Preseason Game 4: Revitalized Implications

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.35.52 PMThe preseason doesn’t matter. Oh-my-geez-Louise we’ve heard that one a thousand ka-gillion times. It basically means the games don’t count in the win-loss column of the regular season. We get that. But these games do count in other ways and now it appears that more than ever the Kansas City Chiefs preseason game 4 has revitalized implications for a number of position groups and very specifically for the number three quarterback.

 

Quarterbacks

We have been informed that Tyler Bray will be the first man up behind center on Thursday evening in Green Bay, Wisconsin… then Aaron Murray and lastly 5th round pick rookie Kevin Hogan. We’ve also been led to believe that Mr. Murray has been on the trading block and if that is the case the Packers game holds even more implications because that game essentially becomes a try-out for him for a number of teams who have already lost their starting quarterbacks this offseason. Unless big body/big armed Tyler Bray goes into a self-defeating implosion he should end up as the Chiefs third string QB ending a three-plus year battle with Aaron Murray. And Murray’s fate? He’s likely headed for the waiver wire if Johhny can’t pull the string on a trade for a late round pick. Since Andy Reid and John Dorsey like to give their rookies a longer chain to work with than one offseason to prove themselves, you can project that Hogan will either be placed on the practice squad or given some kind of IR designation for injuring his pinky in their battle at Arrowhead.

 

Wide Receivers

Who stays for this group of wide receivers will come down to a coin toss. Well, that might be a teensy-weensy bit of an oversimplification about the arduous task Andy Reid, John Dorsey and Staff have in front of them, for the first time in forever: How can they keep all these very talented wide receivers?

 

Offensive Line

Also… for the first time in many a year… the offensive line looks fairly settled and the fact that we’re not all clamoring about the offensive line is a refreshing change.

 

Corner Backs

What will be talked about is the cornerbacks grouping. Yes, there’s Marcus Peters. Then there’s Steven Nelson and Phillip Gaines and now Kenneth Acker, so who is there even room for after that? If you can make half the roster defensive backs then there’s no problem… and while Dorsey and Reid have been leading the way in putting an emphasis on the DBs, there’s just no way for some guys to make it through like Marcus Cooper or Jamell Fleming. I think they are likely gone next week. With this CB corp I keep going back and forth in my head about whether the JARD (John Andy Reid Dorsey) “rookies-stick” axiom holds true… or… if this year they are throwing all their cards into the middle of the table to make their run for the roses… err… the Super Bowl. Then… perhaps rookies have less of a chance? I don’t know, but we’re about to find out.

 

Outside Linebacking Pass Rushers

The current pulse of the team seems to be focused around the OLB pass rushers. Yes, the Chiefs missed out on Paul Kruger but even with that decision coming down from N.O.-land, it appears John Dorsey is primed to pounce on the next big thing — and by next big thing I mean, a pass-rushing OLB — to get cut by his team next week. Watching that ought to be juicy.

 

The Last Gasp

Yes, this last preseason games appears to have many little baby-jewels hidden amongst the reeds. Like this past weekend, I suspect that John Dorsey and Andy Reid will make their cuts at two different times. Once the day after the last preseason game, on Friday, to allow certain players who may have the best chance of getting picked up (players they’re sure they can’t keep), the opportunity to do so. Then, of course, the last group all together… including the players they know they are conflicted about, would like to keep, but can’t find a place to either hide them or justify keeping them.

 

What do you think Chiefs fans? Are we all about to be an auspicious audience with front-row, and center, seats to the best NFL GM high-stakes poker game ever? That’s how it feels from here… and I like it! Plus, once this is all done with, we’ll all know who the 2016 Kansas City Chiefs will be. Finally! So, how about you? Can you feel it? I think… “There’s something in the air.”

 

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  • tm1946

    Not sure if it is me or you but someone seems to be on happy pills. I am betting that barring injury, Reid can name the entire regular season roster. Time to this show on the road….

    • ladner morse

      Happy Pills? Maybe… but I think I like this time of year better than any other time…… because for 8 months now Dorsey and Company have been doing there “thang” and we’re about to see the final outcome. It’s just dang exciting! No two ways about it.

  • Brandon Chester

    I’m curious to see if Reid will give some of the rookies some playing time. I’d like to see White, Nicolas, and Russell. Ehinger and Jones you save. I’d also like to see Ackers for the first time. I hope he makes a good impression in his first game @ arrowhead. It’ll be interesting to watch who plays and who doesn’t. To me that’s the best indicator of who will make the cut. Hey we know Foles and Smith are safe lol.

  • PaulfromnorthMO

    It’s definitely going to be interesting to see how the final 53 shake out. And then see if it changes between this Saturday and next.

