Highlights, injuries and updates from Chiefs training camp
The first game week of 2019 has arrived, and the Chiefs will take the field Saturday for the first time since dropping the AFC Championship Game in January.
Their march begins with a preseason opener Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
This game also marks the first as reigning NFL MVP for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who was off the boards for that award entering last season.
Look for the Chiefs’ starters to play no more than one quarter vs. Cincinnati.
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Saturday
TV: KCTV (Ch. 5)
Radio: KCFX (101.1)
Favorite: Chiefs by 3 1/2
What to watch
Andy Reid’s offense is always fun, especially with Mahomes at the controls, but the real curiosity here is on the defensive side of the ball. The Chiefs could have as many as five new starters on defense under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, including high-profile acquisitions Frank Clark at defensive end and safety Tyrann Mathieu.
Improving a defense ranked No. 31 in yards allowed was the Chiefs’ offseason priority, and Spagnuolo and his defensive staff will finally get to see their new 4-3 alignment in action.
As for position battles, they’ll begin after the starters leave the field. The Chiefs appear mostly set with their starters. On Saturday, they’ll get a good look at players battling for roster spots.
The final two wide receivers and last tight end appear to be among the key roles in play. Cornerback is another position where the Chiefs are looking for candidates to emerge.