The Chiefs will square off against Green Bay in their fourth and final preseason game at 7 p.m. Thursday at Arrowhead Stadium. Here are five things to keep an eye on.
1. How will the backup quarterbacks perform?
Third-string quarterback Tyler Bray will get the nod on Thursday as he attempts to lock down what is presumably the final backup quarterback spot on the Chiefs’ roster. Aaron Murray, who has consistently worked behind Bray throughout camp, will also play, and so will 2016 fifth-round pick Kevin Hogan. Bray has the best arm of the bunch and needs to continue to make strides with his accuracy and judgment.
2. Keep an eye on the edge rushers
Edge rush remains a question mark for the Chiefs, and it will be interesting to see if any of the backups — namely Andy Mulumba, Dez Moses and 2016 sixth-round pick Dadi Nicolas — can open enough eyes to lock down a reserve role. Nicolas, in particular, has flashed this preseason and has an intriguing future.
3. Will any of the young corners flash?
The Chiefs’ recent addition of Kenneth Acker, a 13-game starter for San Francisco a year ago, via trade probably isn’t the strong endorsement of the assortment of young corners on the roster, even though several of them have flashed at times. Rookie sixth-round pick D.J. White and rookie third-rounder KeiVarae Russell should get an opportunity to show what they can do.
4. Competition at multiple offensive-line spots
The Chiefs’ first-string line seems fairly settled, while the top two backups — Zach Fulton and Jah Reid — do, too. But the Chiefs like to keep eight or nine offensive linemen, and there’s some competition for those spots among Jordan Devey, Daniel Munyer and Jarrod Pughsley. The Chiefs would be wise to pluck a swing tackle off waivers after Saturday’s 53-man roster deadline, but Devey, Munyer and Pughsley can state their case for a roster spot Thursday.
5. Practice-squad possibilities
A number of youngsters will have a chance to make the practice squad. Players to keep an eye as they fight for jobs (and practice-squad spots) include safety Brock Vereen, tight end James O’Shaughnessy, defensive tackles Rakeem Nunez-Roches, David King and Jimmy Staten, inside linebackers Terrance Smith and Tyrell Adams, cornerback Deveron Carr, safety Shakiel Randolph, running back Darrin Reaves, receiver Da’Ron Brown and offensive tackles Reid Fragel and Zach Sterup (after he serves his suspension), among others.