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8/3 Camp Recap: Rain moves Chiefs practice indoors

Posted Aug 3, 2014

The Chiefs were forced to move inside for practice on Sunday because of rain

Without plenty of space, the Kansas City Chiefs were forced to do their best on Sunday morning as practice moved to the indoor facility at Missouri Western State University.

Just one field for 80-plus players meant a lot of red zone work for the offense and being creative with the space available.

There were no full-live periods during today’s practice but there were a few things that stood out.

Safety Eric Berry and cornerback Marcus Cooper were full participants in Sunday’s practice, which should give fans a sigh of relief as the injury bug has been hitting the defensive backfield lately.

New Chiefs safety Steve Gregory, who signed just last week, took some reps with the first-team defense. While it doesn’t mean much until games are played, there’s something to keep an eye on as the preseason games get closer.

Another player who has been seeing more time with the first team is offensive lineman Ricky Henry, who has been working at both right and left guard here at training camp.

Again, there have been plenty of people moving in and out of positions but Henry’s jersey has been seen with the first team recently, which is different than a week ago.

As Cairo Santos took all of the field goal attempts in team period on Saturday, finishing 2-for-3 from 52 yards, Ryan Succop took them Sunday and finished 1-for-3 from the same distance.

Both Josh Mauga and Frank Zombo made nice plays during 9-on-7 with interceptions, and once again De’Anthony Thomas continues to make writers look for new ways to define “fast.”

Working on positional flexibility, rookie Zach Fulton again took some reps at center with the second team on Sunday. Just as he’s done over the past several practices, Fulton started out as the right guard with the first-team offense.

Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson spoke about Fulton’s versatility after practice.

“Even at Tennessee, he has had some snaps during practice situations at center,” Pederson said. “We’re always looking for those guys up front that could play guard, center, tackle—the swing-type guys. And the more guys you get exposed to different positions, it’s just going to help your football team and give you depth.”

With the Chiefs first preseason games coming up on Thursday against the Cincinnati Bengals, Pederson talked about their plan on offense heading into that game.

“The bottom line in any preseason game and really this first one is you want to keep it simple,” Pederson said. “You want to let the guys play fast and execute. And we’ve thrown a lot at them in these first two weeks of camp and now we can kind of cut it down and streamline it so to speak to give them an opportunity to play fast.”

The Chiefs are scheduled to practice against Monday morning at 8:15 a.m.

Practice bits:

Did not practice: DB David Van Dyke (PUP - hamstring), RB Joe McKnight (PUP - knee), WR AJ Jenkins (hamstring), WR Junior Hemingway (hamstring), WR Mark Harrison (hamstring), DL Kyle Love (ankle), LB Dezman Moses (elbow), LB Joe Mays (knee-precautionary), OL Eric Kush (personal), DL Mike Catapano (illness), DL Jermelle Cudjo (ankle).

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