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LIVE BLOG: Chiefs return to training camp, offense 'had an off day'

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Posted at 9:28 AM, Aug 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-02 17:25:43-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 4 p.m. | Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes took a page out of wide receiver Tyreek Hill's touchdown celebrations book.

Mahomes celebrated a touchdown during training camp practice Monday.

1 p.m. | Chiefs players took to Twitter after practice to react to Monday's training camp practice.

Chiefs rookie wide receiver Cornell Powell tweeted that he's "1% better, every single day!"

Offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy praised Powell and the other 2021 NFL draft picks for being hard working and "doing a hell of a job" at training camp.

Powell was drafted by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL draft.

Safety Tyrann Mathieu tweeted about his fellow defensive player Willie Gay Jr. simply saying, "Willie Gay. That's the tweet."

Gay Jr., a linebacker, has been impressing fans at practice, and during Monday's practice, he intercepted a pass thrown by quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

12:30 p.m. | Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said that the offense "had an off day" during Monday's training camp practice.

Quaterback Patrick Mahomes threw two interceptions during practice, and Bieniemy said one of them was because of a poorly executed play.

12 p.m. | It's now confirmed that Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill left training camp practice early Monday because of a groin injury.

He joins several other players who are sitting out due to injury.

11:45 a.m. | In a Chiefs press conference Monday, Coach Eric Bieniemy said he would pick Olympic runner Usain Bolt over wide receiver Tyreek Hill in a race.

The comment follows earlier statements by Hill claiming he could beat famously fast Bolt in a sprint.

Hill is the fastest player in the NFL, but clearly not everyone is convinced he is as fast as he thinks he is.

10:35 a.m. | Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay Jr. also nabbed an interception by quarterback Patrick Mahomes during practice on Monday.

10:15 a.m. | The former Mizzou linebacker Nick Bolton seems to be fitting in with the Chiefs defense.

During practice Monday, quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw an interception which Bolton picked off.

Fellow linebacker Willie Gay Jr. spoke highly of Bolton after Friday's practice calling him "a monster" on the field.

10:05 a.m. | Juan Thornhill left training camp practice early Monday after he was seen in the medical tent.

10 a.m. | Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill is in the medical tent at training camp practice Monday.

Thornhill tore his ACL during his rookie year in 2019 and missed Super Bowl LIV. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft.

9:40 a.m. | Travis Kelce is not only back at practice after tightness in his back and hips kept him from practicing last week, but he also is celebrating his new facial hair.

The tight end was seen rocking a mustache for as he called it "Mustache Monday."

Kelce in team practice also seemed to be connecting with quarterback Patrick Mahomes to give fans at Chiefs training camp a good show.

9:15 a.m. | Players have begun to file into training camp Monday.

Tight end Travis Kelce appears to be back after taking a break due to tightness in his back.

KSHB 41 Sports anchor Aaron Ladd also noted that line backer Ben Niemann dressed up but may not be fully participating.

9 a.m. | Chiefs training camp will be back from its Sunday break Monday. Over the weekend, the players swapped roles.

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill made his pitch to replace Patrick Mahomes on Saturday, with varied success.

The role reversals did not stop there. Linebacker Willie Gay Jr. gave reporting a go.

Once again, camp will be open to those who reserve a spot online.