Five Observations from Saturday’s Practice

Five Observations from Saturday's Practice

3. Kansas City worked on the two-minute drill during Saturday’s practice, providing the defense – and later tight end Noah Gray – with a chance to shine.

Most training camp practices include standard segments that are quite similar from day to day, including install periods, individual work, 1-on-1 drills, 7-on-7 periods and full team drills. Every practice also features unique and specific situations, however, that provide the Chiefs with an opportunity to run through numerous real-world scenarios over the course of camp.

Saturday’s practice was a great example of that, as the Chiefs utilized a team period to focus on the two-minute drill. Specifically, the offense was presented with a situation in which they needed at least a field goal to win the game.

The period included five total drives: two each by the first and second team and one by the third team. There were solid plays by both sides throughout the period, but overall, it was largely a victory for the Chiefs’ young defense.

For example, defensive tackle Chris Jones and defensive end Mike Danna combined for a sack on the first snap of the period. Then, just three snaps later, the defense held to force a turnover on downs. Defensive end Joshua Kaindoh later tallied a pressure on the second team’s first drive, ultimately leading to another win for the defense. That trend then continued on the third drive, as cornerback DeAndre Baker picked off quarterback Shane Buechele on fourth down to notch yet another defensive victory.

It was all part of a big day for the two-minute defense up and down the depth chart, but the offense made sure to end the period on a high note during the fifth and final drive. The eight-play series featured four receptions by tight end Noah Gray, a first-down grab by wide receiver Skyy Moore and a big catch by tight end Jordan Franks before kicker Harrison Butker nailed a 50-yard field goal as time expired.

It was an exciting conclusion to a productive period for both sides of the ball. Overall, for the defense, it was an example of the unit’s collective growth in terms of coverage, generating pressure and building confidence. Gray’s performance, meanwhile, was the main takeaway on offense. It was part of another solid day for Gray, who was also busy with multiple catches during 7-on-7 drills.

4. Cornerback Trent McDuffie had a strong day.

McDuffie made multiple plays throughout Saturday’s practice in what has turned out to be a really strong stretch of camp for the rookie cornerback.

One such play took place during the aforementioned “two minute” period, when McDuffie tallied a pass-breakup on fourth down to record a win for the defense. McDuffie also added another pass-breakup later in the practice.

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