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Keep an eye on these Chiefs during preseason game

Updated: 2013-08-08T06:06:29Z

By ADAM TEICHER

The Kansas City Star

Some Chiefs players I will be keeping an eye on (in no particular order) during Friday night’s preseason game against the Saints in New Orleans:

• Quarterback Alex Smith. He doesn’t need to be a superstar in his first game with the Chiefs. But this is a club plagued with terrible quarterback play the past two seasons. It wouldn’t be a bad idea for the new guy to win over his teammates right from the start. Smith protected the ball well while playing for San Francisco, and that would be a nice beginning for him in Kansas City, to go against the Saints without committing a turnover. It’s also not too much to ask him to complete a high percentage of his passes and lead a scoring drive before he turns over his spot to Chase Daniel.

• Tackle Eric Fisher. He got off to a rough start at training camp, which should be expected from a rookie, even one who was drafted with the first overall pick. Solid play from Fisher against the Saints would indicate the rookie has made great progress and his spot doesn’t have to be a concern for the Chiefs.

• Running back Knile Davis. The play of Davis, another rookie, has been uneven at training camp. He’s looked good when running the ball but has dropped numerous passes to the point where the Chiefs can’t possibly trust him when they throw to Davis. He has to be more than a one-dimensional player if he’s to be of much value to the Chiefs. It wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Chiefs to get Davis involved in the passing game to get him some more work in that area.

• Cornerbacks Sean Smith and Brandon Flowers. There’s no telling what the Chiefs will do defensively against the Saints, but they’ve been leaving their starting corners alone in coverage frequently at camp. Smith and Flowers have held up nicely. Now let’s see if they can do it against Drew Brees.

To reach Adam Teicher, call 816-234-4875 or send email to ateicher@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/adamteicher.

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