The Kansas City Chiefs are entering the 2012 season with fairly high expectations. Most experts agree that the Chiefs are a young team overflowing with talent.
The question is, which players are going to take the next step in 2012 to take the Chiefs from an average team to a great team?
Here are five players I think could have breakout seasons in 2012.
5. Branden Albert
Albert has survived yet another offseason of “the Chiefs should draft a tackle and move Albert to guard” talk. In case you haven’t noticed, Branden Albert is a pretty damn good offensive tackle in the NFL. Over the years he’s enabled QB Matt Cassel to keep his eyes on the guy being “blocked” by Barry Richardson. Cassel rarely has to be concerned about his blindside.
Albert has been rock solid and durable for the Chiefs. I don’t think anyone would go so far as to say he is a great left tackle but he is certainly middle of the pack. He appears to still be improving. Albert gave up only 13 pressures last season according to Pro Football Focus.
With the return of Matt Cassel and Jamaal Charles, there should be considerably less stress on KC’s line this season.
That could mean Albert is primed for his best season yet.