The Kansas City Chiefs cruised to victory over the Washington Commanders (24-14) in front of their fans at Arrowhead on August 20, and several bubble candidates played key roles in helping get the job done.
Of course, Patrick Mahomes and the first team have been spectacular on both sides of football, but as it’s pre-season we’ll focus on some of the unfamiliar names. Wide receiver even deep Justin Watson (39 yard gainer) and tight end Jody Fortson (two touchdown receptions) – who once again impressed with major contributions – look like list locks at this point.
These stars below are yet to land a spot and some may even struggle to do so, although today’s effort has improved their chances.
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D-Tackle battle escalates
When the Chiefs decided to bring in veteran defensive tackle Danny Shelton, it was a direct signal to projected replacements like Khalen Saunders and Taylor Stallworth that they will have to make a living in 2022.
Saunders, a disappointing third-round selection heading into the final season of his rookie contract, did just that against Washington. Arrowhead Pride Film Analyst Ron Kopp Jr. highlighted His performance.
“I was watching the depth of the DT battle today,” Kopp said after the game, “and there’s no doubt that Khalen Saunders was the big winner there. He’s a good balance of rugged and explosive in as a rusher, and it happened several times today.
The big man certainly had a great performance, finishing with a sack and a tackle for a loss, as well as two total tackles and a quarterback hit.
Heavy on Chiefs reporter Devon Clements shared a video of Saunders’ highlight.
Although Saunders won the day, it was a solid afternoon for the all-around position. Stallworth must have received the same memo, recording a half sack alongside newcomer DE Azur Kamara.
As Shelton turns heads in camp as he climbs back into playing action, projected starter Derrick Nnadi might even feel the temperature rising inside.
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2 Clinch ‘W’ Longshot Roster
The Chiefs nearly let this one slip away in the second half, but two backups were able to save the day for KC. The first game-changer came on the defensive side, as special teams ace Chris Lammons did something unexpected interception on rookie QB Sam Howell.
The established gunner could be considered a sniper this summer after his legal troubles in the offseason. Lammons has been hooked and charged in the Alvin Kamara battery case in Las Vegas and could face a minimum six-game suspension if convicted.
Despite his special teams savvy, the defensive back faces an uphill battle in a revamped cornerback room. Regardless of the end result, Lammons proved he wouldn’t go down without a fight by displaying a small amount of ball-peddling ability.
The second was undrafted rookie running back and practice squad candidate Tayon Fleet-Davis. With Isiah Pacheco stealing headlines left and right in camp, it created a real challenge for other depth running backs to stand out enough to make the roster.
That said, Fleet-Davis was able to make some noise today, alertly turning a botched transfer into an elusive spin move. After embarrassing the tackle, the Maryland product dropped his shoulders and forced his way into the end zone for the deciding game. landing.
The rookie had just five rushing yards, but he showed some awareness and quick thinking on the final score. A few other offensive highlights were 2021 WR draft pick Cornell Powell, TE Noah Gray and WR Daurice Fountain. The former had four catches for 35 yards, while Gray and Fountain each had a notable high of 27 yards or more.
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