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LIVE BLOG: Chiefs training camp continues, counting down to 1st preseason game

Chiefs Training Camp
Posted at 9:21 AM, Aug 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-06 16:25:57-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 3:20 p.m. | Chiefs punter Tommy Townsend is using his lackluster performance in the Super Bowl as fuel to improve during training camp for this season.

2:30 p.m. | Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub is glad to see a normal preseason schedule for the team after a strange last season due to COVID-19.

Toub spoke after training camp practice on Friday about the preseason schedule and how organized team activities, a full training camp and preseason games are important for special teams.

"We don't do anything live out here at (training camp) practice," Toub said. "We find out if guys can cover, if they can block and tackle at preseason games."

The first preseason Chiefs game will be on Saturday, Aug. 14 against the San Francisco 49ers. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

1:25 p.m. | Friday was alumni day at Chiefs training camp, and 18 former Kansas City Chiefs players came to watch practice in St. Joseph, Missouri, and met with the current players.

12:20 p.m. | Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and wide receiver Tyreek Hill put on a show for fans taking pictures at Friday's training camp practice.

Mahomes lifted Hill up for a photo. When Mahomes set the wide receiver down, he said "that boy heavy."

10:40 a.m. | LIVE: Chiefs training camp updates

Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub and players Andrew Wylie, Mike Danna and Tommy Townsend are speaking after training camp practice.

9:25 a.m. | Defensive end Alex Okafor is on the field for training camp practice but does not have a helmet with him.

Okafor left practice early on Wednesday with a hamstring injury.

Also, there is no sign of linebacker Willie Gay Jr. who is on concussion protocol following Wednesday's training camp practice.

9:20 a.m. | Tight end Travis Kelce has a message to fans concerned about him being late to practice.

"Party don't start til I get here."

9:15 a.m. | As Chiefs training camp continues, the team hasn't forgot what they are working toward.

Wide receiver Demarcus Robison spoke Thursday about the upcoming season. He said the team needs to go back to the Super Bowl and finish what they started last season.

"Two years ago we finished the job and last year we didn't," Robinson said. "Were trying to get back and finish it."

There are 37 more days until the start of the regular season. The first game will be at GEHA field at Arrowhead Stadium against the Cleveland Browns.

9 a.m. | Today is long snapper James Winchester's 32nd birthday. This season will be his seventh season with the Chiefs.

8:30 a.m. | Wideout Mecole Hardman may have found a new profession at Chiefs training camp.

The wideout seemed to be practicing his sport's photography skills in full football gear during Thursday morning's practice.

Hardman is going into his third season with the Chiefs after being drafted in the second round in the 2019 NFL draft.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes said he saw more maturity out of Hardman at this year's training camp.