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Chiefs work to one of new quarterback’s strengths with option

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 2:33 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, July 29, 2013, at 8:21 a.m.

— Some thoughts after Saturday’s Chiefs training camp practice:

• The Chiefs worked some on the option during offseason practice and again Saturday. Remember that quarterback Alex Smith first made a name for himself as much for his running skills as passing ability in playing for Urban Meyer in college at Utah. Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said one reason the Chiefs continue to dabble with the option is because of Smith’s ability and experience. “It’s not a staple of the offense, but we’re going to continue to explore it, to see if it can help us offensively,’’ Pederson said. “It really gives the guys some fun at it and an opportunity to be explosive.”

• If the Chiefs can afford an injury at any particular position, it might be in the middle of their offensive line, where free-agent Geoff Schwartz is a reserve. Starting left guard Jeff Allen suffered what appeared to be the first significant injury of camp when he injured his right shoulder. Allen left practice early and did not return. No word on when he would return, but Schwartz stepped in and the Chiefs should be able to survive that arrangement. Oddly, where an extended loss of Allen might hurt most is at center, where Allen had also been serving as the primary backup to starter Rodney Hudson. The new backup, rookie Eric Kush, continues to have the occasional problem with snaps, both with the quarterback directly under center and in the shotgun. Without some dramatic improvement , Kush can’t be trusted to snap in a real game.

• Speaking of rookies who can’t be trusted, Knile Davis dropped a couple of passes and at this early point has to be considered one of the disappointments of camp. Davis was a frequent fumbler in college. That particular problem hasn’t shown itself yet, but the Chiefs work in full pads on Sunday for the first time, so that’s when contact begins and Davis will need to show he can hold on to the ball.

• With Dwayne Bowe still not practicing, the search for reliable help at wide receiver went to Devon Wylie, a fourth-round draft pick last year. Wiley took most of the snaps that otherwise would have gone to Bowe and contributed a couple of nice catches. Wiley is fast but small and best suited to slot receiver. That has been the domain of Dexter McCluster, but the Chiefs wanted to give Wiley a look. Junior Hemingway had been receiving plenty of snaps in the absence of Bowe and in off-season practice.

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