1. The gunslinging rookie, Patrick Mahomes
Come on. You really didn’t think the Chiefs could draft a quarterback in the first round for the first time in 34 years and he wouldn’t be listed first, did you? Mahomes has been impressive in camp, making at least one eye-opening throw per practice and has been fun to watch.
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson handed out backpacks with school supplies to local school children at Arrowhead Stadium on Wednesday.
But while it may be a while before we see Mahomes on the field in a game that matters, he’s turning heads on the practice field and will be perhaps the most important player to watch when the Chiefs open the preseason on Friday night against the 49ers.
2) Escape without significant injury. I get the feeling that NFL teams, like many of us fans, watch preseason games while holding their collective breath. The worst thing that can happen this week is to see the cart coming out to pick up any Chiefs contributors.
The Chiefs preseason game will feature Trent Green and Carter Blackburn on the call. Friend of the site BJ Kissel will be doing the sideline. We’ll be on Facebook Live before and after the game so like us there and on Twitter where we’ll be tweeting from the press box on Friday night.
"There's a fine line between that," he explained. "You can feel good going 4-0 in the preseason, and I've done that before and lost the first game, and no one cares what the preseason record was. We also want to do good, too, as everyone does. So that's the inner turmoil you're constantly battling as a coach."
The lawsuit against the Chiefs was brought by Adrien Caye, who claims he was coming to the aid of a woman and his family when he was attacked by a drunk fan. He says he suffered permanent injuries when flipped down upper-deck stairs. He says security and medical personnel were nowhere to be found.
They met at Wilson’s office on the south side of Kansas City for an initial assessment in 2011. O’Callaghan said he’d begun to abuse painkillers and Dave Price, then-head athletic trainer for the Kansas City Chiefs, recommended O’Callaghan go see Wilson, who had been treating members of the Chiefs for substance abuse and related issues since the early 1990s.
Wilson likes to convey her own struggle by telling clients she is “a girl from the ‘hood who made good.’’ But made it clear he was not from the same ’hood.
The game gets going at 6 p.m., and NFL Network is going to join the game in progress, an hour in at 7 p.m. PT. If you have NFL Network outside the Bay Area, it’s not perfect, but it is certainly better than no part of the game being broadcast.
“I think it is important that the quarterbacks use this time — especially a new quarterback that has not gone through this — to go through it and see what you can get away with,” Reid said. “I get it. I want them to test the waters now so he gets to learn the parameters of this offense and what you can get away with in each throw.”
Pierre-Louis could wind up starting at inside linebacker, next to Derrick Johnson. The Chiefs are looking for an upgrade at that spot, which is one reason they traded an elite player on special teams (D.J. Alexander) to get Pierre-Louis.
RB C.J. Spiller: The eighth-year veteran signed a free agent contract worth $900,000 but this might be the last chance for Spiller to prove he still belongs in the league. He rushed for 1,244 yards for Buffalo in 2012, but the last four season with four different teams brought a steady decline. Spiller looks healthy for the first time in several years, and is pushing for a roster spot. Even if he cannot force his way into Kansas City’s backfield, a good preseason showing could help him find a home.