KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After a ragged preseason, the starters for the Kansas City Chiefs might need more preseason work, but they won’t get it. Coach Andy Reid said most starters wouldn’t play in Thursday night’s final exhibition game against the Packers
It’s tempting to believe Reid should go against his long-standing practice of withholding starters from the final preseason game. The starters haven’t looked ready for the regular season, particularly on offense. The first-team offense hasn’t scored a touchdown in 16 preseason possessions. The Chiefs, with Alex Smith at quarterback, had the ball inside the Minnesota Vikings’ 20-yard line three times in last week’s game but came away from those trips with only three points.
But Reid is making the right call. It’s more important for the Chiefs to stay as healthy as possible for the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium.
Reid also said Frankie Hammond Jr. would likely take Bowe’s spot in the starting lineup against Tennessee. Hammond joined the Chiefs last year as an undrafted rookie and spent all season on the practice squad.
But he’s fast and played well in training camp and the preseason. Hammond is tied with Bowe for the team lead in preseason receptions for a wide receiver with six.
“He’s done a nice job,’’ Reid said. “He’s a pretty good football player.’’