After every game we will hand out game balls to the best Chiefs players on offense, defense and special teams.
Even though the Chiefs dropped their first preseason game of the season 16-10 to the Houston Texans, there were still a handful of players worthy of recognition.
Offense: Tyler Thigpen, QB
Even though Matt Cassel struggled (2-5, 15 yards), both Thigpen and Brodie Croyle played well enough to deserve a game ball. Thigpen gets the nod for orchestrating the Chiefs only touchdown drive of the game.
Thigpen’s night was reminiscent of a lot of the games last season. He made plays both with his arm (7-14, 40) and his legs (3-31), including a nifty little pass to Cottam for a touchdown. But it was also just short of being enough for a win, with the Chiefs failing to get the ball past midfield on their final possession.
Defense: Maurice Leggett, CB
There were a lot of impressive efforts tonight, but Leggett’s takes the cake. Following a season in which the Chiefs only registered 10 sacks, Leggett got one on the board early. He came on a third down blitz “like a missile” (Thanks, Mitch!) and took down Matt Schaub. With Brandon Carr and Brandon Flowers locking things down on the outside, if Leggett can play at this level during the season, the Chiefs could eventually be looking at the best 1-2-3 CB lineup in the league.
Special Teams: Ryan Succop, K
Succop may have only scored 4 points, but his first three were the most impressive from a Chiefs kicker in years. Not only did he hit on that first kick from 47 yards in bad weather but it might have been good from 55. Todd Haley has mentioned more than a few times on the practice field for everyone to hear that Succop was drafted to kickoff. Well, he didn’t disappoint there either, as both of his kickoffs reached the end zone.