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Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp 2018: Sunday observations and video

AP lead draft and film analyst Kent Swanson was in attendance for his second practice in as many days Sunday.

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The Kansas City Chiefs were able to get in a full, productive practice despite the majority of the session being covered in rain.

Here were my takeaways from both sides of the football:

Offense

  • The first team period was first-unit offense and defense playing a full drive. The offense did tapped into something I’ve been a proponent of them utilizing this season: no huddle.
  • The offense was efficient on the drive. Travis Kelce had five of the first six targets and hauled in four catches. Chris Conley was utilized heavily on the drive as well. Both Conley and Kelce were primarily working on short, underneath routes.
  • Conley looks fine to me. I didn’t see any issues stemming from the Achilles injury while observing. He could be a trusted target for the young quarterback moving forward.
  • Mahomes made a big mistake in the red zone to end the drive. He threw to a covered receiver and the ball tipped in the air. The windows get tighter closer to the end zone, and his decision making there will be critical to his success this year.
  • The offensive line responded from Saturday’s lackluster performance in nine-on-seven drills with a better performance. It was not lost on offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy, who had some energy from the performance. Mahomes was visibly energetic about it as well.
  • The Chiefs utilized their three-tight sets some Sunday. Your third tight end Sunday was Alex Ellis. He showed more Sunday than Jace Amaro and Tim Wright.
  • Darrell Williams looked good in 9-on-7 and during the day. He’s a no-nonsense runner who doesn’t waste movement.
  • Byron Pringle didn’t have a ton of production Sunday, but I really like what he’s doing on the field. I’m intrigued by him has a practice squad candidate. He spent most of his time with the third team, but there’s some promise.
  • Marcus Kemp continues to get looks with the first team. He had a nice catch in seven-on-seven, adjusting to throw behind him from Mahomes for 20-plus yards.
  • Mahomes and Hill connected on a nice back shoulder.
  • The offensive play of the day was a Mahomes to Watkins connection on a deep throw. Watkins did a great job tracking the ball.
  • Overall, the offensive line had a less-than-stellar day in protection compared to Saturday. There would be several plays that would be considered likely sacks on the day.
  • Andy Reid is exceptional at keeping his staple plays fresh. We saw some new “window dressing” for the Chiefs on one of their basic concepts. All I will say is it’s smart. It’s a sign of things to come, as Reid continues to try and stay ahead of defenses.

Defense

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  • Kendall Fuller stayed on the field in base personnel as an outside corner, which wasn’t the case Saturday. There were times last year when teams could keep him off the field in Washington by forcing them into base personnel.
  • Ukeme Eligwe got the majority of the time with the first-team unit in Reggie Ragland’s absence.
  • Tanoh Kpassagnon had the best day of anyone. He had an early sack in team drills coming off the edge and later intercepted Mahomes dropping into coverage in the middle of the field.
  • Breeland Speaks wasn’t particularly productive in pass rush but there is some hope for him. He’s pushing the pocket some, doing his job. He could be a steady presence this season regardless of production. Could be a solid role player.
  • Dorian O’Daniel did a great job in coverage on Tim Wright. He broke on an out-route quickly. He’s still coming along as he works to process the game, but he flashed the traits that make him a weapon the Chiefs can utilize this season.
  • Arrion Springs isn’t the best athlete on the field, but he is standing out to me. He is an excellent communicator for a rookie. He was getting people lined up, early to communicate in coverage and was even calling routes out. He had a few rough moments in coverage, but he made an impression on me. He looks prepared and is quick to process what he’s seeing. Springs lined up both inside and outside on the day.
  • D’montre Wade had a great day as well. He played a couple fades to Jehu Chesson perfectly and broke one of them. He also spent time in the slot and defended a corner route exceptionally, contesting the throw.

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