Chiefs OTAs: What to watch for this week


The Kansas City Chiefs will start their OTA sessions on Tuesday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium, the first of 10 such days. While these are non-contact practices, we can still get a sense for what players have which skills. Does an offensive lineman have great feet? Does a receiver have hands of stone? Can the youngster at quarterback sling the ball?

Personally, I’m going to be keeping a very close eye on any reports that emerge about receivers not named Jeremy Maclin. Look, we know Maclin is a full-blown stud. I could care less if Maclin has a bad day catching the football because I know it’s a blip on the radar. I’m much more interested in how Chris Conley and Albert Wilson stack up against each other.

Wilson is the frontrunner to be the No. 2 receiver opposite of Maclin. However, Conley wasn’t a third-round pick to be a bench warmer. He is going to get a good, look long from head coach Andy Reid and his staff. Then there are the wild cards in Da’Rick Rogers and Da’Ron Brown. Rogers came out of Tennessee State as an immensely talented kid in 2013 but could never get his head on straight, bouncing from the Buffalo Bills to Indianapolis Colts to the Chiefs. Brown is Kansas City’s seventh-round selection out of Northern Illinois. Can he stun everyone and shoot up the depth chart?

I will be also be hawking Twitter for anything related to Eric Kush and Mitch Morse. Morse was a second-round pick, so my money is on him to start from Week 1. However, if Kush really stepped his game up in the offseason knowing that Rodney Hudson was gone, it could be an all-out brawl.

Lastly, I want to hear about Zach Fulton and Paul Fanaika. Which mauler will emerge as the leader of the pack for the right guard spot? Fulton played better toward the end of last season but Fanaika is here on a three-year deal worth over $8 million. Can Fulton win the job regardless?

What will you be watching for, Addicts? Tell us in the comments below.