Week 3 of the Preseason is heading our way as some players are on their final shot to either make the roster or secure a good place on the depth chart. Some will succeed, while others will fail. The Chiefs have a lot of talent on the roster, and there are some to watch for as they make their final push. Here are four Chiefs’ players to watch for ahead of their final Preseason matchup of 2021 against the Vikings:
Darwin Thompson, RB
Thompson is fighting for a roster spot ahead of this Week 3 matchup. After a lackluster game against the 49ers and a good game against the Cardinals, he will need to prove that he is a consistent performer ahead of this week. Thompson is the fourth running back listed on the depth chart.
At this moment, Derrick Gore is catching up to Thompson, after having eight rushes for 54 yards against the Cardinals; this made Gore the leading rusher of the day. Reid normally runs four RBs in his offense that he can switch out at any time; of course, he would take the most talented RB of the two. Thompson has slacked in the passing game, only catching three passes for 13 yards; if he wants to push past Gore, he needs to shine in the passing game, especially with being in a pass-heavy offense. If Gore outperforms him again, Thompson has an increased shot of landing on the practice squad.
Thompson is indeed one of the primary players to watch for ahead of this game. His job is in jeopardy, and if he screws up, Gore would gladly love to take up that spot for him.
Thornhill is fighting to be the starter ahead of the start of the regular season. Recently, Dan Sorensen took over the starting free safety position, which had been previously been held by Thornhill. While that is true, he has still been pulling highlight plays to prove he is indeed starter material. Just look at the diving interception:
That interception told the league that he is back. He has shown that he can track the ball well, has good speed to get to his assignment, and has the ability to disrupt the passing lane. If he has another performance like last week, then he could definitely climb back up the depth chart and secure the starting spot yet again.
Omari Cobb, LB
Cobb is another player fighting for a roster spot and has a shot to prove that he belongs in this bout. He did well against the 49ers, being one of the star defenders of the game, attributing to four total tackles (two solos) and a sack. Cobb then had a slower game last week against the Cardinals, only having one solo tackle that night.
This is Cobb’s last shot to make a name for himself on this Chiefs’ roster. The linebacker core for the Chiefs has gotten deeper in recent years; this was due to the drafting of Willie Gay and Nick Bolton. He’d have to beat out a reliable special teamer in Dorian O’Daniel along with Darius Harris and Emmanuel Smith to have the best shot to make the final-53.
Even if all doesn’t go as planned, he could easily still land on the Chiefs’ practice squad as the regular season begins. He could build up his skills there and shine even brighter once he’s been called up. He’s easily someone to watch for as the game progresses as he should receive a solid amount of reps.
Daurice Fountain, WR
While the past two preseason games have aided him to make the final roster, one more game could boost his chances of getting significant reps ahead of the regular season. Daurice Fountain has caught seven passes for 92 yards over the past two games. Fountain also leads the team in receiving yards per game with a 46 yards per game average:
He has strong hands, he’s good with separating against man coverage, and he has good adjustment skills towards the ball; moreover, he’s a strong receiver, which is something the Chiefs’ have needed coming into the regular season. As said earlier, if he has another strong outing, he will have a lot of snaps played in the regular season. He’d make a significant impact on the roster. He’s an easy must-watch heading into the Vikings’ game.
- Marcus Kemp, WR
- Jody Fortson, TE
- Tim Ward, DE
- DeAndre Baker, CB
Are there any Chiefs’ players you’re watching out for ahead of this final preseason matchup of 2021?
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