The Kansas City Chiefs open the preseason Friday night against the New Orleans Saints and with their final practice before the game under their belts, the players now focus on just how much playing time they will see.
In the preseason there is always a debate about who will play and, most importantly, how much. After all, these games don’t matter, so you have to walk a very fine line between getting guys ready and keeping them fresh for Week 1.
The one thing no one on the Chiefs roster will have to worry about over the next couple days is if they’ll get their chance. That’s because every healthy player will play against the Saints.
“We want to be able to see everybody,” Assistant head coach David Culley said Tuesday. “Everybody is going to play during the game. There won’t be anyone that will not play in the ball game unless there’s an injury or whatnot.”
Alex Smith and the first team offense is scheduled to play the first quarter, Chase Daniel and the second team in the second quarter. Rookie Tyler Bray will be the third quarterback on the field and could be throwing to some of the second team receivers during the third quarter and into the fourth. Ricky Stanzi “will end the game”, something Culley didn’t put a specific time on.
With the starters only playing a quarter, Friday night is the only chance some guys will get to prove they belong. That may not come until the fourth quarter, but it’s invaluable game time that many won’t get the second and third weeks of preseason as starters and backups prepare to play more.