Offseason Housekeeping: A Pre-Free Agency Look At The Kansas City Chiefs
1. Ron Parker
(See: last week’s article)
2. Josh Mauga
When Chiefs’ standout Derrick Johnson went down with a season-ending injury in Week 1, the four-year man out of Nevada was tasked with filling a size 16 shoe. Mauga’s no Johnson, but he proved he’s a starting-caliber football player in this league. In the three previous seasons, he had just 44 tackles. Mauga recorded 103 for Kansas City in 2014. There were a stretch of 4-5 games this year where he was superb. It’s tough to know what will happen with DJ over the next eight months so re-signing Mauga seems like a worthwhile investment.
3. Ryan Harris
A violation of the league’s substance policy on PED’s forced former starter at right tackle Donald Stephenson out of the lineup for the first four games of the season. Stephenson’s absence opened up an opportunity for journeyman Ryan Harris. He went on to make 15 starts for the Chiefs this season while Stephenson never got out of Andy Reid’s dog house. In fairness to Stephenson, Harris was nothing to write home about in 2014. He logged a -1.6 grade from PFF on the year, but proved he’s a passable starter in a crunch.
4. Kurt Coleman
Coleman was a pleasant surprise in the Chiefs’ secondary this season. He was basically the 2014-version of Quintin Demps at the safety position. In 2014, Coleman logged 37 stops, 6 passes defensed (a career high), and 3 interceptions (all against Philip Rivers). It’s too early to tell how Eric Berry’s ongoing cancer battle will affect the 2015 season. Re-signing a serviceable player like Coleman seems like a safe bet until Dorsey has better intel on Berry.
5. Jason Avant
By my count, the Chiefs had basically two NFL-caliber wideouts for most of the season. That’s if you count the oft-injured Donnie Avery. I’m now prepared to say that Albert Wilson is also worthy of such a distinction, but that still leaves the Chiefs with very little talent at the position. Kansas City went the entire season without a touchdown to a wide receiver. They’re one of just three teams in NFL history to do that. The last team did that some fifty years ago (the 1964 New York Giants). Case closed.
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