The Kansas City Chiefs proved their wide receivers can indeed catch touchdown passes. The Chiefs went without a TD from a wideout in 2014, but got three of them in Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona.
Here are some quick thoughts on the Chiefs’ 34-19 win over the Cardinals:
So that’s what the end zone looks like: The starting offense couldn’t score a touchdown in three possessions, but backup quarterback Chase Daniel threw scoring passes to wide receivers Fred Williams, Frankie Hammond Jr. and Da'Ron Brown.
Berry time: Eric Berry got back to game action for the first time since being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in November. He didn’t start but came in as a nickel safety and played a series with the second team.
QB depth chart holding steady: The Chiefs won’t look to make a change at quarterback even though Daniel (17-of-21, 189 yards, three touchdowns) outplayed Alex Smith (6-of-10, 42 yards, one interception).
Maybe that dude could start: Williams could be the wideout the Chiefs are looking for to pair with Jeremy Maclin. He led the Chiefs with six catches and 82 yards.
A nobody who looks amazing: Running back Charcandrick West was another offensive star for the Chiefs. He led the team in rushing with 49 yards on six carries while catching three passes for 43 yards.
Rookie watch: Justin March, an undrafted rookie, had a big game. He had four tackles and continued his solid play from training camp.
When it was starters vs. starters, the Chiefs … Struggled. They allowed a 57-yard pass play on the opening possession and at one point fell behind 10-0.
One reason to freak out: Pass protection on the interception Smith threw was horrible. Somebody missed an assignment and safety Deone Bucannon came free up the middle, forcing Smith to rush his throw.