With the three-game preseason approaching, which Chiefs preseason player will shine the most? Many rookies and second-year players have much to prove this preseason.
Players to Watch
1. Skyy Moore
The Chiefs drafted wide receiver, Skyy Moore, in this year’s NFL Draft. Moore has shown lots of flashes in training camp thus far and has impressed the coaching staff. He will see a large amount of playing time in these preseason games and for the most part, be the No. 1 receiver on the field. The Chiefs’ front office and coaching staff will be expecting Moore to have the ball in his hands a lot this preseason.
Chad Henne is a veteran quarterback who will be dishing the ball out to Moore most of the time this preseason. His experience and knowledge should end up helping the young receiver adjust to the NFL level. This will also help Moore worry about himself while playing rather than hoping a young inexperienced quarterback can throw an accurate pass. Moore will be the Chiefs preseason player to watch out for.
2. Trent McDuffie
Trent McDuffie was one of the Chiefs’ first-round picks this year. McDuffie is a smaller cornerback who will most likely see playing time in the slot. The Chiefs drafted McDuffie to play him right away this season. The preseason will be huge for the early development of McDuffie to adjust to the talent of NFL receivers.
Even though McDuffie will play a large role in the starting rotation this year he will still see plenty of reps this preseason. Expect the Chiefs to move him around with the opposition’s best receiver on the field. As well as moving him back and forth from the outside to the slot. This is the time for the coaching staff to truly see where he will be most comfortable this season.
Depth Chart Riser?
Noah Gray is a second-year tight end and was drafted in the fifth round of last year’s draft. Gray will be fighting for the second tight end spot with veteran Blake Bell. Gray saw similar targets to Bell last year. With Bell’s career being lackluster so far the Chiefs may be looking for Gray to step up into a more prominent role this season. Gray will see a lot of action this preseason as he is currently third on the depth chart.
The Chiefs didn’t utilize two tight end sets that often in the past with Tyreek Hill. But now without the speedster, Andy Reid might open up the offense to utilize a second tight end in the passing game. If Gray has a good preseason and doesn’t set himself back he will see more reps in the regular season.