“What you look for a quarterback to do is to execute the offense and to lead the offense and to make sure that he manages the game the proper way,” Reid said. “That’s how I approach it. If they think that they are going to complete every ball than that’s a good thing.”
The Jaguars, meanwhile, get a look at what coach Jack Del Rio hopes will be a revamped defense, one that had the league’s worst pass rush last season.
Kansas City coach Todd Haley will be testing his rookies when the Chiefs visit the Georgia Dome. Also debuting will be an offense under new coordinator Charlie Weis and a defense under new coordinator Romeo Crennel.
Rookie wide receiver Dexter McCluster can’t wait for his first NFL action.
“It will be a dream come true (when I walk out the tunnel),” said the second-round draft pick from Mississippi, where he ran for 1,169 yards last season.
Chiefs first-round pick Eric Berry of Tennessee returns to his home state of Georgia for his first NFL game.
“I played my last college game there, so I’m very excited about it,” he said.
Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez spent 12 seasons with the Chiefs before arriving in Atlanta in 2009. He will see some familiar faces.
“It’s good to go out and get that game speed again, and get that timing with everyone else,” Gonzalez said. “It’s an exhibition game. That’s what it’s all about.”
Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, the Falcons’ first-round draft pick and No. 19 overall, is set to start at weakside linebacker for the injured Mike Peterson.
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