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First Preseason Game – Who will Play?


Who you won?t see: First round draft picks Brandon Albert and Glen Dorsey are the most notables that you won?t see. Both players were injured this past week in camp Albert will miss a majority of the preseason and Dorsey will miss at least the Chicago game. In addition Kolby Smith has been battling a groin injury and may be held out of the contest. Veterans such as Tony Gonzalez, LJ, Brian Waters and Donnie Edwards should be out early and Damion McIntosh has a swollen knee and may also be a spectator.

Who you will see: Jamal Charles, LJ will be out early Kolby Smith is injured. This game will be Charles chance to shine. The big play potential he?s shown in camp will go live on Thursday. Expect Charles to return some kicks and get his fair share of carries. Fans will also get to see a lot of Herb Taylor who has stepped in for the injured Albert.. Taylor has more than held his own against Tamba Hali all throughout camp. Taylor will be tested early since the Bears boast one of the best defenses in the league. Receivers, Devard Darling looks like the #2 guy but the Chiefs have to find their slot guy. Expect to see a heavy rotation of Will Franklin, Jeff Webb, Bobby Sippio and Maurice Price.

Who?s Hot: Devard Darling- Hauled in another long reception from quarterback Brodie Croyle in Monday?s practices. Darling is starting to run away with the #2 position with his reliability and knack for big plays.

Tank Tyler– What a difference a year makes Tyler may be the most the most improved player on the team from last year. Has taken over DT since Dorsey?s injury and is starting to put it all together on how to play tackle in the NFL.

Conner Barth: Odds are stacked against him rookie, undrafted and his competition has a stronger leg and the experience on him but Barth does not seem fazed nailing all three field goals in the afternoon practice. Herm will take accuracy over distance any day.

Pat Thomas: Rose from third string on the depth chart to starting MLB. Thomas had to come into camp hoping just to make the team. Now Thomas has a choke hold on the starting position.

Quick Note: Today the Chiefs announced FB Oliver Hoyte has requested to move back to his original position of OLB. If Hoyte makes the team he will be the fourth N.C State player on the Chiefs joining Pat Thomas, De Juan Morgan and Tank Tyler. Also this clears the way for Mike Cox, Chan Gailey?s FB at Georgia Tech last year to make the team.

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