Chiefs first-round draft pick Dontari Poe will likely make his first start of the preseason at nose tackle on Thursday night in the final exhibition at Green Bay.
Anthony Toribio, who has been the starter, suffered an ankle injury in last Friday’s loss to Seattle, and head coach Romeo Crennel said Poe, who has been playing in the nickel defense, probably will get the nod over second-year man Jerrell Powe in the base defense.
“It’s Green Bay, and what they represent… it’s Titletown, they’re the Packers, and to play in that environment, I think it will be good experience for anybody,” Crennel said, “but particularly for a rookie.”
Poe, the 11th overall pick in the draft, has had his good and bad moments in the first three preseason games.
“He’s making progress,” Crennel said. “But he’s still that rookie who reverts back to what he knows at times, and he forgets to remember how we want to do it. There was one play in the game, he was in good position on the blocker and ended up jumping off the block … he thought he could make the play (but) that opened up a hole.
“You’ve got to point those things out to him and get him to correct it. He’s a conscientious student, and he will get it corrected.”A little banged up
The Chiefs had a laundry list of injured players on Monday. In addition to Toribio’s ankle, several other players suffered injuries against Seattle and are doubtful for Thursday night, including backup defensive end Allen Bailey (ankle); cornerback Jalil Brown (groin) and wide receiver Terrence Copper (groin).
Starting cornerback Brandon Flowers (heel) and safety Kendrick Lewis (shoulder) are still out, while rookie safety DeQuan Menzie (hip) and rookie running back Cyrus Gray (hamstring) were to be in pads on Monday afternoon.