The first preseason game is on the books. Who gained or lost ground on making the 53-man roster?
The Kansas City Chiefs football season is upon us! Well, preseason counts right? No matter preseason or regular season, it was great to see the Chiefs back on television playing another team.
Traveling to San Francisco, the Chiefs matched up against the San Francisco 49ers in a slow-paced game. While the Chiefs did overcome the 49ers, these games are not about wins or losses but developing towards the regular season.
The defense reigned supreme in the low-scoring affair, with only 33 total points scored between the two teams.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes only had two pass attempts, but it just matters that he was not injured and looks comfortable after recovering from turf toe. The starting offensive line looked strong, allowing no sacks on Mahomes while he was out there and opening holes for running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
The starting defense looked solid in limited action, highlighted by linebacker Anthony Hitchens and defensive weapon Chris Jones. Players like cornerback Rashad Fenton and defensive end Omari Cobb stood out later on, while others like wide receiver Mecole Hardman lit up social media with a dropped pass.
Calling for a player’s release over one bad play in the first preseason game is how starved the Kansas City Chiefs’ fanbase was for football to be back.
During every preseason game, there are individual players who jump out, for either good or bad reasons. The process of whittling down to the 53-man roster lasts until Aug. 31, where some tough decisions are going to have to be made. Players having highlight plays one week may be looking for a new team the next week.
This is a part of the drama and intrigue of the preseason games.
People smarter (and better paid) than I make those final decisions though. From an outside perspective, what players raised their stocks and what players’ stock lowered during Preseason Week 1?