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Chiefs Training Camp: Past The Halfway Point

The Kansas City Chiefs took the field once again on Tuesday afternoon for a hot, hot, hot practice. The Chiefs had one practice today at 1:50 p.m. and practiced for about two hours.

The defense is still getting the best of the offense even though the offense had a strong start to camp. In light of passing the halfway mark this week, here's a rundown of where the Chiefs stand.

Quarterback

Charlie Weis spoke to reporters on Monday and said his No. 1 goal coming to Kansas City was fixing the quarterback. That improvement hasn't been noticeable the past few days. Cassel is certainly more consistent than Brodie Croyle, but Croyle does have a heck of an arm.

Cassel had several nice passes to Dwayne Bowe but didn't make any "wow" throws.

Running back

Thomas Jones continues to run with the first team and Jamaal Charles on the second team.

Tim Castille has been making himself more noticeable recently. He caught a nice screen pass on Tuesday that might have been six points in a real game.

Dexter McCluster has also been taking reps at running back. He's fun to watch once he hits the second level.

Wide Receiver

Dwayne Bowe continues to have a solid camp. The Chiefs are really trying to make him more consistent and focused on the field, and he's been doing that more and more at camp.

Chris Chambers will be a nice complement to Bowe. He's had a solid camp and has caused some of the defensive backs to talk about how much better they're getting because they're going against a veteran like Chambers.

Offensive line

The offensive line seems to about be in place. Brian Waters is back after being injured the first half of camp, and the battle at center continues between Rudy Niswanger and Casey Wiegmann. Niswanger is taking nearly all the first team snaps.

The line -- first, second and third team -- let several defenders get to the quarterback on Tuesday.

Defensive line

The defensive line looks improved. They've been opening lanes for the linebackers to get through. Tyson Jackson hasn't shown as much improvement as Glenn Dorsey, but I think that's to be expected considering one is going into year three and the other year two.

Linebackers

The talk of the training camp at times has been whether Derrick Johnson will be a starter. He has been taking second team reps with Jovan Belcher this week. DJ looks much improved and I'll be surprised if he's not starting come week one.

Corey Mays and Demorrio Williams have been running with the first team.

Defensive back

The strength of the team.

Brandon Flowers has been solid during camp and he's the unquestioned starter. Brandon Carr caught some flak last week because of some struggles, particularly during the scrimmage. Carr isn't having his job threatened seriously by anyone so that's a situation I wouldn't spend too much time worrying about.

Eric Berry was immediately plugged into the first team and he'll no doubt be the starter. At the other safety spot, Jon McGraw is taking most of the first team reps. Kendrick Lewis is a player to watch here. He's also seen first team snaps at times and he could threaten McGraw for the starting job.