Kansas City Chiefs: How will offensive line look Week 1?
Perhaps the biggest question mark on the Kansas City Chiefs is how the offensive line situation will shake up. Last year, the Chiefs lost Jeff Allen for the season in their Week 1 disaster against the Tennessee Titans, while Donald Stephenson was serving out a four-game suspension. Branden Albert had just left in free agency, and Eric Fisher had moved to left tackle.
Of course, last year’s line was a mess. Ultimately, the line saw Fisher, Mike McGlynn, Rodney Hudson, Zach Fulton and Ryan Harris take a bulk of the snaps, going from left to right. In light of that struggle, general manager John Dorsey made it a clear priority this offseason to better protect quarterback Alex Smith, who suffered a ruptured spleen in Week 16.
After signing right guard Paul Fanaika to a three-year deal, Dorsey acquired two-time, Pro-Bowl left guard Ben Grubbs from the New Orleans Saints for a fifth-round pick. The next day, Grubbs was signed to a four-year, $24-million deal to stay long-term in Kansas City. In the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Dorsey selected versatile lineman Mitch Morse, who is expected to see the bulk of his time at center.
So, when training camp settles, who will be the starting five, barring injury? It seems the left side is set with Fisher and Grubbs. Depending on your view of Fisher, who is entering his third season and second as a left tackle, that is a solid duo. At center, Morse will battle with third-year pro and former sixth-round pick Eric Kush. On the right side, Fanaika and Fulton will compete at right guard. At the tackle spot, head coach Andy Reid has stated that Stephenson is expected to start, although Allen will be competing.
My guess, from left to right, is Fisher-Grubbs-Kush-Fulton-Stephenson.
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