However, during his time in Cleveland, Daboll opted for a traditional bruiser in veteran fullback Lawrence Vickers.
The Chiefs will have several options this August at the position.
There’s the option of going the traditional route with Bannon or Gentry. Flexibility can be found in tight end Jake O’Connell, who’s shifted in and around the backfield during his time with the Chiefs. Then there is the wildcard in Hillis, who began his career as a fullback and briefly played the position under Daboll before moving to tailback on a permanent basis.
“The performance that L.T. was able to put forth on the field during his career is truly remarkable,” former Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer told Chargers.com. Schottenheimer coached Tomlinson in San Diego from 2002-06.
“When you look at the history of the game, he is clearly, in my opinion, one of the handful of elite and complete running backs in the history of the National Football League.”
Injuries hit the team hard last year, and Kansas City is relying heavily on returning stars to help them compete in the AFC West.
Quarterback Matt Cassel missed the last seven games, and he returns as the unquestioned starter. Behind him, second-year pro Ricky Stanzi and Brady Quinn are in a furious battle for the backup position.
Training camp is just around the corner, and here are some roles that will be up for grabs when the Chiefs convene in July.
Hudson played in over 130 snaps as a rookie, but none at the center position. Hudson filled in at left guard for an injured Ryan Lilja, the position he dominated at during his four-year career at Florida State. Still, the Chiefs are confident the 6-foot-2, 299-pound Hudson can step in right away and replace a mainstay of the offensive line, reports Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star.
“During this offseason program, he’s taken to it,” head coach Romeo Crennel said of Hudson. “He’s taken control and command, and he’s making the proper calls in practice. Physically, he’ll be able to make the blocks and pass protect the way we need him to. I’m encouraged by what I see. When we get to training camp, we’ll find out with the pads.”