ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Kansas City Chiefs training camp:
The Chiefs practiced for the first time since Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals and there were no changes to their starting lineup. Cornerback Ron Parker, who was beaten on a long pass and a touchdown and was penalized twice against the Bengals, was still working with the starters. Veteran Sean Smith, who intercepted a pass and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown on his first play as Parker’s replacement, was still a backup. “I learn it best by going back and watching the tape, looking at my mistakes and coming out on the practice field and correcting them,’’ Parker said. “It’s just staying on top of the deep ball, really.’’
Starting wide receiver Donnie Avery was excused from practice for personal reasons so his snaps went to A.J. Jenkins, who didn’t play against Cincinnati because of a sore hamstring. Another wide receiver in the playing rotation, Junior Hemingway, returned to practice for the first time since early in training camp, and quarterback Alex Smith wasted no time in getting him involved. Hemingway caught the first two passes of full-team drills. Hemingway had also been limited by an injured hamstring.
Indicating the importance of the play in their offense, the Chiefs spent an extensive practice period working on getting the timing down on screen passes. The offense wasn’t working against a defense. This wasn’t the first time the Chiefs have worked on the screen at camp.
The Chiefs waived outside linebacker Dezman Moses after he had elbow surgery. Moses had a chance to make the roster as a backup. They signed a linebacker, Devan Walker, as a replacement. Walker went to camp last year with the San Diego Chargers. Defensive end Mike DeVito was among those who didn’t practice. He also missed the Cincinnati game with a broken hand. Also not practicing: wide receiver Albert Wilson (ankle) and kicker Ryan Succop (groin). Wilson, an undrafted rookie, had a 65-yard kickoff return and caught two passes against the Bengals.
The Chiefs will return to the practice field on Sunday at 8:15 a.m. CT.