As Andy Reid enters his third season as coach of the Chiefs, he’s faced with the prospect of proving himself all over again as a play caller, a job he had to cede in Philadelphia before he was ultimately fired.
The Kansas City Chiefs’ projected starting offensive line hasn’t been together in the team’s first two preseason games and isn’t expect to be together in the third, Friday against Tennessee, because of injuries. But that doesn’t mean the offense isn’t being fairly evaluated.
Chiefs running back Knile Davis has been getting the bulk of the workload and he’s trying to make the most of the opportunity by improving as a pass receiver. Knile Davis carried a heavy workload last week against the Seattle Seahawks. His 40 offensive snaps led the team, as did his 10 rushing attempts. In the two preseason games, Davis has been on the field for 51 snaps.
Mike DeVito became a nine-year veteran in the NFL because of a combination of grit and leg power that allowed him to carve out a niche as a stout run stopper. And that’s precisely why the Chiefs missed him last year.
A knee injury to Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson and broken ankle sustained by Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey have heated up up the NFL preseason debate. The devastating injuries amplify the question that is asked every season: How much time is needed to prepare a team for the regular season?
In this episode of The Huddle, The Star's Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger give their takeaways at the midpoint of the Chiefs preseason and also remind you to pick up our season football preview special section in Sunday's print edition.