The Chiefs may have played the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night, but their focus was clearly on Jacksonville.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid held out all of his starters in the preseason finale, a 30-8 win at Arrowhead Stadium and kept them rested and healthy for the Sept. 8 regular-season opener at Jacksonville.
He used Thursday night's game as a final chance for the backups to prove themselves before the roster has to be reduced from 75 players to 53 on Saturday.
"I was comfortable enough where we were (with the starters) that I wanted to make sure we looked at our depth," Reid said. "In this league, you need depth. I wanted to make sure we were picking the right guys and give them an opportunity to show what they can do."
Chiefs Shine In Preseason Finale, Top Packers 30-8 from The Mothership
Under a blazing sun, the Kansas City Chiefs took the field at Arrowhead Stadium, won the toss and elected to receive. The team also elected to rest Chiefs QB
Alex Smith, giving the nod to QB Chase Daniel.
Returning the opening kick was Chiefs WR
A.J. Jenkins, who gained 21 yards. Chase Daniel then dropped back to pass on his first play from scrimmage, which ended in the hands of Packers CB Tramon Williams, who returned it to the KC 35-yard line.
The victory over the Packers, after which Warpaint was just fine, incidentally, was so inconsequential (and dull) that it made the first three exhibitions seem like Super Bowls.
After all, the sole priorities for both teams had absolutely nothing to do with the scoreboard:
Keep the starting quarterbacks out of harm's way by not playing them at all; play as many other people as possible to get as thorough an evaluation as can be extracted for the final roster cuts from 75 to 53 on Saturday.
That's plenty important stuff, actually, but it's not great theater for the considerable entertainment dollar.
Andy Reid's Press Conference Transcript from The Mothership
Was there anything tonight that will make your roster cuts more difficult? "I'll have to go back and look at the tape, before I answer that too accurately or inaccurately. But I saw some good things of people I'm looking at. Unfortunately, they were all making good plays. I guess it's fortunate in that you're going to end up with good players. There are some guys that are right in a tight competition."
Four Downs With Chiefs QB Tyler Bray from The Mothership
The Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers are less than five hours away from their scheduled 7:00 PM CDT kickoff at Arrowhead Stadium. Regardless of how many reps he does or doesn't get, Chiefs rookie QB
Tyler Brayis likely to see action, but not before he took a few minutes to answer this week's "Four Downs" questions.
What position will the Chiefs be scouring the waiver wire as teams get down to 53 players this weekend?
Tight end, for sure. The Chiefs could be in a world of hurt at a position that is critical in Andy Reid's West Coast offense. Rookie Travis Kelce, who missed last week's game at Pittsburgh because of a knee injury, re-injured the knee on Thursday night. That, coupled with Tony Moeaki expected to be out for much, if not all season, with a shoulder fracture, leaves what appeared to be a position of strength woefully thin.
If the Chiefs' running back depth remains a gray area on the eve of cuts, Cyrus Gray did everything he could to make a final impression.
On a night of opportunities for the reserves, Gray stood out, collecting 72 rushing yards on 13 carries in the Chiefs' 30-8 victory over Packers.
Now comes the tough part, waiting for the decisions that will reduce the roster from 75 to a final 53 by Saturday.
Gruden: 'We'll See The Best Of Alex Smith' from KC Star
"By hooking up with Andy Reid, who does an excellent job with quarterbacks, and being in a West Coast system a progression passing offense, we'll see the best of Alex Smith.
"And I know Andy Reid will have a few tricks up his sleeve to utilize Smith's athletic ability. I think he's in the right spot now. A lot of people are going to look at the Chiefs curiously to see how good Alex Smith really is."
The rules are roughly the same as always, so quick review:
--At least for our purposes, over and under is literal. So with the defense rank (13.5), "over" means 14th or worse and "under" means 13th or better.
--The attendance will be used as the tiebreaker, if needed, and this isn't Price Is Right, so you can go over. Closest wins.
--All disputes (even my own mistakes) will be settled by me. Good thing is, I'm not an a-hole. Not usually, anyway.
--Deadline for entries is set at noon on Sept. 8, so kickoff of the opener in Jacksonville.
--Winner gets a gift card to Oklahoma Joe's or, if they are communist, a different restaurant of their choice.
The numbers, picked with the help of Danny Parkins, go like this:
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The Jaguars will play host to the Kansas City Chiefs September 8.
That game at EverBank Field on what figures to be a sunny, optimistic day on the banks of the St. Johns River, will be the regular-season debut of Head Coach Gus Bradley, the debut of General Manager David Caldwell and the Jaguars debut of a whole lot of new players on this overturned roster.
So, where do the Jaguars stand as that game approaches?
Chiefs Beat Packers 30-8 In Preseason Finale from The Associated Press via ESPN
The closest that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Chiefs counterpart Alex Smith got to the field Thursday night was the sideline, both teams electing to let their backups play things out in their final preseason game.
Third-string quarterback Tyler Bray took advantage of the opportunity.The undrafted rookie from Tennessee threw for 169 yards and three touchdowns, leading Kansas City to a 30-8 victory over Green Bay as both teams rested their starters for the regular season.
Interviewing Kansas City Chiefs' Tight End Demetrius Harris from Acme Packing Company
One of the players looking to seal the deal and to secure a roster spot this week is Chiefs' tight end Demetrius Harris. Harris spent the past two years playing basketball as a UW-Milwaukee Panther. Before coming to UWM, Harris had the option to continue his football career at Arkansas State but instead decided to play basketball in Milwaukee. On Wednesday, I got a chance to speak with Harris about his first NFL training camp.
