Three things: Chiefs-Buccaneers

Three things to watch for in Kansas City’s preseason opener against visiting Tampa Bay on Friday night. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET.

Matt Cassel: The quarterback made strides last season under former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, but he slipped badly in the final two games of the season. Let’s see how he performs under new quarterback coach Jim Zorn.

Receivers: The Chiefs addressed their need at the position by drafting Jon Baldwin in the first round and signing veteran Steve Breaston. I’m sure Cassel will be looking for them both often Thursday night.

Pass-rush: The Chiefs need to give Tamba Hali, who led the AFC with 14.5 sacks last season, some help. They added some pieces. Let’s see if they can bring the heat against Tampa Bay.