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Five things to watch in Thursday’s Chiefs-Rams game

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel File photo

The Chiefs finish their preseason slate Thursday with a game against the Rams in St. Louis. Here are five things to know about the Chiefs going into that game (7 p.m. on KCTV, Ch. 5).

1. Reserving a spot

Chiefs fans who attend games at Arrowhead Stadium got lucky with the preseason schedule this year. Having the second and third games at home meant fans got to witness the two games in which the starters received the most playing time. If a fan base can get its money’s worth from the preseason schedule, the Chiefs’ did. Second- and third-team players figure to get all the action in this one. The roster gets trimmed to 53 players on Saturday, and each released player will get placed on waivers. For the next 24 hours, the players who were cut can be claimed by another team. If a player goes unclaimed, he could land on the team’s 10-member practice squad.

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2. Keep the reserve train rolling

Depth was a buzzword throughout training camp, and the preseason games have proved the Chiefs have more talent on the two- and three-deep than at any time in the Andy Reid-John Dorsey era. Quarterbacks Chase Daniel and Aaron Murray have combined to throw six touchdowns with one interception in preseason action. Fred Williams has been the preseason wide receiver star with a team-best 13 receptions and three touchdowns.

3. So, who else to see?

In Tuesday’s practice, running backs Spencer Ware and Darrin Reaves rotated reps. Expect to see plenty of Williams, Frankie Hammond and Da’Ron Brown at wide receiver, Mike Catapano on the defensive line, Dee Ford at linebacker and Eric Berry at safety.

4. Will Demetrius Harris get on the field?

Harris, the 6-foot-7 tight end, looked good in practice after returning from two surgeries to fix a broken foot. Earlier in the week, it seemed Harris would need more time to get into game shape. But Reid said there was “a good chance” Harris will get on the field Thursday.

5. Perfection

At 3-0, the Chiefs already have won more preseason games than in any year since 2003, and they played five that year. Three times in the franchise’s history, the team went undefeated in preseason play. The most recent occurred in 1969 (6-0) and 1966 (4-0). Super Bowls happened for Chiefs those years. The other undefeated preseason came in 1960, the first year of the AFL when the team was known as the Dallas Texans.

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