On this first Sunday in August there is only one thing to say: Football is back. Tonight the first game of the preseason kicks off with the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio between the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys. What this means is the first preseason game for Head coach Andy Reid and his Kansas City Chiefs is near as they will play in New Orleans this Friday, Aug. 9th against the Saints. And coach Reid says much of the typical preseason routine will remain the same.
The starters will get some work and will continue to build the chemistry they've been working on all training camp, but this time against another team. They will likely only see a couple series as Reid will increase the workload of the starters as the games on. He believes teams can't build much momentum in the preseason considering how vanilla they play and the short amount of time the starters are in the games. Instead, it is really a time to see where the rookies are at in their progression and to get a better look at the position battles. There are always players every year who make NFL rosters by the way they play in the preseason and this is what Andy Reid is looking forward to.
"You want to see what your rookie class looks like, for sure," he said.
The Chiefs are expecting some of their rookies to make an immediate impact on the field this season and seeing how they compete against another team is where it starts. Guys like Eric Fisher, Travis Kelce, Knile Davis, and Nico Johnson are going to see lots of playing time their first year in the league, three of them possible starters. Fisher will be the team's starting RT, Kelce is competing for one of the TE spots, and Johnson is going up against Akeem Jordan for the second inside linebacker position. But regardless if these rookies start or not, you can expect to see them on the field plenty this year contributing.
Along with the rookies, there are a handful of veterans who will be making their first start this Friday in a Chiefs uniform including the most important acquisition QB Alex Smith. TE Anthony Fasano, DE Mike DeVito, and CB Sean Smith will also make their debuts for the Chiefs.
Chiefs fans are eager to get a little glimpse of what coach Reid has installed this offseason and how the players have adapted to it. There's been improvement each day as camp rolls on and now the team gets to see how they've progressed in a live game against the Saints. But don't expect to see too much in the first preseason game.
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