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Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp Preview

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

The Kansas City Chiefs enter the 2018 season with a different look, especially at the quarterback position. They traded away Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins. In the Andy Reid era, they are 1-4 in playoff games with Smith as the quarterback. They should have never lost to the Indianapolis Colts in 2014 and the Tennessee Titans last postseason.

Maybe they reason why they are 1-4 is because Smith can't elevate teammates around him and he can't throw the deep ball effectively when the weather is cold. With Patrick Mahomes projected to be the quarterback now, he has a bigger and stronger arm and Mahomes maybe gives them a better chance to win it all. The Kansas City Chiefs traded up in the 2017 NFL Draft with the Buffalo Bills to draft him.

Mahomes sat a year behind Smith. Patrick Mahomes might finally be the quarterback that lifts the Chiefs to the promise land. The whole team is excited to see what he has in store, especially tight end Travis Kelce.

Kansas City also traded away cornerback Marcus Peters in the offseason to the Los Angeles Rams. The Chiefs are ready to get back to the playoffs and possibly make a Super Bowl. They will open training camp on Thursday July 26.

Other than Patrick Mahomes being the starting quarterback, Chad Henne will be the backup and Matt McGloin will be the third quarterback. Rookie Chase Littton will try and snag a roster spot.

Matt Nagy was the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs last season. He is now the Chicago Bears head coach. Eric Bieniemy will be the new Chiefs offensive coordinator. He was the running backs coach last season for Kansas City.

Kareem Hunt will be the starting running back. Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West will be the second and third running backs on the roster. Damien Williams should be the fourth running back on the roster. Algernon Brown, Kerwynn Williams, and rookie Darrel Williams will also compete for a roster spot.

Anthony Sherman will be the Chiefs full back.

Tyreek Hill, Chris Conley, Sammy Watkins, and Demarcus Robinson will be the top four receivers on the roster. Marcus Kemp, De'Anthony Thomas, Gehrig Dieter, and rookie Bryon Pringle will compete for the final two wide receiver spots.

Travis Kelce will be the starting tight end. Demetrius Harris will be the second tight end and he could be an x-factor for them this season. Tim Wright, Jace Amaro, and Alex Ellis will compete for the third tight end spot.

Eric Fisher will be the starting left tackle. Parker Ehniger and Kahlil McKenzie will compete for the starting left guard spot. Mitch Morse will be the starting center. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will be the starting right guard. Mitchell Schwartz will be the starting right tackle. Jordan Devey and Cameron Erving will be key backup offensive lineman.

The Kansas City Chiefs play a 3-4 defensive scheme. Chris Jones and Allen Bailey will be the starting defensive ends. The battle for the starting nose tackle job will be between Xavier Williams, rookie Derrick Nnadi, and Justin Hamilton. Jarvis Jenkins and rookie Dee Liner will compete for play time on the defensive line as well.

Justin Houston and Dee Ford will be the starting outside linebackers. Anthony Hitchens and and Reggie Ragland will be the starting inside linebackers. Frank Zombo, Tanoh Kpassagnon, and rookie Breeland Sparks should be the backup outside linebackers. Terrence Smith, Ukeme Eligwe, and rookies Dorian O'Daniel and Raymond Davison will compete for the backup inside linebackers job.

Kendall Fuller will be the top cornerback on the roster. David Amerson, Keith Reaser, and Steve Nelson will all be on the roster, but they will compete to be the other starting cornerback. Will Redmond, Ashton Lampkin, and rookie Tremon Smith will compete for the final cornerback spot on the roster.

Eric Berry will be one of the starting safeties. The other starting safety spot is up for grabs. Daniel Sorensen, Robert Golden, Leon McQuay III, and rookie Armani Watts will compete for that spot. The secondary might be the weak link of this defense.

Harrison Butker will be the Chiefs kicker and Dustin Colquitt will be the Chiefs punter. Tyreek Hill will be Kansas City's kickoff returner and punt returner.

The Kansas City Chiefs will open the season on the road on Sunday September 9 against the Los Angeles Chargers. Kansas City has a very good chance to win the AFC West for the third consecutive season, but they will have a tough schedule to start the season. The Chiefs will win somewhere between 9-12 games and it wouldn't be surprising to see them make a Super Bowl run this season because of Patrick Mahomes's potential.

This article was originally published on @gk18