Dec 18, 2011; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin (89) runs after a catch against Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 19-14. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs’ Training Camp Confidential: 3 Things We Need To Know!

Tomorrow is the beginning of the end to our long, hot summer drought of real Chiefs action. Yes, full Training Camp begins (the rookies and QB’s have been at it since Monday)! All Chiefs players and coaches will be at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph starting tomorrow through August 14, honing their craft. After Camp, exhibition games start, and then before we know it, the season opener will be upon us on September 8th!

All summer long, we’ve discussed the key questions the Chiefs need to answer this offseason. As we enter the offseason’s endgame (and seriously, it could not have come soon enough), here are my final three questions that we really need to know. Andy Reid and John Dorsey – this is your time to shine! Let’s see some smart, executive management as the Chiefs prepare for a new era.

Question 1: Who is Jon Baldwin?

Jon, who are you? Are you the skyscraping, deep ball threat that is going to transform our offense and take double coverage off of Dwayne Bowe? Or are you all potential energy with no impact, like an arrow prior to release? Jon, you teased us last year in the preseason, and then you disappeared. This is it, Jon. This is the last year to prove yourself. Otherwise, we are transferring our hopes and dreams to Donnie Avery. We’re serious. Jon, just be the hero, and don’t be the goat. We just can’t take another first round bust.

Question 2: How good is Chase Daniel?

In today’s league with defensive ends that run like wide receivers but hit like trucks, a backup quarterback will almost definitely see playing time. We have a new backup in Chase Daniel. Here’s the good news: Daniel has a 92.1 Quarterback Rating, over his three-year career. The bad news is, that’s over just nine attempts (he completed 7 of them!). The truth is, we know little about how Daniel will do on the Chiefs. But we’re going to need a strong backup so our offense can keep rolling if Alex Smith goes down. Chase, will you be worth the $5 million we paid for you, for all of nine passing attempts? Will you still have the Mizzou magic? This is homecoming for you – make us proud, Chase!

Question 3: Who can complete the Fearsome Foursome?

Rookie Nico Johnson and veteran (but new Chief) Akeem Jordan will battle it out to play alongside Derrick Johnson at inside linebacker. Johnson, a fourth round pick this year, is a champion who thinks like a champion. He won national titles at Alabama in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Johnson has the potential to join Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and Johnson and give the Chiefs a truly Fearsome Foursome and one of the best  linebacking corps in the league.

Addicts, those are my top three questions for Training Camp. What am I missing here? What other questions belong in the top three as we round out the offseason and head into the 2013 season?!!

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  • Patrick Allen

    Baldwin is the biggie for me. He can have the greatest impact on the team this year.

    • chiefridgy

      Totally agree. We have been missing that #2 receiver.

      • superman_25_58

        This should be the year that JB finally becomes a big physical threat to secondary’s which is why he was drafted. He finally has Bowe there in the off season to teach him how to use his size and strength to get off the line of scrimmage in bump and run, as well as an accurate QB who will put the ball where it needs to be in order to complete the pass (WR/TE just have to catch the ball). Looking for big things this season! Go Chiefs!

  • Pealvin

    What about who is behind Charles? He is great and all but we need someone to step in and get carries and be productive too.

    • Justin Gomer

      That would be knile davis my friend

  • Austin Wagner

    My question is, who will emerge as the #1 TE? With the lack of WR depth maybe we will see lots of 2 tight end sets.

    • Patrick Allen

      Might be the most interesting battle of camp because I think all three of them could land it.

    • stephan costa

      3 TE sets would be my guess. With the athleticism and blocking ability of these guys I think that should be K.C.’s base set. It gives Max protect for Smith and should open huge lanes for the best RB in the league. Also 2 can motion out into a 4 WR set . If the D plays base we throw it all over the field. If they try to adjust and play nickel or dime JC will eat up huge chunks of yards at a time

  • Stacy D. Smith

    My hopes are already pinned on Donnie Avery. Baldwin coming along will be a bonus.

  • Jim Harper

    My questions are 1) which Knile Davis are we going to get? 2) Will Demetrius Harris make the squad? 3) Tyler Bray or Ricky Stanzi? My hope is with Bray who certainly has the talent to become the face of the franchise someday. 4)Where you been Miles? I’ve missed you.