As OTA’s continue for NFL teams, the Kansas City Chiefs are gaining steam with national pundits as one of the top teams in the league for the upcoming season.
Recently, The NFL Network selected three Chiefs—Justin Houston, Sean Smith, and Jamaal Charles—as three of the top 100 players in the NFL.
One would think both Houston and Charles are ranked relatively low, but Charles’ lack of production (relative for him), and the amount of offensive players which will surely rank higher than a LB such as Houston probably makes sense with a ways to go before the start of the season.
In a recent Sports Illustrated Monday Morning Quarterback write-up, the Chiefs came in with the sixth-rated roster in the NFL.
With some solid draft picks and a roster which returns plenty of former all-pro’s and a hopefully healthy Derrick Johnson, Kansas City could potentially be in for a division championship-type season.
The key for the Chiefs will be the offensive production both in the passing and running game. The worry has always been the health and longevity of Jamaal Charles, who has been seemingly the central focal point of the offense because of a lack of true passing attack.
Alex Smith has been a steady performer for the Chiefs, but has yet to show any type of down field passing attack. That doesn’t all fall on the shoulders of Smith, however, as the organization has lacked the skill on the edges in its receiving core, as well as some holes on the offensive line.
The addition of former Missouri Tiger Jeremy Maclin should help tremendously with speed and as a downfield threat and should loosen up underneath and dump-off plays to Charles.
Defensively, the Chiefs are expected to continue as one of the best in the NFL.
With Tamba Hali and Houston on the edges, and Johnson, Smith, and rookie Marcus Peters from the University of Washington, the defense has explosive play-makers to help pressure opposing offenses.
As it goes for any team, keeping players healthy and injury free will determine the type of season fans can expect. Should the Chiefs avoid the injury bug, it’ll be a fun year at Arrowhead Stadium.
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