Chiefs vs. Steelers: Five Players To Watch In NFL Preseason Game No. 3

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The Kansas City Chiefs will travel to Pittsburgh on Saturday to square off with Mike Tomlin, Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers.

Once again, let’s make note of the fact that it’s only a preseason game, but much like preseason games No. 1 and No. 2, there will be much to take away from this contest.

The regular season is so close you can almost feel it, and every snap, repetition and game-like situation is going to be integral for Andy Reid and the Chiefs as they prepare for Week No. 1 at Jacksonville.

These are the five Chiefs we here at Arrowhead Addict will watching.

 

Alex Smith, QB

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Alex Smith impressed during the first drive of preseason Game No. 1, and he did the exact opposite against the 49ers. All good players find a way to come back, so even in the preseason, I’ll be interested to see how Smith responds to this past week.

The pressure of playing his old team has subsided, and now he can get back to just playing football. He’ll have different personnel around him from last week, but good franchise quarterbacks can play no matter who they are throwing to.

I believe we’ll learn a lot about Smith in Week 3 of the preseason, believe it or not.

 

Jamaal Charles, RB

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If Jamaal Charles plays on Saturday night, I expect he won’t see many reps (He’s No. 1 on the updated depth chart). If I were Andy Reid, I’d put him out there for a series or two, let him take a couple hits and then get him on the sideline and iced up.

If he’s out there, we here at Arrowhead Addict will be watching to see how he moves. How is he with cuts? Can he plant and go? Just exactly how sore is that leg, if sore at all?

 

A.J. Jenkins, WR

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A.J. Jenkins will have to learn the scheme and mesh with the quarterbacks, so I doubt he’ll start on Saturday night. That said, I would expect him to see the field, though, in an effort to get him integrated into the system.

If he plays, who is he taking reps with? Alex Smith or the backups? If he plays, will he look comfortable out there?

Those are all questions that will be going through my mind on Saturday night.

 

Dontari Poe, DT

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Dontari Poe looks poised to have a special year. He’s simply a beast at nose tackle, and in the Chiefs’ aggressive scheme, he’ll have a chance to shine.

Pittsburgh is always tough at the line of scrimmage, so it’s going to be great to see how Poe responds to some big-time blocking. Simply put, Poe is the piece that can make this defense special in 2013.

 

Sean Smith, CB

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Speaking of special, Sean Smith has that ability. He’s in his fifth NFL season (four seasons with the Dolphins) and he checks in at 6’3”, 218 pounds. In today’s NFL, having a corner who can man up a receiver, jam him and play physical at the line and out of the break is integral. I believe the Chiefs have that in Smith.

He’s physical, he’s lanky and he’s going to make some plays for Kansas City in 2013. Hopefully we’ll see a few of those plays against Pittsburgh.

Topics: Alex Smith, Andy Reid, Dontari Poe, Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs, Sean Smith

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  • ArrowFan

    I would add Avery, Nico, Fisher, and everyone who is on SP. Will Klece be good to go? It seems to me he has had some drops.

  • Joe Myers

    Jenkins is an obvious . Im more interested in the oline lets see if they can bounce back along with alex !!!

  • Doc

    I am hopeful that AS will get back to playing football this week. I thought he was pressing too much last week against his former team. Add the fact that JC was out, and the Niners could focus on getting to AS. Even though Kniles Davis showed some skill, JC he is not. I still have to keep reminding myself that this is preseason and the process of evaluating talent for making the final 53. I am as hungry for a Chiefs win as everybody else is but we have to know what we have in depth before the games count for real. Go Chiefs!!!

  • PunjabiPete

    I agree on Poe, he is coming along nicely, and I look forward to him being a disruptive force. A lot of people don’t know, NTs don’t usually put up great numbers, but if everyone else on the D does, a lot of it is directly because of the Nose Tackle. Poe it up!

  • chiefridgy

    I’m looking to see if Fisher can keep from getting hurt and keep the QB from having to run for his life.

    • Suzi Conger

      agree with you

  • Jim Harper

    I agree with 3 of your 5. I will be surprised if we see much of Jenkins with only a couple of days to get into the playbook, and we already know what Jamaal brings to the table. So in conjunction with the other 3 I am very interested in seeing the progress of the OL. I also want to see Bowe targeted. Throw him some balls and let him go up and get them. I also want to see Kelce hold onto some balls.

  • Keith Strait

    Your favorite meal should be eating peyton manning alive. I miss defensive players like ronnie lott who didnt play for money he played to hit someone and light a fire under them. I am a hardcore chiefs fan, all the hardcore fans will agree with me i hope. alex smith is not the answer. He is very similar to mark sanchez. He cant throw a pass with confidence more than 10 yards, Harbaugh had him scared of throwing picks and our defense is no wheres close to san frans to bail alex out. Were going to go .500 this year. I hope alex gets benched and bray gets a chance to run with the first team offense. Dude has a rocket launcher arm. I am tired of trading for qbs and getting sloppy seconds. We drafted Bray for a reason. He would have went alot higher in the draft if he wasnt a punk. .500 will be a improvement but i want the playoffs and a superbowl ladies and gentleman, and alex will not lead us there ever. The sloppy seconds fallen heroes that we draft at qb frankly suck. GET BRAY WITH THE FIRST STRING NOW

  • Suzi Conger

    I agree wi

    Speaking of weak OLine protection… superb breakdown, including film documentation at http://www.arrowheadpride.com/2013/8/18/4631266/chiefs-play-of-the-week-pre-season-game-2-w-gifs
    Great revelations as to where O’s communication failed….and where our our guyz were just plain over-powered by SF’s D

    Great comparison btw ARogers ck7 AS11 on where each QB rates with their ‘blitz picks’ …

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