3. L’Jarius Sneed
L’Jarius Sneed lands on this list for the second straight week because now fans will want to see if he can follow up what he did in week 1. Sneed had an impressive NFL debut, especially against a good quarterback in Deshaun Watson, so fans naturally will be looking to see if an encore is going to happen on Sunday.
The Chargers don’t have as good of a quarterback (sorry Tyrod Taylor, but it’s true), but there’s some film on the fourth round rookie now. Also, it did appear that the Texans were almost scared to chuck the ball downfield plus the Chiefs defensive front was getting constant pressure, so Sneed should be helped out there.
Sneed stepped in for Bashaud Breeland admirably, but now Charvarius Ward is also going to be out, so the Chiefs are without both of their starting corners. Sneed is going to have to play like he’s been an NFL starter for years.
2. Tanoh Kpassagnon
This could also include Taco Charlton and fifth round rookie Michael Danna, who I’m also hoping to get a nice look at this weekend when the Chiefs play the Bolts. Charlton, Danna, and Tanoh Kpassagnon will see more time on the field in week 2 due to the injury to Alex Okafor that will sideline him for this game in Los Angeles.
Kpassagnon was a former second round pick in 2017 and despite a slow start to his career, really came into his own in year 3. He’s now in year 4 and clearly going to be showing out a bit more in hopes of luring a nice contract this offseason.
Kpassagnon played 83% of the snaps against the Texans while Danna played in 43%. Charlton did not see the field, but should this weekend.