Throughout the offseason, there were doubts that football fans would not have the opportunity to see any games this season. Now the Chiefs are less than 72 hours away from hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arrowhead Stadium on Red Friday!
With that said, the preseason games obviously don't count. However, they do matter to coaches as they use this time to closely evaluate their players.
A prodigious performance can't be taken seriously in these exhibition games. A coach will appreciate the effort and the player will earn a spot on 53-man roster. An execrable game from a starter in the preseason isn't anything to lose sleep over, but it could hurt a backup who is fighting for a spot on the team as opposed to starters who have already proven themselves.
The key thing to remember is that the players who benefit the most from these games are rookies who need to get their feet wet and get acclimated to the professional level of football. It will also help newcomers who did not play for the team last season while they learn a new system.
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