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Chiefs training camp: An offense without its top two receivers

What we saw at Chiefs camp on Tuesday.

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The Kansas City Chiefs were missing a couple of receivers at Tuesday's practice which led to more shuffling on offense. Jeremy Maclin (neck strain) and Albert Wilson (sick) did not practice which meant the Chiefs saw more of Frankie Hammond, Fred Williams and Jason Avant.

Chris Conley returned to practice but I did not see him participating much in the live tackling portion of practice. He was, however, getting first and second team work in the installation period.

The offense didn't seem to have a great day but given they were missing their top two receivers I can give them a pass.

First team offensive line: LT Eric Fisher, LG Ben Grubbs, C Mitch Morse, RG Zach Fulton, RT Jeff Allen

Second team offensive line: LT Donald Stephenson, LG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, C Eric Kush, RG Paul Fanaika, RT Jarrod Pughsley

Note that Derek Sherrod was playing right tackle on the third team. So Pughsley seems to be ahead of him if the Chiefs choose to keep a third tackle (not counting Jeff Allen).

After Travis Kelce, we saw a lot of James O'Shaughnessy and Ryan Taylor at tight end. Richard Gordon was in there, too.

I saw Mike DeVito and Jaye Howard taking nose tackle reps. I kinda like this set up because it gets Howard, who had a solid year, into the lineup. Hopefully that helps the run defense, too.

With Sean Smith's suspension coming, Marcus Peters and Phillip Gaines took first team duties on the outside. When the Chiefs brought in a third corner, Peters and Jamell Fleming manned the outside while Gaines went inside. Sean Smith started playing on the second team recently as the Chiefs prepare for the first three games without him.

More observations

  • RB Charcandrick West has seen some first and second team work. As a player, his skill set is probably closer to Jamaal Charles than Knile Davis. West seems to be a capable pass catcher, too.
  • Cairo Santos went 5-for-5 on field goals on the day.
  • Play of the day: Alex Smith was being blitzed up the middle and threw one up to Jason Avant, who turned around in time to catch the ball on his hip.
  • There were a group of kids who were chanting "Let's Go Chiefs!" behind the goal line. Believe it or not, it added some energy to practice.
  • Richard Gordon had a drop in practice he should have caught.
  • Great touch from Chase Daniel on a pass that landed perfectly over the shoulder of Tello Luckett, who had another solid catch a few plays later.
  • L'Damian Washington had a nice snag in traffic.
  • G Marcus Reed limped off the field and took a cart up the hill.
  • Marcus Cooper had a nice diving pass break up.

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