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Chiefs Players to Watch for Thursday Night’s Game

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marcus Kemp (7) celebrates his touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers with Mike Person (68) and Andrew Tiller (60) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Brett Veach has shown that he will be much more active then his previous boss John Dorsey. The Chiefs made their second trade for a former high draft pick in a couple days and you have to wonder what they plan on doing with Cam Erving. He isn’t generally looked at as a tackle in the NFL so I’m not sure how he fits this team. He more than likely won’t play tonight as there is no time to get through the playbook. The bigger question though is, is Kansas City done making moves?

It’s finally here. The Chiefs take the field tonight for the final preseason game this year. The starters shouldn’t play and Patrick Mahomes is starting so there is plenty to watch headed into the game. Mahomes will get the first half of the game, Tyler Bray will get the third quarter, and Joel Stave will get the rest of the game. If you want a clue as to who is safe for Saturday pay attention to the guys that don’t play at all. This could be very interesting when it comes to wide receivers where Marcus Kemp is making a late push for the roster.

Chiefs Offensive Players to Watch

Offensively, one of the bigger questions is at tight end. Through out training camp and preseason we’ve seen Ross Travis playing a lot with the first team offense. He’s listed as the fourth tight end but I think he’s really the third. Free agent signing Gavin Escobar hasn’t really helped himself throughout camp or the games. For a guy that most hoped would take the number two TE job he’s been a disappointment. I think he makes the roster. It’s possible, however, the Chiefs see the versatility Orson Charles brings and keep him instead.

I believe the offensive line is pretty much set. Ehinger and Fulton are obviously on the team. There may be a question of whether or not they keep an eighth offensive lineman though. Jah Reid has not looked good throughout the preseason so it’s also possible the Chiefs look elsewhere.

Chiefs Defensive Players to Watch

Defensively I believe the defensive line is pretty set. The only real question is do they keep a seventh guy to protect themselves with Chris Jones and Roy Miller still not 100%. I believe that outside linebacker and inside linebacker are pretty set which leaves Justin March-Lillard on the outside looking in. Corner and safety are positions that could get interesting depending on how many the Chiefs decide to keep. De’Vante Bausby is a guy that’s had his moments and the staff seems to like but he’s struggled in games as well. DJ White should make the team but just because he was a draft pick doesn’t mean he’s a lock.

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Chris started covering the Chiefs four years ago. Since then he started the Check With Me podcast with co-host Ryan Tracy. During training camp in 2016 Chris & Ryan were asked to host the Locked on Chiefs podcast. Follow @ChrisClarkNFL for more Chiefs and NFL coverage.

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