Bray Just OK Against Packer Fourth-Stringers from FS Kansas City
First, let's be fair and not start building statues for third-string quarterback Tyler Bray, who had a nice night by completing 14 of 25 passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Bray actually looked best on his incompletions -- some deep lasers that just missed or were broken up.
And Bray did throw those three touchdowns, but all three were against Packers cornerback Brandon Smith, who was just converted to defensive back from wide receiver. Smith won't make the Packers' roster and while he has shown potential at the new position, he was dreadful Thursday night.
Thursday's Sports Transactions from The Miami Herald
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS - Named Tyler Epp vice president of business development.
Hammond Jr. Waits In NFL Limbo For Spot On Chiefs' Roster from FS Kansas City
The numbers love him, the numbers hate him. On the whole, Frankie Hammond Jr. looked pretty happy for a guy living on the fringe, a man dancing in NFL limbo.
"It is what it is," the Kansas City wide receiver said after running back six punts for 103 yards and hauling in a 9-yard score in the Chiefs' 30-8 preseason rout of the Green Bay Packers. "That's part of the business and that's part of the NFL. It's up to coach (Andy Reid's) decision. I put my best foot forward, and all I can do is just hope for the best."
It's the combination of heat, drinks and the game day atmosphere that keeps nine teams of Kansas City fire EMT's and paramedic's on their feet.
"They like to tailgate, they like to party before a game, so they are eating a lot which increases your metabolism, increases heat. You also lose a lot of water that way so you have to add that into it," said Michael Latta, the Division Chief for KCFD's Medical Bureau.
Emergency crews expected to treat double the number of fans for heat.
Former Chiefs' defensive tackle Bill Maas described some of the conditions he deals with on a daily basis as a result of his time in the NFL.
"Blurred vision to light, continual ringing in your ears 24 hours a day, headaches, dizziness," Maas said. "I know it was giggled upon and laughed at if you got knocked out and you came to the sidelines, and it wasn't an excuse. You know, you had to get back in," Maas said.
He's one of 4,500 retired NFL players involved in the concussions lawsuit against the league, $675 million of $765 million will be used to compensate former players who have suffered cognitive injuries, or their families.
Charles has surpassed that total only once in his career, recording 285 carries and 35 receptions in 2012. He rushed for 1,509 yards and five touchdowns while adding 236 yards in the passing game. Charles could end up getting more receptions in Reid's pass-first offense.
Chiefs 30, Packers 8: Backup Plan from ESPN Wisconsin
The Giants announce that RB Andre Brown has a fractured leg.
The Giants planned on having Brown, who averaged 5.3 yards per carry and scored eight touchdowns last season, share time at running back with David Wilson this year. He went down in the second quarter at New England.
So while the season ticketholders who are forced to pay full price certainly deserve more for their hard-earned money than what amounts to junior varsity football, it's hard to blame any coach - including Packers head man Mike McCarthy and Chiefs boss Andy Reid, who followed the same format - for not wanting to risk anyone of significance in the most meaningless of meaningless preseason games.
5 Things We Know About Packers, Chiefs After Starters Sit In Preseason Finale Won By KC from The Associated Press via The Minneapolis StarTribune
SOME SPECIAL CHIEFS: The Chiefs have gotten more out of their special teams in four preseason games than they got the last two seasons combined. Knile Davis, Quintin Demps and Dexter McCluster have taken turns snapping off big plays in the punt and kick return game, and Frankie Hammond Jr. joined in the fun with a 36-yard punt return against the Packers.
Observation Deck: Packers-Chiefs from ESPN
Cornerback Brandon Smith, a receiver in college at Arizona State, gave up all the Chiefs' three touchdowns - an 8-yard pass from Bray to Junior Hemingway in the second quarter, a 43-yard pass from Bray to Josh Bellamy in the third quarter and a 9-yarder from Bray to Frankie Hammond in the fourth quarter. Smith did also have an interception of Bray early in the third quarter.
A Bold Game-By-Game Look At The Eagles 2013 Season from CBS Philly
Sep. 19 vs. Kansas City, 8:25 PM ET: Andy Reid gets booed, Donovan McNabb spews something controversially contrived in an attempt to steal the spotlight from his former coach and the occasion. Oh there is a game. The Chiefs, led by Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles, score late to still beat the Birds.
Prediction: Chiefs 35, Eagles 27
Ian Rapoport: Kansas City Chiefs.From a 2-14 finish in 2012 to the playoffs in 2013? Yup. Add Andy Reid and a real quarterback in Alex Smith to a talented team with six Pro Bowlers, and that's the result.
NFL Teams With Teen Star Zendaya For Juniors Campaign from Women's Wear Daily
Zendaya, who stars as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom "Shake It Up," will be featured in print ads in Seventeen and Girl's Life magazines in September. The campaign also features Gracie Hunt - daughter of Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt - and Brittanie and Tiffanie Snyder, daughters of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder.
Hazell Making All The Right Chess Moves At Purdue from The Associated Press via The San Diego Union-Tribune
Those who have worked with Hazell are not surprised he's gone this route.
"He understood how to teach. He was a team guy," said Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, Army's former head coach. "When you're the wide receiver coach in a triple-option offense, we used to call him a `wide-blocker coach,' OK? That's not the dream of the receiver coach to be that guy, but he did a great job of doing what was best for the team."