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Even before they played their final game of the preseason, the Chiefs had made the decision that rookie free agent quarterback Tyler Bray had beaten out holdover Ricky Stanzi for the No. 3 job behind starter Alex Smith and backup Chase Daniel.

WR Dwayne Bowe had the quietest preseason of his career, as he caught just six passes in three games for 73 yards. Bowe and QB Alex Smith have had plenty of time to work together through the offseason, training camp and preseason practices. Those two will need to establish themselves early for the Chiefs offense to be productive.

WR Donnie Avery got a late start working into the Chiefs offense after he missed almost the entire offseason program due to an ankle injury. Avery brings the only speed element the Chiefs have in their passing game, although he averaged just 8.6 yards per catch one seven preseason receptions. QB Alex Smith needs him to be consistent and active after the catch for first downs and yards.

TE Anthony Fasano will be the workhorse at the position now that Tony Moeaki is gone after a fractured shoulder. Fasano has shown good all-around skills in his short time with the Chiefs, able to handle the load in the running game and finding a connection with QB Alex Smith in the passing attack. His overall best career season as a receiver was in 2010 with the Dolphins when he caught 39 passes for 528 yards. If successful, he figures to have anywhere from 50 to 60 receptions.

QB Alex Smith finished the preseason without throwing an interception, and that's one of the key elements of his game that Andy Reid wanted to inject into the Kansas City offense. Smith had a completion percentage of 64.6 with 48 attempts without an interception. He averaged only 6.0 yards per attempt.

As a rookie in 2010, Tony Moeaki showed great promise at tight end, playing in 15 games and catching 47 passes for 556 yards and three touchdown grabs. Moeaki played in a manner similar to the Chiefs' previous tight end, a fellow named Tony Gonzalez.

RB Jamaal Charles was very quiet as a runner in the preseason with just 12 carries for 23 yards. But he did catch five passes for 31 yards and that's the area where he will see more and more action in the Andy Reid offense. Throwing to the backs is one of the key elements of Reid's version of the West Coast scheme and that will fall on Charles to make that happen. Over his career he has never averaged more than three catches per game.

RG Jon Asamoah missed the final preseason game and remained sideline at the start of the practice week by a pulled calf muscle. Head coach Andy Reid said Asamoah's status was day-to-day and there was a chance he would be back in the lineup for the opener in Jacksonville.

DB Sanders Commings continues to rehab a broken clavicle and has not gotten the go ahead to do more than work in some position drills. He's probably another two to four weeks away.

ILB Nico Johnson is dealing with a high ankle sprain that he suffered on Aug. 24 in Pittsburgh. Head coach Andy Reid said his status is day-to-day.

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