Which Kansas City Chiefs players passed the preseason hype test vs. Saints?

Aug 13, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Nephi Sewell (45) blocks
Aug 13, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Nephi Sewell (45) blocks / Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
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Deneric Prince, running back

Next to Justyn Ross, there might not be a Chiefs player that has received more hype than undrafted running back Deneric Prince. With Isiah Pacheco being eased back after his injuries from last season and Jerrick McKinnon being over 30, the Chiefs have chosen to give most of their first-string reps in camp to Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Prince. In camp, Prince has made the most of those opportunities, but could he do it in an actual game?

I still have a lot of hope for Prince and believe he will make the roster, but compared to the last three receivers who really made standout plays, that wasn't really the case for Prince. He was very mediocre on his two kick returns (a place where the Chiefs seem to want to give him a real shot). He averaged just 18 yards per return and failed to get the ball to the 25 either time.

On offense, Prince had 4 carries for 14 yards (3.5 yards per carry). He had a couple of runs where he looked physically strong, but nothing that was really head-turning. If there hadn't been any buzz around Prince going into the game he wouldn't have really been notable in this game. Does that mean he can't still impress in the games to come? Of course not, it just didn't happen in this one.

Verdict: Didn't Pass The Hype Test (Yet)

So there you go Chiefs fans. The Chiefs came in with five offensive players that had a bunch of hype around them and I've got four of the five passing the hype test in this first preseason game (even if Skyy Moore did it by default) and I still haven't given up hope on Prince yet based on what we saw against the Saints. Do you agree with my assessments? I'd love to read what you thought of these five in the comments below.