The Kansas City Chiefs looked good in their 38:17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, but which players helped and injured the most?
The Kansas City Chiefs made their first appearance on Saturday as they began the preseason in 2019 at Arrowhead Stadium against Cincinnati Bengals. Overall, it was a good night for the Chiefs, who won 38-1
It was a good start to the year for a team with real Super Bowl ambitions. While ultimately it comes down to pre-season profits and losses, it does not matter how the players play. Preseason games are the ultimate chance for players to earn or lose roster points or seasons in the coming season.
It's obviously important how a player behaves in practice, but it's important to show the coaches and staff that you can step into and do. A game situation is vital. Obviously a game is not everything, but with a limited number of complete contact exercises and just so many snapshots, every chance a player gets in the preseason is important.
I have made several pages with notes on the game and it was a little challenging to limit it to the following list of players who have supported or injured their stock. Before we start, I would like to mention some commendable mentions for the "stock up" list (it is a good sign that there were more candidates for this list than for the "down" list). I'll also note that Patrick Mahomes, although he plays great, is not on this list because he has the highest stock in the NFL.
Chad Henne – Henne On Saturday he did not get much playing time, but in the little action he saw he looked comfortable and accurate. He even surprised me by how well he moved on a puzzle he had. Of course, if Patrick Mahomes had missed the time, there would be a big drop, but Henne looks like a reliable number two who now feels comfortable in Andy Reid's offensive.
Mark Fields – From the quartet of young corners (Montre Wade, Rashad Fenton, Herb Miller and Fields) who fought for the final places in the squad, Fields looked the best. Miller had a catch, but it was Hagel Mary Ball at the end of the half. Fields seem to me to be the most natural cover. He was about to create the stock-up list, but his one-pass distraction could easily have been bothersome.
Josh Caldwell – Caldwell was the type I most wanted to put on the stock-up list, but in the end I'm not sure his great game will make a big difference last night. With Damien Williams, Carlos Hyde, Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson all clearly ahead of me, I think his best hope is that a training team be invited or picked up by another club. It was still good to see the native of Kansas City lead the team in a hurry and reach the end zone.
Let's get to the actual list. Just warning: Some of them fit well, others less.