On Wednesday’s mailbag version of the Arrowhead Satisfaction Out of Construction podcast, Matt Stagner and I obtained a query concerning Kansas Metropolis Chiefs’ coaching camp: if we might solely select one place competitors to observe, which one would we decide?
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There’s at all times a plethora of issues to observe, however huge offseason strikes make this query even tougher this yr. Right here’s how we answered it:
Matt: Proper guard
I might make a case for quite a lot of positions right here, together with linebacker, cornerback, huge receiver and even tight finish. However all eyes are on — and needs to be on — the offensive line. Provided that the left aspect and heart are set, there are a selection of the way by which the appropriate aspect might find yourself.
Coming into camp, I believe the appropriate guard spot is Laurent Duvernay-Tardif’s to lose. However the truth that rookie Trey Smith drew as a lot reward and buzz as he did — with out even hitting anybody but — says that he’s bought the psychological aspect of the sport forward of schedule. As soon as he’s capable of mix that with what he does greatest, he’s bought an actual shot at being an element within the battle at proper guard.
There’s the same state of affairs is at proper deal with, the place the Chiefs are probably to provide Mike Remmers the primary likelihood to begin. However earlier than camp is over, still-rookie Lucas Niang might need one thing to say about it.
To me, that is the place that has grow to be increasingly more thrilling to observe. I need to see how Willie Homosexual Jr. and Nick Bolton do in coaching camp — being examined in a observe setting towards quarterback Patrick Mahomes. To get on the sphere, they’re going to have to point out their capability in protection.
As followers at observe, I imagine we’ll have the ability to see how properly they do. You’ll see if a operating play simply will get by way of a spot or if there’s an open receiver over the center of the sphere — or for those who see a coach barking at one in all them after a giant offensive play to their space.
With former Chiefs linebacker Damien Wilson gone, it’s additionally a chance for one of many younger linebackers to earn the SAM place. Ideally, Bolton steps up into that function straight away — however camp provides him the prospect to earn it.
Which place battle would you decide?
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