It wasn’t easy or pretty — probably what will end up being the story of the 2010 Chiefs — though Kansas City won their first preseason game since 2008 with a 17-13 win over the Green Bay Packers.
The Chiefs starters didn’t spend much time on the field and the Packers didn’t bother to even dress most of their first unit, instead choosing to guarantee health as they kick off what the fans in Green Bay hope will be a Super Bowl run. That meant both sides of the ball for the Chiefs had a chance to earn their place on the team against second and third-teamers.
There weren’t any players that went from a sure cut to making the 53-man roster, but we definitely saw the versatility that Todd Haley has been looking for throughout the game.
In honor of Haley’s first preseason win as a head coach, here are the game balls for the best on offense, defense and special teams for Kansas City.
Offense: Derek Lokey
Hey, that’s the wrong side of the ball. Lokey is a defensive tackle.
That was true, however it would appear he will now have the possibility of being listed on the roster as a DT/FB after serving as a fullback for both of the Chiefs touchdowns. His performance in the backfield wasn’t earth shattering, so it’s unfair of me to say he was the best offensive player. In fact on Jackie Battle’s touchdown run, the big man provided an escort into the end zone but without hitting any player with a Packers jersey on.
What Lokey did accomplish, however, is all but lock up a roster spot for the opener next Monday night against the Chargers. He isn’t going to allow Todd Haley and Scott Pioli to go without a fullback but will give them the appearance of carrying two.
Defense: Demorrio Williams
Hey, remember how frustrated Haley got with the DJ/Demorrio questions last season and again early in training camp? Looks like we’ll see/hear plenty of that after Williams capped a monstrous final two games of the preseason with a sack and 4 tackles while filling in for Tamba Hali at outside linebacker.
Haley hasn’t ever even suggested that Derrick Johnson could possibly get a look outside, yet there was Williams thrown right into Hali’s spot with his hand on the ground rushing the passer. If you ever needed proof of who won the battle to start between these two, I think you now have it.
Special Teams: Javier Arenas
I don’t think I’m cracking any codes here: This kid is good. Like scary good.
Arenas is still a mixed bag on defense, respectable when blitzing and a ways to go in coverage. But there’s no denying that he can be a game breaker in the return game immediately.
He still has a long way to go on defense when it comes to coverage, but he’s a game breaker right now in the return game. Teams will be able to kick away from him on punts, but the emergence of fellow rookie Dexter McCluster on special teams will make it more difficult to avoid Arenas on kickoffs.