There hasn’t been much movement for the Kansas City Chiefs as far as making changes to the roster. That’s expected this time of the preseason because teams will want to see what they have with their current group. To that end, Andy Reid told reporters that he intends to get everyone on the field in this first preseason game.
Part of getting everyone on the field is how the team will divide the reps for the quarterback group. Reid told reporters that Alex Smith will work the first quarter, with Nick Foles coming in for the second quarter. The remaining three quarterbacks will split the remaining drives over the course of the second half. That is a bit surprising since Tyler Bray is listed as the #2 quarterback and Foles has only just arrived to the team.
On the injury front the Chiefs are very healthy for the most part. Jamaal Charles, Tamba Hali, and Justin Houston all remain out for now, but that was expected. Phillip Gaines is still being eased back in from his ACL injury, but has gotten some practice reps in. Josh Mauga is the only relatively new injury as he has missed several practices with a groin injury.
There were a couple of other scares involving wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Tyreek Hill. Maclin went down after running a route and the training staff went to check on him. Maclin managed to get up on his own power and finish practice though. Tyreek Hill did not finish practice, but Andy Reid informed reporters that he was just suffering from cramps, which is pretty common in camp.
Josh Mauga may be in a bit of trouble as far as his roster spot goes. Second year man Ramik Wilson has looked very good in relief of Mauga, and does have starting experience at the position from when he started the season there in place of a then-injured Mauga. The Chiefs have exceptional depth at the inside linebacker position right now.
The Chiefs are off for the rest of the week as they get ready for their first preseason game. We will know a whole lot more about this team after Saturday. After the first preseason game is when teams generally start making changes to their starting groups, and some teams will even begin to explore their trade options. Those are both areas where the Chiefs may be active.