By Aaron Charles @aaroncharleskc on August 18, 2014
In a disappointing effort on Sunday night, the Kansas City Chiefs fell to the Carolina Panthers. The 28-16 score may not look pleasing to Kansas City fans, but there was plenty in the game to get excited about. Here are five Chiefs who stood out and boosted their stock with the team.
Owens is not often mentioned in Kansas City's cornerback position battle, but he could be more involved than once thought, especially in blitz packages. He was frequently involved in the pass rush on passing downs with the first team. Owens grabbed a sack, a tackle for a loss, and a quarterback hit.
Chiefs fans finally got to see Murray throw his first pass, and it was a perfect 43-yard touchdown to Travis Kelce. Unfortunately, his third pass was an interception that was returned inside the Chiefs' 10-yard line. Outside of his one bad error in judgement, Murray showed some promise, completing 5-of-9 for 81 yards, with a touchdown and interception.
Hammond is on the roster bubble for Kansas City, and he boosted his stock against the Panthers. The 2013 undrafted free agent caught three passes for 57 yards, and had a couple of nice kick returns. Hammond took one kick back for a 33-yard return, and took another 43 yards, but it was called back for holding.
Bowe had a good response to the rumors about being cut in the aftermath of his one-game suspension. Five grabs for 62 yards in one half of football was a great way to demonstrate his value. Against a great Carolina defense, he caught balls in traffic, fought for tough yards, and took four of his catches for first downs.
The play of the day was clearly Kelce's 43-yard catch and run for a touchdown, his second long TD grab in two games. The 2013 third-round pick made four catches on four targets for 63 yards against the Panthers. His playmaking ability and will to fight for every inch has Chiefs fans eager to see what's next.
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