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Chiefs prepare for preseason game at New Orleans

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The Kansas City Chiefs, defending Super Bowl champions, completed their sixteenth training camp practice on Friday. The session focused on a “10-10-10” practice format, emphasizing different aspects of the game. The offense and defense engaged in three 11-on-11 segments of 10 plays each, allowing starters to experience specific scenarios while giving others a scout team role. This was the fourth “10-10-10” practice of camp and the second in a row, aimed at gradually preparing players for the upcoming NFL season.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes showcased his arm strength, connecting on deep passes with tight end Travis Kelce, wide receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Richie James, impressing fans in attendance. Rookie defensive back Chamarri Conner displayed skill with an interception during a defensive segment.

Looking ahead to the preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints, Head Coach Andy Reid shared his plans. Each of the Chiefs’ quarterbacks will receive one quarter of play, as will their corresponding teammates on the depth chart. Coach Reid emphasized that everyone will have the opportunity to play and make their case for the team. The Chiefs’ preseason game is scheduled for Sunday at 12 p.m. CT against the New Orleans Saints.

Mahomes is expected to play just the first quarter in the game against the Saints.  The two-time Super Bowl champion is hoping to add to an impressive history of long preseason touchdown throws, including a 70-yard bomb to Tyreek Hill against the Atlanta Falcons in 2018.

In terms of injuries, tailback Isiah Pacheco, defensive tackle Tershawn Wharton, tight end Jody Fortson, wide receiver Kadarius Toney, and cornerback L’Jarius Sneed will not play in Sunday’s game. Fortunately, there were no additional injuries reported following Friday’s practice.

The Chiefs’ next open practice at Missouri Western State University is set for Tuesday morning.