ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Kansas City Chiefs training camp at Missouri Western State University:
The highlights of practice were the two-minute drills. The offense failed to score a touchdown on drives led by quarterbacks Alex Smith, Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray. Smith, leading the starting offense against the first-team defense, completed three passes to Junior Hemingway to get the Chiefs past midfield. But from there the drive stalled and it ended on Smith’s incomplete Hail Mary into the end zone. Albert Wilson dropped a fourth-down pass that ended Daniel’s drive. Bray took his group to the 3-yard line with one second left. From there, his pass for Weston Dressler in the end zone was incomplete but the coaches evidently saw a penalty and gave Bray one more play. It didn’t turn out any better. His throw for Demetrius Harris in the end zone was way off target.
The Chiefs seemed to be making a concerted effort to get the ball to Hemingway, who also caught a touchdown pass in a later drill. He missed much of the early portion of camp with a sore hamstring and didn’t play in last week’s preseason opener against Cincinnati. So he needs the work as their slot receiver, and the Chiefs gave it to him. Look for plenty of Hemingway in Sunday’s night’s game against the Panthers in Charlotte.
Safety Eric Berry's irritated heel was again acting up and he missed practice for the second straight day. But kicker Ryan Succop returned to practice and he received plenty of work. Succop did all the kicking and made several field goals from beyond 40 yards. Judging from how he did in practice, Succop should be ready to kick against the Panthers.
Dwayne Bowe had a tough day. He made a juggling catch to begin a full team drill, but later dropped a pair of passes and then deflected Smith’s high throw to safety Daniel Sorensen, who made the interception.
The Chiefs will hold their final practice at 8:15 a.m. Central time on Thursday in St. Joseph. They will resume training camp at their practice facility in Kansas City next week. Those sessions will be closed to the public.