Upon Further Review: Chiefs vs. Seahawks from Chiefs.com
DL Chris Jones (2 tackles)
"I thought he made some really good plays. One thing he did well was get off the ball. He's very long, so he was able to reach and make plays all over. I thought he did a good job at playing on the other side of the line of scrimmage. He also got a few different looks and was able to go up against a few different players."
Just looking at that particular play in a box score doesn't give everyone involved the credit they deserve for all of the nuance involved in making it happen.
It was this play that set up
Spencer Ware's 1-yard touchdown run.
"There's a decent chunk of plays that break down," Smith explained after the game on Saturday. "A lot of that is dress rehearsed and you understand guy's habits."
After setting a franchise record for receptions in a season (87) by a receiver last year—his first in Kansas City—Maclin has developed a trust with Smith that he'll be in the right place at the right time, even if the play doesn't go initially as planned.
Rick Burkholder Hoping Tiffany Morton is Start of New NFL Trend from Chiefs.com
Morton doesn't want the attention of being the first full-time female athletic trainer in franchise history, or the fact that she's one of only five full-time female athletic trainers in the NFL.
She'd rather just be known for her ability to take care of athletes—just like any other athletic trainer, but the truth is there's a story here, and she's right at the center of it.
Morton's passion for athletic training is one that originated from, of all things, a personality test she took in college.
Linebacker Dezman Moses looks to make his mark with the Chiefs from Chiefs.com
The first touchdown was by the Chiefs, which meant their starting and second-team defense didn't allow Seattle in the end zone, and for that several players could take a bow. Cornerback Marcus Peters ended Seattle's first drive with an interception. The performance of rookie defensive end Chris Jones was even more appreciated by Andy Reid after film work. Outside linebacker Dadi Nicolas was especially active.
So was Dezman Moses.
In 19 snaps, Moses recorded a tackle for loss and a deflected pass. The plays came on consecutive possessions in the second quarter when Moses took the field along with other second-team players.
One of Alex Smith's qualities, for better or for worse, is that he's the same quarterback week to week and year to year. His statistics don't vary much, particularly on a seasonal basis. It's not difficult to predict his key stats, because they have generally fallen within a narrow range.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: 3,597.5 yards, 19.3 touchdowns, 7.5 interceptions
Nick Foles, Tyler Bray continue battle for Chiefs backup QB from Chiefs Digest
Alex Smith finished the series 3 of 4 passing for 36 yards. Smith teamed with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin for the key play of the drive, a 20-yard completion on third down to set the Chiefs up at the 1-yard line.
Smith said he intended to target tight end Travis Kelce over the middle and had his man open before the play broke down.
"I had kind of lost vision, the D-linemen had kind of jumped as I was going to throw it and just kind of tucked it and all of a sudden found myself rolling out," Smith said.
The quarterback's reaction and poise drew praise from Reid.
Chiefs' Phillip Gaines works his way back slowly; Chris Jones garners praise from The Kansas City Star
Cornerback Phillip Gaines was on the inactive list for Saturday's game, and Chiefs coach Andy Reid said it was a precaution for the player who sat out most of last season because of a torn ACL.
Gaines has been practicing, although he's been working his way back slowly, and there is no guarantee that he'll suit up for Saturday's preseason game against the Rams in Los Angeles.
The Kansas City Chiefs found playing time on offense or defense for 81 of their players in Saturday's preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks. Here are the snap counts for those 81 players and what it all means.
Offensive snap-count observations: Tyreek Hill gets reps with Chiefs' first team from The Kansas City Star
Interesting note: The Chiefs varied their formations when Smith, Foles and Bray were in the game. But while Murray was at quarterback, they ran 11 personnel — one running back, three receivers and one tight end — almost exclusively. In Murray's 15 snaps, they ran "11" personnel 12 times.
Juggernaut Index, No. 17: The Kansas City Chiefs from Yahoo! Sports
During the Andy Reid era, the Chiefs have been a wonderfully uncomplicated team for fantasy purposes. All the good stuff goes to Jamaal Charles — all the yards, all the red-zone chances, all the fantasy goodness. Every other skill player is like a decoration on a cake.
As it should be. Charles ranks among the most efficient runners in NFL history, having never averaged less than 5.0 yards per carry in any of his eight seasons. And to Reid's everlasting credit, he's had the good sense to feed his team's most explosive offensive weapon when the Chiefs are near the goal-line.
"Those guys, I thought, did really well,'' Cable said of the starting five, which included Garry Gilliam at right tackle and Bradley Sowell at left. "The only thing I thought we could do better was communicate, which is kind of normal.''
Cable, though, clarified that he didn't mean there were missed assignments. Instead,he said the kind of communication the group needs to improve on was more subtle tasks such as identifying the proper gaps of linebackers.
The starting offensive line played 23 snaps on which the Seahawks gained 96 yards.
2016 NFL Preseason: Grading the AFC West from Forbes
The Chiefs are a team that have never been the model of consistency, but head coach Andy Reid seems to have found a formula that works. Kansas City's defense has ranked in the Top 10 each of the past two seasons and also has a top running back in Jamaal Charles, and the fact that the team managed to go 11-5 and make the playoffs in spite of Charles tearing his ACL early last year (not to mention a 1-5 start) is a testament to its overall talent.
14 NFL preseason All-Stars from Week 1 from SB Nation
Marcus Peters (Kansas City Chiefs): Peters showed he had a nose for the football during his rookie season, coming down with eight interceptions. He recorded his first pick of the preseason when he got his hands on a throw from Russell Wilson midway through the first quarter of the Chiefs' 17-16 loss to Seattle.