Week Two Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp Winners And Losers

Andy Reid
Dec 7, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Chiefs 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs training camp wrapped its second week in St. Joseph, Mo. and according to head coach Andy Reid‘s week two camp assessment, his team is on schedule to make corrections in all critical phases of the practices. Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes threw seven interceptions in six offensive exercises. His actions raised suspicion and concern that maybe he is not ready to lead the team.

Anyone who is pessimistic about Mahomes camp performance with the Chiefs should read through the lines. Mahomes interceptions are part of a valuable learning process of making necessary adjustments before the regular season starts.

Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy reassured team supporters that Mahomes had made the required corrections and changes to avoid mistakes when the season begins. Reid echoed Bieniemy’s sentiment by stating that the interceptions are part of player development in training camp.

Defense – Winner

There are two things to take into consideration is Mahomes is practicing against a very good Chiefs defensive backfield. The Chiefs veteran defensive secondary is making good progress with the return of all-pro safety Eric Berry.

Berry has picked off three of Mahomes’ passes and cornerback Steve Nelson intercepted several Mahomes passes as well. Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton’s corners and safeties are reading Mahomes instead of him reading the defense.

Offense – Winner

On another camp note, wide receiver Demarcus Robinson made some big catches during practice. His one-handed catch from Mahomes made him the player to watch. Robinson’s speed and ability to get the first step off the line will give Mahomes another shifty target.

The Test

This Chiefs first preseason game will be a real test for the offense and defense to measure training camp progress. Patrick Mahomes will face a formidable Houston defense that was ranked 20th in the league last year.

The Chiefs defense is expecting to see Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson for several snaps in Thursday night’s preseason opener. Watson’s excellent mobility and quick release should give Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton a good look at his defense.

Injury Notes

Chiefs linebacker Reggie Ragland participated in practice but on a limited basis due to some swelling in his knee. The Chiefs are optimistic Ragland will be ready to practice in all drills this week.