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Kansas City Chiefs Preseason 2014: 10 Players To Keep An Eye On

Kansas City Chiefs Preseason 2014: 10 Players To Keep An Eye On

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In their first preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Kansas City Chiefs made several big plays en route to a 41-39 victory. The game got Chiefs fans excited about a few young players who stepped up with electrifying plays, and there are several more who will do the same before the preseason is over.

10. CB Marcus Cooper

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10. CB Marcus Cooper

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Is Cooper the playmaking stud the Chiefs saw in the first half of 2013, or the guy who repeatedly got beat and lost playing time as the season wound down? Kansas City's secondary absolutely needs him to be the former.

9. CB Ron Parker

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9. CB Ron Parker

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In a move nobody saw coming, Parker jumped Sean Smith on the depth chart in training camp, and he's still the projected starter despite Smith's 36-yard interception return TD against the Bengals. The coaching staff likes what they're seeing from Parker, and it will be interesting to follow what they've been seeing.

8. QB Tyler Bray

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8. QB Tyler Bray

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Andy Reid called Bray the most improved player on the team. He's been making big plays in camp, and his continued development will be exciting to watch for in the upcoming preseason matchups.

7. QB Aaron Murray

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7. QB Aaron Murray

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The Chiefs already had a developmental project at quarterback, and they decided to draft Murray in the fifth round anyway. The rookie out of Georgia didn't get to throw a pass against the Bengals, but we should get to see what the scouting crew liked so much about him soon.

6. DE Allen Bailey

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6. DE Allen Bailey

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Bailey has always shown promise as a reserve, and it looks like he will finally get his chance to be a starter. The four-year vet will be filling the vacancy left by Tyson Jackson. He's been patient, and now he'll get to show everyone what he can do with full-time snaps.

5. OLB Dee Ford

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5. OLB Dee Ford

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Ford got two quarterback hits against the Bengals, and good lord did he look fast out there. When he's on the field, all eyes should be on the exciting rookie.

4. S Daniel Sorensen

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4. S Daniel Sorensen

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Steve Gregory's recent retirement hurt a secondary that was already hurting for depth. The undrafted rookie Sorensen will now have a larger opportunity to show what he can do. He's looked great in camp thus far. The Chiefs would benefit immensely if he can realize his potential quickly.

3. WR Albert Wilson

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3. WR Albert Wilson

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Speaking of undrafted rookies, Wilson has come out of nowhere to be one of the favorites to make the team at wide receiver. Coach Reid is loving what he's seeing from the Georgia State product. His 65-yard kick return against Cincinnati has certainly put him on the radar with fans as well.

2. TE Travis Kelce

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2. TE Travis Kelce

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Kelce's 69-yard TD reception against the Bengals increased the hype around the talented tight end. After he missed virtually all of his rookie season to an injured shoulder, Chiefs fans are ready to see if the tight end can add a new dynamic to the offense.

1. RB De'Anthony Thomas

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1. RB De'Anthony Thomas

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Speaking of hype, Thomas has increased the already enormous anticipation around himself with an incredible 80-yard punt return TD against the Bengals. Ever since coordinator Dave Toub came to town last season, the Chiefs' special teams returns have been loaded with anticipation and excitement. Thomas is going to boost that even further.