The second week of Chiefs’ full-team training camp has come to a close. Many players have shown their prowess and progress throughout the week. Now, let’s head into the biggest headlines heading into this week’s training camp!
Wendesday: Trey Smith Dominates
One rookie that has been absolutely dominating everyone in this camp has been none other than Trey Smith, rookie RG from Tennessee. He has been battling everyone including Frank Clark and Chris Jones; moreover, he has been winning those battles! He was dominating Jarran Reed in 1v1s and he was swallowing Tershawn Wharton in 1v1s as well.
He was not afraid to go against anyone; Smith went Berserk, and I love every single moment of it. Plus, he’s an absolute monster, talking about how much he loves the violent aspect of football.
On other big news that day, Chris Jones was beating Joe Thuney like it was nothing, showing that he may be on a tear for a career season this year. Niang was doing well too, being able to get good reps against Frank Clark. And, Tershawn Wharton was dominant against Austin Blythe as well. Bright spots for both sides that day.
Thursday: Offense, And An Up-Coming UDFA
The offense had a great day of practice on Thursday, with Tyreek Hill returning to practice with a helmet and pads being a sign of good things to come. Let’s start with Hardman, who caught a deep TD pass from Mahomes. He just keeps on improving, and I hope he has a breakout year as well.
Byron Pringle had a good rep versus Tyrann Mathieu, beating him on a short slant route, and getting good separation against him. Mahomes treaded the needle in 11s, as when he rolled out, he found Demarcus Robinson open; and, in a small window, he threw straight through and past Hughes for a touchdown.
Thuney, Niang, and Smith all had solid days blocking, negating, and redirecting the rushers well from Frank Clark to Khalen Saunders. Wharton had a food day too, showing amazing quickness that could get him on the field.
A UDFA that was signing light today was Devon Key, a DB from Western Kentucky. He got first-team reps and has shown to make solid plays throughout the day. He is someone to keep an eye on through camp and the preseason.
Friday: Slow Day, But Good Signs
Friday was a slow day; everyone was doing their business, but not a lot of update-worthy plays/happenings occurred in the camp. One piece of news that did break today was that Darius Shepard, former Packers WR, could make the roster based on his returning prowess alone. Also, Jody Fortson put on 20-pounds of muscle, contributing to trying to be a roster player for the first time.
Patrick Mahomes is still Mahomes, throwing the ball into double coverage and finding Tyreek Hill on a deep boundary throw. Kelce had a lot of successful TE screens thrown his way. And, Sneed had a good interception against Buechele. Lots of good signs, but not much happening.
Sunday: Practice To The Public Closed Early; Still Good Signs
Lightning and a solid storm kept practice indoors. The public isn’t allowed to watch practice indoors, so not much was said that day due to it.
Still, though, the Chiefs had good things for them. The offense looked solid, and Blake Bell had a good rep on what looked like a curl route. And, many players returned from the injury/Covid list including Willie Gay, LDT, and Darwin Thompson (he worked on pass-catching drills and did well in them). So, from what the public could see, it was a solid day with not much seen due to the weather.
Monday: Defense Dominates; Offense Slacks Off
It was a day for the defense yesterday as they exploded today in camp. On the first two plays of 11-v-11s, Mahomes was sacked “twice” in a row by Chris Jones, and on another rep following those two, Orlando Brown went offsides. Jarran Reed and Chris Jones are proving to be a solid duo, getting good penetration and would-be sacks in team drills. Khalen Saunders has started working with the first team too.
While they were working on tough situations (i.e third-down period, blitz period, and others), it still was a terrible day for the offense. They did have their bright spots with Mahomes throwing a no-look pass and Marcus Kemp performing well yesterday, making a diving corner catch. Hardman has been continuing to improve in camp as well.
The shaky performer that stood out today was Orlando Brown Jr., the Chiefs starting left tackle. There are plenty of examples, but the one where fourth-string DE Demone Harris beats him badly on a rep tells the whole story. While the 1-on-1 pass-rush drill isn’t set up for them to win, he still shouldn’t be losing all the time. To be honest, I’m nervous, but he has been doing well in 11v11s, which is good. This is more of a wait-and-see type instance.
Tuesday: Perfectly Balanced, As All Things Should Be
It was a good day of camp today for both the offense and the defense. On the offensive side, Hardman has begun to work with the other main skill players (Kelce, CEH, and Hill); overall, it shows that he is more focusing on his development there while Pringle, Shepard, and others are taking reps as the returners.
Nick Allegretti worked with the second-team offense as a center and Austin Blythe worked as a left guard today. And, Mahomes found CEH in the seam on the first offensive snap of camp, which continues to show that the offense is doing well after yesterday’s debacle.
The defense had their bright spots too. In terms of interceptions, Dan Sorensen had a pick-six, Devon Key made a diving interception, and BoPete Keyes picked off Anthony Gordon to end the team session. The defensive ends stayed out extra today for some extra work; this included Jones, Clark, Charlton, and Edwards. Overall, it was a great day for both sides of the field.
In other news, Orlando Brown was in an interview earlier today and talked about what he working on in camp:
This is a huge sigh of relief. It’s good to see that he’s continuing to improve himself by working on his technique; besides, he has been doing solid in 11v11s where it matters most. Am I still nervous? Yes, but the nerves have died down a bit.
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