Continuing our coverage of KC Chiefs training camp. here is the latest reports from day two (Tuesday, July 22nd) from St. Joe, Missouri.
The Chiefs report today, and begin full practices tomorrow. Yesterday featured a ton of news, including the return of 2013 first overall pick, Eric Fisher. Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star posted 3 quick videos of how Fisher looked as he was going through some drills.
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) July 22, 2014
Fisher is up to 315 pounds this season, which is more significant from his weight at the start of last years camp. So much of the offensive lines success is riding on the development of the young man, as he is finally being moved back to the position he was supposed to play, left tackle.
This season will prove to be a big one for Fisher as some Chiefs fans feel 2013 wasn’t a good one for the no. 1 pick.
Anyways, Paylor also reported that the Chiefs played a lot of seven-on-seven yesterday and that both, offense and defense, made plays
There were fewer drops today than Monday, when it seems like every receiver has butterfingers.
The defensive backs fared well in this period, forcing three coverage sacks. Considering there’s no pressure on the quarterback, that’s a good job.
Seven on seven started a bit rough, as quarterback Alex Smith and the offense opened the period with three straight incompletions. Chase Daniel also misfired on his first three passes, though they were a bit uglier.
Couple of things to note here, starting with the fact that Smith and Daniel are throwing to rookies and select veterans. As I mentioned before, the rest of the guys report today and real practice starts tomorrow, so drops and miscues are expected from the young group.
Things did get better though, especially for Alex Smith. Tyler Bray also made a handful of plays that were worth noting,
Smith bounced back the second time though, completing four passes in five reps. One was a gorgeous throw to tight end Demetrius Harris in which Smith threaded the needle over the middle.
Tyler Bray completed all four of his passes in the first seven on seven period. Receiver Jerrell Jackson also caught a fade for a touchdown from Bray.
Great to hear that Smith is getting Demetrius Harris involved while the kid can still get reps with him. Harris is a 6-foot-7 basketball player turned tight end and he needs to maximize the reps he has with Alex Smith. Once the big boys arrive, it will be harder for him to get good time with the starting quarterback.
Tyler Bray and former Georgia quarterback, Aaron Murray will be battling it out for that final QB spot on the roster. Murray was the Chiefs fourth round pick this year and unless Daniel gets hurt, or, plays absolutely terrible this training camp and pre-season, it’s hard to see him not making the team.
Point is, it’s looking more and more like Bray could be the odd man out here unless he absolutely wow’s the coaches. That’s a very intriguing battle to keep our eyes on this camp.
One more thing to note from Paylors report was what he called “catch of the day” from tight end, Travis Kelce.
Tight end Travis Kelce made the catch of the day during goal line, as he caught a fade in the end zone over 6-foot-2 rookie safety Daniel Sorenson.
Again, another potential stud at the tight end position, Kelce has a chance to have a breakout year in 2014. After missing all of last season with a knee injury, most analysts believe this kid could make a serious impact in year two of his career.
This is the second day in-a-row that we’ve heard about him making plays so the hype is building up even more for the young man. It’s more than welcome for him to step up big as a pass catcher this season because of how thin the Chiefs are at receiver.
You can check out all of Terez Paylors notes and observations with this link. We’ll make sure to bring you all the latest news and quotes throughout the day as the veterans report to training camp.