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Questions and answers from the Chiefs’ final preseason game

Updated: 2013-08-30T03:20:53Z


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•  How are you feeling about the Chiefs’ backup quarterback situation?

Alex Smith better stay healthy. Backup Chase Daniel did not inspire a lot of confidence in his opportunity to start the game. He was intercepted on the first offensive play of the game, overthrowing A.J. Jenkins. And with the Chiefs at the Packers 6, Daniel held onto the ball too long and was sacked when he should have thrown the ball into the seats. Tyler Bray threw three TD passes, but he is still a work in progress.

•  What position will the Chiefs be scouring the waiver wire as teams get down to 53 players this weekend?

Tight end, for sure. The Chiefs could be in a world of hurt at a position that is critical in Andy Reid’s West Coast offense. Rookie Travis Kelce, who missed last week’s game at Pittsburgh because of a knee injury, re-injured the knee on Thursday night. That, coupled with Tony Moeaki expected to be out for much, if not all season, with a shoulder fracture, leaves what appeared to be a position of strength woefully thin. The backups to Anthony Fasano and Kelce are journeyman Kevin Brock, who is with his eighth team since 2009, and Demetrius Harris, a converted college basketball player.

•  Did anyone win or lose a job based on Thursday night’s performance?

Second-year running back Cyrus Gray ran with some power and determination, especially on a 15-yard run in the second quarter. He finished with 13 carries for 72 yards and may have done enough to beat out veteran Shaun Draughn for the No. 3 running back spot.

•  Why did the starters even bother putting on their uniforms?

They looked pretty good going through the pregame warmups.

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