ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Kansas City Chiefs training camp:
Coach Andy Reid said each of the four quarterbacks would receive a quarter of playing time apiece in Thursday night’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium. Assuming the Chiefs follow the rotation they’ve been using in practice, Chase Daniel would follow starter Alex Smith. Tyler Bray would then play the third period and rookie Aaron Murray the fourth. Smith and Daniel are known quantities to the Chiefs but they are eager to get a look at Bray and Murray.
Judging from the slower pace at practice, the Chiefs were obviously gearing down in preparation for the Bengals game. Players were wearing full pads, as usual, but practice contained no real hitting. The session also ended about a half-hour earlier than normal.
Backup safety Daniel Sorensen has consistently displayed good instincts and ball skills since joining the Chiefs in the spring as an undrafted rookie. This practice was no different. Sorensen was the day’s star. He intercepted a pair of passes and broke up another. As with all developmental players, Sorensen needs to play well against the Bengals and subsequent preseason games if he’s going to stick with the Chiefs when the regular season begins. Sorensen was a star on special teams at Brigham Young and also needs to play well in the kicking game this summer.
The Chiefs were counting on Mike Catapano to help as a situational pass-rusher, but a virus has prevented Catapano from practicing the past several days. The Chiefs are unsure when Catapano will return to practice. The Chiefs have been using a variety of linemen alongside Dontari Poe in passing situations but Allen Bailey looks like the best of the bunch. Running back Joe McKnight, who had been out with a sore knee, practiced for the first time at camp. It’s not too late for McKnight to leave an impression, but unless the Chiefs decide to keep a fourth running back, it will be difficult for McKnight to make the team. The Chiefs have Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis and De’Anthony Thomas getting snaps out of the backfield. McKnight has also been a dynamic kick returner, but the Chiefs seem to have settled on Thomas (punts) and Davis (kickoffs) as their main return specialists.
The next training camp practice will be on Saturday. Monday’s workout was the final session before the Bengals game.