Winners and Losers from Week 2 of Kansas City's Training Camp
With one NFL preseason game in the books and Week 2 upon us, players across the league are working to try to get better in order to land a spot on the 53-man roster while others try to make a big impact. The Kansas City Chiefs will return to Arrowhead Stadium this Friday to host the San Francisco 49ers, and some players look to rebound or make an impact in that game.
After getting a good look at players in Friday's loss to the Saints, Andy Reid and his coaching staff know who must step up against the 49ers this week.
In this slideshow, I will list some winners and losers from training camp this week.
Winner: T Eric Fisher
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After rookie offensive tackle Eric Fisher hurt his left thumb and had soreness in his right shoulder, he was held out of Sunday's practice but is now participating with the team and appears to be ready for Friday's game.
Fisher, who was taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, was limited in his preseason debut against the Saints after suffering a thumb injury.
Now, Fisher is taking the field and will be needed by the Chiefs this year.
Jamaal Charles had most of his carries on the right side in Friday's loss to the Saints and was able to get a little bit of room behind Fisher. Fisher will get more NFL experience throughout this month to help him get ready before the regular season kicks off.
Loser: CB Vince Agnew
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Friday's loss to the Saints is one Vince Agnew has to put behind him as he tries to move on. Agnew had no answer for Saints receivers, including Preston Parker, who scored two touchdowns while lining up against Agnew.
Agnew hasn't made a lot of noise out of camp this week, but after the starters take a seat, Agnew will become the main cornerback and will have to step up against what the 49ers have to offer when Colt McCoy takes control of the offense.
If Agnew continues to struggle, it shouldn't come off as a surprise if he gets an early pink slip this month when Reid lightly trims the roster.
Winner: S Bradley McDougald
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Behind Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis, the Chiefs have a lot of talented safeties who can make the 53-man roster as a backup going into the regular season. The Chiefs have Husain Abdullah, Tysyn Hartman and Quintin Demps, but there is another player who has stepped up lately.
Bradley McDougald had his name called a few times during his debut against the Saints. McDougald, an undrafted free agent from Kansas, racked up five tackles, deflected a pass and had good coverage throughout most of Friday night against the Saints.
McDougald wasn't projected to be part of the 53-man roster before. At this rate, he is on pace to surprise some people while he continues to impress his coaching staff in training camp.
Loser: WR Devon Wylie
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Tuesday was not a good day for Devon Wylie. His three drops in one day alone was crucial, as it puts a dent on his chances of making the team.
The Chiefs have a thin receiving corps, as Dwayne Bowe is the only notable receiver. Reid and offensive coordinator Doug Pederson want to find the right five or six wide receivers to put on the active roster. However, Wylie, who can use his speed to the team's advantage, isn't helping his case after a bad practice Tuesday.
The good news is he has a chance to redeem himself in Wednesday's practice and Friday night when the Chiefs return to Arrowhead.
Winner: RB Jamaal Charles
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Monday morning was a scary moment for the Chiefs and their entire fanbase when Jamaal Charles hit the ground with an injury. But after looking at the X-rays of Charles' ankle, the Chiefs learned the injury is not severe.
Charles missed practice on Tuesday, but is listed as day-to-day on the injury report.
Charles, who got eight touches in the opening drive of Friday's game in New Orleans, is going to be a big part of Kansas City's offense in 2013 and it showed in the little amount of playing time he got.
The Chiefs appear to be playing it safe and will let him rest up and possibly miss Friday's game to avoid risking further injury.