KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Five observations from the Chiefs’ final preseason game Thursday against the Green Bay Packers at Arrowhead Stadium.
TYLER SHOWS OFF ARM
First, let’s be fair and not start building statues for third-string quarterback Tyler Bray, who had a nice night by completing 14 of 25 passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Bray actually looked best on his incompletions — some deep lasers that just missed or were broken up.
And Bray did throw those three touchdowns, but all three were against Packers cornerback Brandon Smith, who was just converted to defensive back from wide receiver. Smith won’t make the Packers’ roster, and while he has shown potential at the new position, he was dreadful Thursday night.
Smith fell down in the second quarter trying to defend Junior Hemingway on a simple turn-in route in the end zone. Hemingway pulled in an 8-yard score from Bray. Smith bit on a double move and fell again against Josh Bellamy in the third quarter, and Bellamy scored on an easy 43-yard reception from Bray.
Then Frankie Hammond Jr. slipped past Smith to snare a 9-yard touchdown pass from Bray in the fourth quarter.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid, though, said he liked what he saw from Bray.
“We’ll have to look at the tape, obviously,” Reid said. “But yeah, saw some good things there. But Chase Daniel is my No. 2. I feel comfortable with that.”
DANIEL PROUD OF THE ROOK
It wasn’t much of a night for Daniel. The Chiefs’ backup quarterback got picked on his first pass by Packers defensive back Tramon Williams, who was making his preseason debut after sitting out the entire camp with a knee bruise. Daniel threw into zone coverage and Williams left his man to step in front of a Daniel pass intended for A.J. Jenkins.
Daniel finished 4 of 8 for 27 yards. He also was sacked twice.
“I thought it went OK,” Daniel said. “I got more comfortable out there.
“But we wanted to get the rook (Bray) some reps out there. I was really proud of him. He showed us what he’s capable of.”
Probably the Chiefs player who made the biggest case for himself to make the team was wideout Junior Hemingway, though it seems unlikely he’ll beat out Devon Wylie.
Hemingway caught seven passes for 80 yards and showed the Chiefs what he’s best at — making tough catches in traffic.
“He’s got that big body — 225 pounds — and he knows how to use it,” Reid said. “Tough guy to defend over the middle.”
NIGHT TO FORGET
Chiefs tackle Donald Stephenson isn’t in danger of losing a roster spot, but he certainly didn’t win favors with the coaching staff. Stephenson false-started not once, but twice. And he also missed two blocks that led to hurries.
Outside linebacker Frank Zombo, who played on the Packers’ Super Bowl championship team in 2011, got a small sense of revenge against the team that let him go.
Zombo’s history, of course, is well-known by new Chiefs general manager John Dorsey, who came to Kansas City via Green Bay. Bringing Zombo to Kansas City was a no-brainer for Dorsey, and on Thursday, Zombo showed why by picking off Packers quarterback B.J. Coleman on a deep seam route down the middle.
It was the type of route Zombo practiced against constantly while in Green Bay and he was ready for it against Coleman.
“When a team releases you or doesn’t sign you back,” Zombo said, smiling, “you have a little bit of a vendetta against them.”
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