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Five Observations from Wednesday’s Practice | Chiefs Training Camp 8/9

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By Matt McMullen, Chiefs Reporter

 

The Kansas City Chiefs took the field for the fifteenth practice of training camp on Wednesday morning as the defending Super Bowl champions continued their preparation for the upcoming season.

 

Here’s a quick rundown of what took place during Wednesday’s practice, and for reference, all previous practice reports can be accessed below.

 

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1. The Chiefs moved indoors due to weather for another lighter, “10-10-10” practice.

 

Thunderstorms in the area forced the Chiefs to move Wednesday’s practice indoors, but the team was still able to get plenty of work done. Coincidently, the Chiefs engaged in a lighter, “10-10-10” style practice on Wednesday, which focused more on the cerebral part of the game following two straight days of padded practices.

 

These sorts of practices – which are not padded – essentially seek to demonstrate what success looks like in all three phases. They feature three 11-on-11 segments of 10 plays each, constituting a circuit of 30 plays that is repeated two or three times. The first segment, which is designed for the offense, pits the Chiefs’ starting offense against the reserve players on defense, who basically act as a scout team. Next, the starting defense logs 10 plays against the reserve players on offense. The circuit then wraps with 10 special teams plays focused on a specific area.

 

In simple terms, unlike a typical 11-on-11 segment, each portion of a “10-10-10” practice is largely designed with one side of the ball in mind while the other side provides a scout team look. In each case, the idea is that the starters can experience what success looks like in a given situation while still taking a relative break physically.

 

This was the third “10-10-10” practice of camp so far. In all three cases, Head Coach Andy Reid has elected to hold a “10-10-10” session on the eve of an off day from camp. This system is designed to gradually prepare the players for the grind of the NFL season without pushing or letting up too much in either direction.

 

2. Rookie wide receiver Ty Scott made a great catch deep down the sideline.

 

Scott, who signed with the Chiefs on July 28, made perhaps the best play of the morning when he made a leaping catch over a defender near the sideline. The Missouri State product hauled in the reception and appeared to get both feet in bounds, completing an outstanding grab.

 

Fellow wide receiver Skyy Moore also made an impressive play on Wednesday with a full-extension grab deep down the field that he seemed to pull in with his fingertips.

 

3. The special teams unit practiced the run-on field goal operation.

 

Assistant Head Coach / Special Teams Coordinator Dave Toub utilized a portion of the second “special teams” period of practice to work on the run-on field goal operation, tasking the field goal unit with running onto the field, getting in position and executing the kick all while the clock was ticking.

 

The group successfully ran through the drill a handful of times before wrapping up the practice segment with several standard field goal attempts from increasing lengths.

 

4. Tailback Isiah Pacheco hauled in an impressive catch up the seam during an “offensive” period.

 

Pacheco made a tough catch on a vertical route up the seam during the first “offensive” period, hauling in the grab for a sizable gain down the field. Pacheco – who rushed for 830 yards last season – will likely be a larger part of the Chiefs’ passing attack in 2023. The former seventh-round pick showed flashes of that ability during his rookie season, catching 13 passes for 130 yards, but it has clearly been a point of emphasis during training camp.

 

5. Here’s a look at Wednesday’s injury report.

 

The players who did not participate in Wednesday’s practice due to injury were cornerback L’Jarius Sneed (knee), tight end Jody Fortson (shoulder) and wide receiver Kadarius Toney (knee).

 

Tailback Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who missed Tuesday’s practice with an illness, returned to practice on Wednesday.

 

The Chiefs will now have an off day from practice on Thursday before taking the field on Friday for the sixteenth practice of training camp. For a look at the training camp schedule or for more information on how to reserve tickets, click here.

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