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8/12 Camp Recap: Berry leaves early, LBs work new drill

Posted Aug 12, 2014

The Kansas City Chiefs have just two days left of training camp in St. Joseph, Missouri after Tuesday morning’s practice

With just two more practices left of Chiefs training camp in 2014, coach Andy Reid was pleased with the effort on Tuesday morning.

“We got a lot of things done,” Reid said. “I feel positive about the guys and the effort that they're giving.”

One of the players who has been getting praise for the work he has been doing is rookie safety Daniel Sorensen.

As veteran Eric Berry left practice shortly after warmups, Sorensen again moved up and took reps with the first team. After practice, Reid said that Berry has tendinitis in his heel.

Sorensen started the Chiefs preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals as Berry sat out the game.

RELATED: Player Profile: Daniel Sorensen

Reid spoke on Sorensen’s performance after practice on Tuesday.

“He actually played pretty good against Cincinnati,” Reid said. “He had a lot of good snaps. You get an idea of the speed of the game once you get into game time. Each one of these preseason games gets a little faster and a little faster and then the season’s faster than that. But it was good for him to get in there and get that experience.”

For the first time at training camp, the offensive line and linebackers worked 2-on-2 drills.

Outside linebackers Josh Martin and Dee Ford rotated on one side while Tamba Hali and Justin Houston worked on the other.

The majority of pass-rushing drills to this point had just been 1-on-1 with the offensive and defensive line/linebackers.

This new drill was focused on spacing and angles on both sides of the ball.

Another player who Reid spoke about after practice is second-year offensive lineman Eric Kush.

“You talk to him for five minutes and you feel it (the energy),” Reid said. “He’s going to look you in the eye and then every play, he’s going to give you 110 percent. Whether it’s right or wrong. So he’s got a mixture going right now. He’s got to continue to get better, but if he’s going to make a mistake, it’s 100 miles an hour [and] if he does it right, it’s 100 miles an hour and you appreciate it.”

The tight end group is one that has been discussed plenty throughout training camp. As veteran Anthony Fasano, Richard Gordon, Travis Kelce, Demetrius Harris and Adam Schiltz fight for just a few roster spots, Reid spoke on the competition.

“This offense has been tight end-friendly over the years,” Reid said. “So, to have three, four [or] five of them that can play for you out here is a good thing. We just have to see the numbers that you keep. Normally, [it’s] varied between two and three tight ends, so there are some pretty good battles going on.”

Quarterback Alex Smith spoke with the media after practice and shared some thoughts on what the offense needs to improve upon after watching the preseason opener against the Bengals.

“To me, two plays jumped out,” Smith said. “One, the fumble, you just can’t have it, can’t have turnovers. The second one, that 3rd and 2 down there, in the red zone, if you convert, you have a good chance of walking away with a touchdown. Those are big downs, we know that. You have to execute those and it’s all kind of in the details.”

One player who could help Smith this season is veteran receiver Kyle Williams, whom Smith is familiar with from their time together in San Francisco.

“Kyle is a very, very polished receiver,” Smith said. “He’s a guy that’s played all over the field, as far as receivers go – slot, inside, outside. I think he has a good understanding of defenses and leverages because he has experience. I’m excited for him. He’s worked extremely hard, he’s such a great teammate, he’s battled through a lot of injuries the last few years, so I’m happy for him to be back out here.”

Williams and Smith will take the field again Wednesday morning for their second-to-last practice of training camp.

Practice bits:

Did not practice: DL Kona Schwenke (shoulder), DL Mike DeVito (hand), CB Damond Smith (abductor), LB Josh Mauga (groin), TE Richard Gordon (excused), DL Mike Catapano (illness)

Left practice early: DB Eric Berry (heel)

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