camp last year was mind-boggling and was shortened due to the whole COVID-19 pandemic. Players, analysts, and fans were excited to see the Chiefs back in action at training camp:
Wednesday was a slow day, but a decent amount of happenings occurred. It seemed as though Creed Humphrey and Patrick Mahomes already had great communication at the line. Chris Jones and Frank Clark were swapping from left to right that day to see which side would be better suited for both of them. Demarcus Robinson made and leaping sideline catch and Tyreek Hill caught a sidearm pass from Mahomes.
Also, Mecole Hardman got ahead of DeAndre Baker, beating him deep on a pass from Mahomes:
According to Nate Taylor, Willie Gay had two pass breakups that day and he looked like the best linebacker out there. Overall, it was a better day for the offense, but the defense shined bright in their moments.
Thursday: Snap Problems, Injuries, And Good Offense
In first-team 11v11s, the first few snaps were both fumbled, and one was high, which Mahomes had to reach for. Lack of communication along with snapping the ball too quickly were the reasons for this, but they were squared away throughout the rest of practice.
Some injuries tightened up; however, this is common in the first few days of practice as guys are now just getting back on the practice field and truly working out. Anthony Hitchens tweaked his hamstring, so he was kept out for cautionary reasons, and Travis Kelce left practice early due to hip tightness; again, this is common. Also, he and Hitchens are all good now.
Some good offense was seen throughout the day. Jody Fortson made an incredible catch right in between three defenders. Henne made a perfect pass to make that happen. Antonio Callaway caught a ball on a breaking route in traffic. And, Noah Gray made a nice over-the-shoulder catch over a defender.
The defense had its moments, but of course, the offense shined above and beyond that day.
Friday: Everyone Was On Fire
To start the team periods of camp on Friday, Mahomes found Noah Gray, who made an impressive grab in coverage. Gray has been one of the best rookies in camp, and by seeing how much good he was been doing, he could be an underrated weapon on this offense.
Mahomes was as much of a mini-goat as he could be, throwing perfect passes to Hill, Gray, Hardman, and others. Mahomes’ pocket has significantly improved, giving him more time to make plays and now not running for his life every two seconds after the ball is snapped. Clyde Edwards Helaire was showing off his elusiveness in practice. And, Tyreek Hill made a sweet one-handed grab:
The defense did well too, with Nick Bolton still being able to break up passes while in coverage. Darius Harris had a good angle on a Gap A blitz, and it would’ve been a lean shot if it was a real game. Niemann was showing some burst when breaking up a pass thrown by Mahomes. And, Charvarius Ward made a huge play to break up a bomb pass in coverage:
Also, Harrison Butker drained a 60-yard field goal, and Kelce was out walking around watching practice. Overall, great practice for all areas of the roster.
Saturday: Offense and Defense Shine Bright
Both sides of the roster were playing well on Saturday. But, let’s start with Byron Pringle showing strides, as he sprinted behind the defense to catch a bomb from Mahomes for a touchdown. Speaking of Mahomes, he made a sidearm throw early in practice to Tyreek Hill across the field. Mahomes is still Mahomes no matter what he does on the field. Tyreek Hill also had a great catch against L’Jarius Sneed in tight coverage.
The defense had solid plays too. Charvarius Ward had a great pass breakup against Tyreek Hill, Chris Jones showed that he was making great lengths as a DE/DT hybrid, getting Helaire in the backfield and dominating against the o-line. A great day overall for both sides of the field.
Monday: Chiefs’ Linebackers Explode
This was the day for linebackers to shine. In a three-play period, both Willie Gay Jr. and Nick Bolton intercepted Patrick Mahomes; Bolton returned it for a touchdown. Darius Harris also made an exciting play, picking off Patrick Mahomes while he was guarding Travis Kelce.
These young linebackers are looking absolutely awesome in camp. They are making plays and taking names.
Also, in terms of important news, Juan Thornhill had to leave practice with a groin injury, but he was able to walk up the hill by himself. He did not practice on Tuesday, however.
Tuesday: Wide Receivers Showing Out; Also, Offensive Line Is Playing Solidly
Today was a day for the wide receivers in the Chiefs’ first padded practice of 2021. Demarcus Robinson made the first impact, snagging an over-the-shoulder grab over DiCaprio Bootle. To add on, Mecole Hardman came out to play too, catching a stretching catch on one-on-one drills versus L’Jarius Sneed. Marcus Kemp had a great practice as well, with one of his best plays coming off a slant to the right for a touchdown. He showed good speed, acceleration, and agility on that play.
It kept on getting better for the receiver core. Antonio Callaway made a 30-yard grab off his fingertips in the hurry-up offense. Mike Kemp had another great play as well, beating MikeHughes on the line of scrimmage for a touchdown.
The offensive line had their first one-on-one padded drills with the defensive line today. Thuney absolutely dominated and looks like a wall. Humphrey stonewalled Nnadi twice. Trey Smith beat Jarran Reed on the second rep, but not on the first. Niang struggled against Clark, and Orlando Brown was manhandled by Chirs Jones, which is a good and bad thing.
More to come from next week’s round of training camps.
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