10 Chiefs players to watch tonight vs. TB
1) S Sabby Piscitelli –The former Buccaneer gets a chance to square off against the team that released him last November. Where will he fit into the safety rotation behind Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis?
2) QB Tyler Palko – Last year’s third string/practice squad quarterback finds himself in a position to win the job as Matt Cassel’s primary backup. The Chiefs seem encouraged by Palko’s development, but he’ll have to improve on last year’s preseason numbers (24-of-42 for 215 yards with 0 TDs and 3 INTs).
3) WR Jerheme Urban – He was primed to make the Chiefs 53-man roster before a hand injury in last year’s preseason finale put him on injured reserve. Thus far, it looks like Urban never missed a play. His impressive camp has included plenty of first-team reps.
4) OLB Cameron Sheffield – Missed all of 2010 after suffering a season-ending neck injury last preseason. This will be his first game appearance in nearly a year.
5) G Jon Asamoah – The Chiefs committed to Asamoah after releasing long-time starter Brian Waters just before training camp. He’ll make his debut with the first-team offense at right guard, pushing Ryan Lilja to Waters’ former position on the left side. .Asmoah’s athletic ability should open the Chiefs playbook, especially on in the screen game.
6) T David Mims – It’s a heck of a story that fans have taken a keen interest in following. At 6-8, 335 pounds Mims isn’t your average undrafted rookie. The small-school prospect is raw, but has also flashed promise. How will he adjust to game tempo?
7) DE Wallace Gilberry – A sub-package player in 2010, Gilberry wants to make a push for snaps in the Chiefs base defense. He reported to camp with a much stronger looking frame and has dominated many one-on-one blocking drills this camp.
8) LB Justin Houston – He was the final draft pick to arrive in training camp, but has already shown flashes of the pass rush ability that once had him tagged as a first-round prospect. We’ll see if Houston can be a presence off the edge tonight.
9) OL Rodney Hudson – If anyone can afford to rest this preseason, it’s 15-year veteran Casey Wiegmann. Hudson is being groomed for the future and should get plenty of snaps in exhibition play. He was an All-American left guard in college.
10) DE Tyson Jackson – He worked out with MMA fighters this off-season to improve lateral movements and hand-to-hand technique. Will it pay off? This is the beginning of a very important season for Jackson.