Protection was an issue for both QBs in this game, as they were sacked a combined three times and under duress in other moments. There’s more to the decision than just the stats, and it’s possible both will make the 53 and the competition will continue into the regular-season practices.
That’s what LaFleur indicated is happening at left guard, where he named veteran Lane Taylor the starter over rookie second-round pick Elgton Jenkins for Week 1 without declaring the competition over as it relates to the full season.
Neither guard played in either of the last two preseason games, so that decision came down to practice reps and Taylor’s veteran status.
“I just think it’s a comfort factor, you’ve got an experienced player,” LaFleur said. “I think Elgton is a guy that’s got a lot to learn, but I think there’s a lot to like about Elgton. I think he’s got a bright future.”
The future of several roster hopefuls hangs in the balance over the next day and a half after a summer finale that featured turnovers on both sides setting up points.
Rookie linebacker Ty Summers capped an eventful preseason with a 74-yard interception return for a touchdown, snagging Kyle Shurmur’s floating pass that resulted from fellow rookie linebacker Markus Jones’ big hit.
A Chiefs fumble recovered by Jones then gave the Packers a short field and Boyle found rookie tight end Jace Sternberger, making his preseason debut after missing the first three contests due to injury, for a 2-yard TD.
Kizer’s interception set up an easy score for the Chiefs, and then receiver Darrius Shepherd’s fumbled kickoff return gave Kansas City a tying field goal late in the third quarter, sending the game to the fourth even at 20.