On Friday, August 28th the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Tennessee Titans in what will be their second and final preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium. So far this preseason, the Chiefs are 2-0, taking out two of the NFC’s top contenders in the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals the week before.
The matchup with the Titans gives the Chiefs another chance to see what they have heading into the regular season. So far, Chiefs fans haven’t seen much from the first team offense in their brief appearances in the first two games, but there is a perfectly good explanation why in my opinion:
Jamaal Charles just isn’t getting the ball in the small amount of game time that he has seen thus far.
Through both preseason games so far, Charles has just 3 receptions, all coming against Seattle, and has basically been absent from preseason action. In all honesty, as Charles is in the prim of his career, I think what the coaching staff is doing with him is smart because of his injury history and the amount of hits he’s taken over the last four years or so.
So for the Titans game, I believe we will see a bit more Charles, but still not much as he is the Chiefs best player and there is nothing that he needs to prove to anyone. He has been the Chiefs’ offense for the last couple of years.
As for the rest of the team, expect backup quarterback Chase Daniel to continue his success once starter Alex Smith comes out, as Daniel has been the shinning star for the Chiefs so far in the preseason. While it has been against second-team defensive players for the most part, Daniel has looked almost like a starter commanding the offense like we haven’t seen from him before.
On the defensive side of the ball, Dontari Poe and Dee Ford will all but certainly be out due to injuries and look for rookie Marcus Peters and second-year man Philip Gaines to continue to try and earn that second cornerback spot opposite of Sean Smith.
Peters has been especially and surprisingly impressive so far, and Chiefs fans should be ready for a big year from him if he can get the first-team nod.
De’Anthony Thomas has a chance to play for the first time in the preseason, but in my opinion, I think he should be held out because like Charles, we basically know what he brings to the table and risking getting him injured further is just not worth it.
Be sure to tune into the game and watch your Chiefs try and remain a perfect 3-0 in the preseason as they take on the Titans on Friday.
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