On Tuesday morning, the Kansas City Chiefs took to the practice field at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph for the 14th full practice session of the team’s 2023 training camp.
Skies were cloudy, but there was no rain. Five players did not participate.
Four public practices remain — while Wednesday’s session will be open only to the team’s Season Ticket Members. Click here for details on how to get free tickets — and a full schedule.
Arrowhead Pride editor-in-chief Pete Sweeney was there. He tweeted a number of observations — starting with the weather.
It heated up on the campus of Missouri Western State on Tuesday, with temperatures back in the 70s to start practice, approaching 80 by practice’s end.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 8, 2023
It was good while it lasted, St. Joe.
Offensive players worked on pass protection.
Early period saw pass-protection drills. Noticed nice efforts from TEs Travis Kelce and Matt Bushman. RB Deneric Prince had a good rep early, but then LB Drue Tranquill got him. Tranquill may be better known for his coverage but eager to see how Spags deploys him as a blitzer.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 8, 2023
The second-year running back (still dressed in yellow) has improved as a pass-catcher.
In one-on-ones Tuesday, noticeable how improved RB Isiah Pacheco is as a pass-catcher. Instant separation and bringing the football in clean.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 8, 2023
Kelce continues to be impossible to defend. S Bryan Cook had an interception on a rep against TE Izaiah Gathings.
Continued one-on-one, CB Jaylen Watson broke up a pass intended for WR Skyy Moore. I thought CB Joshua Williams showed good coverage during his opportunities.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 8, 2023
DC Steve Spagnuolo: “At times, it’s up and down, but [Watson and Williams are] lightyears ahead of where they were last year — so that part’s good..."— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 8, 2023
"...In the midst of training camp, everybody has an off play here or there, but the expectations for them are so much higher now than they were a year ago — and we try to keep that expectation up high.”— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 8, 2023
With Edward-Helaire out sick (and Pacheco wearing yellow), rookie UDFA Deneric Prince got a lot of work as a rusher.
9-on-7 run period order of RB touch (and number of rush attempts); CEH was sick, Pacheco still limited— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 8, 2023
First team: Prince (6), McKinnon (3)
Second team: Prince (1), Perine (3), Ealy (2)
Third team: Ealy (3), Perine (1)
Then the team moved on to 11-on-11s.
In the first 11-on-11 period, QB Patrick Mahomes had early connections to WRs Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Rashee Rice. Williams got a finger on a Mahomes ball to Valdes-Scantling to break it up.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 8, 2023
DE Josh Kaindoh had a would-be sack against QB Blaine Gabbert.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 8, 2023
S Anthony Cook ripped the ball out of the hands of Gathings after he caught a pass from Gabbert. Gathings was quick up to tell Cook he made a good play.
When the lines went at it, there was more evidence that the interior of the offensive line is excellent.
OL vs. DL saw the interior once again do a nice job (broken record). DE Felix Anudike Uzomah and LT Donovan Smith exchanged victories.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 8, 2023
Digging deeper in OL-DL, I thought DT Phil Hoskins — and OL Nick Allegretti, Anderson Hardy, Darian Kinnard and Wanya Morris — had good days.
The Andy Reid Long-Drive Drill™ was a little shorter than normal.
Only 12 plays for Mahomes and the first team in the longer-drive period on Tuesday, a couple fewer than the previous days. He handed it off to Prince three times. Moore had two receptions on two targets. CB Trent McDuffie broke up a pass intended for Valdes-Scantling.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 8, 2023
Gabbert threw two balls to TE Matt Bushman and two to James. Anudike-Uzomah had what would have been a sack of Gabbert in a game situation.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 8, 2023
OL check-in: top line has been as expected— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 8, 2023
Second team (L to R): Niang, Caliendo, Allegretti, Kinnard, Wanogho
Third team (L to R): Morris, Hardy, Reiter, Gutierrez, Godrick
Reid gave Allegretti a snap or two at first-team C; Morris continues to mix in at both T spots.
On the defensive line, two injured players are coming along nicely.
Looks like DL Mike Danna (calf) and Turk Wharton (ACL) are coming along; they're getting some snaps with the top team in 11-on-11.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 8, 2023
In today’s notebook, the #Chiefs are understandably bullish on their second-year defensive backs (also our post-practice chat, full injury report, tweet and quote of the day and what's next): https://t.co/yYrvQ7laRW— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 8, 2023
The next practice will be Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. Arrowhead Time. It is last session that will be open only to Season Ticket Members. As always, we will have live updates starting when practice begins. After the session, we expect that offensive coordinator Matt Nagy will be among those speaking to the press.