First he nearly had a sack of Grandview product, Bucs Quarterback Josh Freeman late in the first half. Though he didn't get the local product, he did disrupt the play which forced the Bucs That was enough for Freeman to throw an errant pass on third and short that resulted in a short field goal and not touchdown.
It was good to see Greenwood get in the offensive backfield because last season he played primarily as a pass defender at the linebacker position. And based on the play of the entire defense in the embarrassing exhibition opener, Greenwood was thrown into numerous pass coverages that offered mix results.
2. CB Quinten Lawrence - I can't remember a time in Chiefs history that a player jumped from the offensive side of the ball to the defensive side, or vice versa for that matter, that ever worked.
Count me as a fan of the Chiefs new cornerback. Lawrence, who spent the last several years as a wide receiver, appears to have made a solid transition to defense. He made a beautiful open tackle on a Bucs receiver on the outside that resulted in no gain. His technique was solid, his closing speed was quick and he made the tackle.
I'm not sure his play at this point is enough to earn a roster spot as a cornerback. But he can also double as a return man which gives the Chiefs some added insurance (though his decision on the initial kick-off seven yards deep in the end zone wasn't wise) he can always rely on his defensive abilities which appear very solid.
3. DT Dion Gales - Though some will debate his insurgence in my Top Five of the night, he looks like a real nose tackle. Gales hasn't played much the last few years for the Chiefs but he appears that he's up for more playing time in 2011.
At the moment, he's in a battle with Anthony Toribio to back-up free agent acquisition, Kelly Gregg. He looks fluid off the line of scrimmage and he made a solid tackle on Bucs running back, LeGarrette Blount by sliding down the line. Initially he was held up at the line of scrimmage but he shed the Bucs center and fought through some traffic.
4. WR Jon Baldwin - Though he played with the second team on Friday night. He did make a nice catch on a slant from Quarterback Tyler Palko. He's a big strong, physical receiver that has big play abilities.
He's also a fiery guy that wants the ball. When Palko nearly hung him out to dry early in the third quarter on an errant pass, he was upset that the ball was nowhere close to him. Now that was his issue at the University of Pittsburgh but I'm not to worried about that desire once he gets on the field with Matt Cassel.
However, I do have an issue with his abilities to block down the field. He's not a very polished blocker and that could cost the Chiefs in key situations late in games. But there is time that he can improve that facet of his game.
5. QB Ricky Stanzi - The loudest ovation of the evening came when the Chiefs fifth round pick entered the game midway through the third quarter. Off the bat, he nearly completed a long gain to fellow rookie Jon Baldwin. But it was his heads up play on third down taking a punishing hit and avoiding a sack when he pitched the ball to running back Jackie Battle that nearly resulted in a first down.
Though he had no offensive line help in mop up duty, he's without a doubt the second best quarterback the Chiefs have on this roster. And even though he was harassed on every passing attempt, he was hard to bring down.
I'm extremely anxious to see what he can do with a better surrounding cast because Stanzi has talent.
6. P Dustin Colquitt - I lost count of his punts on Friday night but had this been a regular season game in the cold of winter, his leg might have fell off.
He was clearly the teams most valuable player. But that's a trend that I'd like to see end in the very near future. Because you don't want your punter in mid-season form in early stages of August.
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