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: while Chiefs youngsters struggle

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle (12) is sacked by New Orleans Saints linebacker Brian Simmons in the first quarter of the Chiefs' 30-7 setback. The Chiefs fell to 0-3 this preseason with the setback Thursday in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle (12) is sacked by New Orleans Saints linebacker Brian Simmons in the first quarter of the Chiefs' 30-7 setback. The Chiefs fell to 0-3 this preseason with the setback Thursday in Kansas City, Mo.

August 24, 2007

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— The Kansas City Chiefs failed to score in the first 58 minutes of their 30-7 loss to New Orleans on Thursday, but several young players made impressions on coach Herm Edwards. Most of those impressions weren't great.

"We didn't tackle very well. And offensively, we're not very good, not very good at running the ball, throwing the ball," Edwards said. "We're not very good at all. ... We have to come to some kind of conclusion what we're going to be as a football team."

The makeup of the team will start to take shape Tuesday, when NFL rosters must be trimmed to 75 players. Here's a look at some of the young players trying to earn starting jobs, move up the depth chart or simply make the roster:

Dwayne Bowe, WR

The first-round draft pick from LSU made his first reception of the preseason, a 21-yard catch-and-run in the first quarter on third and six.

"It was a nice catch," Bowe said. "I need to go out there and make some more to pull this team together."

Bowe lined up in the slot on the play with starting receivers Eddie Kennison and Samie Parker on the outside.

Chris Hannon also took first-team snaps as a slot receiver. Jeff Webb, a second-year pro, also is in the mix at receiver.

Bowe dropped a chance for his second reception, a 37-yard end-zone bomb from Casey Printers in the fourth quarter.

"Casey threw it a little bit behind him, but he's a good enough receiver where he can catch that ball," Edwards said. "He tried to catch it with his body, and it went off his shoulder pads."

Tank Tyler, DT

The Chiefs' third-round pick played in nickel packages with the first-team defense and used his quickness to blow by a guard and notch his first sack.

"I'm still learning, but at the same time, as a defensive tackle, I just line up and hit somebody and make a play," Tyler said. "The more I can do that, the better I feel about myself."

Tyler said he was adjusting easily to the pro game: "It's really the same (as college) for me. You line up, you go hard, you make a play."

Boomer Grigsby, FB

The converted linebacker snared a tough, albeit meaningless, catch in the third quarter and cleared the way for Marcus O'Keith's touchdown run, K.C.'s only score.

He's competing with Greg Hanoian and Gilbert Harris for the backup fullback spot behind Kris Wilson.

Casey Printers, QB

After his second camp with the Chiefs, Printers likely will make the roster as the third quarterback, although it's no longer a slam dunk. Rookie free agent Jeff Terrell led the Chiefs on their only touchdown drive Thursday.

"I don't know if I'm going to have a chance, so I just take what I can get," Terrell said. "I can't worry about what they're thinking. The guys trying to make the team : we just keep our head down and worry about what we can worry about."

Printers fumbled a handoff attempt, was sacked once and completed three of seven passes for 16 yards Thursday. Terrell, still a long shot to make the roster, completed five of five passes for 54 yards.

Dmitri Patterson, CB

Patterson, a third-year pro from Tuskegee, was the fourth cornerback to enter after starters Patrick Surtain and Ty Law and nickelback Benny Sapp.

Rookie free-agent corner Tyron Brackenridge, who took several snaps with the first-team nickel and dime defenses in training camp, did not play because of a triceps injury.

Nick Reid, LB

The former Kansas University linebacker spent the overwhelming majority of the game pacing the sideline, holding his helmet.

He saw action only in the fourth quarter on the kickoff-return unit.

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