The first day of Kansas City Chiefs OTAs are in the books, and we already have some interesting news on a bevy of fronts. After Tuesday’s practice, head coach Andy Reid addressed the media and spoke on a litany of topics ranging from the offensive line to injury updates. Let’s get right down to business with tweets followed by analysis.
I find this interesting. Reid can talk about rotations all he wants, but with Zach Fulton and Paul Fanaika at practice, I expected one of them to be in a starting spot. Instead, former (current?) guard Jeff Allen is starting at right guard next to Donald Stephenson. This could be an intriguing storyline if Allen continues to get more work at guard than tackle.
This isn’t stunning news. Hali was having a lot of trouble with his knee throughout 2014, so getting everything taken care of in the offseason was a smart move by the veteran. After only amassing six sacks last year, Hali is certainly motivated to have a big campaign before hitting free agency in 2016. A healthy Hali means great things for Kansas City.
Obviously, this is tremendous. We are all pulling for Eric Berry to recover and get back to a normal life as soon as possible, regardless of how it affects the Chiefs. If Berry can come back at any point in 2015, one can only imagine the enormous impact it would have on Kansas City in a multitude of ways.
As for Daniel Sorensen, congrats on the child. For Demetrius Harris, this does not appear to be serious. It’s nice to see the Chiefs being proactive and taking care of any lingering injuries now, rather than waiting and then having to do this in August. Harris figures to be a key contributor this season behind Travis Kelce, so getting him on the field soon will be key.
Other notes: Husain Abdullah and Allen Bailey were not at practice on Tuesday, having been caught in the storms that are engulfing the south at the moment, per Terez Paylor. Hali says Justin Houston wants to be playing football with the Chiefs, but hasn’t shown up yet, per Sean Keeler of FOX Sports.