Football is finally back!
The Kansas City Chiefs take on the Houston Texans tonight at Arrowhead Stadium in what is the first game of the preseason for both teams. It looks like they’ll be playing in the rain for a good portion of the night.
Before every game this season we will present with you with three players (Offense, Defense and Special Teams) from each team to keep your eyes on.
Offense: Dwayne Bowe
Yes, Bowe has been the talk of River Falls and maybe this one is too easy but there’s a reason he’s the focus of everyone’s attention. During the offseason he was supposed to be one of the few guarantees on this Chiefs team as seemingly everything was flipped on it’s head. But so far in camp the dropsies that Bowe has been known for during his short career have gotten worse and he has constantly drawn the ire of head coach Todd Haley. Bowe has to go out there tonight and prove he’s ready to lead the Chiefs shaky receiving corps.
Defense: Glenn Dorsey
Dorsey might be listed as a starter on the unofficial depth chart, but like many on the team has yet to cement his spot. No matter when he hits the field over these next few games, last year’s first round pick has to show that he is in game shape and ready to make an impact. He showed up in River Falls out of shape and nursing an injury (similar to the OTAs) but has been working on getting with the program and tonight he gets to show how much progress he has made.
Special Teams: Quinten Lawrence
Lawrence was drafted with the idea that he could use his speed to be the Chiefs primary return man. But early on in training camp he has had trouble holding onto the ball, something Haley will not put up with. Draft pick or not, Lawrence is going to have to prove he can help Kansas City on special teams if he has any hope of making the final 53-man roster.
Offense: Dan Orlovsky, QB
Matt Schaub is the starter for Houston, but they paid the former Lions QB a $2.4 million signing bonus in the offseason to serve as the backup. Orlovsky has to prove that his poor performance in Detroit was due to a lack of talent around him and not his own lack of ability. For a guy that is most known for accidentally running out the back of the end zone (above) he has a lot to prove this preseason.
Defense: Connor Barwin, DE
There were only a handful of players from this year’s draft that I really wanted to suit up for the Chiefs. Instead we get to see him try and make his mark with the Texans and I will watch the whole time hoping he flops so I won’t feel bad about the Chiefs not finding another first round pick to take the rookie from Cincinnati.
Special Teams: Clark Harris, LS
Yup, the long snapper. The Chiefs have made their own news lately with their revolving long snappers, but the Texans think they finally found their man. They signed him last season for the final four games after they lost Bryan Pittman to a suspension. Harris rewarded the team with a perfect snap during his first game on the game-winning field goal. Since the Chiefs have had so much difficulty finding a long snapper since Kendall Gammon retired, watch Harris to see what a young, quality long snapper looks like.