Tuesday, August 17, 2021

4 takeaways from Day 13 of Chiefs training camp


Charles Goldman 

The Kansas City Chiefs were back in pads for their final training camp practice ahead of the start of the preseason on Saturday.

The offense was executing a lot better on Thursday after having a down practice on Tuesday, which is exactly what you want to see if you’re the coaching staff. There are still some things the team will have to work through during the remainder of training camp and the preseason, but they have themselves positioned to get off to a hot start.

Here are four things that we’re taking away from the thirteenth day of Chiefs’ training camp:

Running backs need more work on pass protection

The team got the day started with individual drills and 1-on-1’s per usual. The pass-blocking drills didn’t go in favor of the running backs on Thursday, with the linebackers taking home plenty of would-be sacks on the quarterback. Standing out on the defensive side were LBs Ben Niemann and Darius Harris, who dominated their competition. Falling flat for Kansas City were RBs Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Derrick Gore, who need some work there.

Edwards-Helaire wanted to improve in the passing game this offseason — that includes working on pass protection. Getting dusted by Niemann only to get yelled at by Eric Bieniemy is probably not what he had in mind. Hopefully, this will be a bit of a wake-up call for the second-year running back ahead of Saturday’s preseason debut. It’s worth noting he’s had better 1-on-1 pass protection drills during the course of training camp.

Some good moments on offense


There were a number of standout plays on offense at practice on Thursday. Here are just a few that were captured and shared on social media:

  • Jerick McKinnon had a slick cutback run that would have gone for a touchdown during team periods.
  • Patrick Mahomes hit Tyreek Hill in the back corner of the endzone during redzone drills. The pass protection was a sight to behold on the play.
  • Demarcus Robinson made a physical contested catch over Chris Lammons during 1-on-1 drills.


Jody Fortson continues his training camp stardom


Jody Fortson continues to make an impression at Chiefs training camp. The third-year WR-TE convert added 20 pounds of muscle this offseason and really has begun to look the part. His latest claim to fame comes on a broken play across the middle of the field.

Chad Henne was looking for Maurice Ffrench, who was wide open on a crosser heading in the opposite direction. Fortson and Ffrench end up in the same area of the field for some reason (hence the broken play). The ball is thrown behind Fortson because it was intended for Ffrench. Instead of potentially letting a turnover happen, Fortson makes an acrobatic adjustment to pop the ball up and haul it back in. Assuming this wasn’t a wrong wrote by Fortson, it was a heads-up move to ensure the team made positive gains on the play.

One-handed catches a theme at practice


There were a number of great one-handed catches during 1-on-1 drills at practice today. Fifth-year veteran wideout Marcus Kemp and newcomer Daurice Fountain both came down with one-handed grabs. But the top snag seemed to come from Tyreek Hill, who beat L’Jarius Sneed, hauling in the pass with one hand while falling to the ground.

I’m not sure if these were intended to be one-handed catches, but it’s always good to know that your players can come down with the ball by any means necessary.

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