Let’s start off with the good….
*Alex Smith has looked great this preseason. He’s been accurate and incredibly effective throwing the ball. While most of the passes have been the usual short yardage throws we’re used to from Smith he has also had some fantastic throws beyond the usual ten yards and under. Last week he had the beautiful throw to Jeremy Maclin near the end zone and he followed that up this week with a long pass that hit Chris Conley in stride for a big gain and another to Maclin for a touchdown.
There were a couple times where poor offensive line play (more on that in a minute) gave him happy feet in the pocket, but for the most part Smith has been great. If this is the Alex Smith we get all season then he is poised to have far and away the best season of his professional career. That’s a huge plus for the Chiefs.
*The first string skill position players look to be as good as we’ve seen in Kansas City for quite some time. Spencer Ware looks like a great starting running back. He’s powerful, has good vision, he hits the holes quickly, and he’s caught the ball out of the backfield. When Jamaal Charles gets back on the field for KC they will have arguably the best one-two punch at running back in the league. Jeremy Maclin is a true number one receiver, no doubts about it. Travis Kelce is a major weapon that still hasn’t maxed his potential.
Conley looked like the weapon we hoped he would be when they drafted him last year. Roll players like Albert Wilson, Tyreek Hill, Rod Streater, DeAnthony Thomas, Demetrius Harris, and Ross Travis have all shown the ability to contribute as well. With a quarterback that’s been on his game and skill players like this the KC offense has the possibility of being the best we’ve seen since the Dick Vermeil era. We just have to hope the offensive line can hold their own. Which brings me to…..
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