Some kicking uncertainty
For the Chiefs, the kicking game is as accurate as any other, with Harrison Butker known for being able to convert basically anything and everything. For the Browns, they were still trying to situate the position as recently as a couple weeks ago.
Cody Parkey held down the job kicking for the Browns last season, but an injured quadriceps injury in late August put him out of the picture with an injury settlement. Meanwhile, Chase McLaughlin, who’d been added for some kicking competition back in May after being claimed on waivers from the New York Jets, is now the man for Cleveland… that is, until he’s not.
The Browns are keeping rookie Chris Naggar on the practice squad, so it’s clear to all—McLaughlin included—that he’s got a short leash on this Browns team expecting big things this season. That puts a lot of pressure on the leg of a guy who is with his eighth different NFL franchise since entering the league as a rookie free agent in 2019. (Seriously, there are even two stints with the Vikings here to go with the Bills, Chargers, 49ers, Colts, Jags, and Jets.)
Will this come into play at Arrowhead Stadium? McLaughlin will likely hope not—unless he’s really ready to finally settle into a long-term role.