Originally written on KC Sports Ninja  |  Last updated 8/1/13
Sorry that I haven’t fulfilled my promises of daily reports on training camp as I have gotten too busy preparing for college over the past week or so. But here I am now to recap the biggest news from the first week of camp. Change of Pace So far training camp has gone pretty smoothly. With Andy Reid running his first Chiefs camp, from what I heard, it has been a fun one to watch. Owner Clark Hunt even said himself that it doesn’t feel to him like he’s watching practice as it feels more game like. That’s good to hear. The team has been doing a lot more team drills early on in camp than they have in years past.  Injuries Luckily, the injury bug hasn’t been too bad in St. Joseph. The only real serious injury has been to rookie defensive back Sanders Commings who broke his collarbone. The other injuries that have occurred in the first week has been to Dwayne Bowe(cramps), Jeff Allen(shoulder), Cyrus Gray(foot), Colin Kelly(knee), Mike Catapano(calf), Eric Berry(hamstring), and Dunta Robinson(hamstring). Some of these players are key players on this team so as long as these injuries don’t affect them for too much longer, everything will be good.  Robinson has probably been the most concerning as he has missed the most practices of any of the players on this list so will be needing to keep an eye on him when practice resumes tomorrow.  Position Battles The main position battles that most people were interested in watching were the insider linebacker, #2 wide receiver, left guard, #2 cornerback, safety, #2 runningback, #3 quarterback, and the one that most intrigues me, the tight end.  For the second insider linebacker spot on the defense, Akeem Jordan has been getting the first team reps ahead of rookie Nico Johnson. At this point, it looks like Akeem will be the week 1 starter, but you never know what could happen in the NFL. At left guard, Jeff Allen was lining up with the first team ahead of Geoff Schwartz, but after Allen’s injury Schwartz has filled in nicely at the guard position. I am sure glad for the depth we seem to have on this line.  The number 2 cornerback position seems to be locked up by Sean Smith. He is in this battle with Dunta Robinson and Jalil Brown has been in the mix some. There has been a lot of interesting defense formations we up to 7 defensive backs on the field at one time so this defense should be fun to watch with the all the possibilities in the defensive back corp.  The receiver position is a very unsolved one. Dwayne Bowe has been the number one guy on this team since he was drafted, but there has always been a question at who do the Chiefs have after him. I think at this point, the Chiefs really want Jon Baldwin to finally play up to the expectations that have been made for him. After having a great camp last year, Baldwin is off to a slow start this year, so he’ll be a guy to keep an eye on. Dexter McCluster has been having a good camp early on, making a couple of deep catches for touchdowns from Alex Smith. He’ll be in the mix for this offense a lot this year. After McCluster, it looks like Donnie Avery will be the number four guy on the depth chart as he has been receiving mainly 2nd team reps. After Avery, it becomes a bit shady. 5’9″ Devon Wylie has been seen getting reps on the outside and not the slot as most people perceived him to line up in the offense. Other guys that have looked good early on have been Junior Hemingway, Frankie Hammond Jr., and Josh Bellamy. I’ll be watching this position battle the most as camp progresses. Safety is a toss up at this point in time. My money on the week 1 starter is on Kendrick Lewis. I think Lewis holds the advantage over Hussain Abdullah, who was out a year of football for religious reasons. Lewis has shown some skill at the free safety position in the past and if he can stay healthy, I can see the Chiefs having a great safety duo with him and Eric Berry. The number two runningback was basically Knile Davis’ job when he was drafted, but Davis has struggled early on in the receiving department and in Reid’s offense, the runningbacks need to be able to catch the ball. A couple drops in the first week of practices is not good for Davis’ fight for the number two spot on the depth chart. Other guys fighting for the job are Cyrus Gray and Shaun Draughn. The number three slot in the depth chart at quarterback may not be the highest priorities, but it’s still necessary for a position battle. Rookie Tyler Bray has been going ahead of Ricky Stanzi for the third team reps, but they have been taking equal reps. The preseason will ultimately decide who wins this job. At the tight end position, the Chiefs have three guys that could probably start on half the teams in the league. Anthony Fasano has been listed as first team, but Tony Moeaki and Travis Kelce have really impressed in the first week. Kelce has really shown his athleticism and length that he possesses which is a different aspect to the game that Fasano and Moeaki don’t really have. I see a lot of three tight end formations in the Chiefs future. With a little over a week away until the first preseason game, the Chiefs have a lot of work to do before they are game ready. A lot has to be decided by the coaching staff before the team travels to New Orleans, but honestly I have never been this excited for a preseason game. I even postponed a camping trip with my parents a day just to watch the game on Friday night. I am just ready for some Kansas City Chiefs football!!!   Follow @TheDrewClark
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