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Chiefs to give Stanzi shot with No. 2 unit on Saturday

Second-year man Ricky Stanzi will get the call at No. 2 quarterback on Saturday night when the Chiefs play at St. Louis in their second preseason game.

Brady Quinn, competing with Stanzi for the backup job behind Matt Cassel, could see some action, depending on the flow of the game, said Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel. Quinn was first off the bench in last week’s 27-17 preseason opening victory over Arizona with Stanzi finishing up.

“We talked about evaluating quarterbacks, and this gives (Stanzi) a chance to be the second guy in and see what he can do,” Crennel said. “They’re both working hard, they both understand the offense, they both have command in the huddle, and it’s still close.

“I can’t make a decision yet … one guy’s had game experience with the second unit, and now we’re going to give the next guy experience with the second unit and see what we can do.”

It’s possible if Cassel and the first unit go deeper into the game than they did last week when they played just two series — both culminating in 72-yard touchdown drives — there may not be room for Quinn to see game action in St. Louis.

“Who knows how the game goes?” Crennel said. “I’ll get Quinn in the game if I could. If Cassel has five or six 12-play drives, then those other guys may not get as many. It just depends on how the game goes.

“I’m telling the first unit the same thing I told them last week: Be ready to play, and they’ll play until I take them out.”

Both backup quarterbacks have rotated between the second and third units throughout training camp.

Quinn, signed as an unrestricted free agent during the offseason, entered the Arizona game late in the first quarter with the Chiefs leading 14-0. He completed seven of 13 passes for 81 yards and an interception on a tipped ball.

Stanzi, a fifth-round draft pick from Iowa in 2011, replaced Quinn midway through the third quarter with the Chiefs leading 17-10. He completed two of seven passes for 42 yards.

Stanzi has yet to take a snap in an NFL game. Quinn has not appeared in an NFL game since 2009 when he was at Cleveland and appeared in 10 games, starting nine. He has appeared in 14 NFL games in his career, starting 12. He’s thrown 10 touchdown passes, nine interceptions, all with Cleveland.