KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Some observations from Kansas City Chiefs' practice:
Depth at slot receiver has been eroded. Weston Dressler was the latest casualty when he pulled up after a play and grabbed his left leg. Dressler injured his hamstring and didn't return to practice. He might not return before offseason practice concludes with next week's three-day mini-camp. Other top slot receiver candidates who haven't been working recently include Junior Hemingway (illness), Kyle Williams (rehabbing after last year's ACL surgery) and rookie De'Anthony Thomas (ineligible under NFL rules to begin practice until next week). Frankie Hammond Jr., who spent all of last season on the practice squad as an undrafted rookie, has been getting a lot of the work and making the most of it.
Running back Jamaal Charles was absent from practice for personal reasons.
Cornerback Sean Smith is still running second-team because of his demotion for his recent DUI. But Smith had a pair of interceptions in a 7-on-7 drill. He picked off a pass from Chase Daniel that was deflected by tight end Richard Gordon. Smith intercepted another pass when Tyler Bray was late with a throw intended for Darryl Surgent.
Dwayne Bowe had the catch of the day when he hauled in a pass from Alex Smith despite good coverage by Ron Parker, who is Sean Smith's replacement. Parker was in position to make the interception but didn't adjust to the ball and left a small opening for Bowe to make the catch. Parker got even two plays later when he broke up a Smith pass, also intended for Bowe.