4. The Chiefs devoted a good portion of Wednesday’s practice to 7-on-7 and 9-on-7 drills.
The practice schedule on Wednesday included significant time spent participating in 7-on-7 and 9-on-7 drills – including a 20-minute 7-on-7 period. Both drills – which are commonplace in most camp practices – emphasize a specific portion of the overall operation.
A 7-on-7 period, for example, removes the linemen and the subsequent pass-rush from the equation. The drill features the passing game in its purest form, requiring either the receiver or the defender to complete the designed play without a pass-rush impacting the quarterback. Conversely, 9-on-7 periods omit the receivers and the cornerbacks, providing both sides of the ball with an opportunity to work on the running game without the threat of a pass. The Chiefs often utilize both drills in an effort to work on specific areas of the full operation before combining all aspects during team periods.
Some offensive standouts from the lengthy 7-on-7 period were tailback Isiah Pacheco, wide receiver Josh Gordon and tight end Travis Kelce. Pacheco hauled in an impressive catch down the sideline, Gordon made a strong grab over the middle and Kelce caught a touchdown to the delight of the fans in attendance.
Safety Bryan Cook, meanwhile, made the best defensive play of the period. The rookie defensive back recorded an interception over the middle in traffic to record a “win” for the coverage unit.
5. Cornerback Trent McDuffie…