Seattle’s Tyler Lockett hauls at a 45-yard reception despite good Policy from Kansas City’s Charvarius Ward.
The Chiefs were on the road in a noisy environment and had a victory to clinch the AFC West title. They were playing against a veteran quarterback in Russell Wilson.
Playing the rookies, though, says a lot about Chiefs’ despair to repair their woeful defense. They switched into Ward as a rookie in place of wounded Kendall Fuller, and Smith as the next part in place of the benched Orlando Scandrick.
“I played young guys tonight that I wanted to just find a look at, that I thought would help us a little,” coach Andy Reid said. “They had some learning adventures, however they battled through.
“This was a change-up. Let them have an opportunity there. They’ve got good speed and ability. I thought it would be worth a shot. They did some good things”
The Chiefs also benched starting safety Ron Parker, who was inactive. The Chiefs went with Eric Berry along with Daniel Sorensen, who began training camp starters but’d injuries disrupt their seasons.
Reid can’t be blamed for the effort to enhance spirituality.
Wilson threw for 271 yards, a lot in the direction of Ward or Smith.
“I am not going to compare,” Reid said, when asked if either player was an advancement over Scandrick. “I thought Ward did some good things in this position.
“We were away with a hair on a few of these. We were right there. … Those are young guys that have been in those positions doing this. We were in position. We just have to create a play”
Ward, an undrafted free agent with the Cowboys in training camp, has been acquired by the Chiefs at a commerce at the close of the pre season. Smith may be the Chiefs’ sixth-round draft selection. Nothing played considerably except on special teams before Sunday night’s game.
“I think I played adequate but maybe not good enough,” Ward stated. “It had been my first game, my debut at cornerback on defense. I was kind of nervous, however, you can’t be nervous in the NFL. [Wilson and some of the Seahawks] have been to a couple of Super Bowls. They truly are experienced and I am kind of inexperienced. I’ve just got to cultivate in this week, be all set for the Raiders when they call my number “
Fuller could Reunite for following Sunday’s game against Oakland at Arrowhead Stadium. Reid wouldn’t say if the Chiefs would stay with Ward, either Smith or both in this game.