The Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings preseason game on Saturday night is important because of how long the starters will play (into the third quarter). It's also notable for who doesn't play.
The KC Chiefs roster has 90 players on it right now. By 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26, the Chiefs will be cutting their roster by 15 players down to 75.
So this preseason game against the Vikings we'll be looking at which players don't play. If there is a player on the bottom of the roster who the Chiefs know will not make their final 53-man roster, they may choose not to play that player. It saves the risk of the player getting injured and having to carry him on IR while also giving more playing time to the players who have a realistic shot of making it.
Here is Nick Jacobs most recent Chiefs 53-man roster prediction to get a sense of which players are on the bubble.
Last year, the Chiefs released their roster cuts the day after their preseason game and two days before the deadline. If that timing keeps up this year, that would be Sunday.
One player I'll be keeping an eye on is Weston Dressler, who has barely seen playing time this preseason. Do the Chiefs finally give him a lot of reps or do they keep him on the bench? The snap counts will be interesting after this game.
A week from today on Saturday, August 30, the Chiefs will be cutting their roster down to 53 players, which follows the Chiefs preseason finale on Thursday against the Green Bay Packers.