Mo Claiborne welcomes opportunity to return to the football field with the Chiefs
In the Chiefs’ second preseason game, Patrick Mahomes returns to the stadium that holds good memories: Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field.
The Steelers have the NFL’s third best home record in the regular season since 2004, trailing only the Patriots and Ravens in winning percentage. But Mahomes is 1-0 there and what a victory it was. He threw six touchdown passes and had a season-best 154.3 passer rating in the Chiefs’ victory in Week 2 last season.
This is the preseason, and who knows how many snaps Mahomes gets. He had eight in the preseason opener, a 38-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, the length of the team’s first-possession touchdown drive.
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m., (Central) Saturday
TV: KCTV (Ch. 5)
Radio: KCFX (101.1)
Favorite: Pick ‘em
What to watch
Some Chiefs who didn’t play in the opener against the Bengals could see action Saturday. Defensive end Frank Clark returned to practice on Monday, although he missed Tuesday with an illness. Also back to workouts was Alex Okafor. Running back Damien Williams was back and running with the first team.
Looking to follow up on nice debuts are rookies Mecole Hardman and running back Darwin Thompson. Each turned on the jets to get into the end zone against the Bengals. Look for the No. 2 tight end battle between Deon Yelder and Blake Bell to continue.
Newly acquired Morris Claiborne won’t play this week, Reid said.
Most of the Chiefs’ starters got only a handful of snaps in the opener. Safety Tyrann Mathieu and defensive end Chris Jones hardly broke a sweat with two snaps. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce got one.
The Steelers won their preseason opener, 30-28 over the Buccaneers. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and most of the Steelers’ starters didn’t play. Look for Big Ben to begin to shake off the rust this week. It’s been a tough week for the organization with the death of wide receivers coach Darryl Drake.