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5 Takeaways From Kansas City Chiefs’ First Preseason Game

5 Takeaways From Kansas City Chiefs' First Preseason Game

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In one of the most eventful preseason games of the week, the Kansas City Chiefs took down the Cincinnati Bengals by a score of 41-39. Some foggy situations concerning the Chiefs became a little more clear after the game. Here are five things to take away from Kansas City's first preseason contest.

5. James-Michael Johnson Boosted His Stock

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5. James-Michael Johnson Boosted His Stock

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Johnson looked good in a reserve role at inside linebacker last season, and that role could expand in 2014 if he keeps up his solid play. He compiled eight tackles and knocked down a pass against Cincy.

4. Sean Smith Is On His Way Back

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4. Sean Smith Is On His Way Back

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Smith was demoted to the second team at the beginning of training camp, but after his work against the Bengals, he's been getting some work with the first team. He made a nice play on the ball for a 36-yard pick six against the Bengals on Thursday, and apparently the coaching staff took notice.

3. The Offensive Line Needs Improvement

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3. The Offensive Line Needs Improvement

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The Chiefs' quarterbacks were sacked six times and hit four times. The offense was also tackled for a loss five times. Kansas City's young offensive line still has plenty of room for improvement.

2. Special Teams Will Be Extra Special

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2. Special Teams Will Be Extra Special

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Kansas City had arguably the best special teams crew in the league last season, and it looks like that could happen again, especially in the return game. Knile Davis showed his kick return skills last year, and undrafted free agent Albert Wilson had a nice 65-yard kickoff return against the Bengals. Fourth-round pick De'Anthony Thomas took his only punt return 80-yards for a TD, and fans can't wait to see more.

1. Travis Kelce Could Be Huge For The Passing Game

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1. Travis Kelce Could Be Huge For The Passing Game

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There's been a lot of hype surrounding Kelce since he was drafted in 2013, and he added to that with a fantastic 69-yard catch run for a TD against Cincy. The second-year tight end could be the much-needed boost to the passing game the Chiefs need to compete with a very tough schedule.