The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up their first week of the preseason last night with a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, 41-39. It’s not everyday we see 80 points scored in a preseason game so you know there had to have been some good, some bad, and some down right ugly.
The Chiefs, and Bengals, both walked away from this exhibition match-up with no big injuries, which is the main thing when it comes to week one of the preseason. With so much action in this game, let’s just get right to it.
SPECIAL TEAMS: The Chiefs have one of, if not THE, best special teams coaches in the NFL with Dave Toub. His coaching always seems to reflect, especially in the preseason. Undrafted rookie free agent, Albert Wilson, got things started with his awesome 65 yard kick return mid-way through the first quarter. Toub has been talking about how he was anxious to see Wilson perform back there and now we understand why.
While he doesn’t quite have burner speed, Wilson showed great ball carrier vision and crafty movement between blocks, proving his skills as a return man are legit. Speaking of legitimacy, how about De’Anthony Thomas?? We all saw his electrifying 80 yard punt return for a touchdown, showing just how dynamic he could be for the Chiefs for years to come.
The other interesting aspect to special teams were the kickers. Ryan Succop and Cairo Santos are battling for the lone kicker spot on the Chiefs roster and both were perfect on the night.
SEAN SMITH: Smith has been demoted to the backup roll since his DUI arrest back in May. He’s been getting all his reps with the second team except for the one day when Marcus Cooper left practice early with injury. Well, against the Bengals, Smith showed why he needs to be a part of the first team. On a comeback route, Smith timed it perfectly, jumping the ball and taking it to the house for an easy six points. He needs to be back in the starting line-up.
MALCOLM BRONSON: Bronson was a player who really stood out. His pick six was awesome, alongside his almost interception early in the game. He was all over the field, being in the right place and knowing his assignment (at least it seemed that way). Bronson gave the coaches plenty of good tape and has made a good case as to why he should make this roster. If the Chiefs are going to have continued success on defense this season, they need young guys in the secondary, like Bronson, to step up and make plays. I like this kid, so far. R
ALBERT WILSON: This rookie has been getting notoriety from anyone who’s gotten a chance to watch him play. He made a couple of nice catches, had a 60 yard kick return, and was the first one down field to block when Travis Kelce broke free for his long touchdown. Andy Reid has to be loving what he saw from Wilson in his first game. The Chiefs might have something special brewing with this young player.
CYRUS GRAY AND THE SECOND TEAM OFFENSIVE LINE: We already knew that Cyrus Gray is a key special teams contributor but for what seems like the first time, we got a real good look at him running with the football. Though he did seem to dance a bit, Gray displayed some good ball carrier vision and made several nice runs on his touchdown scoring drive. Credit that to the offensive line in front of him as well. Eric Kush, Ricky Henry, and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif all showed very well on that series, dominating the line of scrimmage. I really like Eric Kush to make this roster again in 2014.