After the Chiefs’ rookie class sparkled in Week 1, how would they follow up in their first road game?
General manager Brett Veach’s rookie class was all the talk last week, after the newest Kansas City Chiefs performed admirably in their first professional game in the team’s win over the Houston Texans at Arrowhead. As we’ll unpack here, several of the rookies found themselves thrust into prominent roles. The big question was whether they could continue to perform at a high level in Week 2 at Los Angeles.
Due to players opting out of the season (Damien Williams), getting suspended (Bashaud Breeland and Mike Pennel), or suffering injury (Charvarius Ward, Alex Okafor, Khalen Saunders), Kansas City knew they would be relying on their youngsters as they entered Los Angeles’ brand new Sofi Field. As the game went on, further injuries to several players led to even more opportunities for this year’s rookie class to make their mark.
Let’s look at our Rookie Report for Week 2.
Offensive lineman Yasir Durant might not have made the team if not for the fact that two offensive linemen, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and fellow rookie Lucas Niang, each opted out this summer. Durant was marked as one of the five inactives for the Chiefs in this contest. Still, the team clearly likes Durant, as he made the roster over two players who spent most of 2019 with the Chiefs, Greg Senat and Jackson Barton.