  • Brandon Chester

    In Dorsey we trust right? Last week PFF wrote about their biggest winners and losers. Who came up as the biggest winner? John Dorsey. Eric Fisher is coming off of his best preseason ever. So far so good in the “hey this contract is based on what he’ll accomplish” category. Chris Jones looks to be a superstar. This kid is really good. That leaves me to think who will be in the rookie of the year talks? Sheldon Rankins another great DT the saints picked in the first round, he had a season ending Injury. Jones could very well maintain a high enough rating that PFF will make a case for him. I like what I’ve seen from him so far. If Ford shows up this year along with fisher(with the later being more likely), along with a dominance from Jones and Peters, Dorsey could very well be on the path to being one of the best GM’s KC has ever had.

    One thing I will say about the “great” PFF is in their article 5 biggest losers and winners, they had said Fisher had 34 passing snaps with 0 pressures. In their article of Chicago versus KC they said Fisher had 34 passing snaps and surrendered 1 pressure. Which is it knuckle heads! Don’t play with my stats man 😂

    • sidibeke

      Dorsey has done a great job imo, and I don’t think Ford is going to be a feather in his cap. Jones does look like the real deal. I was wondering about playing more 4-3 with our personnel at present.

      • Brandon Chester

        I’m hoping that as time goes on, Ford will get better. He’ll have that arrowhead stadium behind his back. That gets lineman off their game. He’s only played like +800 snaps in his career.

        I’m all for anything to get Jones more playing time. I think he’s going to excel in a limited role tho. Him coming onto the field fresh, that’s immediate impact.

  • sidibeke

    Bummed to hear about Kruger; would have liked a week before start of the regular season with a new guy. As is, we still need to scavenge. We just don’t have the OLB play and need to find a guy we can get in there.

  • Laurels and limitations

    The fourth PS game is a hard one to watch but we’ll all do it anyway. We’re basically watching to see which players might crack the practice squad or at the best the bottom of the roster. I can guarantee you that the 53 is already solidified and written in stone for nearly every single team in the NFL. Oh well, maybe Bray will light it the hell up and send Foles packin’.

  • Laurels and limitations

    No runningbacks? I’ll be damned….even Dallas is fielding calls towards Darren McFadden. You would have to think that the KC FO has heard at least a glimmer of interest about Davis or Reaves.

    • PaulfromnorthMO

      It wouldn’t surprise me that if they’ve gotten calls, it’s for Ware. That’s who I would call for.

      • Laurels and limitations

        Ware is not on the block, he is next season’s starter in KC. John told me so.

        • Laurels and limitations

          you laugh? You’re on the CC list Paul, you know this is true.

  • Laurels and limitations

    Steelers nabbed Mettenberger from S.D.

    • PaulfromnorthMO

      I wonder why.

      • berttheclock

        They had to put their backup, Gradkowski, on IR.

  • berttheclock

    I realize the communication system into Dallas needs major repairs, but, could someone try their level best to get word to Laddie, that this game of various meanings will be played at Arrowhead in KCMO and not at Lambeau in the “Frozen Tundra” of the far north?

    • ladner morse

      Oops

      • berttheclock

        I had thought the same until recently.

        • ladner morse

          Fixed! Thank you.

      • PaulfromnorthMO

        Minor details, I doubt most would even notice.

        • berttheclock

          Well, Sir, apparently, Mr Pedantic did, did he not?

          • PaulfromnorthMO

            Are you trying to tell me I’m picky? Like my wife and children do. lol

          • berttheclock

            No, I was referring to myself.

          • PaulfromnorthMO

            Well, I’m in that same boat. lol

  • berttheclock

    For several years, NFL scouts have flocked to watch the last preseason game of Green Bay. Even the Chiefs in the past have looked at who GB might cut as GB has, under Ted Thompson loaded up their training camp with quality players. Dorsey has brought that same view to the Chiefs, so, the scouts tonight will be poised to take many notes. This still will be a showcase game.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      It’ll be nice for Chiefs to get a look at Green Bay as well, though with Chiefs depth, they’re just as likely to lose a rookie to Green Bay as a acquire one.

  • berttheclock

    Hey, gang, new thread up by “Chiefly Bacon, aka as Hawthorne.

  • Chiefly Bacon

    Always impressed by your photoshop skills Laddie.

    • berttheclock

      So am I. I wondered whose painting he used? It appears to be a more modern takeoff of the famous Coolidge’s paintings of “Dogs playing poker” which first appeared just after the start of the last century.

  • Andy

    Well, there’s Greg hardy…only kidding. Seriously, Dwight Feeney is still out there. He was rather productive last year, 8 sacks in 11 games. Honestly, I was rooting to sign him before training camp.