Returning to practice
Sanders Commings, Phillip Gaines and Donald Stephenson all returned to practice after dealing with injuries. Commings hadn't practiced at all in camp after suffering a foot strain while training this offseason. Gaines had a head injury on Monday and Stephenson hurt his ankle last week.
Sanders Commings goes down again
Unfortunately for Commings, he was hurt later in practice after Jamaal Charles juked the shoes out of the defense. He was helped to the trainers room after that play. The Chiefs said he had a right ankle injury. I'm unsure if it's related to his foot strain.
Also injured on Wednesday was Mark Harrison, who had a hamstring injury near the end of practice. I saw him walking off the field after practice so it doesn't look that bad.
Goal line work
The Chiefs offense went 5-for-10 vs. the defense in goal line drills. The ball was placed at the 2-yard line with defensive linemen with their hands on the ground. Justin Houston, Kyle Love, Dontari Poe, Allen Bailey and Tamba Hali had their hands on the ground on goal line. Derrick Johnson and Joe Mays were the first team linebackers while Eric Berry and Husain Abdullah were on the edge.
Here are the plays I saw in goal line work:
- Knile Davis went up the middle for a touchdown. New TE Adam Schlitz had a nice block.
- Chase Daniel scrambled up the middle for a touchdown.
- Tyler Bray bootlegged to the left and found Richard Gordon wide open for the touchdown.
- Cyrus Gray was hit right on the goal line to the right side. The media's ruling: Touchdown!
- Alex Smith threw an incomplete pass to Jamaal Charles down the right side. The ball came out fast with Daniel Sorensen closing.
- Charles was stuffed up the middle by new linebacker Josh Mauga.
- Knile Davis went up the middle for six.
- Smith threw incomplete to Demetrius Harris, who wasn't looking at the play for some reason.
- The Chiefs had a running play up the middle stuffed. (I missed the running back on this play)
- Aaron Murray threw a high incomplete pass to Richard Gordon in the back of the end zone.
Zach Fulton had a better day at right guard than Rishaw Johnson. Is Fulton pulling away? Long way to go in camp.
Alex Smith had a nice pass to Albert Wilson on the edge of the left sideline. He caught the ball despite having tight coverage on him.
Jeff Allen saw some snaps at right tackle. I'm assuming this is just for insurance purposes.
Commings saw time at his usual spot at safety. Jerron McMillian also saw reps there.
Vance Walker was in the second team nickel. Still wondering how he'll be used.
Deon Anthony worked over Brandon Jones to get open on a quick slant.
The Chiefs spent some time today working on their run game. They weren't tackling to the ground.
Phillip Gaines and Sean Smith have been lining up at second team corner.
Alex Smith ran what looked like an option where he kept the ball. Haven't seen much of that this year at camp.
De'Anthony Thomas caught a beauty of a pass from Smith, who put it right over DAT's shoulder. DAT then somehow made two defenders miss, picking up a few yards of YAC before being taken down.
Speaking of DAT, it's so fun watching him hit the edge. He has a great sprint on those stretch plays. That's where I can see him being useful early on.
DAT hitting the edge ... Ooh boy. He is one fast man. You can see him pull away on stretch plays— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) July 30, 2014
On the next play after DAT, Anthony Fasano somehow got wide open for a 20-plus yard gain.
Justin Houston dropped an interception after a ball was tipped in the air.
The Chiefs worked on their onside kicks during the special teams period today.
Tyler Bray had an excellent pass 20-plus yards down the field to Fred Williams, DB Brandon Jones is getting worked over it seems.
Cyrus Gray displayed some juke ability when he cut one back into the open field.
Chase Daniel threw an awesome pass to Albert Wilson, who came out of the slot. The ball went over Wilson's shoulder and perfectly into his hands - in traffic. He ended just shy of the goal line and Daniel came running down for the high five.
The best drills to watch
Defensive backs going one-on-one with receivers is probably the best drill. A close second is the offensive line vs defensive line because of the physicality. Allen Bailey pancaked Laurent Duvernay-Tardif in this drill.
Catch of the day
Mark Harrison's calling card has been leaping over defensive backs and pulling the ball down on jump balls. He had another one today over Sean Smith. After the play, it looked like he flipped the ball to Smith. I don't know if it was a taunting play but if it was, it was a good one.
Jersey of the day