Week Two of the NFL season is right around the corner, and the Chiefs have another exciting matchup. The Chiefs will be going to Baltimore t face off against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. The Ravens just came off a jaw-dropping loss to the Raiders in overtime (27-33), while the Chiefs are going strong with a huge Week One victory against the Browns (33-29).
The Chiefs have a lot of great talent, so here are three exciting players to look out for ahead of Week One against the Ravens. I will not be highlighting players like Mahomes and Kelce; we already know they’re studs. I’ll be talking about some lesser-known talent that the Chiefs’ have. Let’s get right into it:
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The main man that clutched up last week was none other than Daniel Sorensen. Sorensen has always been a key player for the Chiefs ever since he was signed by them in 2014, but it truly showed how key he was in the last offensive play for the Browns. Sorensen was able to hit Mayfield from behind, which forced the trajectory of the ball to be all contorted. This led to new Chiefs’ CB Mike Hughes picking the ball off to seal the game.
It looks as though Sorensen will be starting again this week as well with Juan Thornhill backing him up. While his zone wasn’t targeted in Week One per Pro Football Reference, he looks to shine in his area against the Ravens. Will it be a challenge to keep up with some of the receivers on this Ravens’ roster like Sammy Watkins and Marquise Brown? Yes, it will as his coverage skills have lacked as of last season. However, he still possesses the skills necessary to be a key player for that Chiefs’ defense.
To say Humphrey isn’t exciting would be blasphemous. Creed was one of the two rookie o-lineman for the Chiefs that started against the Browns, and he did fantastically. This clearly showed in pass blocking, as on 41 pass-block snaps, he allowed zero pressures and sacks:
Humphrey excelled in both Gap and Zone blocking schemes while having an impressive anchor. He was able to redirect the rush well and showed great strength to keep defenders at bay. His hand placement was good, and so was his technique in all kinds of block types. As the season progress, we’ll see him shine more as an elite center prospect.
Humphrey will have a solid challenge, facing the likes of former Pro Bowler Brandon Williams and former First-Team All-Pro and Pro Bowler Calais Campbell. While Campbell is on a slow decline, he is still putting up solid numbers, tallying four sacks in 12 games (saw 39% of snaps). It will be a good challenge for the young rookie. Nevertheless, I’m sure he’ll strive just like he did against the Browns.
The final player is, yes, another rookie. Bolton had a good first performance against the Browns, having seven combined tackles; he also had a tackle for a loss. Bolton has shown good prowess as a tackler; that has been known since college. The stats don’t lie. He has also shown good abilities in stopping the run (as shown below) and pass rush:
Bolton looks to continue his strong rookie season with a great game against the Ravens. His run stoppage may be truly shown against a broken, beaten, and scarred Ravens’ running attack. He’s a player you want to keep your eye on throughout the whole game.
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