Bears vs Chiefs: Finally, the Kansas City Chiefs will hit players in a different uniform. The preseason begins for the Chiefs on Saturday, when they visit the Chicago Bears in a noon kickoff. Players from the most recent draft class will see their first NFL action, and battles will begin to take focus. Of the 10 college players selected by the Chiefs in April, two were listed on the first-team depth chart: cornerback Trent McDuffie (first round) and kick return specialist Isiah Pacheco (seventh round). Six others, including the second player taken in the first round — defensive end George Karlaftis — are listed with the second team.
Chiefs starters are expected to play sparingly. Chiefs coach Andy Reid hasn’t announced how many series or plays for Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Chris Jones or others. Position battles are shaping up at running back and wide receiver. The first depth chart lists Clyde Edwards-Helaire as the starter at running back, followed by Jerrick McKinnon, Ronald Jones, Derrick Gore and Pacheco.
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Veteran wideout David Moore exited the workout after getting tangled up with a defensive back on a long pass pattern down the left sideline.
The Bears started the day without four other receivers on the field: veterans N’Keal Harry, Byron Pringle and Dante Pettis and rookie third-round draft pick Velus Jones Jr.The rash of injuries at the position has given receivers Equanimeous St. Brown, Tajae Sharpe, Dazz Newsome, Kevin Shaa, Nsimba Webster, Isaiah Coulter and Chris Finke more opportunities in practice.
“It’s just next-man-up,” St. Brown said. “It’s football; injuries happen. You hate to see your fellow teammates go down, but in the middle of practice, the next person has to step up and fill the shoes up of wherever we are missing guys at. You hate to see it and it happens every year, but yeah, people have to step up.”
Tuesday marked the Bears’ 11th practice of training camp and their fourth in pads. They’ll work out Wednesday and Thursday in preparation for Saturday’s preseason opener against the Chiefs at Soldier Field.
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“I think we are making big strides throughout camp,” he said. “OTAs helped us a lot for us to get the offense in. Now, we are in camp with the pads on and I think these last few practices, we have made big strides as an offense, 11 players on the field working as one. I think we will be ready for the first game.”
Coach Matt Eberflus acknowledged the challenges in being thin at a position such as receiver.
“It does make it difficult,” he said. “You lose men on a 90-man roster and it makes it difficult for the other guys. We’re at that situation where we’ve got to just keep on working through it. Next-man-up and the whole roster is going to get more reps at that position, so that’s where we are.”
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