The Chiefs took the field on Monday without a couple of familiar faces in the middle of their defense. Derrick Johnson was nowhere to be found. Safety Eric Berry was still in the trainers tent nursing a heel injury. After practice, Andy Reid told reporters that DJ had been given the day off. The plan was for him not to practice today and he will be back tomorrow. Ashton Lampkin started to practice but was unable to finish due to his knee injury. He headed to the trainers tent to join Eric Berry shortly after practice started and didn’t return.
New wrinkle for the Chiefs offensive line with Zach Fulton getting right tackle and left tackle snaps.
Camp was not a pretty site on Monday. The Chiefs QB’s were a little erratic in 11 on 11. Eventually they started to reconnect more consistently in 9 on 7 drills. This is not something that should be alarming. Players have off days. From what I’ve seen at camp it is definitely not the norm. QB’s Alex Smith and to a lesser extent, Patrick Mahomes, have been consistently good in practice. I fully expect that things will be back to normal tomorrow.
Rookie Tanoh Kpassagnon received a lot of praise from multiple people on Monday for his play on Friday. When talking to BJ Kissel for an article on Kpassangnon that you can find here Coach Britt Reid stated “Thats unbelieveable some the stuff he can do, and obviously today we saw that. You can’t say enough about the guy that can play the nose, three, and outside linebacker.” The play Britt was talking about today was Tanoh covering CJ Spiller on a wheel route. Think about that for a minute, a man that is 6’7 and 289 pounds covered Spiller in pass coverage and wasn’t embarrassed. Only time will tell what he can contribute on this team. His versatility, however, gives the Chiefs a lot of options on the defensive line.
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