It will be interesting to see how they do for more than one series.
"Alex did a nice job all around," Reid said. "The first offense did a nice job. ... After that, we had protection problems on the offensive side."
Reid, who calls offensive plays, saw all he needed of Smith in the opening drive, which went 80 yards on 14 plays.
"We all draw them up that way, not that they all turn out that way," Reid said of the first series. "I knew Rob Ryan had spent a lot of time working on their defense, so it was a pretty good challenge there. It was good that we executed the way we did."
Parker, a three-year veteran, stood out for at least one preseason game. His first TD, an off-balance catch of Luke McCown's pass to the back of the end zone, tied the game at 10 in the third quarter.
His second TD on a quick sideline throw at the goal line made it 17-10. He finished with four catches for 43 yards, including a leaping 33-yard catch.
Parker played in only two games last season with Tampa Bay before being cut in September. Two seasons ago, however, he played in all 16 games for the Buccaneers and had 40 catches for 544 yards and three TDs.
"Preston has been around and he's played, and any time you get that kind of experience ... he's going to be more comfortable than some of the other guys," McCown said. "I was excited for Preston."
Still, Payton remained somewhat critical of his team's performance.
"I just thought it was sloppy," he said. "That kind of burrs at me a little bit because that's a reflection of us as coaches."
Brees' first drive stalled quickly. His final drive covered 74 yards in 10 plays, setting up Garrett Hartley's 24-yard field goal.
While Ryan's new 3-4 defense struggled in its opening series, it allowed Kansas City only 135 yards the rest of the game.
"You don't want to say it's going to take time to get into the flow," Payton said. "That's something we've got to be better at."
McCown, who is competing with Seneca Wallace to back up Brees, was 18 of 28 for 216 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Wallace did not play because of a recent groin injury.
Daniel was 6 of 10 for 42 yards and was sacked twice.
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