Who impressed at training camp week 2

Who impressed at training camp week 2

The Kansas City Chiefs have wrapped up their second week of training camp at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri. Several players have helped their stock through those two weeks, while others have taken a step back as we approach the first preseason game.

Here’s a look at how the stock is trending for some players after two weeks of training camp:

Stock Up: Mike Danna

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The growth of Mike Danna has been on display so far at training camp as he is making the most of his opportunities. Danna spent time working with the first team defensive line opposite George Karlavtis and Frank Clark, with impressive moments including some would-be sacks of Patrick Mahomes.

Danna commented on his offseason work to prepare for training camp during a post-practice press conference.

“Making the game slow down, man in the sense of pre-snap keys, o-line indicators, working my eyes,” Danna told reporters on Monday. “Then, from fundamentals and technique, I did a lot of pass rushing. A lot of flipping the hips worked on a lot of power. It’s a combo of things and also, from the run standpoint, anchoring down. Being able to hunch your feet, play the box, read blocks. But the biggest thing for me was just reading pre-snap keys so I can get a jump on the snap or, you know, an advantage when it comes to the snap of the ball.”

Stock Up: Skyy Moore

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Since being selected in April’s draft, the sky appears to be the limit for Moore’s potential in the Chiefs’ offense. He didn’t waste any time dazzling fans with big plays in training camp against fellow rookies and veterans in the secondary. Moore hauled a pass from backup QB Chad Henne against slot CB Nazeeh Johnson. He made the play regardless of the tight defense down the field.

That hasn’t been the only play made by Moore during training camp either. They’ve got him involved as a punt returner and even at running back.

Stock Up: Isiah Pacheco

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Isiah Pacheco is quickly pushing himself up the Chiefs’ depth chart with his inspired play so far in camp. The seventh-round draft pick has taken practice snaps with the first team, showing that he’s capable of running with the starters.

Pacheco recently credited his college career at Rutgers for keeping him grounded and working hard at training camp.

“Nothing makes me different,” said Pacheco. “Just be the same guy, like I did before at Rutgers. And, you know, be a team player, whatever coach wants me to do, I’m gonna do it. And take advantage of any opportunities. Coming from an offensive coach at the running back position, coach Augie (Hoffmann) definitely prepared me for the next level, and I feel like I’m at a good size to where I could take on blocking.”

Stock Up: Justin Watson

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Watson was thought to be a long shot at making the squad amongst the receivers in camp, but he has stood out with his hustle. He’s someone who can make plays on offense and serve well on special teams, providing flexibility on the roster.

Watson was praised recently by special teams coordinator Dave Toub as an impact player in his group.

(Justin) Watson, he’s not a rookie, but he’s a guy that could probably take Marcus Kemp’s (job). . . Watson is a guy who could take Kemp’s spot in a lot of things, and he’s doing well on offense, which is important.”

Stock Up: Orlando Brown Jr.

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The offseason negotiations fell through with the Pro Bowl left tackle heading into training camp leading him to arrive later than his teammates. Brown Jr. has responded well in his return and reacclimating to the system.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid took notice of Brown Jr.’s performance at camp thus far and shared his thoughts with reporters after practice earlier in the week.

“That’s a big fish,” said Reid. “He looks good. I know he’s been working hard down in Miami, and I mentioned that earlier. So, kind of keeping tabs on that as he’s going. It looks like he’s in good shape. We’re ramping him up, so we’re trying to be smart with that the best that we can and get him the work that he needs. But he’s handled it very well. (It’s) good to have him back.”

Stock Up: Juju Smith-Schuster

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The signing of Smith-Schuster was a move to help soften the blow after parting ways with All-Pro Tyreek Hill. He was entering training camp seeking a fresh start following an injury-filled season last year in Pittsburgh.

The new Chiefs receiver created a buzz in camp with a fantastic play to set the tone forward. Patrick Mahomes threw Smith-Schuster open against rookie Trent McDuffie, allowing him to break off the route and make an unbelievable diving catch by the sidelines. The catch drew applause from the fans attending camp and Chiefs teammates.

This was only the beginning for Smith-Schuster, who is looking like the team’s true No. 1 WR during the course of training camp.

Stock Down: Josh Gordon

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The pressure is squarely on the shoulders of Josh Gordon heading into camp this year as he attempts to revert to Pro Bowl form. Gordon changed his number in hopes of a fresh start but appears to have the same issues still, not quite making a needed impact yet.

Head coach Andy Reid didn’t quite share the impression that he was happy with Gordon’s progress but did acknowledge he’s working hard.

“Josh has got a great attitude, and he’s working hard,” said Reid. “Yeah, there’s competition; I mean, they are all competing. One day he’s working with the ones; the next day, with the twos, threes. Trying to get him as many reps a week (and) can still look at the other guys too. It’s a little bit of a juggling act, but he’s doing a nice job. Working very hard.”

Stock Down: Ronald Jones

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The signing of Ronald Jones was expected to be the extra piece needed in replacing Darrel Williams in the running backs room. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter’s performance hasn’t been strong compared to rookie Isiah Pacheco.

Jones hasn’t been in a consistent role in the training camp pecking order, working with the first-team offense sparingly and the second-team offense much more frequently. The uncertainty brought on by unimpressive performance and the emergence of Pacheco could have the veteran on the chopping block.

Stock Down: DeAndre Baker

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Adding multiple rookie cornerbacks in the draft and a history of injuries have put Baker in a tight spot to make the team. The veteran cornerback has shown flashes of brilliance in the past but has also given up big plays, and he needed to avoid mistakes in camp to remain in contention.

A mistake defensively against rookie receiver Skyy Moore was made worse because it was recorded and has since gone viral for public judgment.

Will Baker be able to fend off the competition in training camp and the preseason? It’s hard to give him positive marks when plays like this happen.

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