Five Observations from Thursday’s Practice

Five Observations from Thursday's Practice

The Kansas City Chiefs took the field for the eighth official practice of training camp on Thursday in preparation for the upcoming season.

Here’s a quick rundown of what took place during Thursday’s practice, and for reference, every previous practice report can be accessed through the links below.

1. There were two additions to the injury report on Thursday.

Wide receiver Daurice Fountain (groin) and wide receiver Gary Jennings (concussion) didn’t practice on Thursday as new additions to the injury report. Tight end Jody Fortson (quad) also didn’t practice.

There was some good news, however, as offensive tackle Prince Tega Wanogho – who was previously on the “Physically Unable to Perform” list with a leg injury – took the field and participated in Thursday’s practice. Cornerback Rashad Fenton and offensive tackle Lucas Niang remain on the “PUP” list and did not participate.

2. Thursday’s practice was of the lighter, “10-10-10” variety.

The Chiefs just completed the toughest stretch of camp so far, stringing three padded practices together between Monday and Wednesday. That final practice – which took place indoors due to weather – was the longest practice of this year’s camp to this point at two hours and twenty-five minutes. That three-day stretch was an absolute grind, and with that in mind, the Chiefs took the field for a lighter, “10-10-10” practice on Thursday that emphasized the mental side of the game.

The “10-10-10” format includes two to three cycles of 10 offensive plays, 10 defensive plays and 10 special teams’ plays. These practices – which take place in helmets, shells and shorts as opposed to pads – provide an opportunity to gain mental reps and build muscle memory while ideally achieving what success looks like in any given situation. For example, during the offensive period, the first team offense will often line up across from the second or third team defense. The same is true for the defensive period, where the first-team defense will compete against the second or third team offense.

In Thursday’s practice, the first-team offense – which took the field for three designated periods – operated from midfield during each session, focusing on the deep passing game for much of that time while also dedicating several snaps to the running game during the second offensive period.

Defensively, the first-team elected to work in the red zone during its first period before working from midfield over the next two sessions. The special teams’ focus, meanwhile, centered around the punting game. Specifically, punter Tommy Townsend operated deep in his own territory and booted the ball to a variety of returners – including Mecole Hardman, Skyy Moore, Corey Coleman and Trent McDuffie – while the other components of the punting operation worked on their blocking, rushing and coverage technique.

It was a quick practice at one hour and 50 minutes, but the idea is that the players can translate Thursday’s mental reps to the next padded practice on Saturday.

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