Our first taste of Chiefs’ football action has officially arrived as they take on the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday. There are a lot of players and instances to look at for this week, with some being bigger than others. With that said, let’s leap right into it:
1. Trey Smith
If there’s one player that’s been hyped up the most throughout camp, it’s none other than Trey Smith. Smith has been a dominant force throughout camp, facing off against third-stringers to Chris Jones and Frank Clark, He isn’t afraid to battle anyone, which shows his competitive nature; that’s something you always like to see in an offensive lineman. Also, he revels in the violent side of football. Here’s a quote from an interview he partook in:
I love just knocking someone down and rolling over them and just talking, getting in their head after the play is over with. It’s just sort of my personality. If you know me, I’m sort of a goon. But I just really enjoy the violence aspect of playing footballTrey Smith, Guard, Kansas City Chiefs
Also, here’s a clip absolutely dominating Dan Sorensen on a play, showing to be an absolute finisher on all plays:
If that hit doesn’t help with the hype, I don’t know what else will. Well… actually, there’s this:
2. Devon Key
Veach might have found a great player in the UDFA pool in Devon Key, a defensive back from Western Kentucky. The Chiefs were raving about him in the seventh round, calling him several times, and made his decision to go to them because they wanted him the most. Let’s just say he’s putting up some headlines. He’s having a good camp so far along with a lot of impressive plays, including a diving interception against Anthony Gordon.
Reporters and fans have been rambling about his intelligence as well. He looks to be another UDFA diamond-in-the-rough that Veach picked up. If Andy Reid gives you props for finding a UDFA, you may have just found something great. He will gain a considerable amount of playing time on Saturday, so it will be exciting to see what he can do on the field.
Chiefs’ defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo adds on to him:
I think he’s done a heck of a job from the mental part of it. We’ve actually added on to him because we think he’s got that part of football, which is chin to the hairline. What we don’t know is in the heat of the battle, so we’re going to find out a little bit of that in the game. But so far, he’s functioned pretty well, and we’re happy with thatSteve Spagnuolo, Chiefs DC
3. Battle At Tight End
The battle for how the backup tight end spot has officially commenced. With the retirement of Nick Kezer, the TE room has gotten a lot more competitive. Noah Gray looks to shine in his first batch of NFL playing time, showing he could be a secret weapon for the Chiefs ahead of the new season. Blake Bell, the six-year veteran, looks to retain his roster spot. And, Jody Fortson looks to finally make the roster after being left out many times over.
Out of all these players, Fortson is having the most impressive camp thus far. If he shines in-game, he will finally earn that roster spot on the final 53-man roster.
4. Starters In Q1
That’s right! We’ll be seeing all of our starters play in the first quarter on Saturday per Head Coach Andy Reid. Now, please don’t act like this will be a full quarter of Mahomes’ action. They’ll probably play one or two drives, and then Reid will send in the backups. Still, though, it will be exciting to see them play for the first time since February.
We’ll get a first look at the revamped offensive line. We’ll get to see how the overall offense has improved throughout the offseason. And, we’ll see Mahomes slinging the ball on TV for the first time in forever. It’ll be exciting to watch out for. Hopefully, the drives don’t turn out as punts.
5. Battle For WR2
Another battle to look out for is none other than the battle on who will be the Chiefs’ second wide receiver beside Tyreek Hill. I’ve talked about this conundrum a few months ago here; primarily, the wide receivers to look out for the most are Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson.
Hardman has had an impressive camp thus far, making plays from the short and long ends of the field. Outside of Kemp, Hardman is having the best camp amongst wide receivers. Demarcus Robinson is making his fair share of plays too; this contested catch from Thursday shows it here.
Also, look for Byron Pringle to shine along with the Chiefs’ new rookie receiver, Cornell Powell. While the battle for a starting spot is prominent, the battle for playing time exists, too.
- All Rookies Drafted and Signed by the Chiefs
- Marcus Kemp
- Mike Danna
- Khalen Saunders
- Battle for Starting RT (w/ Lucas Niang and Mike Remmers)
What are you looking out for ahead of the Chiefs’ first preseason game? Leave a comment down below to join the discussion.
Want more sports content? Be sure to check out the site here for more on all your favorite leagues, and be sure to follow me on Instagram @chiefs.tempest and follow our site Twitter @BorderFuelHQ for more Chiefs/sports content! Thanks for reading, and have a fantastic day!