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Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Preseason Week #1 Preview

The Chiefs will play their first preseason game on Friday against the San Francisco 49ers. It will be the first time players will see game action this season. In the first preseason game starters will not see a lot of playing time. The focus of the game will be on second and third string players.

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Alex Smith will start the game at quarterback for the Chiefs. He is expected to play the entire first quarter. Smith will be the Chiefs starter this season and the first preseason game will give him some game preparation. Tyler Bray will play the second quarter at quarterback. Bray was the Chiefs third string quarterback last season and he will compete for the backup job this season. Patrick Mahomes will play the third quarter for the Chiefs. It will be the rookie’s first NFL game experience. Joel Stave will finish the game at quarterback. Stave spent time on the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks practice squads last season. He was signed to the Chiefs practice squad last November. Stave could potentially compete for the third string job but will likely spend this season on the practice squad. The Quarterback competition will be an important battle in the first preseason game.

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Tyreek Hill was taken off kickoff return duties during training camp to focus on being the Chiefs primary wide receiver. Despite giving up the kickoff returner role he will still return punts. Friday will be his first game as a #1 receiver for the Chiefs. Last season as a rookie, Hill had a breakout performance with 12 total touchdowns and 593 receiving yards. Tyreek Hill will be a player to watch in the first preseason game because his adjustment to the primary receiver role will have a big impact on the offensive performance.

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Running back Kareem Hunt will be another player to watch in the game Friday. Hunt was a third-round pick by the Chiefs in the 2017 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the first-team in training camp and may see some playing time this season. Kareem Hunt has been impressive in the passing game and could be a valuable option for Alex Smith.

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The first preseason game is an opportunity to see the team on the field for the first time. The starters will see a limited playing time and the focus will be on sorting out backup players. Overall, it should be an interesting game with some key position battles.




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