The Kansas City Chiefs continued on with day two of training camp on Friday. There was less 11-on-11 work than there was on Thursday but we managed to get a few observations out of the practice. Most of the 7-on-7 work seemed to be designed around intermediate passes which incorporated the tight ends, a bit different from Thursday's practice where it seemed they went down field more. The Chiefs were not in pads once again, instead working in helmets and shorts.
With less team work, there's less fun stuff to observe, but here's what I say today ...
The injury report remains the same
The good news is that there are no new injuries. The bad news is that a couple of contributors are not practicing.
Rokevious Watkins had a back injury and did not practice. I haven't even seen him out on the field yet.
There is no update on Sean McGrath, who has yet to practice at camp. There are rumors he is contemplating retirement (per @Jacobs71) but Andy Reid said he's "working through some things" yesterday.
Sanders Commings suffered a foot strain while working out this offseason and missed his second straight day of practice. No word on that timetable. He has been placed on the non-football injury list.
Joe McKnight and David Van Dyke remain off to the side with Commings. Those two are on the PUP list.
Position battle updates
Sean Smith remains on the second team cornerback while Ron Parker plays with the ones. I wonder how long this will last.
Rishaw Johnson saw most of the first team snaps at guard but Zach Fulton shuffled in there a little bit, too. As I noted yesterday, I envision them splitting quite a few snaps during training camp.
I forgot to mention this after the first practice but Chris Owens has been manning the first team nickel cornerback.
With Commings out, Jerron McMillian has stepped into his role.
One almost-scary moment was when Owens broke up a pass to Dwayne Bowe and Bowe came up limping. He stayed in and continued practicing so it was nothing. But ... whew!
Demetrius Harris had a really nice catch down the seam where he had to turn around to pull it down.
Tyler Bray still has a cannon for an arm. He rocketed one to Fred Williams, who was able to pull it in.
Travis Kelce did some long snapping again. McGrath was the backup long snapper last year so Kelce could be in line to do that this year.
Junior Hemingway has nice hands. He pulled down a tough pass in traffic. I'm liking what he could do in the slot.
The new guy, LB Josh Mauga, had a nice pass breakup in coverage.
Play of the day
AJ Jenkins had an excellent diving catch on the sideline. If I were the ref I'm ruling him in bounds (clearly a biased ref). For those counting, this is the second day in a row Jenkins has had my play of the day.
Sean LaChappelle jersey sighting
One of the most obscure jerseys i have ever seen at Chiefs camp comes courtesy of Chiefs fan Daniel McBride, who was wearing a Sean LaChappelle No. 18 jersey. LaChappelle came out of UCLA and spent the 1996 season with the Chiefs where he started eight games and caught 27 passes for 422 yards. I asked Mr. McBride a few questions about his nearly 20-year old jersey.
When did you get the jersey?
"I want say it was 95, whenever he had a breakout season." [Editor's note: 1996)
Why did you buy the Sean LaChappelle jersey?
"My wife saw I was cheering him on and she bought me this jersey and we happened to run into him. I said, 'Hey can you sign this jersey for me?' And he said absolutely and signed it. Of course, the next year he was cut. Elvis Grbac came in and took over 18."
Do people ever notice the jersey when you're out?
"Most of the time I don't think people notice. They probably assume it was a jersey with my last name."
This concludes our interview. Still looking for a Harvey Williams jersey out there!