Jul 28, 2013; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Junior Hemingway (88) catches a pass while defended by cornerback Jalil Brown (30) during training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

We Made It! The Chiefs’ Preseason Begins!

Congratulations to all of us Addicts for surviving another offseason! I must admit, with the Combine, the Draft, free agency, OTA’s and training camp, this offseason was the easiest we’ve had it in recent memory. During the rough moments though (i.e. January, February, and what the hell, November and December), all I can say is, thank you Arrowhead Addict and the NFL Network!

Tomorrow kicks off the 2013 preseason, as the Chiefs travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints (for a great preview of things to look for, check out Jason Seibel’s post from this weekend). Like most preseason games, we want to avoid injuries and identify second and third stringers and practice team players to keep. With the starters likely playing just 1-2 series (or perhaps even a full quarter in the case of Alex Smith), we probably won’t learn much more about the three to four positional battles that are not 100% resolved: tight end, number two receiver, inside linebacker and guard. And I know we all want to see how the starters gel and what the new-look offense and defense can do. But the gameplan will be simple and their time on the field will be short. The more interesting tests will be how our rookie starters adjust to the speed of the game and how backups – whether rookies or veterans – earn their keep and pick up valuable playing time.

I’m excited to see rookies Eric Fisher and Nico Johnson perform, and maybe we’ll get to see them for more than just a handful of series, in order to give them as much live game experience as possible before the regular season opener. Fisher will start for sure and Johnson may wind up playing opposite Derrick Johnson on the first snap of the regular season. Do you remember in the pre-draft debate, many experts chose Fisher over Luke Joeckel because of his mean streak? Well, now’s the time. Let’s see it, Eric!

Safety Husain Abdullah will see his first live action since starting for the Minnesota Vikings in 2011, after taking last year off to take a pilgrimage to Mecca. Abdullah has had a great training camp despite his minor injury, and may even earn his way to be a starter, if he outperforms Tysyn Hartman. At minimum, with Kendrick Lewis prone to injury, I think Abdullah needs to be ready to go from Day One because he’s likely to see considerable playing time, whether he starts or not.

Second-year receivers Junior Hemingway and Josh Bellamy, third year player Jamar Newsome, and rookie Rico Richardson – all of whom have had positive training camps – will have the opportunity to show their coaches that they deserve consideration as backups. I’m especially excited to see Hemingway in action, if he’s able to play with a sprained thumb. Every year, a team has a receiver who comes out of nowhere to become a burgeoning star. We’ve seen that with Miles Austin with the Cowboys (who had his breakout game against, ahem, the Chiefs), Victor Cruz with the Giants and Eric Decker with the Broncos. After years of inaction at wide receiver, it’s time for the Chiefs to have a deep group of receivers, not just one.

Several Chiefs’ rookies may not start this year but will see a ton of playing time. For Travis Kelce and Knile Davis, the preseason is pure gold. For Demetrius Harris, the basketball-player-turned-tight-end, every minute on the field is make-up time for his lack of experience with the game.

But most importantly, and perhaps most exciting for us Addicts, we’re going to get a heavy dose of Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray and Ricky Stanzi! I have visions of Daniel being able to turn in performances like Kirk Cousins did last year for Washington, when RGIII went down. Having never been a Stanzi guy, I’m also looking forward to seeing Bray’s athleticism and arm, to see if he can lock down that third QB spot.

Addicts, what are you watching for tomorrow night?!!

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    All eyes on Alex Smith.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I’ll also be watching Knile Davis.

      • Da Menace

        Word

        • Robert Mayes

          Wow. You’re going to be watching for Barry Word? You’re going to have to watch some old NFL recordings from the early 90′s.

  • Da Menace

    Think ill have to don my new Bowe jersey at work tomorrow…after all it will be Red Friday…

  • Roger Mihalko

    main thing is hope for no injuries!! the Knee injury situation has been horrible this year around the NFL, just be careful all chiefs players!

    Seeing Offense and Defense tempo, how they get going and sustain. Wins arent a big deal to me in preseason, especially with this whole regime and player turnover, but it couldnt hurt.

    we shall see… Go Chiefs

    • Chris Tarrants

      What comes around goes around! I remember when we lost Charles, moeaki, and Berry the chargers fans where trolling like never before. Well now they understand our pain. The eagles, well nothing really bad to say there except that I hope if nothing else that we can reunite Maclin with Daniel next year! How poetic would that be?

  • oldchiefsfan

    I want to see Travis Kelce and what we have there. Watching his College highlights has me really excited about him and how much he can contribute.

    And of course I want to see Alex Smith in a Chiefs uniform. I want him to be really good so I can say Neener Neener to the haters.

  • scomstock55

    the d line…I want to see the new slimmer poe…and lane…and of course…no injuries

  • Tony Parker

    the secondary shutting the door.

    • Tony Parker

      also this new attacking D unit as a whole.

  • Chris Tarrants

    My eyes will be fixed square on the o-line all game. We have the horse power to be really tough offensively but it doesn’t matter if you have a 1200 horsepower engine, if you have a flat tire then your not going very far

  • RepOurChiefs

    Want that fearsome 4some so bad so Nico J wiil be whom im looking for to crush. This guys oozes intensity and I gcant wait to see if they gel together like marvel superheroes! #youhaventseennothingyet

  • KalrosKC

    It will be great to see what Bray can do out there. It will be a whole new experience to see a 50 yard bomb coming from a Chief QB.

  • Travis Forsyth

    i just can’t wait to see the new-look chiefs!!! 2013 baby!!!

  • Thomas Sparks

    Hallelujah! Hallelujah!! I’ ready for some CHIEFS football! GO CHIEFS!!!!

  • Andy

    Easily the weakest position for years has been our KO and Punt returner. I will be watching special teams. I will also be watching Dontari, Smith, Bowe, Charles, Flowers….anyone with an Arrowhead on their helmet….can’t wait.