July 29, 2012; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman David Mims (70) and linebacker Justin Houston (50) run blocking drills as offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. watches during training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Shake Up Offensive Line

Day three of OTAs brought an interesting twist along the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line. According to Terez A. Paylor, rookie minicamp signee Ryan McKee took snaps at right tackle with the starters while Jeff Linkenbach jumped Rishaw Johnson and started at right guard.

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There are a few things to consider here as it relates to the context of the situation. Eric Fisher is being held out of a lot of the contact portion of practice in order to let him recover from the two offseason surgeries he had this winter. He’s participating in “group initial stuff” according to Andy Reid but they are protecting his shoulder when it comes to the more physical parts of practice.

Donald Stephenson has been playing left tackle while Fisher is out which means the right tackle spot is open. What we appear to be seeing is a group of players getting reps in at right tackle to help filter out the competition for who will be the backup tackle. Today was McKee’s turn, apparently. What it does say is the Chiefs think highly enough of McKee to spend snaps on him with the first team. He’ll be a guy to watch at camp as a possible sleeper to make the roster.

Linkenbach getting snaps at right guard shouldn’t be a surprise either. The competition for who will be the starting right guard would seem to be down to Johnson, Linkenbach, and Zach Fulton. Fulton is a rookie who has been with the team for less than a month so it would make sense for Reid to give the two veteran guys the first few shots at making their case to be the starting guard.

One thing appears to be certain: The Chiefs think they have some quality depth on the offensive line to sift through.

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  • berttheclock

    Well, Luckenbach Texas with Waylon, Willie and the boys could really fill that position, eh?

    Oh, you say his name is Linkenbach? Never mind.

  • Randall Miller

    Linkenbach is not in the equation but I understand what Coach is doing. I mean when you get the nickname “Swinging open gate” in Indy there is a problem. He was cheap depth and I pray he stay just that.

  • Daniel Mayfield

    I really can’t make a post about Linkenbach…don’t know much about him and haven’t watched any films on his games.
    But you don’t know what the coaches can do with the players to help them. Point is, now they have depth. That’s great! They won’t have to worry so much, or hopefully have to worry about running out of players to fill in.

  • Roger Mihalko

    linkenbach was rated poorly by PFF, not a starter but good for depth because ability to fill in across the line. I would put johnson in now and go with him…..give fulton a chance to breath. There is 8 players on roster listed as guard, should be hell of competition, but johnson has earned the right to start.

    Stephenson on left sounds more and more a safe bet, to keep AS upright an healthy……just not getting warm fuzzy with Fisher. We have LDT in wings also…..hell he sounds better than fisher for some reason.

    We signed J’Marcus Webb, has experience…I’m not sure which side he plays, but if he can play right or left equally we are in pretty good position. Keep Stephenson and him as starters let them play both side in camp and see which side works out for them the best. Linkenbach, Fisher, and LDT in reserve.

    • mnelson52

      I would like to see one of the guards or LDT compete for Allen’s spot at LG. For some reason they don’t ever have anyone challenge him and I thought last year he was the weakest link on the line.

      • Roger Mihalko

        Sounds good, there are 8 guards listed on roster, cant imagine both spots wont be challenged. LDT is a tackle from everything I have read aand they had been working on him getting hang of NFL O-line.

        • mnelson52

          Yes he is a tackle, but Reid has always said he will play his best 5 linemen. If Tardif can play guard every day at a higher level (or anyone else) than what we have, I would rather use him like that instead of just a backup at tackle. That doesn’t mean he can’t swing to tackle if someone got injured. From what I hear, he is smart enough to learn both.