On Tuesday’s Arrowhead Satisfaction Editors Present podcast, Pete Sweeney and John Dixon every named the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs gamers with probably the most to achieve (or lose) throughout OTAs and coaching camp.
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Right here’s what they got here up with:
Most to achieve
John: defensive finish Tim Ward
Ward, who was an undrafted free agent out of Outdated Dominion in 2019, has now had an NFL redshirt season (as a consequence of harm) and was on the roster for the final seven video games of 2020. He was inactive for all of them besides the Week 17 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, wherein he was a starter — and turned various heads together with his play. With their funding in him up to now, the Chiefs apparently really feel that he’s a participant who might be productive for them. He must make the most of the chance now earlier than him: a gap throughout from Frank Clark. If he can’t change into not less than a rotational participant earlier than the season begins, the Chiefs will possible need to transfer on.
Pete: extensive receiver Byron Pringle
Sammy Watkins is now a member of the Baltimore Ravens, and people 1,726 regular-season snaps have to go someplace. Because of their expertise and draft standing, the co-favorites to get them are Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman — however Byron Pringle ought to be within the combine. Discussing the extensive receiver place this offseason, Chiefs common supervisor Brett Veach has usually talked about the 2018 undrafted free agent out of Kansas State — and at any time when known as upon, he has appeared to rise to the event. At 6-1 and 203 kilos, he’s a greater size-and-shape match for the “X” than Hardman, and he might have the quick observe to common enjoying time if he can keep at bay Robinson and rookie Cornell Powell. Pringle caught the eye of Dave Toub in 2020; is Andy Reid subsequent?
Most to lose
John: cornerback Charvarius Ward
Final season, Kansas Metropolis acquired former first-round decide Deandre Baker, who appeared spectacular earlier than breaking his leg in Week 17. Now the group has traded for one more former first-round cornerback: Mike Hughes. In the meantime, the Chiefs most likely need to transfer L’Jarius Sneed — who was arguably the league’s finest rookie cornerback in 2020 — from the slot to the boundary. And hungry younger gamers like Rashad Fenton and BoPete Keyes — to not point out newcomers that embody Manny Patterson, Dicaprio Bootle, Devin Key and Marlon Character — will likely be pushing for enjoying time, too. All of it provides as much as Ward having to show that he deserves to stay one of many group’s beginning corners.
Pete: offensive lineman Andrew Wylie
Over the previous three years, Wylie has been one in every of my favourite Kansas Metropolis gamers to cowl, stemming from his willingness to step in when wanted all over the place on the road to his Twitter profile, which reads, “My Madden rank doesn’t outline me.” Wylie stepped in at proper guard to win the Mack Lee Hill (group rookie of the 12 months) award in 2018 when Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Jordan Devey sustained accidents. He carried out nicely at each guard positions in 2019 till his personal harm value him the Tremendous Bowl run. He began the season at proper guard in 2020 earlier than ultimately kicking out to proper sort out for a “bat sport” at New Orleans and the Tremendous Bowl. His fortitude equated to 35 regular-season begins and 5 postseason begins through the Chiefs’ finest three-year stretch in half a century. However due to the utterly revamped offensive line, Wylie may very nicely find yourself on the bubble — and the skin wanting in. How this shakes out for the 26-year-old is prone to depend upon what number of offensive linemen the Chiefs carry on their last roster — together with the camp performances of youthful gamers the employees likes, corresponding to Darryl Williams and Prince Tega Wanogho.
Additionally on the podcast: We talk about the prospect of the Chiefs going after Julio Jones, final week’s Bashaud Breeland replace and preview OTAs, which start this week.
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Who’s your Chiefs participant with probably the most to achieve because the offseason exercises start? To lose?