On Monday morning, the Kansas City Chiefs took to the practice field at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph for the 13th full practice session of the team’s 2023 training camp.
Skies were cloudy, but there was no rain — and it was cooler than other recent practice days. Five players did not participate.
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Arrowhead Pride editor-in-chief Pete Sweeney was there. He tweeted a number of observations — beginning with a party for the tight ends.
The workout kicked off with an 11-on-11 period, with Patrick Mahomes hitting four tight ends — Matt Bushman, Travis Kelce, Blake Bell and Noah Gray — to start. The ball to Gray was a beautiful back-shoulder drop-in at least 30 yards in the air over CB Joshua Williams.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 7, 2023
Then Pete made notes as the running backs went to work.
A 9-on-7 run period next. Order of back (and rushes) here:— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 7, 2023
First team: Edwards-Helaire (3), McKinnon (2), Prince (1)
Second team: Prince (2), Perine (2)
Third team: Ealy (2)
The team’s starting running back is dying to take off that yellow “dont touch” jersey.
Pacheco on itching to play: “It’s very frustrating. But when you’re on the side and you’re getting those mental reps, you’re just detailing and getting those reps... asking Coach, ‘What’s this play?’ Doing those mental reps in the back, it allows me to stay on top of my task.”— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 7, 2023
Rookies shined in the one-on-one drills that followed.
In one-on-ones, practice squad hopeful WR Nikko Remigio laid out for a diving catch he brought in. WR Rashee Rice manage to catch a tough ball despite what I deemed to be interference by CB Ekow Boye-Doe.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 7, 2023
Continuing with one-on-one notes, CB Nic Jones intercepted a pass going up against WR Justyn Ross. I thought WR Justin Watson had a good session; he's a better route runner than I think people give him credit for.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 7, 2023
Trent McDuffie made a nice pick.
The team’s first-round defensive end seems to be moving forward.
I thought the defense overall had a solid day as far as coverage goes. The top team cornerbacks were Williams, McDuffie (nickel) and Jaylen Watson. The second team was Boye-Doe, Jones (nickel) and Kahlef Hailassie. DE Felix Anudike-Uzomah continues to see reps with the top team.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 7, 2023
McDuffie on the nickel: “This offseason, I spent a lot of time just trying to learn the position a little more. I didn’t play it a lot in college. I’ve always been someone who has said, ‘Throw me anywhere, I could play it,’ but nickel something that I definitely had to learn..."— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 7, 2023
"...It’s been tough, but I feel like I’ve learned a ton and just the communication — having Nick Bolton on the inside talk to me a ton, having corners out there, J-Wat and Josh know what they’re doing and the back end..."— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 7, 2023
"...My safeties, even Michael [Edwards] came in and is learning the new playbook. It’s been tremendous. Being able to just go in there and help out, especially with Sneed who’s not in all the time, still working on himself, it’s going to be helpful.”— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 7, 2023
In 7-on-7, Mahomes connected with Moore *just* out of the reach of S Bryan Cook. I think this play may go a bit differently in a full-contact situation: https://t.co/DUt1F6YzkF— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 7, 2023
There was, of course, an Andy Reid Long-Drive Drill™
Another 11-on-11 long-drive period for Mahomes and the first-team offense on Monday… saw 15 straight plays with Mahomes, the highlight being a deep ball down the right sideline to WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 7, 2023
Placekicker Harrison Butker had a good day. But Chiefs reporter Matt McMullen? Not so much — although we do congratulate him on six years with the club... and his first appearance in our training camp observations.
Harrison Butker went 8 for 8 during his kicking period. In-house reporter @KCChiefs_Matt earned some sweet redemption by catching the second kick as he fell to the ground. No questions on the throw to follow.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 7, 2023
In today’s notebook, Isiah Pacheco is ‘all brakes, no gas’ — wait (also our post-practice chat, full injury report, tweet and quote of the day and what's next): https://t.co/wHaTo8r552— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 7, 2023
The next practice will be Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. Arrowhead Time. As always, we will have live updates starting when practice begins. After the session, we expect that defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will be among those speaking to the press.