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Chiefs looking toward preseason opener

8/3/2014

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs have started to turn their attention to Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium. They have one more training camp practice at Missouri Western State University, on Monday morning, before the game and then will resume camp on Aug. 9.

 The Chiefs haven’t determined how much their starters will play against the Bengals but expect to see every one of their healthy players, including the four quarterbacks.

“It’s the first game and we let everybody play,’’ offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said. “We want to get everybody in the ball game and everybody on film and make a good evaluation of all our players.

“We don’t go into this thing with big game plans and all that. We just want to see our guys execute our offense, and it doesn’t matter who’s out on the field.’’

While it would be nice for the starters to play well for the Chiefs, they won’t win the Super Bowl because they do or miss the playoffs because they don’t. Of more immediate importance is for the Chiefs to get a good look at some of their promising young players. That list on offense includes guard Zach Fulton and wide receivers Albert Wilson and Frankie Hammond Jr.

“The bottom line in any preseason game and really this first one, is you want to keep [the play-calling] simple,’’ Pederson said. “You want to let the guys play fast and execute. We’ve thrown a lot at them in these first two weeks of camp. Now we can kind of cut it down and streamline it -- so to speak -- to give them an opportunity to play fast.’’