Coach Andy Reid has said he will go with the five best players and what the Chiefs are doing with their line in practice indicates that search is continuing. Donald Stephenson is getting plenty of work with the starters at guard on both sides of the line. Allen will occasionally shift over to center, replacing Hudson.
Reid and offensive line coach Andy Heck value versatility on the offensive line and having Stephenson ready to play either guard or tackle can’t hurt. But this shuffling at both guard and center indicates the Chiefs are still looking at what might be their best combination for those middle three positions. That search will probably continue at training camp, where the Chiefs will practice in pads and be able to get a better idea of what they have in not only Allen, Asamoah, Hudson and Stephenson, but Geoff Schwartz as well.
“It’s always great being out in the community,” Chiefs RB Cyrus Gray commented. “We have a great organization and also a great team. We’re trying to do big things this year so why not go out into the community where it all starts.”
Cross-Lines’ hunger relief program is designed to help feed those in need on a daily basis. The organization provides breakfast and lunch five days a week and also has a thrift store on site, which is stocked with essential household items. Their goal is to help the less fortunate break the cycle of poverty.
“The purpose of Cross-Lines is to meet our participants basic needs,” Theresa Swartwood, Director of Public Relations at Cross-Lines, explained. “In other words, if they’re hungry or need clothing, we help provide that and also help enable them to then go out and be assets to the community. For instance, being open to listening to resumes tips, participate in job skill training and things like that.”
Kansas City was one of only two AFC teams to receive an offensive grade of a B+ or better, receiving an A-minus from Williamson.
One of the few weak spots Williamson points out is the wide receiver position, something we have touched on here before. While Dorsey did not overhaul the wide receiver position the way he did the quarterback, secondary, offensive line, and tight end position groups, he did manage to keep Dwayne Bowe in Kansas City and added some pieces through draft and free agency that should help the offense. While the top half of the Chiefs roster was strong, the bottom half clearly needed a great deal of work. It will be interesting to see how aggressive Dorsey is next offseason in adding true top-end weapons.