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Chiefs' Geoff Schwartz Wants To Play Guard

Kansas City Chiefs free agent acquisition Geoff Schwartz thinks he can best help his new team by playing guard.

Schwartz came into the NFL as a tackle. Though he played a few games at the position when he was a member of the Carolina Panthers, the former seventh-round pick seems to think his best position is guard.

“I think I’m better at guard,” Schwartz said in a recent conference call with the media. ” Being able to play tackle is definitely a positive, but I haven’t really done it in a couple years. I’m just looking forward to getting a healthy camp at guard, preferable, but like I said, I can still do tackle.”

The Panthers liked Schwartz at guard as well. After a successful transition from tackle to guard, Schwartz was a starter at the position for Carolina before a hip injury derailed his 2011 season. Schwartz ended up with the Minnesota Vikings last season but he played only sparingly.

Now that he has a fresh start in KC, Schwartz is looking forward to what the Chiefs have told him will be a competition for playing time in camp. The chance to get back on the field in a starting role is one of the things that excited Schwartz about coming to Kansas City.

“First and foremost, I think there is competition on the offensive line,” Said Schwartz. “Right tackle is open right now. There’s not anyone really there, but besides that, I really like Coach Reid. When he was in Philly he won a lot of games. He’s been a very successful coach. In 14 years he’s been in a lot of conference championship games. That’s exciting to me. Even when he’s getting a fresh start here and I wanted a fresh start, so it was just a perfect situation for me.”

The Chiefs have a couple of young players along their offensive line in guard Jeff Allen and tackle Donald Sephenson. It will be interesting to see if Schwartz can challenge one or both for a starting gig.

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